Now that the Easter holidays have hopped upon us, it is not only a time for family and friends but for all things sweet. Amongst all the chocolate eggs and sweets consumed and the list of things to do, we are here to help make sure your Easter fun is friendly to the environment.
The all-important Easter egg hunt
We don’t know about you, but nothing is more fun than scrambling around looking for free chocolate no matter what your age is.
So if you are planning an egg hunt this Easter, but are looking for ways to make it more sustainable, try out these ideas for an eco-friendly Easter egg hunt:
- Reuse Easter baskets: If you have any leftovers from last year, perfect. If you haven’t done an Easter egg hunt before, you could use:
- A storage basket or better yet create your own using leftover cardboard from an Amazon order
- Add on a few stickers and sequins
- Pop in some shredded paper or grass and there you have it, you are all ready to hunt for those delicious chocolate eggs.
- Choose eggs without plastic wrapping: Either buy Easter eggs in bulk, to minimise the packaging or you could:
- Wrap the eggs with your own wrapping (such as tin foil and reuse it again)
- Or check out marketplaces like Etsy, where you can buy personalised & reusable eggs
- Shop locally for your Easter treats: Try visiting a local retro sweet shop and bring your own reusable bags to stock up on sweets such as chocolate mice, mini eggs, and milk chocolate jazzies. Or even better, you could make your own baked goods at home for an added activity (scroll down for a recipe).
An eco-friendly Easter family picnic
We are all crossing our fingers for some lovely weather this Easter, and if the sun decides to come out to stay, what better way to spend some time outdoors, than with a family picnic.
Picnics can often create a lot of waste but with a little bit of planning, you can make sure your picnic will be waste-free.
Here are a few tips on how to do it:
- Use reusable bottles for beverages such as water and juice as well as a thermos flask for hot drinks and soup
- Grab some reusable containers for food such as sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, and any other little snacks. You can never have too many snacks for a picnic
- Use what you have at home to create just what you need to enjoy a picnic feast. From Pitta Pizzas to a quick tomato pasta, sometimes there is nothing quite like a homemade sandwich, it will be kinder to your pocket too.
Time to get crafty.
Nothing quite says getting into the spirit of Easter more than arts and crafts. Rather than running to the shops, why not keep the kids busy by letting them make some DIY Easter treats and decorations.
It really isn’t Easter without chocolate treats or better yet chocolate nests. All the ingredients you need to make them are:
- shredded wheat (cornflakes will work too)
- a big bar of chocolate
- mini chocolate eggs.
- Start by melting the chocolate and breaking up the shredded wheat.
- Mix them both together and then put a portion in a cupcake case, finish it off with some mini eggs on top.
- Then put them in the fridge to set
These are not only yummy but super easy to make.
Egg Carton Easter Wreath
An ‘egg carton Easter wreath’ would make for a great decoration and really give the wow factor. All you will need is some egg cartons, scissors, paint, string, cardboard and PVA glue. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to make it.
Easter egg leaves
A simple and cost-effective craft where your little ones can turn leaves into pretty Easter eggs. Pop outside and gather a selection of egg-shaped leaves (alder leaves work the best) and decorate them. Use whatever materials you have at home to create a range of patterns, and then create a small hole and hang them like a garland across your fireplace or shelf.
Also, check out our blog on 5 activities to do with children outdoors if the weather ends up being sunny after all.