Easter represents many different things for different people. For some, it is a long-awaited long weekend, for others it is a religious celebration/recognition of sacrifice and resurrection, but for many (especially children) the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate. Regardless of your personal interpretation, we see it as a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and family and the beautiful world around us.
This Easter there are some ways to incorporate the outdoors into your repertoire:
Eggs are associated with Easter as they symbolise new beginnings, here are some other missions related to new beginnings that you could add to your celebrations:
1. Plant a Tree
2. Go and explore a new location
3. Try and learn a new hobby - I remember learning to roller blade with my parents, they both used ski poles to help balance and my dad even strapped pillows to his bottom. It was a hoot all trying to master them together!
GO FISHING THIS GOOD FRIDAY
If you follow the religious traditions of eating fish on Good Friday, why not try your hand at catching one yourself this year? Some cheap fishing tackle and a hand line may not be enough to feed the extended family, but will entertain some little ones for a few hours, especially if you catch some seaweed.
TAKE YOUR HUNT OUTSIDE
Perhaps the Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning is the highlight of your weekend. This year why not mix it up a little and have a nature hunt instead.
1. Colour Hunt: Collect as many different natural colours from a bush land area near you.
2. Mix and Match: Find a range of different leaves, seeds and flowers from your neighbourhood and put them in a basket. Then give it to your seekers and ask them to find another item that matches each original piece.
3. Treasure hunt: If you think removing the chocolate element entirely will result in a mutiny, then try and take your Easter egg hunt outside this year. Make a map of where you hide the eggs and send them out with it, (you can use a GPS app for this too).
4. Koala hunt: A great one for budding young tree climbers - hide the eggs up a tree!
5. Buried treasure: Place all the eggs in a Tupperware container. Find a prominent marker on the beach and pace out 10 steps and bury your container. Get your seekers to pace out the same number of steps and dig for the treasure!
6. Knot-a-good-idea: Tie one end of a string to a starting point and unravel it, winding in and around obstacles. During your journey hide eggs. Give the seekers the other end of the string and get them to follow it back to the starting point, collecting their eggs along the way.
INVOLVE YOUR COMMUNITY
Make the Easter hunt a neighbourhood event, with each household searching or hiding different colours (remember to get it done early so they don’t melt). Or gather a group of the older siblings (who may have discovered the real identity of the Easter Bunny/Bilby) and get them to create a hunt for younger siblings.
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO CHOCOLATE EGGS
1. Use real eggs, you can even draw silly faces on them or paint them.
2. Macadamia nuts (still in their shells), you can also draw on these.
3. Cherry tomatoes
5. Grapes/ Sultanas
6. Date balls (all of the above can be wrapped in foil)
7. Coconuts (aka GIANT EGGS) - make for another fun treasure to find and then crack open.
Journey Outdoors In Nature facilitate Journeys that allow people of all ages to experience the joys of living simply, reconnect with their surroundings, while feeling the benefits of eating local, sustainable, organic foods, and practicing being grateful, mindful and emotionally aware. They can provide solutions whether you're looking to create Wildhood memories through enrolling your child in our Wild Kids OSHC programs, Reconnect with Nature on one of our Holistic Adventures, or Transform your Team through their workshops.