So the other week, with Easter approaching, when we made Easter nests, we made them dairy free (see here, in case you missed the recipe)
Today we're having an Easter egg hunt, and it's going to be 'Baby' proofed - that goes without saying!
So how do we 'Baby' proof it?
Last year 'Baby' was invited to her first Easter egg hunt. In anticipation of such a happening, I purchased some small chocolate eggs online in advance. I also bought some plastic Easter egg hunt eggs. We practiced hiding them around the house for her to find, so she'd know what to do. She loved it! Even with nothing inside the eggs, she thought it was a great game!
Well, this year, not wanting her to come into contact with chocolate made with dairy, or to feel different by having to search for eggs that weren't noticeably different from everyone else's, I decided to reuse the plastic eggs (pictured above) and add a few more. You can buy them from most shops at the moment. Asda and Poundland have packs for £1. These ones are from Poundland.
I had seen some packs of flat cardboard egg tokens around, which are meant for Easter egg hunts. They were attractive, but I thought it would be nicer if the children had something to hold in their hands that was still egg-shaped.
The next job was to make baskets in which to collect them, so the children could also have fun doing some craft. It needed to be quick and easy - 'cos some little ones have almost no attention span!!
You can, of course, skip making the baskets and buy your own, either plastic, or in packs at Poundland for just £1, but I think children get more fun out of making their own!!
I searched online for ideas and thought these were fab:
Recycled plastic bottles
However, they weren't big enough for what I wanted to do, although they would be great for smaller prizes, such as Haribo.
Then I found these, by 'Jellyfish'. They are the perfect size for holding a couple of plastic eggs.
Here's 'Baby's' prototype:
I used a gold-coloured paper plate, left over from our angel craft we did at Christmas. The gold inside reflects the colour of the shredded paper beautifully. Also because they are metallic, they are a little bit stronger, so able to hold more.
I pre-cut the paper plate and stapled it, before giving 'Baby' the chance to decorate it with a few stickers and some ribbon.
The shredded paper and decorative stickers can be bought from places like The Works, Poundland and Hobbycraft. Along with the ribbon around the side (covers the staples).
|'scuse the fake grass!|
SO 'Baby' is now all ready to go!
And her reward? Well the others will get a Cadbury's Cream Egg, but of course she can't have those. I did buy some chocolate half eggs from Plamil. I was going to put two halves together, to make one whole egg and wrap them together in some foil, but 'Baby' being 'Baby', she requested some pink wrapped eggs! I've no idea where to get pink foil squares, do you?
BUT, these these dairy, gluten, soya, egg and nut free chocolate mini eggs, which I bought a few weeks ago from D and D Chocolates, will do the job nicely!!
I'm not great at forward planning, but I rather suspected 'Baby' might need an alternative. These are the ones she had last year. She loved them, so I bought them well in advance!
|Allergy free Easter eggs|
Now if you're planning an Easter egg hunt, you won't have time to send off for these, but you could fill the plastic eggs with a small packet of dairy free buttons, or maybe some small packets of Haribo sweets, which have been designed especially for Easter.
Alternatively, you could swap the plastic eggs for other Easter treats, such as the Celtic Choices bunny (Sainsbury's or Holland and Barrett), or the Moo Free bunny (Waitrose). For more information, about these and other dairy free Easter treats, see our Great Big Dairy Free Easter Egg Hunt (2014) post for further details.
Either way, hope you and your little ones have a cracking dairy free Easter :)
Baking with 'Baby' - Dairy Free, Gluten Free Easter Nests
The Great Big Dairy Free Easter Egg Hunt 2014