7 Days of Easter Fun- budget friendly

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My son Ethan is spending his first Easter away from home this year. His grandparents are taking him to the beach-lucky! So, I created 7 days of Easter fun for the week before he leaves so he and I can still celebrate together.

Day 1: No bake Birds Nests with Peeps

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You may have seen these around Pinterest in various forms but this is the way my family makes them. It’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet and it’s also cheaper too! ūüėČ

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Bag of Plain Easter M&M’s
  • 2-3 C. of Mini Pretzel Sticks, broken
  • A box of Peeps

Optional Ingredients: You can add jelly beans, or mini chocolate eggs to decorate your nests

Directions:

Empty bag of M&M’s into a medium bowl. Break pretzel sticks over the M&M’s adding just enough to make an even consistency of both ingredients. For us, this took just under 3 cups. Stir ingredients then heat on high in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat this process until the majority of the M&M’s have melted. Crushing the shells when stirring will help this along. Note: You can also do this step using a double boiler.

Scoop melted mixture into a pre-sprayed muffin pan. This recipe should yield 8 filled muffin cups. Take a spoon and squish in the center, creating a dip to resemble a nest shape.

Either place in the refrigerator or allow to set at room temperature then remove using a spoon. Add your peeps and/or other candies and enjoy!

Day 2: Scrap Paper Egg Craft

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This is so simple and easy, and it’s a great craft to get the kids involved in! Cut out an egg shape on paper then glue strips of colored or patterned paper onto the egg. When fully covered, turn over and cut around the edge following your egg shape. And now you have a beautiful piece of art you can cherish each Easter for years to come!

Day 3: Jell-O Eggs

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This was something my eldest son really got involved with! Because of the simplicity of this idea, he was able to do it all himself!

What you will need:

  • 6-8 Large Plastic Eggs, or 10-12 Small Ones
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Medicine Syringe (like the kind you get from the drug store)
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Cooking Spray
  • 4 Flavors of Jell-O

Directions:

Take one blade of your scissors and twist the tip into the hole at the top of your eggs, making the hole big enough for your medicine syringe tip to fit in comfortably. Clean out your plastic eggs then dry. Place tape over the holes on the bottom of your eggs (I used three small pieces, just to be on the safe side). Spray your cooking spray on the insides generously. Close eggs and place in carton, top side up.

Empty your Jell-O packets into four separate bowls for each flavor. Boil 4 cups of water, then add 1 cup to each bowl and stir until dissolved. Take your syringe and fill to the top line then insert into the top hole of an egg. If your syringe only goes up to 5ml, fill twice. Then repeat this process until all eggs are filled with that flavor. Place in freezer and allow to harden (5-10 minutes for large eggs, 3-8 for small). You can peek through a hole while turning egg to the side to make sure no liquid rolls around. Continue to layer the flavors, allowing hardening time in between each layer. When filled to the top, place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.

They’re almost ready to eat! You can run your eggs under hot water for up to three seconds, but for mine, they didn’t even need it. You want to gently squeeze your egg all over until you see that the Jell-O¬†inside is separating from the sides. They should just slide right out after this, but it took me messing up one to really get the squeezing part down.

And there you have it, a tasty treat that’s, oh so easy to make!

Day 4: Dye Easter Eggs

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This year we did the traditional egg dying but also tried something new. We put shaped stickers on the eggs before dying them. It came out pretty cute I think!

Day 5: Chick Feet Art

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This was very simple and the boys enjoyed getting a little messy with the paint! Simply paint the soles of their feet and squish down on paper. We used foam for the wings and beaks! Again, more art to cherish for Easters’ to come!

Day 6: Brownies baked in Mini Pots with Frosting Flowers

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This was definitely my favorite treat! All you need is a box of Brownie mix, wax paper, cooking spray , some frosting and the mini pots. I found mine at Wal-Mart for 37 cents a piece. I only bought four and put the leftover batter in an 8×8 glass dish to bake.

Directions:

Set oven to 325 degrees. Meanwhile, prepare brownie mix per box ‘s instructions. Cut small circles of wax paper and place them over the holes of your mini pots then spray generously with cooking spray. Fill pots 3/4 of the way with your batter. Bake somewhere between 25-35 minutes or until you can place a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. Apply frosting and enjoy!

I am not, by any means, a cake decorator or pretend to know my way around frosting. I just bought a container of frosting and added dollops to separate cups and colored them with food coloring. Then I used my handy-dandy medicine syringe and applied the frosting to the brownies.

Day 7: Magic Bunny Food

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Because we aren’t able to celebrate Easter on Sunday, we had to find a way to “summon” the Easter bunny! What better way than with magic bunny food! We filled snack bags with cereal, glitter, confetti, sprinkles and mini marsh mellows. There’s really no specific recipe and it was fun for the kids to search for ingredients they thought the Easter bunny would love. So let your little one(s) imagination run wild and create your own special recipe for Easter eve!

You can find this free printable and more Easter printables here!

Bonus: Letters From the Easter Bunny

Every year we hide the children’s Easter baskets but we tell them the Easter bunny hid them instead. ¬†It’s fun for me to create clues for where to find them and see how well my eldest pays attention. And this year, I found a web site that offers free templates that you can print out and personalize just for your children from the Easter bunny. Ethan really enjoys getting letters from Santa so he was surprised to find his very own letter from the Easter bunny containing clues to find his basket! The site I used can be found here. Again, it’s totally FREE!

We had a blast preparing for this holiday and I hope our ideas will help inspire Easter fun for your family!

Feel free to leave comments of any traditions that you would like to share, I’d love to hear them!

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