It never quite feels like Spring until Easter arrives, with all its chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, family feasts and religious festivities. Here's a round-up of great ideas for Easter celebrations - divided by age, from tot to teen, and every theme - from around the blogosphere. Enjoy!
EASTER FESTIVITIES BY AGE
Amanda Rock, About.com's Guide to Parenting Preschoolers, offers tot-friendly tips on egg hunts and tells us what to put in those little baskets. Got older children? About.com's Katherine Lee offers 10 tips on what to tuck in your grade schooler's basket, from Mad Libs to wind-ups and brainy puzzles. And the Contra Costa Times' aParently Speaking blog thinks outside-the-box, er, egg with "Five Fab Ways to Fill Easter Baskets", from zoo coupons to hair scrunchies.
Got a tween? About.com Guide Jennifer O'Donnell suggests mixing that Easter candy with clever things tweens will use again and again - including lip gloss, Easter socks and a dozen other great ideas. And Denise Witmer, About's Guide to Parenting Teens, bumps that up to the teen age group with 100 clever ideas ranging from funky flipflops to "shave an hour off curfew" coupons. And if you have college kids far from home, I've got suggestions on how to send Easter-in-a-box to your college kid.
We've got a trio of wonderful suggestions for grandparents, starting with Susan Adcox, About's Guide to Grandparents, who suggests using those Easter baskets to generate some nostalgic fun with the grandkids. Don't just pick random tchotchkes, she says, pick toys from your own childhood: kaleidoscopes, Little Golden Books and - well, let's just say her list will leave you sighing very nostalgically indeed! Liam's Grandma's blog offers more charming Easter ideas for every age grandchild, from tots to teens. And the blog A Nana's Journey shares ways to celebrate Spring's reawakening, including a very cool and meaningful ritual - plus loads of basket ideas. (I'd like to have that tiny, paint-it-yourself tea set myself, Nana Jo!)
EGG HUNTS, SUGAR BUZZES & BUNNY HOPS
Megan Cooley, About's Guide to Kids Parties, offers creative ideas on how to celebrate Easter with friends, from egg hunts to relay races. (My favorite? How to leave clues that the Easter Bunny visited your house. Absolutely adorable.) Apryl Duncan, About's Guide to Stay-at-Home Moms, gives us the scoop on how to find - or host - an Egg Hunt. (If you're going the DIY route, she's got great tips on how to round up helpers and make the day dazzling.) And Jennifer Wolf, About's Single Parenting Guide, talks about Easter traditions to enjoy with your children, including how to make these very cool "Resurrection Buns."
Between the marshmallow Peeps and chocolate bunnies, Easter isn't exactly kind on the waistline. So trust About's Guide to Family Fitness, Catherine Holecko, to offer up eggs-cellent suggestions for reining in the sugar intake and amping up the physical activity too. But if you're looking for some Easter sweets, About.com guide to learning disabilities Ann Logsdon has instructions for an Easy Easter Bunny Cake.
Of course, holidays and celebrations are a wonderful thing, but it's easy to get overwhelmed. So Katherine Lewis, About.com's Guide to Working Moms, talks about how to fit holiday celebrations into your schedule. And Terri Mauro, About.com's Guide to Special Children, suggests 50 ways to stuff an Easter egg that don't involve a sugar buzz, and offers tips to help families survive Easter's special challenges.
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