It’s nearly Easter Weekend, and one year on, we are still locked down. Hard to believe really! That being said, this year feels a little more positive, with fewer unknowns. There feels like a light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ve curated a list of loads of fun things you can do over the long weekend – from yummy eats to have at home, to fun games to play outside in the garden, to arts and crafts ideas indoors in case the weather isn’t kind to us. Everything in here has been #gifted to us to review for free, but the words are all my own.
So, don your easter hat, loosen your jean belt buckle, throw out your sensible shoes and have some fun.
Creepy crawly fun with the Huckleberry Bug Box
Do you and your kids love nature? Are they mad for creepy crawlies? I know we are here at Pither HQ.
The Huckleberry Box is the perfect way for kids of all ages to understand nature and enjoy the outdoors for hours on end. This cute little box is a lovely way for the kids to store all their creepy crawlies. The box features seven compartments with three different sized spaces – each with magnifiers to make the bugs look larger than life.
We have a multitude of worms and snails in our garden, so we had great fun finding them all and then getting them in their little compartments to see them magnified.
The wooden magnifying box retails at £15 and can be purchased from KikkerlandClick here!
Family games outside with the Zzzopa Ball
If you like playing catch in the garden, then you have to check this out. The Zzzopa ball is a lot of fun. You can spin it, bounce it and throw it. It features high-speed spin technology enabling it to be spun in your fingertips or slammed down to send it soaring high in to the air. Kids will love it (and Dads too judging by how this went down in our house), and with its crazy spinning jumps and ricochets it’s great fun to watch as an onlooker too. But beware dogs will go wild for it too so keep them away!
The ball is available in a selection of fun and sports themed designs including a football, tennis ball and basketball.
You can buy this ball for £10 from any of the following stockists; Morrisons, Amazon or online at WickedMania.com and WickedUncle.co.uk.Click here!
Bouncing into Easter with Mega Bounce XL
Talk about big balls, this has to be the world’s largest bounciest inflatable ball! Measuring a massive 2.51 metres in circumference the super-sized sensation boasts Wicked bounce cabability on almost any terrain, including grass and sand. But, despite being larger than life, this mega ball is still incredibly easy to throw and catch thanks to its super grip graphics, plus it’s extremely durable too so you can avoid those garden punctures. It also comes with a handy foot pump. We had loads of fun throwing this about in the garden and rolling on it – so much fun.
This crazy inflatable ball retails at £20 and can be purchased at any of the following stockists; Amazon or online at WickedMania.comClick here!
Popping fun outdoors with the Huckleberry Popcorn Maker
Love the concept of this cute little popcorn maker which you can use on an open fire or in a fire pit. Nothing says good times like a fresh-popped bowl of popcorn around the fire. Question is do you go sweet or salty? We’re sweet in the Pither family.
We recently got a firepit for our garden, so this was great fun to play with on the warmer evenings. Amelia adored seeing all the little kernels popping in the fire too.
This clever little popcorn maker retails at £18 and can be purchased from KikkerlandClick here!
Deck out your dinner table with Rubies in the Rubble relish set
Something for the adults now, and perfect for the Easter dinner table. All good roasts need equally good condiments after all.
I love what this brand stands for. Rubies in the Rubble makes condiments that save delicious ingredients that would usually be rejected by others in the supply chain (simply for being the wrong shape, size or surplus to demand)!
We tried their gift box that featured three of their best-selling chutneys and I am pleased to say that our box saved eight onions, one apple and one pear from going to waste. Each jar also has information and facts about how the ingredients are saved from going to waste, so it’s a great educational tool for children round the supper table, teaching them the link between food waste and climate change.
This relish giftset retails at only £12 and can be purchased from Rubies in the Rubble website or from Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsburys, Co-op, Farmdrop and Amazon.Click here!
Divine sweet treats from Bradfords Bakers
Bradfords Bakers is a small, family-owned business that was founded in 1924 by Hugh Bradford and his sons. Nearly 100 years on Bradfords Bakers is now an online retailer, focussing on delivering high-quality gifts like hampers, cupcakes, brownies, and even balloons UK wide.
We got a stunning gift box of their six cheeky chick easter cupcakes. These cupcakes are freshly baked madeira sponge with frosting and finished with a Chocolate Chicken or Egg Decoration.
Not only were these just the cutest cupcakes ever (and those chocolate eggs were divine), but they tasted absolutely delicious. Personally, I was really surprised at how light the madeira cake was too and Amelia adored the little decorations on the frosting too.
These cupcakes retail at £16.90 and can be purchased on the Bradfords Bakers site.Click here!
