Are you ready for a better-than-average Boulder Easter? We are! Whether you’re a regular at your church, a “holiday” Christian, or just someone who likes celebrating a day with a bunny who somehow lays eggs (Cadbury – holler!), Easter can be a fun festival to celebrate with kids.
Contrary to popular belief, it does not have to be a free-for-all hunt with toddlers being guided to eggs by helicopter parents and a candyfest that results in four-year-olds sporting chocolate stained mouths and the glazed over look that only a sugar high produces.
You can have a fun, all-natural, laid back Boulder Easter that even a mythical egg-laying bunny would certainly give his seal of approval. Hey, we’re Boulder. Less is more — and delicious. Here are a few tips to create a very Boulder Easter of your own, and definitely share-worthy for your friends beyond the Boulder County line.
Use all-natural food coloring for egg decorating. You have all the ingredients in your home (or can easily purchase them at one of Boulder’s many organic grocers or even the farmers market) to make beautifully colored Easter eggs. Ingredients such as red onions, yellow apples, paprika and carrots can be used to create beautiful hues on your eggs. Use some bee’s wax to draw invisible patterns on the egg that will appear once the eggs are died. For a great list of recipes, check out the recipes in this article.
Fill baskets with activities and games rather than sugar. Of course, you can always find healthier sugar alternatives or all-natural snacks to put in your kids’ baskets, but why not forgo the sweets all together? Include items in their Easter basket that will encourage play and activity such as jump ropes, puzzles, or coloring books. These types of goodies last long after the last chocolate bunny has melted into a child’s hand…and smeared onto your walls.
Have a scavenger hunt. While Easter egg hunts can be fun, sometimes they create more tears than they do smiles, especially when several different age groups are involved. To avoid disproportionately distributed candy spoils, create a scavenger hunt for older children that requires them to follow clues from place to place in order to find a complete basket. This way you’re challenging them with a little bit of critical thinking and problem solving.
This Easter, why not use the opportunity to reinforce good habits and healthy play with your children? Speaking from experience, it produces a much more fun filled day with much fewer sugar-related meltdowns. Your Boulder Easter is waiting. Go natural. Some bunny will love you for it!