Paleo Approved Easter Candy for Kids

If you want your kids to follow the same lifestyle and not have them missing out on this fun holiday, here are some alternative treats you can make for them.

 

Easter may be a religious holiday by tradition, but it can also be a lot of fun for the kids. They get to open their Easter baskets which often have a lot of goodies and toys, hunt for Easter eggs, and maybe even visit the Easter bunny. Unfortunately, many of the treats are not approved on the Paleo diet. If you want your kids to follow the same lifestyle and not have them missing out on this fun holiday, here are some alternative treats you can make for them.

Paleo ‘Cadbury’ Crème Eggs

What do kids love at Easter? Cadbury Crème eggs! So do the adults in most cases. While you can’t have the regular version of this treat on Paleo, there is another way you can make them and have them be healthier, but still enjoyed by everyone. For the chocolate coating, you can use raw honey, vanilla powder, cacao butter, and some cacao paste. Then for the white filling portion, use coconut oil, cashew butter, vanilla extract, cacao butter, and maple syrup. The yellow portion of the crème filling can have turmeric, and maca powder. These treats are creamy, look just like the real thing, and are sweet with the vanilla, cacao, honey, and maple syrup added.

Chocolate and Caramel Eggs

If you want your kids to follow the same lifestyle and not have them missing out on this fun holiday, here are some alternative treats you can make for them.

Another fun treat is chocolate eggs, often solid eggs with peanut butter or caramel inside. You can make yourself a dairy-free version with dates instead of regular milk chocolate. Dates are surprisingly popular in Paleo and vegan recipes because they are sweet and the texture when blended up is very similar to chocolate in your favorite recipes. You can blend them with a little bit of water, some raw cacao chips or dairy-free chocolate, and a little sea salt.

Nutella Fudge

Fudge is really easy to make for Paleo kids and adults by just watching what ingredients you are using. Nutella is perfect because it looks and tastes like chocolate, but it is actually made from hazelnuts and hazelnut butter. This keeps you from having any dairy in your chocolate fudge, and the kids won’t know the difference. Combine the hazelnut butter with coconut oil, maple syrup or raw honey, and some sea salt. You can pour the mixture into a shallow pan and let it cool and harden, then cut it up. Another option is to use rabbit or egg-shaped cookie cutters to make it fun for the kids.

Fun Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Some of the most well-known symbols of Easter are eggs. During this religious celebration, eggs are among the main features of many activities, such as Easter egg hunts. Normally, people decorate chicken eggs, plastic eggs, or other types of eggs during this occasion. If you want to participate in this activity and learn about the different ways to decorate eggs for the Easter season, here are some of the possible ways:

 

Some of the most well-known symbols of Easter are eggs. During this religious celebration, eggs are among the main features of many activities, such as Easter egg hunts. Normally, people decorate chicken eggs, plastic eggs, or other types of eggs during this occasion. If you want to participate in this activity and learn about the different ways to decorate eggs for the Easter season, here are some of the possible ways:

Dyeing the Eggs

This is the most common method and easiest way to decorate Easter eggs. Basically, the dyeing process involves mixing some food coloring to the hot water, adding a small quantity of vinegar (for better food coloring penetration), and then dipping the eggs into the solution. If you want to reach a deeper shade, better let the eggs be submerged for a longer period of time. Once done, take them out of the solution with the use of a spoon and let them dry. You can also add other designs to your colored Easter eggs by painting or use other methods described below.

Adding Stickers

Another simple way to decorate eggs for Easter is by adding stickers to the shell. Anyone can surely finish this in a very short period of time and the process does not require much creative skill. Moreover, if you have kids and wanted a non-messy way to let them help to decorate, this is a good option.

Obviously, since you are celebrating Easter, it is better to choose stickers with themes that are appropriate for the occasion. The number of stickers to add for each egg totally depends on the one who’s decorating it. Instead of using stickers, you can also use stamps for decorative purposes. For those who wanted to achieve an antique feel, you can glue old stamps on your Easter eggs.

