With the days getting brighter and Easter fast approaching, you may be looking forward to spending time with your Grandchildren over the Easter holidays in your over 55 community. Now, we all love going to granny and grandpa’s for time-honored Easter egg hunt in the garden of your luxury retirement village, but if you wanted to spice things up this year we’ve got some great craft ideas to keep the grandkids busy and entertained.
Plant Pot Bunny Rabbits
This is a quick and easy craft that you can enjoy from the comfort of your luxury retirement flat. The “plant pot bunny rabbits” just require some paint, two small clay pots, googly eyes, a pen and some pipe cleaners to come to life!
All you have to do is take your two pots glue them together (with the top one upside down and let the little ones decide what fun colour they want their bunny to be.
Next, after they have gotten paint all over the wipe-clean table cloth, leave it to dry before sticking your googly eyes on the top half of the bunny.
Whilst you wait for the eyes to dry, under your supervision, let the grandchildren cut some ears out of cardboard, for a classic look white and pink is always a hit. After that, take the card and cut a mouth so your bunny can eat all the carrots and, of course, a nose for the bunny to smell out any chocolate nearby!
All bunnies need whiskers so take the pipe cleaners and bend them to look like some whiskers for your Grandchild’s new little friend! Finally, stick the whiskers nose, and mouth together and the bunny ears on top and you’ll see him come to life.
This simple table top craft would be perfect to enjoy on a wet day from the comfort of your retirement apartment.
…this might sound like a disaster waiting to happen but we promise that the last thing we want is for your retirement living apartment to be covered in egg yolk. Therefore, we would suggest buying some small plastic eggs for the grandchildren to play around with and paint with any persona they choose. All you’ll need are small plastic eggs and some acrylic paint in colours of your choice. Pick two fine brushes and get painting your little egg people making up stories about them along the way!
Chocolate Cornflake Cakes
Would Easter really be Easter without a mini-egg Cornflake cake? It absolutely wouldn’t and with fully integrated kitchens in all of our retirement living apartments, there is no better place to bake!
So grab your oven gloves and make Easter snacks that the whole family will love!
225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tbsp golden syrup
36 mini chocolate eggs
Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases.
Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering
water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth.
Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.
(Recipe from BBC Good Food)
From food to crafts we hope we have given you some useful ideas to keep grandchildren entertained this Easter. At Burghley Retirement Living we believe life should be about doing the things you love without the stress of the small things and our maintenance and groundwork service means that you’ll have plenty of time to entertain little ones in your retirement living apartment all year round!