Easter is such a fun time for little ones but it’s not hard for the chocolate situation to get completely out of control — especially since Easter eggs hit supermarket shelves straight after Christmas. But if you’d like to avoid the sugar overload this year you can try these ideas instead.
1. Scale back the chocolate in favour of other treats
Chocolate isn’t the only yummy option on the Easter menu. Hot Cross Buns are also a firm favourite, and if you want to stick with an egg theme you could serve soft boiled eggs for breakfast with cute bunny or chick themed warmers on tip. You could even get busy in the kitchen with some fun alternative sweet treats like bunny shaped biscuits, Easter themed cupcakes, or a carrot cake decorated as a rabbit. You can also create bunny faces on open sandwiches or pizzas.
2. Pick a gift they can’t eat
Who says you have to give chocolate at Easter? There are loads of other cute gift ideas that will offer more lasting enjoyment than a chocolate egg. Some ideas to get you thinking include Easter themed stickers and temporary tattoos, Easter colouring-in pads, Easter themed DVDs and books, a lovely Jellycat bunny soft toy, or some musical egg shakers.
3. Save chocolate for the hunt
Are you still finding Easter eggs in your cupboard from last year? It’s time to scale back on those eggs and save them for the hunt. This way the chocolate only comes from the Easter Bunny and the kids have to work for their stash by finding it scattered in the backyard or around the home. Just make sure any egg hunts are done early to avoid any melting disasters!
4. Distract them with arts and craft
Easter is the perfect time to get crafty with the kids. Painting egg shells, making Easter baskets and bonnets, drawing bunnies and homemade Easter cards – the options are endless. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these amazing egg carton creations. Not only does it boost their creativity and fine motor skills, but it’s also a great way to distract them eating their chocolate stash.
5. Ask family and friends to skip the eggs this year
Even if you limit the amount of chocolate eggs you give to your child your extended family, neighbours, teachers and friends can still go overboard. Now is the time to put the word out. Suggest other gift ideas to the grandparents, or get them to come over and bake cookies with your child, or take them to a kindy farm to see real life chickens and rabbits instead. You can also gently let your friends know not to bring chocolate eggs this year, unless they want to contribute to the hunt.
6. Give it away
If all else fails, you can snaffle it all up while your kids are sleeping and melt it down to be baked into other tasty treats to take to a friend’s place or your neighbours. You could also donate your unopened stash to charity or women’s shelters and help spread the Easter cheer to those who are less fortunate. This is a great way to teach kids compassion, appreciation and conveniently solves the chocolate overload conundrum — what a cracking idea!
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