Think outside the box this Easter!

Do you dare to be different this Easter? You don’t have to give gifts of chocolate. Why not give your kids gifts of a family day out like a trip to the zoo, local playground or petting farm?

And if that sounds like a bit too much work, we've come up with some other practical ideas for things to do this Easter, so kids can enjoy all the fun of the holidays without overdoing it on chocolate.  

Make the most of the holidays!

a family painting eggsIs your house full of Easter eggs, lined up and ready to be eaten on Easter Sunday? If you have kids, keeping the balance right can be a challenge. 

If you're off work and the kids are off school for the holidays, it’s a great time to take advantage of the improving weather and longer days. Try to do something active as a family everyday. You’ll find lots of ideas on www.littlesteps.eu where you can also make your own personalised plan of little steps for better health for you and your family. Meanwhile, here are a few ideas to help you get active this Easter.

  • Most kids will get just as much fun out of decorating some real Easter eggs. So get out the food dye and paintbrushes and create your own masterpieces.
  • Go on an Easter egg hunt. The reality is that children will eat chocolate on Easter Sunday but at least this way they run around to find it!
  • Check out your local newspaper or council website for events in your area.
  • If you've got a public park in your area, try to visit it over the holidays. 
  • Walk your way to better health! Head for the beach, the hills, or the forests; whatever walks are available to you, enjoy a long trek outdoors.
  • If you've got a local leisure centre and swimming pool, look for scheduled family times and dive in!
  • Get on your bike. Most kids love cycling but don’t forget that you can do it too!

a chocolate easter egg with smaller eggs insideChocolate – a little of what you fancy 

  • Take it easy. There is no such thing as a bad food, but eating too much of any food is a bad idea. Enjoy all the goodies of the season, but in moderation.
  • Small and sweet. If you want to buy chocolate for friends and family, and especially for children, keep it small. Bear in mind that 25 grams of chocolate (a very small egg) contains approximately 125 calories and around 8 grams of fat.
  • Make it last. Just because it’s open, doesn’t mean you have to eat your Easter egg in one sitting! Savour small tastes rather than eating so much that you feel too full and bloated and then put it out of sight!