Family Matters: Can we egg you on to produce Easter treats...

Children at Aughton Primary have been busy making Easter Eggs in which Aston Co-op went along to judge and donate prizes. Judges John Marsh and Faye Burgess with winning pupils, from left, Jack Guppy, Danielle Greener and Regan Tingle
Children at Aughton Primary have been busy making Easter Eggs in which Aston Co-op went along to judge and donate prizes. Judges John Marsh and Faye Burgess with winning pupils, from left, Jack Guppy, Danielle Greener and Regan Tingle
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This Easter holiday doesn’t have to be all about chocolate.

This Easter holiday doesn’t have to be all about chocolate.

Children at Aughton Primary have been busy making Easter Eggs in which Aston Co-op went along to judge and donate prizes

Children at Aughton Primary have been busy making Easter Eggs in which Aston Co-op went along to judge and donate prizes

OK, so we know that’s part of the fun but there are lots of other things to follow the Easter theme and keep kids entertained.

Schools across the area come up with great crafty ideas each Easter so why don’t you try some of them at home?

You can create your own simple family traditions which build happy childhood memories and stop youngsters complaining about being bored.

Making an Easter bonnet, decorating a basket ready for an annual egg hunt and transforming a plain egg into a work of art are always amusing.

See if your family can create a scene from The Egg-Factor, make the J-egg-ward twins or athletes for the egg-lympics.

There’s also the good old fashioned Easter egg tree which doesn’t have to cost a penny – as long as you put the contents of the egg shell to good use after.

Make a small hole in each end of the egg, blow through until the shell is empty, give it a rinse then paint or decorate with anything you can find.

When complete, attach a ribbon and hang them from branches.

We’d recommend cutting a small branch to bring indoors – knowing what Sheffield’s unreliable weather is like!

A miniature Easter garden or wreath for the front door can be just as much fun and you are really only limited by your imagination.

Try making crosses from lollipop sticks, lambs from cotton wool and chicks from yellow wool.

On Good Friday many churches hold children-friendly family services in the morning, as well as the ‘three hours at the cross’ for adults later in the day.

This is a great way of making sure the message of Easter isn’t lost and if followed by a picnic or trip to the park can make a nice family day out.

On Easter Sunday many families quickly decorate their boiled eggs before tucking into breakfast and that makes it much more entertaining.

But hunting for chocolate eggs is the highlight for many children.

If it’s raining, make sure they aren’t too easy to find indoors but if it is sunny, head out and get hiding.

Just a couple of warnings – its much easier to hide eggs convincingly with more than one adult and make sure there aren’t dogs around who will discover the treats quicker than the kids.

Family Matters has also been sent the perfect recipe to make this weekend with the whole family.

Fiona Morgan runs Very Delicious Ltd in Rotherham. She describes it as a great way to get children involved in baking and of course you get a great tasty treat to eat afterwards too.

“Cooking or baking with your children is a great way to encourage creativity, responsibility and involvement. Plus it’s a great way to spend time with your children, seeing how proud they are at their achievements.

“If nothing else it’ll taste delicious at the end.

“I have used this amazing recipe to bake with children for years and it was passed down from baking with my mum.

“You can fill the chocolate nest once it’s set with small chicks, mini eggs, crème eggs, whatever takes your fancy, then finish it off with a touch of edible glitter to make it shimmer.

“It’s also gluten free so can be enjoyed by most allergen suffers too.”

Chocolate Easter Nest

Ingredients:

300g golden syrup

200g granulated sugar

200g margarine (I use stork)

140g cocoa

200g rice krispies

Various Mini Eggs, creme eggs, miniature chicks etc for decoration

Edible glitter (optional)

equipment:

Good sized heat-proof bowl

Weighing scales

Mixing spoon

Sieve

Large pudding bowl

Fridge

Microwave

method:

Put the syrup, sugar and margarine in the heat-proof bowl

Microwave on full power for 1 minute then stir, repeat until all sugar has dissolved.

Meanwhile grease the large pudding bowl

Mix in the sieved cocoa to the melted mixture

Fold in the rice krispies

Pour the mixture into the pudding bowl and press down firmly (hands can always be used)

Hollow out a nest shape using the back of a spoon

Put in the fridge to set

Once set decorate with the Mini Eggs, creme eggs, miniature chicks etc. Using half the quantities listed you could make 12 muffin-sized nests as well if desired. Perfect for little ones to give to friends.