Today is Wednesday, a full four days before Easter, and my daughter had an egg hunt at preschool. This marks the first of many scavenging events to come this Easter season. When she realized —half way home in the car— that her candy from the hunt was still at school, she had a screaming melt down. Unfortunately, this marks the first of many tantrums centered-around-candy to come during this season, too.
For the most part, it is what it is. Just like Halloween, and Valentine’s day there is an abundance of candy and it’s just a natural part of the fanfare. That said, I’m hoping to creatively curb the candy in the kids’ baskets this year.
Not surprisingly, I turn to the magical powers of photos to add a bit of interest to the ordinary. I cut bodies out of 4x6 snapshots to see if they fit in the eggs. They did and, I have to say, I love it! I used “jumbo” size eggs from Walgreen’s (6/$1).
Oh, the other goodie I’m going to tuck in the eggs is miniature molded farm animals. How funny (to me) that an egg can “hatch” a horse or a pig! I crack myself up sometimes. I’m sure my kids won’t catch the irony, but they do like those little stand-up animals.
Last year, though, hands down, my sister delivered the Easter gift the kids loved the most: a motorized bubble wand & soap.
I personally love candy—and am clearly addicted to chocolate—but I don’t love my kids gobbling an endless load of it all at once. And I don’t love them crying several times a day about when they can gobble up some more. I hope the injection of imaginative toys into the Easter mix this year will keep the magic of the season alive without over-sugaring it (and, more importantly, keep my kids distracted long enough that I can swipe the best chocolate from their baskets)!