It's Easter Holidays still... just not as we know it!

Ideas on things to do and ways to keep sane and safe this strange Easter holiday.

The Easter holidays aren’t cancelled, this year it’s just a bit different... Read on for some ideas on how to stay sane and safe this holiday with the family on lockdown.

 

No doubt about it. The Easter holidays are going to look and feel quite different this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate, just that it might be a bit different.  

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand said “You'll be pleased to know that we do consider both the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers.”  

We agree.  

Easter isn’t cancelled. So, if you've got some bouncing bunnies at home, these Easter holidays are a time to have some gentle fun without breaking lockdown - or the bank.  

Here's some ideas to inspire you: 

  1. Are you getting enough Vitamin N? 

Nature is important to our mental health, and a daily dose of Vitamin N, or nature, can really help. Connecting with nature is possible in lockdown, even if you don’t have your own garden. Enjoy the nature and the wildlife on your doorstep - you might not have realised it was there! 

At the time of writing, the government advice is that exercise outdoors is permitted  once a day whilst observing social distancing.  

Nature activities: there’s some great ideas from the Woodland Trust, including loo roll bird feeders and ladybird potato stamps.  

 

Nature art: look for natural art materials such as leaves, petals, stones and sticks and use them to create a picture. You could also use the things you find to paint with and create interesting patterns and effects. 

Nature bingo: go for a walk. See what types of nature you can spot, and who will find the most?

Bird spotting: take part in the RSPB’s #BreakfastBirdwatch

Spring scavenger hunt: who will find the most natural treasure? 

 

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Grow your own: you don’t need a garden to grow your own veggies, just some seeds and a shallow tray or pot. Grass (or yoghurt-pot) eggheads are easy to do and they grow fast!  

Build a bug hotel: Create a creepy-crawly community centre on your own doorstep. 

You might find this blog useful too, it talks about wellbeing and staying active. 

 

2. The alternative Easter Egg Hunt 

Egg hunts aren’t just for the Easter weekend!  

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Easter eggs in windows hunt: last week we put rainbows in windows for children to spot as they went on their daily walk, so how about creating some Easter egg displays for your window or door and start an egg hunt on your street?  

Online egg hunts: Leamington Spa usually hold an Easter egg hunt where eggs are hidden in shop windows throughout the town for you to find. Not this year though, the eggs are all hidden online on their website instead. There’s 15 to find with letters on, unscramble the words and you could win a prize! 

Egg hunt at home: solve the clues to lead you to the treasure, or you could try a treasure map. Stuck for clue ideas? T

 

Virtual egg hunt: get together with friends online and share the clues to the hidden treasure

 

  1. Going out, without going out! 

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Virtual days out: We can’t go on holiday or day trips, so check out our list of virtual egg-citing trip ideas instead. 

Head to the farm: virtually of course! 

Virtual Easter Trails: some of the National Trust properties are offering virtual Easter trails, check out these ones at Blakeney Nature Reserve and Horsey Windpump.

 

 

 

 

  1. Easter activities, arts and crafts 

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There are loads of brilliant craft ideas online to keep everyone busy.  

Check out the Activity Village for Easter-related activities and craft ideas. Twinkl has lots of free resources too (search for Easter). 

Egg decorating: plenty of egg decoration inspiration from the Artful Parent. For the more artistic among us, these decorated egg ideas are beautiful.

Make and send Easter-themed cards: make your Easter cards, take a photo and send them to friends by email or messenger. 

Get virtual: have an online craft competition or virtual Easter bonnet parade.  

Got any toilet rolls? We found this easy-to-make toilet roll bunny!   

Make an Easter tree or wreath together: decorate branches with feathers, ribbons, and pompoms. You could also make an Easter wreath for your door using the same materials. 

Make your own games: how about pin the ears on the rabbit?  

 

More craft ideas: 

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  1. Be social on social with virtual get-togethers and just be kind to yourselves!

We can’t get together, so plan virtual get-togethers instead. Virtual quizzes, meals, social events, and even meetings at the virtual pub, are quickly becoming commonplace. Try one of the video conferencing apps such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and Facetime.  

But if all you can manage some days is to get up, watch 'Hop' on repeat with the kids or relax screen time rules for a little peace- do that too! It is a challenging time for everyone and nurturing ourselves and our families at this time is really important. It may look like everyone else is doing just fine- but what we put on social media can be different to the reality too! Be kind, stay safe, and try to keep it calm! 

Happy Easter Everyone form the Fostering Team

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