My kids love Easter, and I do too. I find this amusing because my childhood Easter involved hard boiling a ton of eggs, painting said eggs, finding those eggs and then eating ham for dinner. None of that has passed onto my kids as our family tradition.
Early on I explained to my kids that mom will not buy eggs just to paint and then give or throw them away. That’s wasteful and we do not support that. However, painting and decorating eggs is a tradition! Every grocery store end-cap is filled with fancy egg decorating kits! They’d beg me for them even though we have zero eggs in our house!
This prompted me to do a little research. First, I came across these eggs.
Initially, I found them at Target in their $1 bins (winning!) and while they decorated “okay” with the standard store-bought paint kits, we learned that just plain old markers worked equally as well (and way less mess). The problem with these, however, is one, maybe two uses and the eggs start turning ugly shades of brown from previous paint jobs. I don’t have the kind of time post-Easter to sit and prime each egg again for next year’s use; however, it IS on my list of things to do.
There is, of course, the standard “plastic-egg” where you can hide a treat inside. We still use these eggs each year (same set, used over and over) only instead of a treat, our Easter Bunny hides scavenger hunt clues that lead the kids all throughout the house/yard until they find their Easter baskets which are usually filled with one treat, a book, and a toy. That’s it.
Recently I discovered eco eggs. These eggs are made in the USA from 100% renewal content and are plant (not petroleum) based plastic! They are similar to your standard plastic egg; however, they are fully compostable after use! I love the idea of reducing our carbon footprint and eco eggs’s message. They also sell Easter grass for decorating baskets that are made from 100% recycled paper too.
Now that my kids are a little bit older, they do not seem to care as much about decorating or coloring Easter eggs, they want the end prize.
The bottom line with any holiday “tradition” is that it becomes what you make it. For my kids, the tradition they remember most and look forward to ,is the scavenger hunt! I debated and sweated for years searching for the best “fake egg” I could find, only to discover that reusing the eggs we have and having the kids use their brains and work as a team to find them, has been the best and most memorable part of our Easter tradition.
So if you have kids or grandkids and are struggling with the same Easter dilemma, think outside the … egg (sorry, had to). Tradition and memories are what YOU create. Ours has clearly evolved over the years, and that’s okay. What is your Easter tradition and how has it evolved now that you are plant-based?