Children Love Easter

Easter egg hunts, chocolate candy, fluffy bunnies and even new Sunday clothes. What’s not to love? I remember as a child looking forward to Easter because I would get a new dress with a matching bonnet, shoes and some times a pretty little purse. We would always go to church and share our love of the Savior. Easter reminds us of the resurrection of Christ and gives us hope in life after death.

You can help children get in touch with the real meaning of Easter if you point out the symbolism instead of just getting them excited about the Easter bunny coming. By spending special times together reading Easter books and talking about what is important to you, you will help them love Easter for the right reasons. Here are a few things you can make together that are not difficult and fun too.

Try Natural Dyes this Year

Natural dyes for egg coloring

Orange: Onion skins
Red: beets, raspberries, cranberries, grape juice, or red onions
Yellow: yellow onion skins, Golden Delicious apple peels, orange peels, saffron, lemon peels, shredded carrot, celery seed, walnut shells
Light Blue: frozen blueberries, thawed
Pale Green: spinach
1/4 ts Vinegar

Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating, which could prevent dye from sticking. Boil eggs with one of the above-listed ingredients. Add 1/4 tsp vinegar to water. Simmer for 20 minutes

Cupcake Baskets

This Easter, decorate this cute little cupcake basket with jellybeans.

What you will need:

1 dozen cupcakes
Pipe cleaners or red licorice
2 cups white icing
Sweetened shredded coconut, colored with green food coloring
1 bag jelly beans

First, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Bend a pipe cleaner or a piece of red licorice into an arch and push the ends into the sides of each cupcake. Shake the shredded coconut in a stainless steel bowl. Sprinkle on food coloring bit by bit, mixing vigorously to distribute the color Place a pinch of shredded coconut on each iced cupcake. Now place three jellybeans on the "nest" of coconut. Tie a small ribbon bow on the pipe cleaner or licorice handle at a jaunty angle. Put one cupcake basket by each place setting at Easter brunch or give them as gifts.

Fun Facts About Easter

Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are made each year for Easter .

Five million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter each day.

Sixteen billion jelly beans are made for Easter (that’s enough to completely fill an 89 feet high and 60 feet wide plastic Easter egg)

Eighty-two percent of Americans say they would prefer a chocolate or candy bunny for Easter, while only four percent say they would prefer a live rabbit.

The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

Sixty three percent of Americans would most like to receive a chocolate bunny on Easter morning, followed by ten percent preferring marshmallow bunnies.

Bribery works: Seventy five percent of kids are willing to do extra chores for extra Easter candy.

The largest Easter egg ever made was just over 25-ft high and made of chocolate and marshmallow according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The egg weighed 8,968 pounds and was supported by an internal steel frame.



Cute Little Bunny Cakes

What you will need:

A cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe)
White icing
Shredded coconut
Pink decorators' sugar
Large marshmallow
Mini marshmallows
Jellybean nose
Chewable Sweet Tart eyes

Frost a cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with white icing and sprinkle on shredded coconut fur. Cut a large marshmallow in half width wise. Squeeze each half slightly to give it an oval shape, then decorate the sticky side of each one with pink decorators' sugar and set them in place for ears. Add a jellybean nose and either jelly bean or snipped Sweet Tart eyes, and mini marshmallows for cheeks. For a finishing touch, draw on decorators' gel pupils or whiskers if you like.

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/easter-bunny-cupcakes-685427/

Edible Easter Baskets

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 cup miniature marshmallows
3 Shredded Wheat biscuits, crushed or can use rice crispies although the shredded wheat look more like a real basket
Jelly beans or small chocolate eggs

Place butter in medium bowl. Microwave at full power for 30 to 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows, stirring to coat. Microwave at full power for 30 to 60 seconds, or until marshmallows puff and mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in crushed cereal. Shape into Easter baskets and when cool, fill with jelly beans. Makes 4 to 6.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much) Pamela99. Glad you enjoyed it.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Good hub. I like the pictures and you have some good ideas. Thanks.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

'ppreciate all the comments. May you all have a blessed Eastertime.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Oh! This hub brings back so many wonderful memories of Easter's past when my children were younger. I absolutely love the pictures that you have chosen.

You have some really terrific ideas and have written a very beautiful hub. So glad I stopped by.

Sage


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LianaK 6 years ago

Love the pictures. I have wonderful memories of Easter growing up. It was a very peaceful holiday and loved coloring eggs. My daughter is also a very girly girl and loves dressing up. Thanks for the wonderful holiday and fun tips.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I'm not a kid, but all this tempts me! These are some great ideas, elayne...I can't wait for Easter! Adorable pictures!!!!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I was excited to check my hubs and saw so many wonderful comments. I appreciate all of you. Easter is truly a wonderful time for us to reflect on the past and have hope for our future. Aloha!!


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JannyC 6 years ago

Enjoyed this. I also loved the fun facts. Can't believe easter is coming soon where the time go.


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Rachaelle Lynn 6 years ago from Gainesville, Florida

I was drawn in by the very first two lines! I LOVED picking out my Easter dress - I have always been very girly. I always got a hat and purse, tights, and patent leather shoes. Everything had smocking, flowers, and ruffles. When I look back I realize how much of a stretch that must have been for my parents financially, but my mom always made a big deal out of it. I wore the ensemble to Mass, and remember realizing, even at that age, that Easter was a time for new beginnings - the Resurrection, springtime, and my new outfit. :) I still feel that way. Thanks for "resurrecting" such great memories.


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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

Super Easter ideas - thanks! Best, Sis


Keira7 6 years ago

Hi my lovely friend, sorry for the delay. I love Easter,and everyting about it. Very good tips and great recipes. Thanks for sharing. Bless you.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you a very informative hub


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

My kid's school is having a special easter fair and they need all the ideas people can give..so this is going to be most handy! Am definitely going to try some of these recipes .. also taking a print out of those 'fun facts' to share. Thanks for sharing! :)

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