Banding the Eggs

If you want to create stripes on the eggs that you are planning to dye, you might want to wrap some rubber bands around the eggs before dipping them into the food coloring solution discussed earlier. Make sure that the rubber bands are secured and are tight enough not to roll off.

Once you have dipped the eggs and have allowed them to dry, the areas that are covered with rubber bands will still be white in color. If you want to add some color to these white stripes, you can also submerge the egg again into a different food coloring solution, but this time without the rubber bands around it.

Painting the Eggs

Making use of food coloring or craft paint to perform sponge painting on the eggs is a simple method that even kids can do. You can allow your children to use a single color or blend different colors, in order to create a layered effect. Furthermore, you can also let them cover the whole egg with paint, or leave out some white areas.

Some of the most well-known symbols of Easter are eggs. During this religious celebration, eggs are among the main features of many activities, such as Easter egg hunts. Normally, people decorate chicken eggs, plastic eggs, or other types of eggs during this occasion. If you want to participate in this activity and learn about the different ways to decorate eggs for the Easter season, here are some of the possible ways:

Aside from sponge painting, you can also allow your kids use different kinds of paintbrush and let them practice their artistic skills. You can also help them out to create simple designs such as a flower, leaf, or vines.

Glue Decorations on the Eggs

When employing this method, you can either choose to dye the eggs first or glue decorations on plain white eggs. One of the most important things that you should remember is to use light items only, because heavier ones might just fall off. In addition, you should also avail strong craft glue or other adhesive materials that are clear to obtain the best results.

If you have no idea how to design your Easter eggs through this method, you can simply roll the eggs in glitters or perhaps attach sequins or beads. Other alternatives include gluing ribbons, laces, buttons, colored papers, cut-out images, and other small items.

Final Thoughts

Decorating Easter eggs is not only a fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy, but it can also serve as a great bonding activity for the whole family. The various methods discussed in this article are just some of the most common ones. By keeping those creative juices flowing, you will definitely be able to come up with other innovative ways that may even be better than those included in this article.

4 Fun Easter Games for All Ages

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Easter is a time for celebration—a celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, hope, and new life. Some people even host parties to commemorate this special event. If you are planning to organize an Easter party this year, some of the things that you should decide on are the Easter games that will make the party more fun.

Perhaps, the ideal kind of Easter games is those which could be played by people of all ages. These games which are fair and appealing to anyone can actually make the best memories. Here are some examples of fun Easter games for all ages that you might want to try out:

Easter Egg Hunt

This is probably the most common Easter game that you can include in your party. However, the problem with this activity is that the older participants and the more aggressive ones always get the most Easter eggs.

If you want to make this game more fair for the little ones, you can set a certain number of eggs for each person to find. When all of the participants have already found the required number, you can let them find the other extra eggs that you have hidden. Alternatively, you can also assign a particular region or egg-hunting area for each participant. Make sure though that each zone has an equal number of Easter eggs.

Easter Bonnet-Making Contest

Go to a garage sale, a bookstore, or a thrift store and purchase hats, feathers, cardboards, artificial flowers, ribbons, craft foam of different colors, laces, and other stuff that can be used for decorative purposes. Divide all the participants into several teams, and make sure that each group has members of all ages and the materials are fairly distributed.

Let each group create their own Easter bonnets within a specific period of time, and then have the organizers judge which is the funniest, most creative, etc. You can also host a fashion show featuring all the Easter bonnets that each team has created.

Easter Egg Toss

Another traditional game that people of all ages can enjoy is the Easter egg toss. To play this game, divide the participants into pairs—one adult and one kid. Next, have all pairs face each other with a few feet of distance in between them. When everyone is all set, have one member toss the egg to his partner.

The pairs whose members have failed to catch the egg will be eliminated, while those who succeeded will move on to the next round. For the next round, each member of the pairs will have to move one step backward and then toss the egg again. Repeat these steps until only one pair remains. You also have to make sure that you prepare the grand prize for the winning pair and consolation prizes for those who are eliminated.

