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Keep the kids entertained this Easter

Keep the kids entertained this Easter

easter half term

Easter means time off for you (yay for the bank holiday weekend!), but also means you’ve been given the dreaded task of entertaining the kids for a whole two weeks. Easter half term is full of chocolate, eggs and adorable animals. So surely lots to do? Check out some of our ideas on how to keep the kids entertained this Easter half term!

Road Trip

Singing in the car with the whole family whether you’re on the way to Nan and Grandpa’s, or a fun-filled weekend of countryside adventuring. Make sure you have enough games and gadgets to keep the little terrors entertained! Tablets in the car are great for keeping the peace between siblings.

Amazon Fire HD 10 10.1 Inch 32GB Kids Edition Tablet - Blue, £180

Camping

We no taking the whole family camping is a potential risk when it comes to throwing up new challenges. If you’re sceptical about the idea, why not try a test run in the garden for a night or two before you leave? This will give you idea of essentials you’ll need to take with you. Provided the lovely, predictable english weather acts like it’s actually spring. A camping trip is the perfect way to spend some quality time with the children, and get them out for some much-needed fresh air.

Olpro The Malvern 6 Berth Tent, £315.00

Bake some goodies

Rainy days doesn’t always mean boredom. Grab the rice rispies and some left over easter eggs to create some chocolatey goodies! By melting some unwanted easter eggs, and adding rice crispies you’ve got the perfect easter snack the kids will love-making (and eating)! If you want to go the extra mile, adding mini eggs on top will make the little cakes look like nests!

Meri Meri Easter Cookie Cutters, Set of 5, £9.00

Spring clean

No one likes to clean trust me! However we know it’s not often you get a double bank holiday, and you’ve been meaning to clean out a certain part of the house since Christmas! Blasting out some tunes and getting the kids involved might actually make the dreaded task a little less of a nightmare!

Google Home, £129.00

Get sporty

Organising a friendly sports game with some friends is a great way to waste an afternoon. Letting the kids run around for a few hours means early nights and give you some much-needed ‘me’ time. Whether its football or rounders, any sort of exercise is a great was to where the kids out!

2 in 1 Football Goal, £38.70

Arts and crafts

Setting up the living room up to become an art studio will get the kids crazy excited! A huge box of arts and craft supplies can range anywhere between £5 to £80, the bigger the box the more crafting products you get, guaranteed hours of fun.

Collage Craft Storage Tray and Craft Essentials £43.20

Easter egg hunt

Its easter after all! Planning your route is key. Folding up little clues on colour coded paper for each of your children to run riot all round your house. Leaving hints and clues in places they don’t usually go will make really get them thinking!

Easter Egg Mould, £4.50

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Chocolatey Easter treats

Chocolatey Easter treats

It’s Easter and we’ve all got far too much chocolate again which begs the question… what to do with it all?

Well luckily we have you covered with these amazing Easter themed puds! These scrumptious Easter treats are perfect for using up all that chocolate whilst getting the kids involved!

Rabbit Cup Cakes

(Or to us grown-ups, carrot cake with an added chocolate glaze that is sure to get the little ones interested.)

By trading butter for vegetable oil, you end up with a really moist and scrummy cake.
These cakes are super easy to make so the kids can get involved.
Makes 10.

  1. Peel and grate 3 medium carrots or, if you’re feeling lazy, throw them in a food processor until finely chopped.
  2. Sieve together 300g plain flour, 400g caster sugar and a tablespoon of baking powder. Add 4 beaten eggs to the mix with 250ml vegetable oil and the carrot. Stir until combined.
  3. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake at 180º C for 30 minutes.
  4. For the chocolate glaze, heat a tablespoon of butter, 250ml milk, 2 tablespoons of honey and 100g chocolate in a saucepan until melted. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  5. Wait for the cakes to cool and top them with the chocolate mixture. We added little icing carrots we found in the supermarket.

Eggstra Realistic Easter Nests
A twist on the classic rice krispies cake, these Easter nests use shredded wheat to make them look more like a little bird’s nest!
They only take about 5 minutes to make and everyone is bound to love them.

Makes 12.

  1. Crumble 8 large shredded wheats (approx. 180g) into a bowl.
  2. Melt 250g chocolate and 50g butter in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Once melted and smooth, take off the heat and add 3 tbsp golden syrup (this helps them stick together).
  3. Add the shredded wheat and stir. Spoon into cupcake cases, top with mini eggs and leave to cool.

