Just walk into any supermarket and you are bombarded with shelf upon shelf of chocolate treats all ready and waiting for Easter.
In our family we avoid Easter Eggs, although the kids receive them from friends and family so they do get a couple to enjoy. Instead we buy them a little gift, usually toys or clothing, depending what they want or need.
Easter is the perfect time to teach children all about new life, why things grow and getting them to find out more about the world around them.
Here are my Top 5 alternative gifts for Easter:
Create a magical home for your fairy in a beautiful flowerpot which allows you to get closer to nature and see how your Flowerpot flourishes into a wonderful creation, which transforms into fantastic decoration for your home.
Fairy Flowerpot is an enchanting fairy home that combines imaginative and creative play with the fun of growing flowers and with lots of different sets to collect, you can also make your own fairy village.
Do you have a child who spends hours in the garden looking for mini beasts?
One of our favourite kits is Butterfly World which introduces you to the butterfly’s life cycle is one of nature’s most amazing transformations.
Butterfly World is a hands-on nature study kit that contains all the equipment required to observe and study the fascinating life cycle of butterflies. From a tiny bead of an egg that hatches into a leaf munching caterpillar, to the flying work of natural art that is the adult butterfly. You can use the set again and again by catching your own caterpillars from the garden – we re-homed some cabbage white caterpillars for ours.
Smiggle (the cross between a smile and a giggle) are the ultimate creators of colourful, fun, fashion forward stationery and I was really excited when they opened a store in Bournemouth recently.
Now the kids can get arty with fun and funky equipment and draw the animals they have seen or flowers they have grown or grab them a new bag to use on all their adventures.
With Lego sets to appeal to all ages from Duplo for little ones to huge Star Wars sets for Dad’s that haven’t grown up and Lego friends for the girls, there is something that appeals to everyone.
Not only are the sets fun and interactive, but they’re great for developing reasoning and fine motor skills so the kids are learning whilst they play too.
There are over 250 hunts with the National Trust to choose from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone.
From fighting fiery dragons and solving mysteries to helping friendly animals throw a carnival, there’s so much to get involved in. What’s more, everyone will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury treat at the end of each completed hunt.
Your Easter Egg Hunt doesn’t have to be with the National Trust, hundreds of other attractions all over the country organise fun challenges too.
Do you get alternative gifts at Easter or do you prefer to buy chocolate eggs?