An early Easter and a long stubborn winter are not the most complementary pair, they don't quite carry the jolly hilarity of Dick and Dom. So the kids might not be spending the whole of the Easter holidays making daisy chains in a field, but there are plenty of fun indoor projects that will keep them happy and entertained.
Easy hot cross buns
The smallest of hands can get involved with this simple hot cross bun recipe, and these little beauties are worth making for the aroma alone. Help the kids practice their stirring, rolling and measuring skills, then settle around the table for a warming afternoon treat of homemade buns slathered in butter.
Easter biscuit lollies
Make these pretty biscuit lollies as gifts for friends, or use them as place names on your Easter table. They are bound to keep the kids entertained for a good hour and there is lots of food colouring fun to be had. That said, you might want to arm younger kids with some handy plastic aprons.
Crackin' cress heads
Kids will adore making these crackin' cress heads and can get as creative as they like when it comes to decorating, no idea is too big or too small. The cress hair will start flowing in a few days, and you can always give your creation a stylish haircut if you want to indulge in an egg and cress sandwich or two.
Using up chocolate
Plying kids with an abundance of shiny Easter eggs is fun, only if you're not the one who has to deal with the upset tummy episode later. So if your kids have acquired a mountain of Easter eggs from grandparents, aunts, uncles and so called 'family friends', then you might have a long holiday on your hands.
When it comes to guarding chocolate, kids are street wise, I've seen them set up a protection racket that would put The Godfather to shame. So if you are planning to deplete the store a little, you might need to get creative with your tactics...
Delicious things to put your chocolate in...
Mini chocolate cheesecakes
If these mini cheesecakes don't persuade the kids to part with a few precious chocolate shards then you are in serious trouble. This recipe has been written for kids and makes a really fun indoor project. After all who doesn't love some enthusiastic biscuit bashing on a rainy day?
These sparkly choc-egg lollies guarantee a glitzy afternoon, and make for an art project and cooking lesson rolled into one. Let young Picassos get creative with the decorating then help them finish their lollipops with ribbons and cellophane for special Easter gifts for friends.
Shredded wheat nests
An oldie but a goldie. No one will be able to resist getting stuck into these retro nests, so if you are visiting friends, pass the chocolate problem on by bringing a batch with you. Kids can proudly show off their handy work, and you can feel just as smug at your own sneakier efforts.
Have you got any sneaky ways for getting the kids to part with chocolate? We'd love to hear your ideas...