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When it comes to Easter in Australia and buying gorgeously foiled chocolate, do you think we should be honouring the Easter Bunny or staying true to a cute little native Aussie animal, the Easter Bilby?
How do you and the kids have fun with Easter? Share your ideas on Easter craft and games to play. :flowerz:
We don't have either!!! We have the easter rooster!!! LOL, she used to say rooster when she couldn't pronounce easter. Now she swears its called rooster bunny as the rooster lays the eggs(???) and the bunny brings them to our house!!!
Easter Bunny, only coz thats what I had.
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In our house we celebrate the easter bunny. I think because both of our families did so we are just following traditions.
Our children and I do make a few crafty things leading up to the day. They have to be really quick as they have short attention spans
Last year we made
A chick in an egg
You need an egg carton, cotton wool/straw, glue and a yellow chick.
Cut one egg section out, glue the wool/straw into the egg carton, then sit the chick in.
Rabbit face mask
You need paper plates, scissors, glue, cotton wool, textas and string/elastic.
This one is easy.. Just draw a rabbits face on the plate (older children can do this if they want) cut the eyes out, then using another plate cut 2 ears out. Glue the ears on to the face Mask. Children then colour in the mask or glue cotton wool on it. Attach string/ elastic and all done.
Colour in pages. You can download heaps of the net
Another one we do is the easter basket so when they do the easter egg parade they can put them in there.
Last year we made easter hats as well. Lots of fun but a bit time consuming for DS.
This year I am making the easter cards for family so they will help with that.
We may make chocolate or dyed eggs as we have in the past but this year I am making my own hot cross buns so they will help with that I think.
On Saturday night we build a huge nest with ripped up newspaper and catalogues. Then we put carrot and lettuce on a plate for Easter Bunny.
We have a book called Peter Cotton Tale which we read as their bedtime story. Then sing a few songs like Little Peter rabbit etc.
Sunday Morning the kids get up and we see what Easter bunny has left. As our family unit we have a breakfast of eggs (usually dyed) and toast cut into soldiers and fresh juice.
After breakfast we head outside and always find Easter Bunny has left eggs hiding in special places. So we have an easter Egg hunt.
Usually head to mums for late lunch, which is always a Roast with lots of extra's. Mum always does an easter egg hunt for the grandchildren.
Evening spent at the inlaws, depends the year as to what SIL demands as to whether we go for lunch or Tea. We don't do much for the kids just hand the eggs out and chat.
easter bunny for us here
My daughter gets the Easter Bilby. Well she did last year, before that she was a bit little for chocolate. Each year she gets a set of clothes, a book, and a dvd and last year was the first year she had chocolate, the year before she had a yoghurt bunny from Go Natural.
Easter Bunny for us:D
More variation in chocolate brands, and Bilbies are quite unattractive little things... bunnies are too cute!
Easter Bunny for us also.
grass is always greener
I just to have the easter bunny growing up, but when i went to high school an boy in my grade, realised that if you rearranged the letters in my name you got Bilby. So for the last 11 years, my mum and dad have brought me a Bilby at easter. I never eat them, as i cant eat my name sake. DS doesnt get a bunny or a bilby, he is too young for that much chocolate IMO. He getts freddo's.
Easter Bunny here.
both, i have brought him both
The easter bunny here too. Reasons already stated with the more variety, but also, the bilby is sooooo expensive. Now I know some of the money (well it use to not sure now) went to save the bilby, but I cant justifying spending that much on a bilby when only a small portion goes to saving them.
When I can donate money to the cause, get a chocolate bunny AND have money left over.
The easter bunny died of the calisey virus!!:p
On a serious note, its a good way of promoting the need to save our natives!
Easter Bunny - Simply because I don't like change!! :laughing:
We do neither...we do Jesus ;)
The Easter bunny here too! Probably because that was what I was brought up with and bunnies are so darned cute!
Neither. Wasn't brought up with either and they seem a little far fetched however we do celebrate Easter
It's the Easter Bunny:yes:
You can't call it 'honouring' them when you eat them!:D
What's wrong with wabbits anyway? there are too many of them as it is! :p
(or as my Dad calls them, underground mutton!)
I have issues with the Easter Bilby!
This is going back a LONG time, I think I was about 4-5 years old, somewhere thereabouts (yes, I have a weirdly detailed childhood memories) and there was a man in a bilby costume at our easter fair. Now, I was open to the idea of a giant bilby, but something wasn't quite right about it, I was pretty sure that bilbies were little and this giant bilby was 4 times the size of me... something wasn't right.
So I went up to him and through the mouth of the costume I could see a mans face. I was okay with that. But I think I must have said something like "your not a bilby, I can see your face" in response the man in the costume, who I could CLEARLY see, tried to convince me he was not a person, he assured me he was a real bilby. I think I pestered the poor man for the next hour about it, he never gave in and admitted he wasn't a bilby.
As a result... I just dont trust bilbys!!!
We dont celebrate easter by including a bunny or a bilby, our kids know the true easter story and thats how we celebrate easter weekend. We have an easter hunt but explain the symbolism of eggs, new life.
I agree! Where did the easter bunny come from?!?!
Wouldn't an Easter Chicken make more sense?
Also, I do agree that its important to teach children what Easter is about, otherwise its just an excuse to have a sugar rush - which isn't a bad thing, but I think its important to at least give children the information to make their own judgements. I think even though I wouldn't consider myself to be at all religious, I would teach my children the meaning of Easter - as I was raised Christian - so they can make an informed choice about they believe.
Bunny is our thing here!
Where is other? We don't do either. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus:yes:!:sunshine:
Easter Bunny all they way!!!! Wouldn't be easter without a bunny!!!
Easter Bunny... its more traditional :)
I always buy at least one Easter Bilby but the rest are the traditional Easter Eggs and bunnies.
I agree about teaching kids the meaning behind Easter. I will be doing that this year with DS, while gobbling down the Hot Cross Buns and Easter eggs of course!
I love the theory and support behind the Easter Bilby ... but in saying that... I've never bought one!
Bunnies are what I grew up with.
Easter bunny here too........BUT my sister buys them all a easter Bilby
Easter Bunny here too, just seems easier!
:D It's all good! It's all chocolate!
But yeah easter bunny.
My kids don't like chocolate much and easter is just another over commercialised 'holiday' anyway.
We don't really celebrate easter in the christain sense... just a good excuse for a family get together & bbq.
We are however Australian's and have you ever seen what those horrid rodents or 'bunnies' as some call them, have done to the Australian Outback? It is disgusting that they are allowed as pets in our back yards... except in Queensland! They have the right idea!
Bilby's all the way!:australia:
its normally the Easter bunny but after reading this thread im thinking Easter bilby this year:)
Easter bilby. As a kid it was the bunny, but as a teenager I changed my mind and would only want the bilby. But we don't really celebrate Easter and DD won't be getting chocolate as she is coliac, like me. So no hot cross buns anymore either :( My mum is getting her some PJ's and my
sister a new toy. I might find something to get her. When she is old enough to understand I will teach her the true meaning of Easter :)
In my opinion Easter Bunny is quite good traditional .
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