Kids in the kitchen “Ostara”

Bunny Face Salad

Lettuce, cottage cheese, pears, celery sticks, raisins, red grapes.

Arrange a lettuce on each plate, and spoon on cottage cheese to form the bunny body. Cut each pear in half (or just use canned pear halves) and place on the cottage cheese for the face. Add celery sticks for whiskers, raisins for eyes, and a red grape for a nose. Feel free to get creative and come up with your own combinations! Cut the remaining pear section in half for the ears, or use apple slices.

Bird Nests

1/3 cup butterscotch, chocolate, or peanut butter morsels, 1 cup chow mein noodles, various Easter candies such as chocolate eggs, pastel hard candies, jelly beans, and marshmallow birds

Melt morsels in a microwave safe bowl, and mix in chow mein noodles. Place a spoonfuls of the mixture onto wax paper and allow children to shape into nests. Using a spoon to press an indentation in the middle of each works well. Allow to dry and fill with candy.

Chocolate Clay

10 oz dark, milk or white chocolate confectionery coating OR 1 3/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup light corn syrup

Melt chocolate and combine with corn syrup until just blended. Lay out wax paper and spread chocolate mixture to 3/8 inch thickness. Allow to stand at room temperature, uncovered, until dry to the touch. This will take 2 to 3 hours. Then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight. You can use the clay the following day, or it will keep up to two weeks.

Allow the children to make chocolate clay bunnies, eggs, or even baskets that can be filled with treats!

Bunny Pudding

Tub of whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, chocolate pudding, store bought or prepared & set ahead of time

Fill each bowl with whipped topping and use a spoon to smooth the surface. Use the spoon to hollow out three scoops, one for the head and two for the ears, to form a bunny shape. Using a clean spoon, gently fill the bunny shape with chocolate pudding, and enjoy!

Easter Lunch

Have a fun Easter-themed lunch! Whip up a batch of egg salad and make sandwiches. Use a knife or cookie cutter to cut sandwiches into egg or other Easter shapes. Serve with carrot and celery sticks (“rabbit food”) on the side, and color milk pink with food coloring or strawberry syrup. Yum!

Fingerpainted Cookies

Homemade or store-bought sugar cookie dough, egg whites, food coloring

Cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices and squish slightly to form egg shapes. Mix food coloring with egg whites, and allow children to fingerpaint their cookies. You can make a cute bunny design with a single thumb print for the head, and two pinky prints as ears. Bake according to dough directions, and make sure children wash their hands well afterwards to remove any bacteria from the raw egg whites.

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