Easy as pie. Well, easier than making a pie, actually…
If you’re in the mood for cooking and baking this Easter weekend, check out our eggciting Easter breakfast ideas. Don’t forget to share photos of your concoctions with us on social media!

Top 6 rainy day activities for kids

Our top 6 rainy day activities for kids.

When it comes to the weather, we ALL know how unreliable the conditions are. We also know how restless and irritable the young ones can be when are bored and disinterested . When the two factors merge, it can be a real problem. Lucky for you, we at epoints, have compiled an engaging list of rainy day activities for kids, when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Board games

Competition breeds excitement. There is no better way to get competitive and prove who’s the best indoors for youngsters than a family board game. Whether you’ve hit Park Lane with a hotel or its your mouse that got trapped, the compelling desire to win overrides the feelings of boredom. Calling your kids out on their inferior board game ability is one way to get them fired up. depending on the game, strategy is needed to win and can be significantly more beneficial than mind-numbing games on the console.

Hold a tea party 

It is time to break out the plastic sets and hold a tea party for your children’s dolls and teddies. You can either have pretend food, or do some real baking with your kids. Serve mini sandwiches, small cubes of cheese and tiny jellies. This could be the perfect opportunity to encourage table manners amongst the younger kids. It is not only a great activity for learning, but is fun, engaging and gets the whole family stuck in.

Have a disco

Move the sofas, draw those curtains and crank up the speakers (and on this occasion, avoid the alcohol) . An indoor disco is easy, cheap and, most importantly, stimulating. Keeping the kids active and moving, as a parent, is a tough ask. Even more so when the thought of your youngsters grinding mud into your beloved carpet makes you writhe in your skin. Getting the kids to shake it down to their favourite Disney tracks on the Google Home is great for breathing life into the house (and its great cardio!) .

Dressing up

No family home would be complete without a dressing up box to get the imagination flowing. It is time to get creative with your costumes. it may be worth letting them have access to your wardrobes as well. It is always amusing seeing what fashion blunders (or masterpieces) your children conjure up when being unleashed on the accessories. You could even hold a fashion show or put on a play!

Make a den or fort

Pick a room, grab some blankets and furniture and away you go! When creating a secret hideout, anything goes. Whether they are king of the castle or head of their own secret society, this is the perfect activity for the imagination. It only may seem like tossing a bed sheet over a chair and calling it fun, but to them, it is their own realm that they rule. This is a brilliant opportunity to bond, find out what they like and indulge their creative side. It is definitely one for the list

Form a band

If your kids don’t have their own instruments, make your own. Or just sift through your kitchen cupboards! An upturned saucepan and wooden spoon becomes a drum and shaking a jar of pasta is much better than any pair of  maracas (however, you might want some earplugs). This could even be a way discover you child’s interests or even discover a few hidden talents.

We hope you enjoyed our ideas for activities for kids. Its great for when the weather takes a turn for the wet.

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Egg-cellent ideas for an Easter egg hunt

Nothing says Easter better than a Easter egg hunt. It’s great fun for kids of all ages and can bring the whole family together. Although there are many hunts planned at venues and cities across the UK and Ireland, why not have a go at making your own hunt? You don’t need to spend a fortune and you don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing. But, with a little forward planning you can ensure your Easter egg hunt gets off to a cracking start!

Here are our top tips for a great Easter hunt.

Get crafty

Image courtesy of The Craft Train - see their blog on Etsy for more details on how to make this.

Image courtesy of The Craft Train – see their blog on Etsy for more details on how to make this.


There’s no need to spend a lot of money on baskets and other trinkets for your Easter egg hunt. You and the kids can make them yourselves for some pre-hunt fun. How about making your own Easter egg baskets with cardboard (there are lots of templates available online). You could also decorate your home or garden with homemade Easter decorations in preparation for the hunt. How about painting eggs or making Easter bonnets to wear during the hunt?
Pink Straw Rabbit Basket - only 50p at Hobbycraft

Pink Straw Rabbit Basket – only 50p at Hobbycraft


Hobbycraft rewards you with epoints when you shop online via the bigDL app and you’ll find everything you need to make baskets, bonnets, decorations and more. If time is not on your side, they also have some great bargains on pre-made baskets and decorations. 

 
 
 
Easter egg hunt clues

Printable Easter hunt clues from happyhomefairy.com

You can make an Easter egg hunt more exciting by leaving a trail of clues to find the egg. Riddles are especially fun for older children who love to put their mind to work. There are lots of riddles that can be found online, or you can make up your own.

