Easter is a fun holiday to celebrate with kids. But Easter is going to be different this year. There is no way around it. As we are all self-isolating due to the COVID-19, some of your usual Easter traditions will likely have to change or be adapted.
While the Coronavirus lock down has put paid to any travel or religious gatherings, Easter is still a great chance to spend time with the family in your bubble.
So big thank you to Stuff for their top 10 Easter activities to do in lock down this year:
Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern issued a call to action on Monday night, encouraging children to help her with the Big New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt.
Kids can either use Ardern's design or create their own patterns, then put the eggs in their window to help guide the Easter Bunny to their house.
The great thing about this challenge is that it can suit all ages. Young children can use crayons or colouring pencils and glitter can brighten any egg. Older children could try cutting out shapes in the paper eggs to create a cool pattern.
If children in your neighbourhood are taking part in the Big New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt, go for a walk and hunt them down! Do the numbers change each day?
On the day of Easter celebration, Sunday, you could also do a chocolate Easter egg hunt on your own property. There are plenty of good places to hide Easter eggs on your own property for a bit of fun.
3. Homemade hot cross buns
What could be more delicious than double-chocolate hot cross buns filled with brandied cranberries?
Allyson Grofton's delicious recipe rejuvenates the classic hot cross bun, with instructions for making this recipe both with or without a breadmaker.
For those who prefer a classic hot cross bun, there is a variation at the end for a traditional recipe.
4. Make chocolate nests
Chocolate nests make cute Easter table centrepieces or are a great idea for gifts, with either handmade or bought Easter eggs inside.
Anna King Shahab's easy recipe uses 400g of chocolate for several nests of various sizes, using a bowl with tinfoil as a template.
You will need to be careful not to break the nests, such as placing them in a box or basket for giving them to members of your bubble.
5. Decorate eggs with crayon shavings
There are all sorts of ways to decorate eggs for Easter but these Crayon Shaving Eggs by Mama Smiles are simple and use everyday items so you don't have to go to the shops.
Simply hard boil some eggs and, while they are still hot, use tongs to place them on paper covered with crayon shavings, before placing them on a clean piece of paper to cool.
6. Make an Easter-themed card
There are all sorts of cards that can be made for Easter celebrating eggs, chickens, bunnies or even a bit of Kiwiana with sheep or kiwi. Celebrate Spring with Hatching Chick Easter Cards. These baby chicks are adorably cute and easy to make with the free printable pattern.https://kidscraftroom.com/hatching-chick-easter-card-craft/ …
Kids Craft Room has a great Hatching Egg Card that is easy to make with a printable template and basic craft materials.
7. Make your own marshmallow eggs
While supermarkets are still open and selling essential supplies like Easter eggs, nothing tastes quite as good as homemade Easter eggs.
In this recipe, Anna King Shahab recreates the Cadbury marshmallow eggs with two halves, which are no longer available.
You'll need a bit of time and a few ingredients for this recipe but, don't worry, you won't waste precious flour, as the flour used in the moulds can be re-used. The eggs last for up to a week.
8. Egg and spoon race
There are all sorts of fun activities you can do, to make Easter Sunday a little bit different from any other day in lockdown.
If you want some fun activities, why not try an egg and spoon race?
All that is needed is a few raw eggs, some spoons and a course either over a distance or through some obstacles.
If you don't have enough people in your bubble for a relay, simply time each person, with extra obstacles for adults. Be sure to watch for cheaters who hold the egg down with their thumb, reducing the chance of the egg falling off.
9. Video conference friends and family
Video conferencing is a fun and safe way to connect with friends and family not in your home, and Easter is a great time to socialise like this.
For a bit of safe face-to-face contact, use an app like Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts or Houseparty.
10. Tune in to a religious service
While coronavirus has meant churches can no longer hold services, Christians do not need to miss celebrating the most important event in their calendar.
Many New Zealand Christian services are now offered online, such as Destiny Church's 10am service, a daily livestream of a Catholic Mass or a YouTube liturgies delivered by All Saints' Anglican Church Dunedin.
Freeview channel 25, Shine TV, offers programmes like Church at Home, Songs of Praise and Sunday Mass.
So once again thanks to Denise Piper at Stuff for compiling a great list.
And please don't forget on Sunday that the Easter Bunny is an essential worker