Published On: Mon, Apr 6th, 2020

Easter ideas 2020: Easter jokes, recipes and best Easter activities

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Easter starts on Good Friday, April 10, with a bank holiday on Easter Monday, April 13. The UK is currently on lockdown, meaning usual Easter activities like Easter Egg hunts, trips away and visits to see family are off the cards.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom as there is plenty you can do this Easter in your own home.

Baking, playing games and creating Easter-themed crafts are all things to do this bank holiday weekend. 

So enjoy the long weekend and get cracking on some Easter activities.

Below are some Easter jokes, recipes and activities for the whole family.

Read More: School opening hours: Are school open during Easter for key workers?

Recipes

Easter nests

With the Easter chocolate you have leftover you could make a holiday classic – chocolate nest cakes.

This is a versatile treat as you can use cornflakes, shredded wheat or puffed rice cereal as the base, add marshmallows, mini chocolate eggs or any sweets you have on hand.

  • First, melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water – or in the microwave.
  • Mix the melted chocolate with cornflakes, shredded wheat or puffed rice cereal.
  • You can add as much or as little cereal as you like, but make sure there is enough chocolate to stick the cereal together.
  • Spoon the mixture into cake cases, and top with sprinkles, mini eggs, marshmallows – whatever takes your fancy.
  • Leave to harden, you can speed this process up by popping them in the fridge!

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Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Lightly grease two baking trays lined with baking paper.

2. Measure the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk. Sieve in the flour and spices and add enough milk to make a fairly soft dough. Bring together, using your hands, to make a soft dough.

3. Knead the biscuit dough lightly on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to a thickness of five mm. Cut out Easter biscuits using an assortment of shaped cutters, such as bunnies, Easter eggs, chicks or spring flowers.

4. Lightly grease two baking trays lined with baking paper. Place the biscuit shapes on the prepared baking trays and bake in the preheated oven for 10–15 minutes. Remove from the oven and lift onto a wire rack to cool.

5. To make the icing, pass one teaspoon of lemon juice through a fine sieve, to remove any pips or bits. Mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice and then add about two tablespoons of cold water, adding it little by little until you have a relatively stiff but smooth icing. Add a splash more sieved lemon juice if necessary.

6. Divide the icing into separate bowls and mix in food colourings of your choice into the separate bowls of icing, until you achieve the desired shade.

7. Spoon a little icing into a piping bag and pipe your decorations onto the biscuits. For a smooth finish, you can pipe the outline of your design in the firmer icing, then slacken it down a bit by mixing in a little more water, giving the icing more of a runny consistency, and use this to fill in the designs.

Activities

While a traditional Easter egg hunt might not be feasible on lockdown conditions, there are some alternatives to keep the kids busy.

Create Easter toilet roll creatures

Instead of throwing away the cardboard tube inside your toilet roll or kitchen roll, save it for this adorable craft.

Be as creative – or not – as you want and add eyes, beaks, and wings for the chicks or whiskers, a nose and ears for the bunnies.

All you need, are the cardboard toilet rolls, paint, googly eyes, coloured card for the beak, feet and ears and pipe cleaners for the bunny whiskers.

Decorate your own Easter eggs

With hardboiled egg, some paints or felt tip pens the whole family can get involved in decorating their own Easter egg.

Make sure the eggs are hard-boiled and then cooled before painting begins!

You can set a theme or let the kids decide how they want to decorate their eggs.

Makeshift Easter Egg hunt

This works if you have a garden, or even indoors – so the traditional Easter activity is not forgotten.

Indoors

Pick a room per child and hide small wrapped chocolate eggs – or sweets if you haven’t any eggs – and let them hunt to their heart’s delight.

For outdoors in a garden, it can be a bit more traditional, hide eggs or sweets in bushes, plant pots, high grass or wherever you like!



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