A while back I was doing some searching on Pinterest.com, and I found a bunch of fun Easter-themed events and crafts to do with the kids. The best one was a Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt. I have been planning it for a while and tonight was the big night.
First you have to get large, plastic fill-able eggs (these and glow sticks were given to us from my parents during N’s recent trip to Boston). Then for the lights – you could do several things. Glow stick bracelets, mini led lights or those RAVE finger lights which we once got at the laser rollerskating rink. I have seen those finger lights in a fix it computer repair shop in Sheringham for about 3 pounds for 4 of them. I kept hesitating and decided that we’d do the bracelets, but I’m kicking myself as the glow sticks didn’t work as great as I hoped.
In fact, one hole package (15 sticks) didn’t work and the ones which did wouldn’t fit in the eggs as they kept busting open as I didn’t have any tape around. So the kids and I scrapped the egg hunt part for the night and had a Glow Stick Hunt instead. The kids don’t know this but I bought some treats to put in the eggs for tomorrow’s hunt (and possibly one with Pake & Beppe on Sunday) they’ll certainly be happy with mini chocolates and Smarties. If that little store in Sheringham is open and perhaps I’ll get a few packs of the RAVE finger lights and we’ll try it again.
As for the “hunt” – it was fun and lasted about 2 minutes. I had the kids go in the playroom while I “hid” the bracelets [aka placed them out in the open] around the kitchen, dining room and living room. Soren charged in and had about 8 on his arm while Maebh was a bit slower and behind him with a big three bracelets. It then turned into glow stick play fun – let’s turn off the lights and twirl them, spin them and do all kids of fun stuff with them (while all along I secretly prayed they didn’t break and leak). We took turns taking photos of them and some of the photos were actually very cool.
|The hunt in the kitchen.|
|Playing with the sticks.|
|Soren’s arm filling up quickly.|
|The final count: Soren on left and Maebh’s three on the right.|
After that bit of fun, Soren suggested we play a game he learned here in the UK called “Musical Statues”. It’s just like musical chairs but instead of sitting you freeze. So I would sing and then the kids would run and dance around and when the music stopped, they’d have to freeze. Maebh was hilarious. After a while they were pretending they were Acela trains going really fast in circles.
All in all, we had a fun time with the glow sticks and had a lot of laughs and no injuries!
I’ll surely post photos from whatever we do next – I envision sugared up kids from a chocolate and treat Egg Hunt!