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Think Beyond Candy This Easter

3rd Apr 2015

Think beyond candyThink Beyond Candy This Easter

If you’re like most families, the Easter Bunny will be leaving a big basket full of chocolate and sweets for your kids this weekend. That’s great—we wouldn’t suggest Easter without chocolate—but we have a few ideas to get your kids eating less Cadbury eggs and spending more time engaging with the family this Easter.

Placing a limit on the candy that’s allowed to be eaten on Easter day might work for some families, but it also has the potential to backfire. When something has a limit on it, it becomes even more special and alluring. Translation: your kids will want it even more. Instead of telling them that they can only eat two pieces of candy on Sunday, why not try redirecting their attention with play, crafts, and family activities. Here are 4 ideas to try:

1. Establish the tradition of an Easter walk.
Okay, we know what the weather forecast looks like for Sunday, but hear us out. Unless you have a very little one at home, everyone can bundle up and enjoy a quick walk in one of Calgary’s fantastic parks—or even in your own neighborhood. After a big Easter brunch, make it a tradition to take a family walk together and chat about what Easter means to you as a family.

2. Make an Easter craft.
If your kids are old enough, try setting them up at the table with a craft while mom and dad prepare dinner. They can even make the craft as their Easter gift to you. For younger kids, try making some time in the afternoon to sit down together and get your creative juices flowing. You can find some good ideas for Easter crafts here.

3. Write an Easter story together.
This is a fantastic early literacy activity for any day of the year, but you can make it Easter-themed. Grab a nice piece of bright construction paper and a sharpie. Sit down as a family and tell your kids that you are going to write an Easter story together. Each family member gets to say a sentence at a time. Write down the sentences in easy-to-read print as you go. It doesn’t have to make perfect sense in the end—in fact it’s better if it’s silly! When you’re done, read the story out loud and have a giggle.

4. Get your kids involved in helping with Easter dinner.
Whether you’re having dinner at home or at Grandma’s house, you can get your kids involved. Give them age appropriate tasks: older kids could help set the table, younger ones can help mom stir the mashed potatoes. Preparing the meal together as a family is a bonding experience, and kids like to share in the responsibility.

By the time you’re done spending time together, your kids won’t even realize they didn’t have a chance to gorge on chocolate all day! It’s not about taking away the sweets—it’s about balancing them out with family time.

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