Easter is just a few short weeks away, and I’m sure you’re looking for some fun and easy Easter activities to do with your Girl Scouts. I thought I’d share some of the crafts and snacks we’ve made with our girls in the past. I hope they inspire you to come up with some fun Girl Scout meetings over the coming weeks.
Let’s start with a couple of simple craft ideas. Our troop made the most adorable little pins last year.
They would make great swap items as well. Take some soda bottle lids and glue a little fake Easter grass or florist moss in them to make them look like little bird nests. Glue three or four small eggs in each nest. We made the eggs from polymer clay, but salt dough would work just as well. If you’re in a rush, you could even use jelly bean eggs or the like. Glue a pin to the back to make brooches, or add a magnet for a cute refrigerator magnet.
Dying Easter eggs is always a fun activity. Boil at least one egg per girl ahead of time. I usually do a few extras in case an egg gets dropped, cracked, or just doesn’t turn out well.
For younger girls, get a set of Easter egg dye tablets, or use food coloring and vinegar. Start the meeting by dyeing the eggs. Set them aside so that they have time to dry. Come back later to decorate them further with stickers or non-toxic markers.
For older girls, find several silk scarfs or ties.
You can pick them up at the thrift store or ask around to see if some of the parents or friends of yours can donate a few to the troop. Cut the silk into squares and wrap them around the egg, securing the silk with a small rubber band. Cut pieces of light colored fabric (an old pillow case will work, or buy a yard of cheap muslin fabric) and wrap those around the silk covered eggs.
Use a rubber band to secure that fabric as well.
Put the eggs in a large pot, cover them with water and add ¼ cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the eggs, and allow them to cool until they are comfortable to handle.
Unwrap and you’ll see that the pattern of the silk has transferred to the egg!
Easter Themed Snacks
You can even turn snack time into a fun craft or activity for the Girl Scouts. For younger girls, make or buy a batch of egg or bunny shaped sugar cookies. Set out the cookies along with cans of frosting. You can dye the frosting with food coloring. I usually put several small plastic spoons in each can of frosting. Let the girls frost the cookies and add sprinkles and sugar pearls. Serve the cookies with a glass of juice or milk for their snack.
Older girls might enjoy baking a carrot cake from scratch. Use your favorite traditional carrot cake recipe, or for an easier treat, try making a carrot cake poke cake using the recipe below.
Carrot Cake Poke Cake
- 1 Spice Cake Mix
- 1/4 Cup Raisins
- 2 Cups Carrots, shredded
- 1 Small Box Orange Jell-O Gelatin
- 1 Cup Boiling Water
- 1/4 Cup Butter, softened
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese softened
- 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
Preheat oven to 350F.
Prepare packaged cake as directed, and then stir in raisins and carrots until well mixed. Pour into a 9x13 pan and bake as directed.
Using a fork or skewer, poke holes all around the cake about 1/2 inch apart.
In a separate bowl, pour boiling water over dry gelatin, and mix for 2 minutes until dissolved. Immediately pour over cake.
Allow the cake to cool in the refrigerator.
Mix butter, cream cheese and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until all powdered sugar has been used and the mixture is well blended. Spread evenly over cake.