Easter is nearly here again, and we know it means a chocolate blow-out for the kids, and maybe for us too.
We've come up with 5 few ways to offset the inevitable Easter chocolate indulgence & energy highs in these housebound and "stay home" times.
As we are all aware - this Easter will still not be like an ordinary Easter. Going away to the family batch or spending time with extended friends and family is off the cards. So our goal is to help you keep it local - celebrate within your neighbourhood and remember this year that the Easter Bunny is extremely busy! It's okay if he can't visit every-house - it's about more than just chocolate!
Mama Knows Tips
Micro Scooters have been dubbed the new 'sanity saver' by mums across social media - so grab the kids scooters and save your sanity over the long weekend with these helpful and very doable tips.
1. Pre-hunt Local Bunny Spotting
Before the hunt, tell the kids you're sure you saw the Easter Bunny in the backyard or down your neighbourhood street - tell them he was pretty fast so they'll need their scooters. Take them out on a little mission to find him, ending up back at the house again where - oh my gosh - he's hidden the Easter Eggs :)
2. Colour in or Draw their Own Easter Bunnies to put in the Window
In an effort to keep it local - share the Easter love and uplift community spirt get the kids to draw a picture of the Easter Bunny to put in the window for other kids to find on their hunts. As we know that he may not be able to visit all the kids this weekend - he'll certainly be busy. So let's all do our part to make sure every kid can find a Bunny or two even if chocolate isn't involved. We've made some easter colouring-in sheets for the kids if they need some inspiration.
3. Remember the Easter Bunny Eats Carrots too!
If you can't get out to the supermarket or fit the Easter Eggs into the budget this year - don't worry! Grab some Carrots (the Easter Bunny Eats them too!) and use them as a replacement for chocolate Eggs. Kids will still love the challenge of hunting them out!
4. Make your Easter Egg/Carrots Hunt a Scooting Hunt
Hide the eggs/carrots well, and use clues that keep the kids scooting from one end of the garden to the other.
5. Make a Progressive Easter hunt partyWe love this idea... Enlist 3 or 4 friends that live within scooting distance to help make a progressive Easter Egg Hunt party. Have eggs hidden at each house, and get the kids to scoot to between houses ending up at yours for an awesome and easy Easter lunch. Get everyone to bring a dish!
6. Scoot off that chocolate
After the indulgence, keep the day car-free and go to the park for a scooter marathon or a big game of scooter tag. Get a scooter for yourself and make the kids' day by scooting the whole thing with them. Not only will they love you for it but you'll also be able to give yourself parenting brownie points for being a healthy role model. Scooting burns more calories than walking or cycling, 300 per hour in fact, and is an excellent lower body workout so it's big wins all round.
Other ways to keep Easter healthy "issssh"
Start the day right
We know every child wants chocolate for breakfast but a filling up with a healthy breakfast will help you and them overindulging later :) Try making delicious bunny-shaped pancakes and fruit salad instead. Plus the longer you wait, the more chores you can get them to do first!
It's a long weekend so no better time to plan fun energy-burning activities & go for a scoot to get some fresh air. Take a new walking trail, play some backyard cricket or just get out of the house and explore your local neighbourhood.
There are so many fun Easter crafts to do! Egg painting, puppets, colouring-in, baking... Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration :)
Try something other chocolate
Rather than overloading on Easter eggs that should last a few months into a few days, try to give them other small gifts. Heading into winter its a great time for a new set of PJs, a DVD, slippers or a book. Or maybe something more active... like a scooter!? ;)
Choose Quality over Quantity
Rather than buying in bulk of the cheap chocolate, spend the same amount on something a bit nicer. Even choosing dark chocolate over milk is that bit more healthy.
Small over large eggs
Rather than purchasing the biggest egg on the shelf, go for smaller eggs. The kids will love more little ones, especially if you've planned an Easter hunt!