Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids and one lazy dog, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Easter Fun

I'm still trying to come up with Easter ideas. It really sneaked up on me this year. If, like me, you need ideas, I have some of the food/craft/Easter hunt and basket ideas from the past couple of years below.


FOOD:

EGGS, EGG HUNTS, AND EASTER BASKETS:
  • Egg Dying and Decorating:There are lots of ways to decorate eggs. However, since we like to eat ours afterwards, I am only doing ideas that leave the eggs edible.
    • Eggs, Eggs, Everywhere...It's An Eggstravaganza!: Dying/Decorating eggs with food coloring, natural dyes, impressions, tissue paper, crayons, rubber bands, stickers, Diva Eggs, Lady Bug eggs. 
    • Painted Eggs (bubble wrap, painted designs, fingerprint animals)
    • Easter Eggs: Space InvadersGlitter, Snorkel
    • Crackle Eggs
    • Drip art eggs: I want to try these this year. They look fun and pretty easy. You stand your egg upright and over something that won't get ruined like a plastic plate. Place a drop of food coloring on the top of the egg. Using a spray bottle, mist the egg. Add a drop of a different color, mist again. You can even blow on the egg to make the colors go in different directions. Try adding a drop of food color to the side of the egg too.
    • Monster Eggs: with some glue dots, pipe cleaners, and stickers, you can create your own monster eggs!
    • Tattoo Eggs: Last year we You can also decorate eggs using temporary tattoos. Make sure the egg is completely dry before following the tattoo directions.
    • Ombre Eggs: Place a bottle cap on the bottom of a wide 8-10 oz glass. Set egg on the bottle cap. Mix up the dye (1 teaspoon vinegar, 40 drops food coloring, 1/2 cup boiling water). Pour dye into glass until 1/4 of the egg is covered. Let sit 5 minutes. Add plain warm water to cup until 1/2 the egg is covered. Let sit 3 minutes. Add more water to desired level. Wait 2 minutes. Repeat if want additional stripes. Carefully remove with tongs and let dry.
  • Egg Hunts:
  • Basket Filler Ideas
    • Star Wars Light Saber Popsicle Molds. I cannot wait to try these...I mean to have the boys try these. Amazon sells them, as well as ThinkGeek.
    • Slinkys (also in Target's Dollar Bins at the front of the store, $1)
    • Chocolate Maze (Target Dollar Bins, $1)
    • Reese's Giant Peanut Butter Egg. I found them at Target for $5.49, but Amazon sells some as well.
    • Lego's: any fun looking set, mystery minifigure packs, Mixel's (AmazonLego). Lego usually has holiday themed sets. This year, it is a cute yellow chick.
    • Jelly Belly's 
    • Play-Doh Eggs (I found a 4 pack at the grocery store for $3.50, although Amazon sells them too.)
    • Pencils and/or pencil sharpeners, markers, stickers, stamps, activity pads, etc. I find a lot of cute (and inexpensive) items for fillers at Party City.
    • Fill eggs with coins.
    • Vouchers. I was trying to come up with some other fillers for the boys baskets. Bernardo wants to start going to garage sales to look for Lego's this spring/summer. One of his eggs is going to have a voucher for garage sale money. It could even be for an extra hour of TV, get out of 1 chore, money to spend at a store/amusement park/zoo/aquarium, etc.
    • Movie tickets
    • DVD's (You can often find great deals at Target for under $5, at Half Price Books, and sometimes even at Michael's Crafts!)
    • Hot Wheels
    • Books
    • Mini nail polish, nail files, etc.

CRAFTS:
  • Clay Pot Baskets. These are super easy (and cute) baskets that work great as centerpieces.
  • String Up My Easter Treats. (string craft eggs)
  • Snowflake Style Eggs
  • Stained Glass Egg. Here are directions. They are for the pumpkin stained glass we made, so make an egg shape instead for Easter!
  • Marble Egg. We made a marble painted craft, which is lots of fun and look neat when it's done. After the paint dries, cut out an egg shape to have a nicely decorated Easter egg! You could even cut out multiple smaller eggs to form a garland, napkin rings, etc.
  • Bunny Basket. Easy to make bunny basket out of a paper bag.

ACTIVITIES:


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