1. Donate candy to a local soup kitchen.

2. Prepare gifts for children. Put together Easter baskets with leftover goodies for children at your local children's shelter. Be sure to check with the shelter ahead of time to make sure they can accept such gifts. Also consider adding:

  • clothing items
  • little books
  • crayons
  • small writing pads
  • pencils

3. Chocolate syrup/topping. Melt down those chocolate Easter Bunnies and use as a topping on ice cream or other desserts.

  • If the chocolate is too thick, pour in small amounts of milk or half-and-half slowly while stirring on the stove top (on low setting).
     
  • If it is too thin, add powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time while stirring until you reach desired consistency.

4. Try new recipes with your children. Make some of these creative and scrumptious recipes with your children. Goodies include Easter Candy Cake, trifles, and Cadbury Crème Egg Muffins.

5. Bake cookies!

6. Turn Easter baskets into gift baskets. Fill leftover baskets with special items for those living in a nursing home. Again, be sure to call ahead and get approval and ideas for what residents might need or want. Consider including:

  • crossword puzzle books
  • homemade cookies or other baked goods (see above recipes)
  • decks of cards
  • magazines
  • craft items
  • table games

7. Use plastic eggs to work on education skills with young children.

Toddlers/Preschoolers

  • Pull apart plastic eggs and work with your child on matching each half with another half of an egg that is the same color.
     
  • Practice counting the number of eggs in each different color.

Preschoolers

  • Place small objects in eggs and describe the object to your child without telling her what it is. See if she can guess. Then, let her do the same for you.
     
  • Number eggs from 1-10, or higher with a permanent marker. Hide them in the house, and as your child finds them, work with her on placing them in numeric order.
     
  • Use a permanent marker to label eggs with letters of the alphabet. Have your child put the eggs in alphabetical order.
     
  • Hide the alphabet-labeled eggs in your house. As your child finds them, have her tell you a couple of words that start with that letter.

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