Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, 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!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter Time!

Easter is coming up quickly this year. I am trying to come up with non-candy items for the boys' baskets. They're going to get a  jelly beans and Reese's eggs, but I want most of it to non-candy. I have a Lego minifigure mystery pack, a book for each of them. They are both playing soccer this year, so I'm thinking maybe some soccer gear? 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.

  • Egg dying and decorating: There are a lot of ways to decorate eggs, however I am only doing ideas that leave the eggs edible. We love eating our eggs!
    • Eggstravaganza: Dying with food coloring, natural dyes, impressions, tissue paper, crayons, rubber bands, stickers, Diva Eggs, Lady Bug eggs
    • Painted Eggs (painted designs, fingerprint animals, bubble wrap)
    • Crackle Eggs
    • Space Invaders, Glitter and Snorkel
    • Drip Art Eggs: These look fun and easy to do, but we haven't tried them yet. Stand egg upright and over something that will not get ruined (like a plastic plate). Place a drop of food coloring on the top of the egg. Mist the egg using a spray bottle. Add a drop of another color, mist again. Gently blow on the egg to make colors move in different directions.
    • Monster Eggs: using glue dots, pipe cleaners, and stickers.
    • Tattoo Eggs: Use temporary tattoos. Make sure is completely dry before following tattoo directions.
    • Ombre Eggs: Place a bottle cap on the bottom of a wide 8-10 oz glass. Set egg on bottle cap. Mix up the dye (1 teaspoon vinegar, 40 drops of food coloring, 1/2 cup boiling water). Pour dye into glass until 1/4 of egg is covered. Let sit 5 minutes. Add plain warm water to cup until 1/2 the egg is covered. Let set 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:
    •  New gear: soccer ball/cleats/shin guards/practice net, baseball cleats/ball/bats/bag/helmet/throw back, shoes: track/running, mouth guards, golf bag/balls/gloves/clubs, etc.
    • Vouchers: Vouchers can be for anything! Examples: extra hour of TV/game time, stay up late, get out of 1 chore, money to spend at a store/amusement park/zoo/aquarium, etc.
    • Star Wars Light Saber Popsicle Mold
    • Slinky's 
    • Chocolate Maze
    • Reese's Giant Peanut Butter Egg. Amazon sells some, but I found them cheaper at Target and the grocery store. I believe it was around $6.
    • Lego's: any fun looking set, mystery minifigure packs, Mixel's (Amazon, Lego). Lego usually has holiday themed sets as well; this year is an Easter Egg Hunt Set. They also have a keychain of Batman dressed in a bunny costume!
    • Jelly Beans
    • Play-Doh Eggs (Amazon, grocery store)
    • Art/Office Supplies: pencils, pencil sharpeners, markers, stickers, stamps, activity pads, etc. I find a lot of cute items at the Target dollar bins and Party City.
    • Fill eggs with coins.
    • Movie tickets.
    • DVD's. Half Priced Books, Michael's Crafts, and Target often have cheaper movies.
    • Books, book store gift cards.
    • Hot Wheels.
    • Mini nail polish, nail files, etc.
    • Amazon gift cards

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