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Give Easter a modern makeover

Ah, Easter traditions are so sweet. Coloring eggs, hiding baskets, having an egg hunt. The bunny comes around again April 12. Here are a couple of cute twists on Easter fun that might make nice additions to your basket. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne wynne@tampabay.com

Kick the Peeps to the curb

Dump the jelly beans and Peeps, and let the Easter Bunny step up his game with these odd treats. Google any of the following and tell the kids the old EB is shaking up the baskets this year:

Edible Easter Grass Fill their baskets with sweet green strings of candy instead of shaved plastic. $2.99 per a bag at chefcentral.com.

Bacon-Flavored Jellybeans These are just wrong enough to be awesome, in theory anyway. They even come in a bacon-shaped tin. $4.99 at Amazon.com.

Gummy "Walking With Jesus" Flip Flops He is risen, and we are eating His shoes. $5.99 for a 25-pack box at Oriental Trading Company.

Night hunters

Older kids and even adults can have fun when you make it a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. Target has a cute set for $10 that comes with two flashlights and plastic eggs with a glow stripe. The Oriental Trading Company has swirly egg-shaped balls that glow in the dark. But you can also make your own by putting glow-in-the-dark stickers on plastic Easter eggs, or check WikiHow.com for an easy way to apply glow paint to plastic eggs. Hide the eggs in a dark room or outside and have your children hunt for the glowing eggs. Flashlights can be used, but kids may be able to spot the glowing stickers on their own.

Four on the floor

Party stores and Target.com have bunny track floor clings that could be a cute way of showing the Easter bunny was there. Or maybe the littlest ones could follow the tracks to find where the basket is hidden.

Great tips

The site ParentHacks.com has a great collection of Easter solutions, such as this genius idea: Use a kids set of watercolor paints to decorate the eggs instead of those messy vinegar dye mixes.

Give Easter a modern makeover 04/02/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 2, 2009 1:08pm]

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