Coloring Easter Egg Faces – Unplanned but Meaningful for Kids

This year instead of egg on our faces, as the expression goes, we ended up coloring Easter egg faces. It wasn’t planned but was very meaningful, for us all.coloring Easter egg facesColoring Easter eggs is something we do every year in one form or another. This year, we hard-cooked the eggs, got out the cups and spoons, and spread newspapers all over the table, like always. But the planned activity soon took a detour.

For a simple coloring solution, we pour a couple fingers of water in a mug, add a spoon or two of vinegar, and stir in a few drops of food color. So far, nothing was different, but after making the red color bath, we discovered there was barely any yellow left and the bottle of blue food color was empty. So much for dipping the eggs in red, yellow, or blue, coloring over with wax crayon, and dipping into another mug to make orange, green, and purple. We only had red. Although we hadn’t used green food color in the past, instead mixing yellow and blue to watch it make a new color, we did this time.

Big Sister dyed one egg red, drew hearts on it with a wax crayon, and popped it in green. The egg was a muddy brown with red hearts. Little Sister dyed her egg green, colored scribbles on it like grass with the wax, and then put it in red. The result was a similar color of muddy brown but with green streaks. The kids made a couple more muddy brown eggs and we were done. There would be no basket of eggs in all the colors of the rainbow on the table this year plus, so far, there hadn’t been cries of surprise and delight from combining colors and getting a new one. I tried to lighten the situation with the pun that our eggs weren’t “eggxactly cheery”.

Time to improvise. This is how our activity morphed into coloring Easter egg faces.

We checked the craft basket for stuff to glue on the eggs and found some eye, nose, and mouth stickers to make faces on photos and other items. Little Sister made a face on her egg and said it was jeery. I thought she was giving it a name and asked, “Do you mean Jerry?” Her response was probably to disagree with my comment that our eggs didn’t look cheery but the name stuck. She made Jerry a hat with the leftover strips from the basket and continued holding, talking, and cuddling. She told us, “I don’t feel so alone and afraid when I have my friend Jerry.” Jerry sat in his flower basket when she needed both hands and smiled at all of us.coloring Easter egg faces

This activity didn’t go as planned but there was deep significance for all of us. Adult expectations weren’t met for the final product, but for the kids it was highly meaningful. Coloring Easter egg faces was not usual. Maybe the muddy brown egg with a heart on it and the smiling egg face are symbols of what’s really important?

Two Easter Bunny Carrot Snacks Kids Can Help Make

What do Easter bunnies eat? They eat carrots and here are two quick, easy, and nutritious Easter bunny carrot snacks kids can help make. Yummy too. nutritious Easter snack

Carrots grow in a garden, in the dirt. To make a garden, open a tin of refried black beans. Using refried beans is much easier for mixing because they are already mashed. Kids can stir in a spoon of olive oil and a spoon of lime juice.  Kids do not like as much spice as adults so we only added a bit of cumin. It doesn’t take much to add a little flavor.nutritious Easter snack

Scoop this into a clear bowl and smooth down. The most fun part is planting the carrots in the garden. Little Sister did this by herself, using peeled baby carrots.

nutritious Easter snackFor the stem, adults need to poke a hole in the end of the carrot with a skewer. Poke in a small lettuce, celery, or spinach leaf or a stem of parsley. Rabbit-kids can munch on the carrots and dirt.

nutritious Easter snackFor a variation, instead of using black beans, open a tin of chick peas and make hummus. Drain the chick peas, and mash. Mix in a spoon or two of lemon juice and olive oil. Add some tahini (sesame seed paste) or nut butter. We skip the garlic at our house but do add cumin. Bunny-kids can plant carrots in this or just dip and munch.

Spending time together in the kitchen and cooking with kids is both fun and learning. Kids can help measure, stir, and mix. Even though the order of adding ingredients is not important in these snacks, there is still sequencing. The carrots can’t get planted until the black bean dip or hummus is made. When kids are part of the preparation, they are more likely to try different foods and make better food choices. These Easter bunny carrot snacks are great for between meals or maybe could they be an appetizer for the whole family?


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.
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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 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. Imagination 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 … Continue reading Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft & Imaginative Play

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