Getting Crafty for Easter with Leo Bamford and Nanny Anita

    painted-eggs-easter-craftsWith Easter just around the corner, Mybaba.com’s Leonora Bamford and Nanny Anita put together some creative family activities, recipes and Easter Crafts to keep you busy all holiday…

    I love everything about this time of year and in particular, spring bulbs and newborn lambs prancing in the fields.  After the year we have all had, it’s nice to have a glimmer of hope and be surrounded by new life as we head towards the Easter period. As well as getting busy with Easter crafts this year, we’re getting more creative in the kitchen, too.

    I love cooking with the children and something we have been doing lots of coming out of winter, are nice, light risottos with a green salad.  My daughter I are obsessed with a simple lemon one, but I absolutely love Mimi Bowl’s pea risotto with fresh mint from the garden.

    Mimi Bowl’s Pea Risotto Recipe

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    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    • 1 onion, peeled and chopped

    • 150g risotto rice

    • 500ml homemade stock (or no added salt stock), warmed in a pan

    • 100g frozen peas

    • Parmesan, finely grated to serve (optional)

    Method

    • Melt the butter and heat the olive oil on a low heat; add the onion and gently soften for around 10 minutes until translucent.
    • Next add the rice and stir into the onion, olive oil and butter until every grain of rice is well coated.
    • Add a ladleful of the warm stock at a time, and keep stirring. Once the liquid is absorbed repeat, until the risotto has absorbed all the liquid.
    • For a lovely bright green risotto, blend some cooked peas with a few tablespoons of stock into a pea purée. Stir through the final risotto and leave to sit for 5 minutes, with a lid on just to settle.

    Head to Mimi’s Bowl for full details of this recipe.

    Egg Hunts in London

    It difficult to know which egg hunts in London will be returning this year, so it’s best to keep an eye out online for the latest info. If all else fails, a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt can be done indoors or outside and always causes much excitement in our house.

    Fashion Inspiration

    Something I am absolutely loving at the moment is Pirouette Blog, which is a lovely family lifestyle and children’s fashion inspiration site. There spring fashion edits are a great source of inspiration for super stylish little ones.

    Cotton Twist’s Fairy Egg Characters

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    I am a huge Cotton Twist fan and this Make Your Fairy Egg Character is adorable.

    Easter Crafts with Nanny Anita

    Anita is always the queen of crafts and her Easter Garden which reminds children what Easter is really about and is always very popular at this time of year.

    Anita has been making adorable String Decorated Easter Eggs with just a few pieces from around the house and it is a great afternoon craft.  The Naturally Dyed Eggs are something we have wanted to try for ages and it worked really well and will absolutely make our Easter table.

    String Decorated Easter Eggs

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    You will need:

    • Wool/string
    • Scissors
    • Card stock
    • Tape

    How to make:

    1. Draw an egg shape onto your piece of card stock and cut it out.
    2. Wrap different coloured wool around the egg.
    3. Use tape to secure the wool into place

    Naturally-Dyed Eggs

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    You will need:

    • Red cabbage
    • Blueberries
    • Turmeric
    • Beets
    • Onion skin
    • 1tbsp white vinegar
    • 1tsp salt
    • 2 cups water
    • Saucepan
    • Cheesecloth
    • Leaves/flowers
    • A sieve
    • A glass
    • Eggs

    How to make:

    1. Put 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp white vinegar, 1 tsp salt, and your chosen vegetable/fruit/spice into a saucepan and boil for 10-15 mins.
    2. Lay some leaves or flowers across your egg and wrap it tightly with some cheesecloth.  Secure the cheesecloth with some string.
    3. When the dye is ready, strain the water and place it into a glass.
    4. Add your egg to the coloured water.
    5. The longer you leave the egg in the water, the darker the egg will be.
    6. Unwrap your egg and leave it to dry.

    More Easter Crafts…

    Five Little Ducklings

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    This Easter craft is super easy, travel friendly and is so much fun.

    To make your little ducks you will need:

    • Six stones
    • Paint
    • Black marker pens
    • Paintbrushes

    How to make:

    Before painting your stones give them a wash to remove any dirt. Paint the stones with a few coats, remembering to let them dry in between – I painted five of the stones yellow for the ducklings and one white for the Mummy duck. Next, use your marker pens to draw on the faces and then write the numbers one to five on the little ducklings.

    This mini activity is great for number recognition. We sing Five Little Ducks together and when one of the ducks doesn’t come back we have to find the correctly numbered duck and subtract him from the group.

    Homemade Umbrellas

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    With April showers an inevitable part of springtime in the UK, it’s time to take matters into your own hands and stand out with homemade umbrellas.

    What you’ll need:

    • Child-sized nylon umbrella
    • Fabric paint in a few colours, this way it won’t run when wet
    • Paintbrushes

    How to make:

    This is a great craft for imagination. Let younger children go freestyle and for the older ones, I would suggest designing their umbrella on paper first. There are unlimited options, from stars and stripes to hearts, letters and numbers.

    Leave the umbrellas open over night to dry, before closing or using them.