Easter… what comes to minds, our own little family traditions- the Easter Egg Hunt, "pampoen koekies" on the table and some pickled fish now don’t we?
When thinking of Easter Sunday, I remember nostalgic memories of my brother, the cat, the dog (which had to stay in for this day) sitting on Mom’s bed while she told made up story of the Easter Bunny hiding some special eggs. For some strange reason, my Dad could never join us for this unfortunately…but my mother’s lap dog entertainment made up for it.
After the nostalgic story which could last to up to half an hour… we would hear the tinkle of a tiny Delft bell downstairs and we would be off – for the nostalgia Easter egg hunt, the highlight of our childhood! Shouts of “The Easter Bunny is here!” rang out above the excited barks of the dog. For some odd reason this would coincide with Dad who would come running up the stairs, visibly out of breath hardly (because he has hidden some Easter eggs in the garden…Mom keeping the dog away on her lap hehe ;) so they won’t gulp them up before we could find them). My brother and I would race down the stairs, closely followed by the barking, madly excited dog who thought that it was another race which he could win, leaving the poor Siamese hiding under the bed - wanting nothing to do with all this hysteria, as she is a pride arrogant cat after all. We would grab our baskets by the door and race into the garden to start our hunters game. Each basket was decorated with either a blue or green ribbon because we would only be allowed to collect matching eggs to put in our baskets-that way nobody could cheat or have more choccies than the other. The brother, being slightly older and initially maybe a bit more sure-footed, was one to watch closely and had to be carefully monitored with regard to the number of eggs he collected-and sometimes he had some extra green ribbons (that was his colour after all) and tie it to my Easter surprises…to have more eggs hidden than me!
“Bush diving” was at the order of the day and Dad could only shake his head while we trampled his ferns in search of those delectable chocolate eggs-we crushed and ruined a few in search of our treasures to make Easter better than Christmas. After all the delectable has eggs been found - again by some odd coincidence, Dad knew exactly where they had been hidden… but as little children we assumed that he and the Easter Bunny were close friends (and I was jealous to be honest, because I mean, who does not want to be best friends with the Easter Bunny, the Bunny who gives you chocolate eggs and marshmallow eggs with a yellow yolk insdie!?) the “checking-up-if-my-brother-hasn’t-done-his-younger-brother-in” started…. And he did it… but the parents didn’t notice… that might explain my better figure haha.
Fond memories indeed… but now it is time to get some new memories at the Blaauwklippen family Market with our Easter Egg hunt this Monday!
We found 7 fun Easter Egg Hunt ideas for you to do with your children this Easter.
1. The Traditional Hunt
As mentioned, keep the little ones occupied while your better half hides the eggs. In the event of more than one child, tie a ribbon around a number of baskets which is equal to the number of children participating in the hunt. Be sure to mark the eggs with a coloured sticker which corresponds to the ribbon on the basket. See to it that every child gets the same number and size eggs. Hide the eggs in the garden and say your farewells to your shrubs and flowers while you are at it. Sit back and enjoy the fun.
Cut out bunny paw prints from any cardboard. Use flower and create a path where the bunny walked. Hide the eggs along the path. Two little prints alongside each other will indicate where the egg is to be found. This should be much kinder on your garden and get the imagination of the little one flowing.
3. Strings Attached
This one calls for a bit more effort. Buy different colour balls of wool, again the number of children determines the number of colours you will need. String it on the ground around the garden. If the children are old enough, maybe even up a tree. Set up various check points along the route. At these check points have the children recite their favourite rhyme, ask them a question, get them to draw a picture of the Easter Bunny or let them do some physical activities. They have to successfully complete each challenge at the check point in order to advance to the next one. Have a basket filled with Easter eggs waiting for them at the end of the line. This idea is great to promote a bit of physical activity (which is need before they hit that dreaded sugar rush later), improve mental ability and encourage creativity.
This one is great for teaching a small child about nature and shapes. Draw a map of your garden with certain land marks. Allow the child to “guide” you through the route by which he/she needs to identify certain landmarks. A basket of eggs will await him/her where the eggs mark the spot.
This idea is more suited for those on a tight budget or who is looking to make Easter last a bit longer or having the entire family involved. Cut out a couple of egg shape from a piece of paper. Hand each family member a couple of the “egg coupons”. Encourage them to decorate it on one side and ask them to write a fun activity or “favour” on the back of it. This can be watching a movie together or playing a round of Monopoly. On Easter Sunday these eggs can be handed to different family members and all the activities have to be done within a month.
6. Scavenger hunt
This one could lead to some funny yet disturbing photos. Hide certain parts of the bunny around the garden. The child needs to find all these parts in order to get the basket. At the end of the hunt, the child will be dressed like an Easter bunny, which will make for a great photo on Facebook.
7. Join us at the market
On Monday 28 March 2016, we will be hosting our annual Easter Egg hunt at the market. The Easter Bunny is a great fan of the market and did not hesitate when we asked him if he would take the little ones on a hunt at Blaauwklippen. The hunt will start at 11h00 and we will meet up opposite the carriage museum entrance.