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Easter is fast approaching, and with it, the end of term one.
While school holidays are lots of fun for the kids, they often leave parents scrambling to think of activities to keep them entertained, so here we’ve collected a few cheap and easy Easter-themed ideas to help keep the kids busy at home.
Throw a PJ party
Nights are starting to get a little cooler so why not put on a fun playlist, pull all the cushions off the lounge and challenge the kids to a pillow fort-building competition?
Easter-themed pyjamas are everywhere at the moment and a number of brands have designs in both adult and children’s sizes so you and your mini-mes can match.
For maximum cuteness, Best and Less has fluffy bunny onesies in sizes that'll fit the whole family. They also have matching pink bunny pyjamas for girls and women, and blue ones for boys and men.
Meanwhile Cotton On has a unisex Easter egg pyjama set that will fit older kids and adults, and Target has Beatrix Potter fans covered with a cute set of Peter Rabbit PJs in women’s and kids sizes starting from age 1.
Why not try making your own chocolate this Easter? It’s not very difficult and if you’re looking for a low sugar alternative, you can try adding honey, maple or agave syrup.
For an even easier option, just melt down some of your favourite chocolate and get the kids to pop in all sorts of fun things like rice bubbles, mini marshmallows, hundreds and thousands and crushed nuts. You could make chocolate bark or pick up some silicone moulds to make your own easter eggs and bunnies.
There are also these $10 decorate your own eggs that come with two coloured icing tubes for the kids to go wild with.
Sit down with a good book
Make a quiet morning in a little more fun with an activity book. This $6 Bluey Easter Fun craft book includes colouring in pages, a treasure hunt and a cut-out easter basket that should keep them busy for at least an hour.
Meanwhile this $13 Where’s Wally style book is a best-seller on Amazon Australia and encourages kids to search for a bunny, a chick and the 10 missing Easter eggs.
Snazz up your Easter egg hunt
No Easter holiday is complete without an egg hunt, and tiny signs directing the little ones to the hidden treats really steps things up a notch.
You can easily DIY this or use chalk to draw your own if you have the appropriate hard surfaces, but this 9-piece plywood sign set is super cute for setting up around a backyard or even between your indoor house plants.
If the kids are getting excited about the new Peter Rabbit movie, this set of 12 includes 6 signs and 6 Peter Rabbit character signs to bring the magic into your home.
Easter egg hunts don't have to be about chocolate, and if you don’t want to use chocolate eggs, you can pick up some plastic fillable eggs and customise things to suit your family. You could pop in some of your own treats, stickers or even individual pieces to this Aussie animal Easter puzzle that they can put together once they've collected all the eggs.
You can finish it off with a gorgeous basket like this woven one from Myer that’s currently on sale for $30, or get the kids to make their own out of a folded paper plate or by adding a handle to the bottom half of an egg carton.
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