EVERYTHING FAMILY &
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The 40 days before Easter
If lent is something that your family observes, find a recipe for making
pretzels and have fun doing this together. Kids like to roll the "rope"
shapes, form them into pretzel shapes and sprinkle the coarse salt on them.
These are a good activity for lent because the shape of the pretzel looks
like hands folded across the chest in prayer. It is said that the origin of
pretzels had to do with the meaning of the shape. If you don't have time to
bake, buy some pretzels (not the sticks) and talk about the shape and, if
you are so inclined, say a prayer together.
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Peek-a-Boo Easter Egg.
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Cover an inflated egg-shaped
balloon with several layers of paper maché strips. Allow it to
dry completely (a full day or more). Pop the balloon and cut
the paper egg in half.
Paint the inside of the egg. Place
Easter grass in the bottom and add small Easter decorations or
pictures to create a spring or Easter scene. Tape the top back
onto the bottom. Paint the egg white and then add colored
paint or decorate it with layers of pieces of tissue paper and
diluted white glue. Cut a hole in the top to let light in and
cut out a round peep hole on each side so you can see the
scene. Decorate the egg with flowers or ribbons.
Make a Milk Jug Bunny Toss Game
An adult can cut the mouth and front teeth from
a plastic milk jug. Use the handle as a nose. Draw features on the jug with
markers or acrylic paints. Cut ears out of construction paper, craft foam or
felt and glue or tape them in place. Add a pom pom nose. Then set the bunny
on a flat surface and toss jelly beans at the bunny to see how many you can
get into the bunny's mouth.
Decorate your table for Easter.
Easter Bird Nest Macaroons
Use your favorite recipe for coconut macaroons
or a package mix to prepare cookies. Before baking, add a few
jelly beans to the center of each drop of coconut macaroon
mix. When the cookies are done they will look like little
nests with Easter eggs in them.
Wobbly Egg Roll Contest
Take plastic Easter eggs that come in two
parts and open them. Place something inside like jelly beans
or coins to add weight. Then have a contest rolling the eggs
from point "a" to point "b". Because of the weight and the odd
shape of the eggs, they will wobble and not go quite in the
direction you might expect them to go, so it makes the contest
more fun. Several people can play at once as long at they all
have the same distance to push their wobble egg.
Easter Bonnet Cake
Bake a cake using one large pan
and one small pan. Position the small cake layer off to one
side of the large one. Decorate it to look like an Easter
bonnet. Add silk flowers and a ribbon bow. Create decorations
with frosting or place gum drops of different shapes to look
like flowers and leaves as decorations for your Easter bonnet.
Straw Easter Bonnet
Purchase a plain straw bonnet and
decorate it with silk flowers, ribbons and pieces of tulle. A
full-size bonnet can be hung on the front door or a wall as a
decoration. Mini-bonnets look lovely on an Easter tree (See
column to the right) or can be worn as jewelry if you attach a
pin to the back of them.
Use marshmallows to make your own Easter
A painted branch
in a flower pot becomes an Easter egg tree.
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Make these with children the night
1 Cup whole pecans
1 Cup sugar
1 tsp Vinegar
3 Egg Whites
Pre-heat oven to 300°.
Place pecans in the
zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon
because Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers after he was
Give children a chance to smell
the vinegar because when Jesus was thirsty on the cross they
gave him vinegar to drink.
Add egg whites to the
vinegar. Eggs represent life and Jesus gave His life to give
Sprinkle salt in each
child's hand and let them taste it. Put a pinch in the bowl.
The salt represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers.
Add one cup of sugar.
This is the sweet part of the story because Jesus loves us.
Beat with a mixer on
high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. It will be
white, the color that represents purity in God's eyes of those
Jesus cleansed from sin.
Fold in the broken
pecans and drop by teaspoons on a waxed-paper-covered cookie
sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where
Jesus' body was laid.
Put the cookie sheet
in the oven and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of
tape to "seal the tomb" (the oven door).
Go to bed. Jesus
followers were sad after He was buried.
On Easter morning,
open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Note that the
cookies are hollow. The tomb is empty. Jesus is risen!
(Source: This was in our church bulletin quite
a few years ago and my grandchildren look forward to making