Make sure to hide the eggs in interesting places. How about putting them inside balloons? The kids will have a great time popping the balloons in their search! You can buy a wide selection of balloons at Smyths. With epoints you can also receive Smyths Toys Loyalty points when you shop via the epoints website or via the bigDL app on the high street.

Varied prizes

Peppa's Easter Egg Hunt £4.99 at The Works

Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt £4.99 at The Works

Although the traditional prizes in an Easter egg hunt are chocolate eggs, there’s no reason why you can’t mix it up a little. Try choosing different sized eggs or chocolate bunnies. John Lewis rewards you with 4 epoints for every £1 you spend when you shop with them via epoints and have a wide range of chocolate treats to choose from.

You could also add alternative prizes such as Easter themed colouring books, toys and reading books. The Works has many suitable products available, from colouring books to toys. With our Easter offer, The Works rewards you with quadruple epoints when you shop online via epoints.

Too much chocolate?

Cornflake Cakes, BBC goodfood

Cornflake Cakes, BBC goodfood

Limiting the amount of chocolate that each child gets or can eat during the day is a good idea. No one wants tummy troubles and sugar highs. If you have lots of leftover chocolate, you could make a dent in it by using it to make good old chocolate Cornflake cakes or hot chocolate. Or you could be a little more adventurous. Triple chocolate beef and bean chilli anyone? Argos stocks a vast array of cooking accessories to help you cook up a storm in the kitchen. Argos rewards you with epoints when you shop online via epoints . With our current Easter offer, you can gain 4 epoints for every £1 you spend.

Who said kids have all the fun?

Charles Mignon 'Hymne à l'Amour' Champagne - £32 at M&S

Charles Mignon ‘Hymne à l’Amour’ Champagne – £32 at M&S


Of course, it’s not just kids who can enjoy an Easter hunt. How about adapting an egg hunt for you and your friends? Think cryptic clues and prizes adults will love – luxury chocolate hampers and alcohol will always go down a treat! M&S have a great range of products ideal for adult hunts. You can collect Marks and Spencer reward points when you shop with them online via epoints.com or on the high street via the bigDL app.
 
 
 
 
 

However you choose to spend your Easter break, we hope you have a wonderful time!

Spooky Halloween October half term ideas

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Half term is fast approaching, but it doesn’t have to fill you with dread!

Yes there may be rain, yes it may be cold and… yes you might want to shed a tear or two, but never fear, we’ve done the research for you and found some ghoulishly good activities that will keep your kids entertained this Halloween half term.

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Ready, Teddy, Go – National Teddy Bear Day

It's National Teddy Bear Day

Do you still have your first teddy bear? Is he well-loved and worn, perhaps a little bit threadbare?
Our teddies are usually something we treasure our whole lives, either keeping it for sentimental reasons (how can you throw away a lifelong companion?), or something to be passed down to our children.
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Survive the final hurdle – tips for shopping for school shoes

Choosing children's school shoes

You’ve managed to survive the summer holidays, but now you have the final hurdle before your little darlings go back to school – shoe shopping.
Those two words are enough to fill any parent with feelings of dread, especially after the kids have been running around barefoot for most of the summer, or living in trainers and flip flops.
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Top tips for acing the back to school routine

Get back to school ready with our top tips

We’re still only in August and yet it seems as if the kids have been on holiday for ages… and you’ve already exhausted every possible activity you can think of. 
Well, there’s actually not that long until your little ones go back to school (honestly) and if like most parents you’ve let their usual routine slide, then it’s time to start thinking about easing them back into a routine similar to term time.
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Let the games begin – celebrate National Playday at these adventure playgrounds

Free Adventure Playgrounds in the UK

Playday, the national day for play is held on the first Wednesday in August (this year Wednesday 6th). National Playday came about in 1987 after cuts to play centres and adventure playgrounds in London and started with just a few events in the capital.
It went national in 1991 and in 2013 there were more than 850 events across the country.
This year there are more events planned to celebrate playtime, so get involved and spend the day playing with your kids!
To help get you in the mood for playing, we’ve found some of the best free adventure playgrounds across the UK where you can take your family to play.
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Flying high – surviving plane travel with kids

Flying high - keep your children entertained on planes

We all know that travelling with children is often a stressful experience, but at least if you’re driving with the kids you can pull over and stop if you need to.
Not so much on an aeroplane. Children can get serious cabin fever on long flights, especially if they’re tired and there’s not much room for them. Plus even the most patient of fellow passengers can give you a hard time.
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