Turn plastic Easter eggs into Tiny Teacups! These little cups are perfect for pretend tea parties. Attach a button base to a plastic egg half with a glue dot or hot glue. Then use glue dots to attach sequins, ribbon, or other decorations, or use self-adhesive gems.
What to do with all those plastic Easter eggs? Make some Wee Wobblers! Press a blob of play dough in the more rounded half of an egg, then close it up. Draw on the egg with permanent marker. Tap the egg, and it will wobble without falling over.
Color-Coded Hunt: Here's a clever idea that ensures the big moment of the morning is equally fun for toddlers and tweens. Sort treat-filled plastic eggs by color and wrap buckets with matching strips of colored paper. Assign a color to each child. A younger guest's eggs can be set in easy-to-spot places, while the older kids' can be tucked into trickier nooks and crannies. When it's time for the hunt, give each child her bucket and let the quest begin!
An Easter Hunt You'll Love to Pieces: "Every Easter, my mom hosts an egg hunt at her house for my two daughters, ages 9 and 5. She puts puzzle pieces in plastic eggs, and the girls, after collecting them, try putting the puzzle together to see if they have found them all. If a piece is missing, they know an egg is still out there and they need to keep hunting!" --Donita Calef Chester Springs, PA Originally published in the March 2013 issue of FamilyFun
Egg-cellent Reading Game: "We always have extra plastic Easter eggs lying around, so my 11-year-old created a spelling game with them. She writes different common word endings, such as "at" or "ed," on one half of each egg and different consonants on the other side. My 6-year-old twists the eggs to make new words and to practice reading." --Kindra Gordon Whitewood, SD Originally published in the March 2013 issue of FamilyFun
Perfect Little Posies: These tiny bouquets double as table decorations and take-home favors. Stick play clay in the bottom of rinsed eggshells, insert real or artificial flowers, and make stands from strips of scrapbook paper shaped into rings and secured with tape.
Your peeps will love these cute fruit salads. To make four servings, toast 1 cup of shredded coconut in the oven at 300° for about 9 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes. Mix in 1 cup of granola cereal. Fill four small bowls with cubed fruit. Create a loose nest by topping each bowl with 1 cup of vanilla yogurt and 1 cup of the coconut-granola mixture. Add green grape eggs and a marshmallow chick.
Boil up a bunch of eggs in advance, then invite guests to create simple, no-mess Easter beauties. For the polka-dot version, make tissue paper dots with a hole punch. Apply a glue stick to the egg, then adhere the dots. (Use a wet cloth to dampen your fingertip so that the dots will cling to it, then press them onto the egg.) To make the striped eggs, wrap them with pieces of pretty washi tape or patterned paper tape (available at craft stores and craft-supply websites).