Egg-cellent Easter Fun

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The Easter long weekend is a great time to come together as a family. (And eat waayyy too much chocolate.) But other than the egg hunt, is there anything to really do on this weekend? We’ve got a few activities to stave off the long weekend boredom.

A Healthy Start

Easter eggs are an almost essential part of this holiday. But they don’t have to be chocolate. A big healthy breakfast with eggs is a great way to start the day.

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A big breakfast together means the whole household starts the day with one another. Plus everyone in the family can help out with this prep. If you have young ones they can be the ones to butter the toast so that everyone feels involved.

A big breakfast can also remind younger members of the household (or older ones with a sweet tooth) that there are eggs that aren’t made of chocolate.

Easter Egg Decorating

There are plenty of pre-made egg decorating kits that make this easy. Or you can start from scratch if you’re more of a DIY kind of person. For now, we’ll assume the latter.

There are a few ways you can decorate the eggs themselves. But first you need to decide if you want to decorate hard-boiled eggs or empty egg shells. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to work with and so can be a good choice for little ones who want to decorate the eggs. On the other hand, they have a finite lifespan and if you leave them out of the refrigerator for too long they can go bad. Empty egg shells will last indefinitely but are a lot more fragile.

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Getting the eggs ready

To hard boil your eggs just pop a saucepan on your stove, cover with the lid, let it reach the boil, then pop your eggs in (making sure they’re as submerged as possible for fresh eggs) and leave them for at least ten minutes. Then leave them to cool for a bit and dry them off before decorating. To get an empty egg shell first wash your eggs and a slender skewer. Prick small holes in either end of the egg and stick your skewer all the way through the egg. This should pierce the yolk and after you remove the skewer the contents should come out. (Feel free to make the holes as large as you need to accomplish this.) Then rinse of your egg shells and you’re ready to decorate!

Time to decorate

You can use rubber bands, stickers, tape, or anything else to cover your egg surface to create interesting patterns as you die the eggs. You can use paint and sponges and sponge colour onto the eggs, you can tie-dye the eggs, you can paint the eggs, you can softly drop paint directly onto your eggs. Whatever works for you! Remember though that if you plan to eat your hard-boiled eggs later that food colouring is the safest method to decorate your eggs.

Easter Basket Decorating

Can you really have an egg hunt without a basket to carry all your eggs? Sure you can always just use whatever container you have lying about, but there’s nothing better than a basket you’ve decorated yourself! Just like with eggs, there are plenty of ready kits that you can utilise or you can go your own way. If you choose the latter the best way to start is with a plain basket from your local crafts store. Grab yourself whatever decorative elements you like. A tuft of tule, craft paint, bows & ribbons, little decorative chicks, whatever you like!

This crafty activity is relatively easy so it’s perfect for younger and older family members. Even if you don’t anticipate participating in the hunt a nicely decorated basket is always useful and a cite little memento of a fun long weekend. After all, you don’t even have to decorate the basket to look Easter-y in any way if you prefer a more evergreen style!

The Hunt

OK we all knew it was coming. Easter egg hunts have become a staple of this holiday. It’d be crazy to not include it! But we still have a few ways to make sure your hunt goes off without a hitch.

First, count your eggs before they hide. This might be time-consuming but it is well worth it, especially if you have pets. (We all know how dangerous chocolate is for dogs.) If you count all your eggs before you hide them, you can count all the eggs the seekers find. If you know you hid 60 eggs, and they only find 47 you can send them back to find the remaining 13. Not only does this mean your pets won’t find the eggs later, it means that there won’t be random, old chocolate in your home. Is there anything worse than when chocolate gets old and white and gross? We’re willing to take a few minutes out of our day to avoid that fate.

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It’s hiding time

Once it’s time to hide the eggs you can get creative. Normally Easter egg hunts take place outside, but if you don’t have a large outdoor space then inside works just as well, if not better! There are plenty of clever, sneaky hiding places that the seekers might not consider at first. (This is great if you have seekers of different skill levels and want to challenge them all.) A few easy ideas could be underneath pillows, behind doors, in the pockets of coats hanging up, or even in the washing machine. Of course remember to leave some in easier spots like by the bathroom sink or even in the corners of rooms so the seekers don’t get discouraged.

Once all the eggs are found there can be a bit of jealousy if some seekers have more eggs than others. If you want to avoid this you can set a rule at the beginning of the day that once all the eggs are found they will be split evenly amongst all the seekers. This removes the competitive element all together and can actually foster camaraderie as the seekers may work together to find all the eggs.

Wrapping up the day

The long weekend may be long, but the day is not. At a certain point it’s time to pack everything up and call it a day. Generally, it’s a good idea to not devour all of your chocolate before day’s end. Easter eggs are often separately wrapped. This means you can eat one at a time (or two or three…) and leave the rest for later. A big haul of Easter chocolates can last you at least a few days. So enjoy a few chocolate eggs and maybe a nice hot chocolate (find a few crazy-good recipes here) as a long, egg-cellent, activity-filled day ends.

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking, playing video games, playing board games with friends, or binge-watching whatever's new on Netflix.