Easter

Ideas for Leftover Easter Chocolate

Too hard not to keep eating chocolate bunnies and eggs? Last year, one mom shared some ideas for leftover Easter chocolate: cookies and smoothies. These were so yummy that here is that post again.
^^ Enjoy! ^^

Ideas for Cooking with Leftover Easter Treats

Did the Easter Bunny leave lots of treats and now you are wondering what to do with the leftover Easter chocolate? You can cook and bake with it!

cookies leftover Easter chocolateChocolate bunnies and eggs can very easily be a special ingredient in a batch of cookies. For chocolate chip cookies use bits of leftover Easter treats instead of regular chocolate chips. Oatmeal cookies are another good choice, especially for lunches and snacks, because they are packable and nutritious.

banana yogurt chocolate smoothiePour melted chocolate over crunchy, non-sugar cereal, press into a square pan, cool, and cut into bars. You can even make s’mores in the oven in a pan with graham cracker, thin pieces of chocolate, marshmallow peeps, and another graham cracker on top. Do you ever add just a few chocolate chips to pancakes for breakfast? Try bits of Easter treats. A banana, yogurt, and spoon or two of chopped chocolate makes a delicious smoothie.

coooking with kidsMany of us, and not just kids but grownups too, have a sweet tooth and enjoy Easter chocolate and treats. Too much sugar isn’t good for any of us so using the basket of goodies in cooking and baking is a good strategy. Kids can help crush the chocolate, measure and stir ingredients, and mix up cookie dough.

After too many Easter treats, we may have to do a lot of egg-xercise, so making cookies is one way of spreading out the chocolate and candy. Children may have become quite attached to all their candy so they need to be included in the process. Adults worked hard to hide it all in the first place and we don’t want kids to hide it from us.

These are only a few ideas for leftover Easter chocolate. Does somebunny at your house have any more?

Easter Egg Hunt for Kids and Connecting to Nature

In different parts of the globe, there will be an Easter egg hunt for kids. An egg is basically two parts inside a shell, a white and a yolk. Looking for Easter eggs is also two parts, the fantasy of a bunny hiding decoratively colored eggs, and the reality of a rabbit, eggs, and nature in spring.Easter egg hunt for kids

In a way, spring is quite magical. The sun is so warm and welcome after the cold of winter. Colors of grass, flowers, new leaves, and blossoms contrast with the brown and grey of winter, and the white of snow that covered the dullness. Spring white is fluffy clouds, curly lambs, and popcorn trees. And so much color that it pops up in rainbows.

When kids get to go on an Easter hunt outside, they find more than eggs. They also find nature. No matter the weather in your area, usually this time of year is warm enough to spend some time outside. Did you know the average amount of time children in countries such as Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, is only 7 minutes a day? That’s less time than prisoners get to be outside.

As children search around for Easter treats they also see what’s happening in nature. Fingers that close around smooth eggs, also get to touch dirt, new grass, and warm or wet rocks. Skin gets to feel the sun, a breeze, or rain. The smell of chocolate may be mixed in with other smells, like grass trampled underfoot, damp earth, and spring flowers. Though nature seems to either whisper or shout, kids may hear her voice amidst their eager cries. As for taste, who can resist popping a treat or two into the mouth instead of the basket?

An Easter egg hunt for kids is a feast for the senses and gives them a chance for connecting to nature. Is there one in your community?

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft & Imaginative Play

Kids are natural scientists and amazing magicians.With this Easter Bunny paper plate craft, instead of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, they transform into one.

bunny ears paper plate craftImagination is a very powerful form of magic. Let your child color a paper plate, using paint, crayons, or markers. Once that part is done, adult hands need to help. Leaving an inch or two of band around the edge of the paper plate, trace 2 ears in the middle. These are long and thin and go right up the band. Make the base of the ears fairly wide. Carefully cut around them but do not cut thru the base. Bunny ears are fairly floppy but you can reinforce these with a piece or two of tape where they join the plate.

With this headband, kids are now the Easter Bunny. Little Sister used some plastic eggs in a bucket and hid them around the house for Big Sister to find. Once she had found them all, they traded places and Big Sister got to hide some. They played this several times, taking turns.

Little Sister wasn’t as fast to find the eggs so she needed some clues. Once, she hid an egg so well her sister couldn’t find it but she couldn’t remember where it was. They both had to search. Sometimes, things can be hidden in plain sight but are hard to see.

Kids don’t need magic wands. They have imaginations. Imaginative and pretend play gives them extraordinary powers. Kids can do anywhere and do anything in their play. A craft like this one isn’t really necessary but kids like to use a few props.

A leading expert in children’s learning and education, Sir Ken Robinson, believes that “imagination is the source of all human achievement.” We need creative and  imaginative thinkers for innovation.

Sir Ken Robinson, author and expert in learning and education, attributes human achievement to imagination. It is “one of the key components of creativity and innovation.” (The Importance of Imagination and Creativity in Children’s Development)

Imagination and creativity turn this Easter bunny paper plate craft into a playful opportunity for kids. Is somebunny playing at your house?

What to do with Leftover Easter Chocolate

Ideas for Cooking with Leftover Easter Treats Did the Easter Bunny leave lots of treats and now you are wondering what to do with the leftover Easter chocolate? You can cook and bake with it! Chocolate bunnies and eggs can very easily be a special ingredient in a batch of cookies. For chocolate chip cookies … Continue reading What to do with Leftover Easter Chocolate