Kids' spring activities often include a hunt for an Easter basket.
Here’s Amy Rose’s version of a spring basket hunt that celebrates
childhood, the magic of springtime, and has the option of adding a
spiritual slant if you choose. It can also be used for other kids'
spring activities, such as a child’s spring birthday or a celebration of
the spring equinox.
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Amy's basket how-to:
1. Start with either a recycled basket from a second hand store or a fair trade basket. You can use soap and water with a little vinegar to clean a second hand basket. If fair trade, leave the label on and show the kids afterwards where the basket came from.
2. Instead of plastic green Easter grass, line the bottom of the
basket with rainbow or spring colored tissue paper, usually available
wherever there’s gift wrap for sale.
3. Add a couple of inches of biodegradable curled excelsior wood packing found at craft stores. It looks natural and beautiful. (Both the tissue and wood packing can be re-used).
4. Kids' spring activities should include planting something live when possible, even if you just give them a bucket on the patio to plant. Kids love to plant things. So put a live potted blossoming garden flower in the center of the basket. A single 4-inch potted pansy or Johnny jump-ups work well. If it’s warm enough in your area for petunias or marigolds, those are wonderful also and will bloom all season. Just make sure whatever you get already has a few blossoms open. Make an indent in the wood packing to hold the flower pot in place.
5. Fill around the flower with your choice of the following items. These actually encourage kids' spring activities beyond just receiving the basket. Garden stores and hobby and craft stores have most of these items. You may have to look in sports stores for the spring sports related items.
Optional basket: Replace the basket with an outdoor gardening bucket.
For a variation on traditional basket hunting, organize the hunt as a treasure hunt with messages relating to spring hidden in various outdoor areas.