Fruit Bowl’s Dino Yogurt Eggs for an egg hunt with a difference
If you want a healthier alternative to a chocolate egg, then these colourful dinosaur eggs are a good shout. The dinosaur theme is a great touch and make these healthy treats fun for the kids, whether that’s eating as a snack, as part of an egg hunt or being used as an Easter cake decoration.
Dino Yogurt Eggs are made with real fruit. They are juicy raisins covered in a creamy yogurt shell, with red, green and blue speckled yogurt dinosaur egg shells made using all natural colours. They are wrapped in individual bags, making them perfect for outdoor easter egg hunts, and each bag comes with T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Velociraptor or Triceratops characters on the front with the outer packaging featuring dinosaur footprints and a dinosaur egg speckle.
Dino Yogurt Eggs can be purchased in Morrisons and Waitrose stores nationwide, as well as Fruit Bowl’s website for RRP £2.00.Click here!
Buyagift’s Easter Hamper for a taste of luxury
This Easter Basket hamper is the perfect seasonal treat. It’s brimming with sweet treats that go perfectly with a cuppa (or a glass of something fizzy, my preference) and it’s a wonderful gift idea for both adults and children alike.
The hamper is packed with delectable hot cross bun flavoured fudge, lemon drizzle melts, chocolate mini eggs, decorated Linden Lady chocolates and not forgetting a decorated chocolate egg too (which got included in the Pither egg hunt). It’s also beautifully presented in a brown basket too which you can then reuse later on.
This stunning and delicious hamper retails at £32.50 and can be purchased from Buyagift.Click here!
Get creative indoors
Build Your Own Makes arts and crafts
If you are struggling for ideas to keep the children entertained over the Easter weekend, then you might want to consider Build Your Own Makes. This is perfect for those wet weather days if you can’t get out in the garden.
Build Your Own was created by Paper Engine – a UK-based team of brilliant paper engineers withdecades of experience engineering pop-up books, direct mail pieces, packaging and more. Some favourite pop-up book projects for much loved children’s titles have included The Very Hungry Caterpillar 40th anniversary edition, The Tiger Who Came to Tea 40th anniversary edition and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt pop-up edition.
The team at Build Your Own Makes have created a whole page full of video tutorials to guide people through step by step some of their fun crafting ideas.
We tried their pop up Easter cards and I have to say it wasn’t actually that hard once you got the hand of it. I suggest printing them out on card though, not paper. Amelia loved watching our cute Easter chick and bouncing bunny spring to life off the paper. Not only did this keep us busy for a good 30 minutes but it also meant we had some charming little easter cards ready to go for family too.Click here!
Make your own choccy treats with The Raw Chocolate Company
Easter has to feature chocolate in some shape or form, but this is a great way of trying something new. This chocolate making kit, where you can make raw chocolate from scratch was great fun.
In the pack you get everything you need to make a generous quantity of your own vegan, organic chocolates at home. And it’s simple as anything, but you do need some form of blender or something like a nutribullet to grind the coconut sugar.
We started off by making the plain chocs, which were delicious but rich and then moved on to try adding in nuts and raisins too.
The kit contains: 1 x Organic Cacao Powder 180g, 1 x Organic Cacao Butter 240g, 1 x Organic Coconut Sugar 230g, 1 x Silicon Chocolate Mould and 1 x Recipe Card.
This set retails at £24.95 and can be purchased from The Raw Chocolate Company.Click here!
Playing make believe with ice creams from Dantoy
I’ve talked about this brand, Dantoy before, and I just love what they stand for. Their “I’m Green” line of bioplastic products are made of at least 90% sugarcane, a sustainable raw material, and their bioplastic is 100% recyclable. This Danish brand are fully committed to helping create sustainable toys.
This eco-friendly pretend ice cream set comes with make believe ice creams, cup-cakes, cones and scoops and is lots of fun for make believe games, both inside and out. This set has been a big hit with Amelia and it’s nice for us to know we’re not just adding to our plastic toy consumption.
Dantoy Ice Cream Kit retails at £21 and is available from SmallableClick here!
Meet the Easter bunny by GUND
This gorgeous, animated rabbit toy from GUND is guaranteed to give the whole family love and cuddles and keep little ones smiling for hours.
Flora the Animated Bunny is a delightful soft white rabbit with big bunny ears which talks to you. It has two play patterns (when you press her feet) and can play peek-a-boo with her ears moving to cover her eyes. She also sings the popular childhood song, ‘Do Your Ears Hang Low’, encouraging little ones to join in with the tune.
She really is so cute and makes the perfect addition to an Easter themed weekend for preschool kids and make everything that bit more magical.
Flora retails at £39.95 and can be purchased from GUND.Click here!