Enjoying special occasions with little ones can be tricky when you have to stay at home. This week our friends at Fred Safety have shared their top tips on how to make the most of your Easter weekend whilst staying safe indoors.
Enjoy Easter at Home Together
This Easter is going to be very different from the norm with everything that is going on in the world right now, but even though you won’t be able to celebrate with your extended family and friends this year, their are lots of little ways that you can make the celebration feel special and #stayhome. Here are some ideas that the whole family can enjoy…
- Make Easter nests by melting chocolate and mixing it with rice crisps, cornflakes or torn up shredded wheat. When they are cool, top with mini fluffy chickens, paper flowers or a small hollow egg wrapped in foil. (It is best to avoid hard mini eggs for little ones, read on to find out why)
- Paint eggs with your little ones. Poke a hole in both ends of the egg and blow the egg whites and yokes into a bowl (it is easier if you poke a skewer all the way into the egg to break the yoke before blowing) then cover those and keep them in the fridge to use in your cooking. Wash the egg shells under a running tap and then dry. Now your little ones can decorate & string together to make bunting.
- Make an Easter tree with some twigs that you can collect from your garden or during your daily exercise outside. Arrange them in a large vase and then decorate with the children’s painted eggs or make some decorations out of any craft bits you have at home. Alternatively, we have seen some families sharing pictures of their Christmas trees decorated for Easter on social media, which is a lovely idea to brighten up your home.
- Create Easter garlands by cutting out egg shapes, decorating and stringing up around the house. Or if you have tissue paper then you could make pompoms to string up, simply fold the tissue paper into a concertina shape, tie a string in the middle and then carefully peel out each layer of paper and fluff to make a fun pompom shape.
- If you have friends and family that you won’t be able to see this Easter then you can paint or colour some Easter themed pictures to send them in the post. They will love receiving your little ones beautiful artwork and it will give you and the children something to do to pass the time so it is a win/win!
Tips for an Alternative Easter Sunday
Some of our usual Easter traditions might need to adapt to fit the circumstances this year, but you can still make Easter Sunday feel like a special celebration. Here are our top tips to help make Easter feel different to any other day in lockdown…
- Go on a walk together and look for clues that the Easter bunny has been, like broken twigs that he might have trodden on or marks in the ground that could be his footprints.
- If you normally go to church on Easter Sunday then you could join some other members of your congregation on a video call and sing some songs, pray and read some passages together to feel connected and celebrate the meaning of Easter.
- Create an Easter hunt in your garden if you have one or around the house or flat if you don’t. You can leave little clues and make a map for them to follow, it will be really exciting for the children and help to make the day feel special.
- If you can’t get the ingredients you need to make your traditional Easter lunch then experiment with something new this year. Even the simplest meal can be made to feel exciting, you could arrange the food on their plate to look like a patterned Easter egg or a rabbits face.
- Put a plain paper tablecloth on the table or just use pieces of paper as an alternative table cloth and put colouring pens in the middle so the children can decorate the table while you relax and enjoy a longer lunch together as a family.
- Lots of the major supermarkets still have Easter eggs in stock so you should be able to get what you need when you do your weekly shop. If you are self isolating and can’t leave the house then order online so the Easter bunny can still visit this year. You could also use these delivery services to send eggs to friends and family that you can’t see this Easter. When choosing eggs for little ones, always remember to do the Easter egg test.
What is the Easter egg test?
Easter eggs are all part of the fun of Easter but when you’ve got little ones, it is really important to make sure that they don’t become a choking hazard. Small solid eggs like Mini Eggs and other varieties can be very hazardous for babies and young children because they can become lodged in their windpipe and the hard coating means that they won’t melt and loosen on their own.
Thankfully, there is such a large variety of eggs on offer that you can easily avoid these more hazardous choices and opt for the slightly larger, hollow eggs in colourful foil instead. Or you might choose some fun bunny shaped chocolates or similar for your egg hunt instead. When it comes to large eggs, simply crush them up into small pieces that your little one can eat easily or leave them as larger pieces for your little one to hold and bite off chunks.
If you are not sure what size to choose for Easter eggs then Fred Safety have designed a choke tester which comes as part of their Fred Home Safety Starter Kit. It helps you to identify items that pose a choke risk to babies and young children, simply insert them into the choke tester and if they fit snuggly inside then they could be a choke hazard.
You can get the whole family involved in checking for choking hazards with the Fred choke tester, older children will love going around the house and testing toys like lego inside. It is a great way of teaching older siblings about keeping baby safe in your home and keeping their toys tidied away out of reach of the little one.
The Easter egg test isn’t about stopping you and your family from having fun this Easter, it’s about making sure the whole family is safe and free to enjoy the celebrations. So please remember to check what the Easter bunny has brought before giving eggs to little ones this year. We hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe Easter while you #stayhome.