I love the Easter weekend! It’s a lovely family occasion – and excuse to chill out for a few days, and for everyone to get together. With Spring now here, the weather is usually warm enough to spend some time outside. There are often lots of local events to keep everyone happy. With kids desperate to see if the Easter Bunny has left any Easter eggs, it can also be quite an exciting time for them. If they are left kicking their heels, after you’ve exhausted all of your usual ideas to entertain them, try these musical activities this weekend:
Make Hot Cross Buns
I often talk about the importance of demonstrating the words of different songs, and of helping your child grasp their meaning by actually showing them what you are singing about. This is a great opportunity for this! There aren’t many nursery rhymes with an Easter theme, but ‘Hot Cross Buns’ is definitely one of them.
I followed this Jamie Oliver recipe to make ours. If your kiddies are old enough to get stuck in with helping you, brilliant! If not, try what I did with J. I set up his highchair in the kitchen so he could see, and gave him some flour to play with and do his own baking. We sang hot cross buns over and over…..and over…… but it was good fun to bring him into the kitchen for some baking.
Easter Egg Hunt with a Twist…!
You all remember the game we used to play when we were kids, where we would hide something in a room and shout ‘hotter’ and ‘colder’ as your friend got closer and further away. This game is similar, but based on music instead! Hide several Easter eggs, around your house or your garden. Choose some exciting music (something like ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Grieg), and press play. As your child gets closer to each egg, turn the volume up. As they get further away, turn the volume down!
Hint: In order for this to work best, hide the eggs quite far apart, and hide them very well! Alternatively, try hiding them one at a time – especially if there’s any danger of you forgetting where you’ve hidden them all…
Decorate Different Textured Eggs
Get really creative with your Easter eggs this year, and decorate some egg shakers. Try these percussive instruments, and decorate them using a variety of different textures, colours and materials. Make them really interesting for little eyes, and make sure they are nice and noisy so that your child will enjoy exploring them. Take some inspiration from some of these lovely examples.