St. David's HealthCare - March 25, 2016
by Live Healthy Austin

As parents, you may notice an uptick of candy and sweets being offered to your children around Easter time. We know a sweet treat is fun every once in a while (who doesn’t love a chocolate bunny?), but as a parent it can be difficult to come up with fun and healthy items for the Easter basket. Below are some suggestions from St. David’s HealthCare staff to help make your Easter weekend a little healthier and a lot of fun.

Instead of candy, consider filling your plastic egg with other fun items, such as:

  • Stickers
  • Colorful bracelets
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Coins for the piggy bank
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Fruit leather
  • Raisins

*Do not include items that young children could choke on. Consider the child’s age when choosing fillers.

If you have older children, consider:

  • Kind notes from a loved one
  • Coupons for a free car wash or chore-free days
  • Ear buds for electronic devices
  • Movie tickets

After you hunt for eggs, extend the family fun with a holiday related craft. Our team found the below steps for an Easter egg bunny craft, and the best part is that it includes items you probably already have around your house.

Easter Egg Bunny Craft

Materials: pipe cleaners, plastic Easter eggs, glue, pom-poms, permanent marker

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  1. Bend a pipe cleaner in half.
  2. Open the plastic egg and push the ends of the pipe cleaner through the two holes in the top of the egg.
  3. Bend each end into a bunny ear shape. Insert the tips back through the holes.
  4. Cut a second pipe cleaner in half.
  5. Fold one piece of the pipe cleaner in half and insert each end out through the holes of the base of the egg. Form each end into a foot.
  6. Glue a white pom-pom to the back of the egg, low enough so the bunny can lean against it.
  7. Add an expressive face with permanent marker.

From all of us at St. David’s HealthCare, we wish you and your family a very happy East