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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
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)
Pink decorators' sugar
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.
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.