31 March 2015

Our version of a Mindful Meaningful Easter part 2

Easter is upon us!! You can read about the gifts we give here. This year they are getting a book, some art stuff or lego and a wooden animal made by their dad. I still haven't made any chocolate.... oops.......

As I said in Part 1, we want Easter to be a celebration of the colder months. We do this by making food gifts for the animals. We make bird feeders and do little food scrap parcels for the hedgehogs and such. Then we put them out on Easter sunday.

We always do an egg hunt with clues. Last year we did eggs with stamps/stickers/coins etc.. inside. You can also do a puzzle piece in each one then make the puzzle together at the end. This year each clue will have an ingredient with it and the last clue will be a recipe which the children will make with me and my husband. I have found a vintage 3d Rabbit cake mould, so we will make some honey sweetened chocolate buttercream so they can give him some fur!

Our most treasured tradition is the Wish bunny. I can't remember where I first read about him but it is what the kids get most excited about! He arrived one year with a note from the Easter Bunny, he was to stay with us for a few days and show the children how wonderful it is to have a generous and thoughtful spirit. He does this by giving them ideas on how to be kind to each other (and us) by tidying each others rooms or telling each other what we like about them for example. He gives us messages on the importance of growing our own food and we in turn plant some seeds or some seedlings we have been taking care of. This also reinforces how the seasons influence what we plant and why we eat according to the seasons. Then lastly on the day before (he is supposed to) leave the children can make two wishes, one for them and one for someone else. They can also gift him with something they no longer use so that he can take it away to give to children who need it if they want to. And I then take these to the salvation army. Now, mr wish bunny was supposed to leave after easter the first year he came, but Isabelle was so in love with him that he never left and she has taken him to bed every night since. So he's looking pretty 'well loved' now and instead disappears in the lead up to easter and reappears on Easter sunday morning!

So these are our traditions, do you do something similar?

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