10 Tips for Egg-citing Easter Fun with Kids

7. Make a quick Easter snack: Kids can make a bowl of Chicken Feed by tossing together crisp, crunchy shoestring potatoes, salted corn nuts, shelled sunflower seeds and pistachios, dried blueberries and unsweetened coconut flakes for a crunchy, nutty treat. It takes minutes to assemble.

8. Make an edible Easter basket: Bring a batch of Easter Basket Cupcakes to school for your children to share with their class. Prepare cupcakes from your favorite cake batter, and frost with cream cheese frosting. Create green Easter "grass" by placing shredded coconut and a few drops of liquid green food coloring in a resealable plastic bag. Massage the food coloring into the coconut until it is evenly distributed and the coconut is green. Sprinkle the coconut over the iced cupcakes. Insert one end of a red licorice whip into the cupcake, then bend and insert the other end of the licorice into the opposite side of the cupcake to form a basket handle. Top cupcake with a few jelly bean "eggs" and they're ready to serve.

9. Make some edible play dough with marzipan. Marzipan is an ancient sweet and still a traditional ingredient in many European Easter desserts. Massage paste food coloring into chunks of prepared marzipan and let your children play with it as they would modeling clay. Form bunnies, chicks, eggs and other Easter shapes to decorate cupcakes or a simple layer cake or simply eat like candy.

10. Paint a bunny face: Children love to have their faces painted. Here's an easy way to turn your little one into Peter Cottontail's helper: Draw an upside-down triangle on the child's nose with the brush from brown or black liquid eyeliner. Fill in completely. Rub a circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint three whiskers with the eyeliner on each side of the face, starting from the nose and extending across the cheek. Allow to dry. This bunny face comes off in a flash using makeup remover pads.


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