You’ve finally got the kids back to school, and then just three weeks later it’s the Easter holidays! But fear not, with lockdown restrictions easing, the clocks going forward and days getting longer, there are brighter days ahead – and plenty of ways to keep your children entertained over the holidays.
From 29th March, in line with most schools breaking up for the Easter holidays, lockdown restrictions are set to ease to allow outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households to take place. This means you could have another family over in your garden or meet in a local park, so why not organise some fun Easter-themed games for the kids to enjoy? You could have a mini sports day in the park including an egg and spoon race or bunny hop race – both great ways to burn off some of the kids’ excess energy.
If you’re meeting in a back garden, an Easter egg hunt is perfect for little ones. Hobbycraft has some Easter egg hunt templates that do all the hard work for you. You can download them for free and they have clues for both outdoor and indoor hunts (in case the weather isn’t so nice, though remember, this will have to just include your own household as guests won’t be allowed inside).
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen. People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports, so it’s worth checking to see if there are any holiday activity clubs open for your kids to take part in.
Rainy day activities
It’s safe to say the weather can be unpredictable in Britain, so plan for some indoor activities for the kids to enjoy.
Easter’s a great time for baking as there’s so many Spring-themed things to make. Biscuits are a really easy option for kids to bake and decorate and bbcgoodfood.com has loads of Easter-themed recipes including an easy recipe for egg-shaped biscuits. You don’t have to stick to eggs though, you could do bunny or chick shapes, or use whatever cookie cutters you might have in. You can also use up any leftover chocolate (if there is any!) to make chocolate cakes or brownies.
Or, why not have have an egg-decorating competition for your kids and their friends? Just hard boil some eggs for 10 minutes and let them cool before letting them loose with paints, feathers and glitter! You can even set a theme for them to stick to, like their favourite animal or hero, with the winner receiving an Easter egg.
How does your garden grow?
By the beginning of April spring is well on its way, and it’s the perfect time to get your children involved in gardening. You don’t need to do anything complicated or even need much space – try growing easy edibles like herbs and lettuce, which can be planted in pots or a window box, or even cucamelons (they taste like cucumbers but look like mini watermelons). It’s definitely a fun one for kids to try!
Seeds are really cheap and if your kids take an active part growing them it might encourage them to eat their veggies. Gardener’s World website also has some great ideas for kids to get involved in the garden, including making bug hotels, fairy gardens and colourful containers.
Check your summer uniforms
Last spring was surprisingly warm, so it’s definitely time to do a stock take of your kids’ summer uniforms. Get your kids to try on their uniforms to check to see if they still fit and are in good condition. Do you have enough short-sleeved shirts? Remember, Trutex stocks a number of plain uniform items such as shorts, skirts and shirts to last them throughout the summer term and beyond. These can be ordered online and delivered straight to your door.