Everyone associates Easter with chocolate, but what if your kids are dairy-free or too young to indulge in a basket full of eggs?
First things first. My eight-year-old was relieved to hear that the Easter Bunny knows EVERYTHING, so there’s no fear of him turning up with a sack full of goodies that are unsuitable. While my eldest is dairy-free, my one-year-old hasn’t tried the chocolate yet so in both of their cases, Easter Bunny needs to think outside the box.
Thankfully, there are lots of ways to treat your little ones, so they don’t feel left out and still have a memorable day.
Here are some hints to ensure the hunt goes off without a hitch:
Eggs don't have to be chocolate
While Easter is all about eggs, they don’t have to be chocolate ones. Coloured plastic eggs are perfect for filling with little erasers, raisins, bubbles, stick-on tattoos, bouncy balls or kids jewellery. The element of surprise when they open them is all part of the fun. You could even do a treasure map for each child and mark the location of each one.
Create an "egg-stra" special breakfast hunt
As you won’t be having chocolate for breakfast, why not make the most important meal of the day "egg-stra" special. Head out for your hunt at the crack of dawn (you probably won’t have much choice about this anyway) and hide them an Easter-themed breakfast set including the all-important egg cup. The kids will be delighted with their hard-boiled eggs and you’ll all appreciate a hot breakfast after all the hunting!
Keep their minds active
There are tonnes of Easter-themed books available. From Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt, to Thomas Saves Easter, and while they’re a gorgeous gift, they’ll also keep them occupied while you’re making Easter lunch. If you want to keep them busy for a little longer then opt for an Easter activity book, sticker book or puzzle. If you have a LEGO or DUPLO fan in your house, they also do some cute spring-themed sets.
Get all dressed up
A pair of Easter pyjamas would be extra cute if you decide to make up a little hamper or basket. Failing that, a design featuring rabbits or even in subtle spring colours would ensure that they’re all snuggled up on Easter Sunday evening. A pair of bunny ears would make the picture from the hunt look perfect, while a touch of face paint (a blue or pink nose and whiskers) will make sure they look the part.