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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter for Teenagers

Shameless seasonal repost by reader request.
 
When your children are small, Easter is easy. Chocolate bunnies, dyed eggs, and plastic grass that keeps appearing under the couch for months afterward has a classic charm that we all love and treasure, wrapped in magic, myth, and the rebirth of the world. It's still a family holiday with great traditions as your children get older, but it calms down as the years pass.

 
Wanna keep your kids gleefully hunting for plastic eggs long after you've broken the truth about the
rabbit to them? 
Copy/paste the Following list of fillers, give them a fancy font, print them out, and then cut them into
strips. Fill plastic eggs and hide them.
Once all the eggs have been found, sit down and open them one at a time, announcing what you have. Notice there's a few funny ones, as well as "Swap" ones to keep it lively. Add or subtract as you wish, lower or raise the monetary amounts, and come up with a few of your own.

We howl with laughter doing this, and then the children tuck their prizes in their wallets and produce them for redemption throughout the year. It's been a good way for the Teen Minions to ask for private time with a parent without having to explain why they need to talk too. Oddly, the cat poop one has not been handed in.

An 18 year old who shyly asks, "So, we're still doing the egg hunt this year, right?"

Priceless.

Get out of one chore free, your choice

Get out of one chore free, your choice

Get out of one chore free, your choice

Get out of one chore free, your choice

$10 at Gamestop

$5 at Gamestop

1 hour on the computer

1 hour on the computer

1 hour on the computer

1 hour on the computer

1 hour on the computer

1 hour on the computer

$1

$1

$1

$1

$1

$5

$5

$5

$5

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

Date with Mom

Date with Mom

Date with Mom

Date with Mom

Date with Dad

Date with Dad

Date with Dad

Date with Dad

Smoothies!

You pick what dessert to make

Free T shirt of your choice!

You plan the day for the family (advanced notice required)

One Family Game Night, your choice

One Family Movie Night, your choice

Download 1 song

Download 1 song

Download 1 song

1 custom ring tone

1 custom ring tone

1 custom ring tone

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

$5 at Target

Trip to the Pediatrician!

One Ziploc Bag of Fresh Cat Poop

Strap a Used Sock to Your Face

Put Marbles in Your Underwear

Kiss the Dog on the Lips

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Trade one egg of your choice with a sibling

Now have a little fun, and keep childhood alive. 

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4 comments:

Michelle L. said...

I love eet. You are an amazingly creative parent. Love the "baby" pics of the kids (my first time reading this post).

Heather Rodman said...

That's so cool! Shoot, these would work well for my boys, and they're not even teens yet! (Of course, can't use it yet- we've still got at least one of 'em snowed...)Thanks!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

You constantly make me wish I had grown up in your home!

Michelle Rotter said...

I am going to have to do this this year! I have to teens myself, three teen nephews are coming over and three teen friends with families that don't celebrate Easter coming for dinner too.

I used to do egg hunts with the kids and their cousins when they were little after dinner, but kind of stopped when they hit middle school. Now with 8 high schoolers coming for dinner this year, going to surprise them all with an old-fashioned egg hunt this year.

These ideas will help fill in the ones just stuffed with candy and jelly beans. Thanks for the great idea! Going to have to do a blog posting about it now too. Will totally give you credit!!!

Thanks
Michelle @ www.grandmaagnesattic.blogspot.com