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Easter at home needn't be boring! We have made it easy for Portsmouth families by pooling together a library of activities that can be done at home this Easter weekend.
- Can't go to the library? Bring the library to you! Enjoy a world of free entertainment at home with Portsmouth Libraries' digital library. All you need is your library card, or if you're not a member yet, why not sign up? And whether or not you're a member, they share a host of ideas for the whole family on their Official Portsmouth Libraries Facebook page, like Easter mosaic cards and recipes for chocolate cupcakes - yum!
- Keep Britain Tidy's #LoveWhereYouLive challenge. Create a wave of positive action from the comfort of your own home. Find out how you can get involved here: #LoveWhereYouLive through various activities that shows how you're doing your bit for the planet, be it reducing your food waste, upcycling or mending old furniture, and how you're looking after nature. See how you can get involved.
- Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls has tonnes of boredom busters! Our recent favourite is to create a Lego scavenger hunt! Why not add your own Easter twist and mix it up with some mini Easter eggs? Sarah specialises in Lego building ideas, STEM activities, and play ideas for active kids!
- Have a pyjama party and make some delicious hot coco - or iced coco with the heat-wave we've been having. You can jazz it up with chilli, marshmallows, cinnamon, the list goes on! Combine it with a board game or movie for some family chill time.
- Speaking of movie, here are some recommendations on HuffPost and Cambridgeshire Live for this weekend.
- Let your child dress you for the weekend. Have you gotten out of your tracksuit bottoms since lockdown? Why not see the world through your child's eyes and let them dress you for a laugh. What could possibly go wrong!?
- Dust off those board games; teach your kids the classics like chess, draughts or backgammon and you'll have a play partner for life. If you don't have a board to hand, why not make your own? For draughts, make an 8x8 square board to have 64 squares in total, alternating black and white squares. You'll also need 16 black and 16 white pieces - these can be stones, paper cutouts, or chocolate pieces.
- If you're lucky to have a garden, Growing Families has compiled a list of garden activities to do with the children when you're stuck at home, from bug hotels to bird feeders, growing your own salad to fairy house / dinosaur gardens.
- BBC Good Food has come up with 44 Easter kids' recipes for you to choose from if you're in the mood to create in the kitchen.
- HuffPost has collected a heap of quick lockdown activities that children can do. It's a long list so you may want to grab some paper to jot down your favourite ones to try at home. A favourite: Set up a car wash. Bucket of clean water, bucket of soapy water, unused toothbrushes, and small towels. The kids then bring the toy cars through the car wash. For older kids, why not ask them to wash the family car as part of their scavenger hunt or in return for some chocolate treats?
- An indoor Easter egg hunt wasn't going to be missed off this list! A free printable clues is available on Party Delights, or Pinterest also has an endless array of other options.
Arts & craft ideas
- Competition time: Cllr Morgan has teamed up with local graphic designer Sarah Houghton to produce a Portsmouth poster for people’s windows. Colour it in, then scan it or send a photo of it in your window and prizes will be awarded to the best! Open to all. Entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday 17 April.
- If you're not in short supply of egg cartons, then these super cute egg carton chicks are the perfect kids’ craft for this weekend. Grab some egg cartons, paint, and a few other craft supplies to make these spring chicks!
- Re-use old milk jugs to create some adorable Easter baskets with Kids Craft Room. And if you're well stocked on craft supplies like pipe cleaners and mini pompoms, why not try your hand at making these bunny nose masks and having a mini photo shoot to add to the family album?
- Decorate Easter eggs this weekend with some lovely ideas from Preloved. There are infinite ideas for this - the sky's the limit - and why not ask your friends to vote for the winning creation via social media? Or you can submit your creations to the many competitions on Facebook for added fun. Just search 'Easter egg competitions' and enter away.
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