It may be Good Friday but it is not too late for some Easter related activities. I know its Good Friday and for optimal blog viewing I should have written and published this on like Monday but aint nobody got time for that when there’s 5 smallies on school holidays!!!
I love Easter and have always made a concerted effort to get a good balance of Jesus dying for our bins (according to Amelie, I’m not correcting her any time soon) and the Easter Bunny.
My kids know the Easter story to the best of their abilities and we recount it during the period running up to Good Friday. In the spirit of Jesus giving his life for all of us I play a fun game with the kids that from now I shall call ‘Chores in the bucket’ (because essentially that’s what it is and I can not for the life of me think of anything better). Everyone writes down one household chore that they really hate doing or don’t want to do that particular day. We fold them up and put them into a bucket. Everyone takes turns to pick a chore and then has to complete the chore they chose. This year Luis ended up doing Maxi’s bunny chores and Amelie had to make Luis’ bed and so on. It is a hands on approach to getting the message home that sometimes we have to do something crummy for the people we love, and a reminder of what Jesus did because he loves us. I know at least 90% of my readership just gagged at that last bit #sorrynotsorry, I don’t often do religious blogging so humour me.
Once our selfless acts are done and we have reflected a bit on Jesus and how nice he was we then have some fun. Easter Nest cakes are always a winner here and even Cora can manage them and there is no worry about bowl/spoon licking. The age old classic recipe; melted chocolate, cornflakes/rice krispies/shreded wheat all mixed together with some mini eggs tastefully arranged on top is one you cant go wrong with. Even I of numerous baking disasters cant mess this up. Plus – Gluten free for Jesus and for the win!
Baking with up to 5 children at once I find it so much easier to prep everything on the table and then let the kids go wild for 30 minutes then throw everyone outside and clean up. Advance preparation makes baking activities much more fun for all parties. Once our cakes were done Maxi and Amelie decided to have fun in the little shop and sell their baked goods!
Other Easter related activities we enjoy here at the Clevs are watching ‘The Prince of Egypt’ and ‘Hop’, Easter egg hunts, family spring cleaning, and of course the standard food fayre of salmon today and roast leg of lamb on Sunday with hot cross buns and ten tons of chocolate for good measure.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.