Five budget family Easter ideas
Easter is almost here and and as well as family time, an extra long weekend and chocolate eggs galore, it’s time for some fun activities to do (hopefully) in the sun. We’ve teamed up with Faith Archer, mother of two, former Deputy Personal Finance Editor at The Daily Telegraph and money blogger at Much More With Less for some great Easter ideas on a family budget.
1. Collect the eggs
Partying at home this Easter? Why not create a hunt with a difference! Give two teams different coloured eggs, ask them to hide them for their competitor’s team and then they have to find the other team’s eggs. The team that find the most of the other team’s eggs - wins. Simple. Or, try your own DIY Easter egg hunt and leave clues to lead them to the next hiding place.
2. Faith’s Tip: Snap up Easter eggs for less
“It's worth checking out budget and pound shops for Easter eggs, as they often sell familiar brands in decent sizes cheaper than most supermarkets at only £1 or less a pop. And, supermarkets themselves often discount their eggs on Easter Sunday before they’re technically out of season. Keep an eye on cashback and boosted loyalty point offers over the Easter period too.”
3. Faith’s Tip: Make the most of membership
“If you're already a member, take the kids along for a Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt at National Trust venues, or see which Easter activities are running at English Heritage or Woodland Trust locations. This can make visiting a familiar place more fun, or give you a good reason to visit somewhere new.”
4. DIY Decorations
For a pre-Easter activity that’s fun and gets kids away from screens try creating DIY decor to make your home feel spring-like for the weekend. Raid the craft box for pastel-coloured card and grab a cotton wool pleat for added fluff for bunnies and lamb creations! Think cards for relatives, bunting and placeholders for Easter Sunday’s dinner.
5. Faith’s Tip: Bake up a storm
“Easter doesn't have to be all about chocolate.” says Faith. “We make ginger biscuits using an egg-shaped cutter, which my kids love decorating with pastel-coloured icing and loads of sprinkles. Easy and inexpensive activity, and can make a nice present for adoring grandparents.”
Don’t forget to add some healthy treats to the mix too. If you’re having an Easter themed party, try creating fruit platters with the same Easter cookie cutters. Use fruit in a range of colours like watermelon and pineapple to make a bright and attractive display.