|Chris my brother coloring eggs late 1960's|
Then on Easter Sunday, we would always have an Easter egg hunt after Church services. My parents would scatter the plastic colored eggs which would be filled with candy and coins, and try to hide them in our yard. Then we would run all over the yard and see how many we could find. That tradition continued when my brothers and I had children of our own. It was always fun and great activity for the kids.
After Easter dinner is finished and the table is being cleared, it is a perfect time to play a multitude of games and participate in some fun activities. You can find these games and many others on the internet. You will be able to learn how to play them and you can even print out coloring pages as well.
But these are some of my favorites:
1. Guess how many M&M’s are in a jar
2. A scavenger hunt---kids love to find things
3. Egg on a spoon race
4. Easter Bingo game
5. Easter Coloring pages
6. Pass the Easter egg (similar to hot potato)
7. Word finds and puzzles with Easter theme
8. Baking Easter cookies and cupcakes/nests with coconut
I do have a fun and easy recipe that you can do with your children for a really cute Easter Bunny Cake. My niece Lauren made this Bunny Cake for my parents one Easter a few years ago. I am sure most of my readers have seen this cake and may have made it before, but for those of you that are not familiar with this recipe I will be happy to share it with you.
1 pkg. cake mix, (any flavor)
2 cans ready to spread vanilla frosting
¾ cup of marshmallow fluff (which you combine with vanilla frosting)
2 cups Baker's angel flake coconut
2 snowballs (coconut cupcakes: white)
Candy to decorate (jelly beans (for eyes) M&M’s etc.)
Prepare and bake cake in two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans as directed on package. Pour batter evenly into pans. Cool completely. Prepare fluffy frosting with food coloring. Cut one of the cake rounds as shown in first diagram to form ears and body.
Frost sides of each cake piece. Assemble pieces as shown in lower diagram on cookie sheet, large tray or 18x15 inch cardboard covered with aluminum foil. Frost top of cake.
Sprinkle about 2-2/3 cups coconut evenly over top and sides of cake, gently pressing coconut onto sides.
In small bowl, toss 3/4 cup coconut with 2 to 3 drops red food coloring until evenly colored. Repeat with 1-1/4 cups coconut and 2 to 3 drops green food coloring.
Sprinkle pink coconut over ears and bow tie; outline with chocolate chips. Use snowball cupcakes for cheeks Decorate bunny face using jelly beans for eyes (and maybe even a pink nose!). Sprinkle green coconut evenly around cake for grass. Surround the bunny with foil wrapped chocolate Easter eggs.
I wish each one of my readers a very “Blessed” and “Happy Easter.” Try this recipe, it is easy and fun. It gets your kids involved. They really love to help and it gives them self esteem that they have created a wonderful dessert. Also enjoy playing games with your children and I hope that new traditions will be born with your family and friends. Till next time…….
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