This year we are encouraging time spent together/experiences over candy.
Not that the Easter Bunny isn’t bringing some candy … but just not very much.
This year, the kids will open their eggs and find little treasures (like lip gloss for the girls or a mini Lego set for Cade) and also water colored coupons such as these:
(Re-doing these for fun amounts like .04 and 1.88 and .23 – goes further and makes them have to add up their loot!)
Other coupons are for lunch with Dad alone. Me alone. Perusing the toy store aisles without a time limit, a stay up late pass, pick your favorite dinner coupon, etc.
Trying to encourage activities that do not cost a lot, but are rich in time together, which is something I am always trying to improve upon … (curse you, Pinterest!).
The Easter Bunny is leaving individual notes in each egg basket for the kids. Each will have a treasure key of colors to hunt for in the yard. Eliminating competition and allowing the Bunny to hide Cade’s eggs (blue and green) in higher, harder places than the girls (who will have pink and orange vs. purple and yellow, respectfully). It also ensures everyone gets exactly the same amount. Believe me, they notice.
Then their baskets will be hidden. Each will get a new bunny (Who’s Toys has the BEST SELECTION EVER) a movie, crayons for the bathtub, bubbles, etc.
What do you stuff into your eggs? I feel like this is the first year any of them really care. So much fun!
This last picture is of my old house in Colorado for my sister’s bridal shower. I think I might use a similar menu for Easter Bunch!
French Toast Kabobs, Yogurt Parfaits, a Honey Ham, Fruit Salad, Lemon Bars, etc.
What about you?
I figured we’ve got a week or so to figure this all out before it’s Go Time. I hate seeing “after the event” pictures on blogs and wishing I had had some of those ideas PRIOR, so I’m trying to do my part!