Easter-themed Pictionary

Perhaps, you have already heard of the family game called Pictionary. This is a fun game that has been existing for many years and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you want to include this game in your Easter party, better add a holiday twist to this game.

Easter games are those which could be played by people of all ages. These games which are fair and appealing to anyone can actually make the best memories. Here are some examples of fun Easter games for all ages that you might want to try out:

To start playing the game, prepare a chalkboard and then divide the participants into several groups (each group should have members of different ages). After dividing them into teams, let each member pick a piece of paper that has an Easter-related phrase or symbol written on it. Remind everyone that no one else should know what the word or phrase is beside the one who picked it.

Once everyone already has an assigned word or phrase, let each participant draw on the chalkboard while his teammates are trying to guess the word or phrase. Set a time limit and also record the time when the group has guessed the word correctly. The group with the highest number of correctly guessed words or phrases wins the game.

When planning the Easter games for your party, try to consider whether all the participants of varying ages will be able to enjoy them. Unleash your creativity and imagination to come up with new games. One last thing, don’t forget to prepare your camera and take dozens of pictures to capture the moments!

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The Real Easter Story for Kids

The Easter Story for Kids

It was a very sad day for Mary and the friends of Jesus when all they can do is to stand there and watch Jesus Christ dying on the cross. They cannot seem to understand why this had to happen to the Son of God.

They recalled how He multiplied 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed thousands of people, healed the sick, and even brought a dead person back to life. They thought that He was such a good man and can’t think of a reason why He had to die.

Just before sunset, one of the disciples of Jesus named Joseph, saw that Jesus was not breathing anymore. He immediately asked a permission to Pontius Pilate to bring Jesus’ body down from the cross, so they can bury him. When Pontius Pilate said yes to his request, Joseph and another friend of Jesus named Nicodemus, wrapped the body of Jesus with clean pieces of cloth. After that, they took His body to a tomb and buried him.

The next day…

The Pharisees who wanted Jesus dead can’t stop thinking about what the Son of God said before He died. They remembered Him saying that He will resurrect from the dead after three days.

They got worried that it might be true, or that the disciples of Jesus might steal the body and say that He rose again. Afraid of these things to happen, the Pharisees went to Pontius Pilate to suggest the tomb be sealed with a very big stone. Aside from that, they also ordered guards to surround the tomb.

On the third day, just before sunrise…

An extraordinary thing happened! A strong earthquake hit and an angel of God came down from the heaven. The huge stone covering the tomb was moved and the angel sat on it. Seeing this, the guards fell down to the ground and shook with fear.

The Real Easter Story for Kids

On that same day, Mary Magdalene together with the others who believe in Jesus Christ, decided to get up early to visit the tomb of Jesus. They were planning to put some perfume and spices on His body, even though they had absolutely no idea how they were going to move the gigantic stone that they knew was blocking the entrance.

When they reached the tomb where the body of Jesus Christ was placed, they were surprised to see that the huge stone was no longer covering the opening! What’s even more shocking was that there was an angel sitting on it.

All of them were frightened by what they saw, but then the angel spoke to them in a very gentle voice:

Do not be afraid. I know you’ve come to visit Jesus Christ, but He’s not here. He has risen from the dead, just as He said he would. Come and see the place where His body lay.”

Upon hearing this, the women entered the tomb and have realized that it is indeed empty.

The angel said to them:

Go and tell the other disciples that He has risen. Jesus is going to Galilee, where you’ll see Him.”

With great joy, the women did what they were told. They went to the other disciples and spread the good news. However, no one believed what they said and Peter decided to see for himself if it was true.

When he went inside the tomb, he saw the pieces of cloth that was originally wrapped around Jesus, but the body itself wasn’t there. He began to wonder if it was true that Jesus resurrected and was really alive.

