Fun Easter activities to do at home
We’ve selected four activities for the family to enjoy together that are bound to become an Easter tradition. We know that kids get bored over the holidays and you are probably run off your feet organising all things Easter, so we have taken the hassle out of coming up with new ideas to keep the kids occupied. The best part is, most of what you need, will already be in your home and what’s not, you can easily grab on your next shopping trip here.
EASTER BUNNY BISCUITS
Serves 40 | Mins prep 30 | Mins cook 30
These cute little bunny biscuits are the perfect edible gift this Easter that the kids will love decorating (and eating).
- 250g butter, softened
- 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
- 2 cups (300g) plain flour
- 2 tbs cornflour
- 2 tbs rice flour
- 1 tbs cocoa powder
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 1 tbs golden syrup
- 1 tbs custard powder
- Sugar-coated chocolate eggs, to decorate
- Writing icing, to decorate
- Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 3 large baking trays with baking paper.
- Use an electric mixer to beat 125g butter and caster sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add 1 cup (150g) flour, 1 tbs cornflour, 1 tbs rice flour and cocoa powder. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough just comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead until smooth. Divide into 2 even portions and shape each into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 mins to chill.
- Meanwhile, use a clean electric mixer to beat remaining butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a bowl until well combined. Add the remaining flour, remaining cornflour, remaining rice flour and custard powder. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough just comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead until smooth. Divide into 2 even portions. Shape each into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 mins to chill.
- To make the forward-facing bunny biscuits, roll out 1 portion of each dough on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm-thick disc. Trace a 12cm-tall bunny shape on baking paper and use as a template to cut shapes from the dough, reserving excess. Place on lined trays. Place a chocolate egg on each biscuit, carefully folding the arms over to secure.
- Roll out each reserved excess dough on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm-thick disc. Cut small teardrop shapes from the dough and arrange on the biscuits to make ears. Place in the fridge for 15 mins to chill.
- Bake for 12-15 mins or until light golden. Set aside on trays for 5 mins to cool slightly. Transfer to a wire rack.
- To make rear-facing bunny biscuits, roll out each remaining dough portion on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm-thick disc. Use the bunny template to cut shapes from the dough, reserving excess. Place on the lined trays.
- Roll out each reserved dough on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm-thick disc. Use a 1cm heart-shaped pastry cutter to cut shapes from the dough. Arrange on the biscuits to make tails. Place in the fridge for 15 mins to chill.
- Bake for 12-15 mins or until light golden. Set aside on trays to cool.
- Decorate biscuits with writing icing.
All ingredients are available on the shelves at Coles. Don’t forget to add them to your next shopping list so you are ready bake before the bunny comes.
HOT CROSS BUN PANCAKE STACKS
Create a special family breakfast with the kids in just 15 minutes with this simple Easter recipe.
Serves 4 | Mins prep 5 | Mins cook 10
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 free range eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 cup light milk
- 1 banana, roughly chopped
- olive oil cooking spray
- 11/2 cups light ricotta
- 3 cups sliced strawberries
- Place oats in a food processor and process until fine crumbs form. Add eggs, baking powder, mixed spice, milk and banana, processing to combine. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Lightly spray a non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium-low heat. Add 3 tbs batter per pancake and cook for 1 minute or until underside is golden brown. Flip and cook for a further 40 seconds or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter to make 8 in total.
- Spread most of the ricotta over four pancakes, then top with strawberries. Sandwich with remaining pancakes, then use a teaspoon or snap-lock bag with corner snipped to pipe crosses on top with remaining ricotta.
*Our tip: assemble stacks just before eating for optimum freshness.
Recipe brought to you by Woolworths ‘The Fresh Food People’. Don’t forget to add these ingredients to your next Woolies shopping list.
EASTER BUNNY CRAFT
Get creative repurposing household items to craft your very own Easter decorations
Here's what you will need:
- Toilet-roll tubes
- Coloured paper or cardboard
- PVA glue and sticky tape
- A coloured pen or marker of your choice
- Cut a piece of coloured paper to the depth of the toilet-roll tube and long enough to wrap around it, allowing an overlap of 1cm. Wrap it around the roll, and secure it in place with sticky tape or glue.
- Using the same-coloured paper, draw two oval shapes to make the ears. Then select a different colour paper to draw two smaller oval shapes for the inner ears. Cut out the shapes and glue the smaller ovals on the larger ovals to make the ears. Glue the ears inside the covered roll.
- Use a pen or marker to draw two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two front teeth, whiskers, and cheeks at the top of the roll to make the bunny’s face.
- Step four is for the bigger kids or lovers of craft who want to get more creative. We suggest cutting small shapes with your coloured paper to create a flower crown, bow or tie for your bunny to wear. You can also add a cotton ball to the back of the roll to make a fluffy tail and bring your bunny’s face to life with some googly eyes, white paper for teeth and pipe cleaners or string for whiskers.
Shop for supplies to equip the kids with everything they need to get creative this Easter at Price Busters, Big W and Bargain Plus.
DIY EGGSHELL PLANTERS
An egg-citing Easter activity that keeps on growing in fun and teaches the kids new skills along the way.
Here's what you will need:
- Egg carton
- Sewing needle
- Potting Soil
- Spray bottle with water
- Seedlings (we recommend herbs or small flowers such as pansies)
- Permanent marker
- Gently tap the top pointed end of the eggs to slightly crack the shell, peel back the shell to expose the egg yolk and pour it into a bowl (saving it for Easter baking).
- Now you have your eggshells planters, rinse the inside with water and detergent to ensure there is no residue from the egg left.
- Once the outside of the eggshells is dry, decorate it using a permanent marker to draw a face.
- Spray the inside of the eggshells with water.
- Place the eggshells back into the carton.
- Pierce a hole using the needle through the bottom of the eggshell, this will allow the water to drain once potted.
- Fill the eggshells most of the way with potting soil, then press the seeds into the soil, and cover with a little more soil.
- Spray again with water, then place in a sunny area indoors and water as needed (refer to guide on the packaging of your seeds).