Hop into an Easter at home

Happy Easter

Easter holds great significance for many people the world over. This year Easter is going to look and feel vastly different, with no social gatherings or outings permitted due to COVID-19.

But on the bright side, it’s also an opportunity to get creative and try new technology. Plus if the weather’s good there’s no excuse not to get outdoors for some fresh air and fun.

Here are some ideas for a home-based Easter.

Stay in the (virtual) hunt.
Who doesn’t love the thrill of an Easter egg hunt, no matter how old (or young at heart) you are? This year, while you can’t share the fun in person with your parents or grandparents, why not Skype or Zoom them in for a virtual hunt? You never know, your parents or grandparents taking part online may even be able to help the little ones spot brightly-wrapped chocolate eggs that they may miss.

Green thumbs-up.
Speaking of the outdoors, whether you’ve got a big garden or a small balcony or something in between, you can still plant things like parsley or carrot seedlings. Kids can help or make personalised stakes for the pots using craft sticks and permanent markers. Make a day of it and cook up a storm with some
budget-friendly Easter barbecue recipes.

Online catchups.
Gather around the… screen … for a virtual catchup through Houseparty. This app makes it easy for people to see each other and catch up anytime over Easter. There are plenty of others, including Zoom, Google Hangouts and Bunch, to name a few.

Watch an Easter movie.
Pop some popcorn and binge on some Easter or bunny-themed movies (while you binge on Easter eggs too). Family favourites include Hop, Peter Rabbit and that old classic, Easter Parade.

Get crafty.
The ABC website has plenty of creative activities for kids, with familiar friends from favourite shows ready to be turned into crafts and keepsakes. For plenty of Easter-themed fun, a quick search on Pinterest will open up a world of activities to engage and amuse, whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a beginner.

Send an Easter e-card.
If you can’t post an Easter card in time, go online to search for an e-card to send to your family and friends over email or WhatsApp. Spoiler alert: there’s no shortage of Easter jokes (or yolks) either, although most of them are not very bunny – er, funny.

Explore the world from your armchair.
Had to postpone your Easter travel plans, or that big holiday? You can still go there with Google Arts and Culture. Tour the Taj Mahal, the Guggenheim, Egypt’s pyramids or even the Melbourne Cricket Ground if you just need a footy fix.

Remember to switch off occasionally.
Technology will continue to play a huge role in how we communicate and connect with loved ones at this time. But don’t forget to switch off and go old-school with a book or some exercise to keep your body and mind refreshed. We also have some useful energy saving tips including turning off the power when you’re not using it.

Happy Easter to all.
Whatever your Easter looks like this year, with a little creativity it can be both ‘cheep’ and cheerful.