Two other disciples were traveling to Emmaus…

As they walk, they talked about what happened the past few days. Suddenly, a man came to walk with them and join their discussion. They told the man everything, including the crucifixion and the empty tomb. They also invited him for dinner and the man came along.

When they all sat down to eat, the man picked up the bread and then broke it into small pieces. He also prayed before giving the pieces of bread to them. At this moment, all of them realized that the man that they invited for dinner was Jesus Christ!

As soon as they began to realize it, the man suddenly disappeared. They excitedly discussed about the wonderful time they spent walking and talking with Jesus, as well as his sudden disappearance. They also decided to return to Jerusalem to tell the others that it was true that He resurrected.

As the disciples and friends of Jesus were talking,

Jesus appeared again and told them to not be afraid. He also showed them His hands, and the disciples saw the nail holes from the crucifixion. They finally believed that it was Him and that He had resurrected from the dead.

All of them were so happy and excited to tell everyone the good news:

Jesus, the Son of God, is ALIVE!

How to Dye Easter Eggs in the Slow Cooker

Dyeing hard boiled eggs for Easter is a lot of fun, but it can get a little messy. If you have a lot of little helpers around, dealing with boiling water on the stove is not always the greatest idea. Why not get your slow cooker out of the cabinet and dye your Easter eggs in it this year?

Dyeing Easter Eggs In The Slow cooker

Dyeing hard boiled eggs for Easter is a lot of fun, but it can get a little messy. If you have a lot of little helpers around, dealing with boiling water on the stove is not always the greatest idea. Why not get your slow cooker out of the cabinet and dye your Easter eggs in it this year?

Before you get started, do yourself a favor and grab a package of crockpot liners. They are fairly inexpensive and will prevent the dye from penetrating your crock. Even though we’re dealing with food safe ingredients here, it won’t harm you to skip this step, but if you do, don’t be surprised if your slow cooker insert ends up being discolored.

Dyeing With Kool-Aid

A fun and easy way to start coloring Easter eggs is with packets of Kool-Aid. Grab a few bright colors and think about how you want to go about dyeing your eggs. Start with the lightest color and then mix to your heart’s content. For example, you could go from yellow to orange, red and finally purple. If you have more than one slow cooker or spread the egg dying out over two or three days, you’ll have even more coloring options.

Start by lining your slow cooker and adding just enough water to cover your hard boiled eggs. Turn your slow cooker on high and allow the water to heat up for about 2 hours. Add enough Kool-Aid packets to get a nice, deep color, and then carefully dip your eggs into the slow cooker. There’s no need to add vinegar since the drink mix has citric acid in it. Dye the eggs as you would with store bought Easter egg dyes.

Natural Dyes in The Slow Cooker

Another fun option is to use things like onion skin and red cabbage to dye your eggs. You’ll end up with some lovely natural shades. Cook up the dye stock in your slow cooker, then carefully ladle it into cups or glass jars and dip your eggs in for dyeing. You’ll still want to add a liner before you start cooking will prevent discoloration of your crock.

Dyeing hard boiled eggs for Easter is a lot of fun, but it can get a little messy. If you have a lot of little helpers around, dealing with boiling water on the stove is not always the greatest idea. Why not get your slow cooker out of the cabinet and dye your Easter eggs in it this year?

In each case, fill your slow cooker about half full with water. Add plenty of the plant material suggested below and allow it to cook on high for 3 to 4 hours until your dye liquid is fairly dark.

Here are some ideas for making the dyes:

  • Several big handfuls of dry onion skins (I save them ahead of time)
  • 1 small head of red cabbage, sliced
  • 6 beets, quartered
  • 1 to 2 cups of coffee grounds
  • 8 to 10 tea bags – more for deeper colors.

Allow the dye to cook, then carefully ladle some of the liquid in jars and allow your hard boiled eggs to sit in the mixture for several minutes. The longer they sit, the darker the color. You’ll end up with pretty soft shades of yellow, purple, red, brown, and green. All will be earthy, subtle tones.

What is your favorite way of dyeing Easter Eggs?

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