Ideas for Easter Fun Without the Calories

Want to serve up heaping helpings of holiday fun without spending a ton of money on high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie Easter treats that’ll turn your kids into Energizer bunnies?

Take a look in a book.

These adorable Easter reads are the perfect addition to a sugar-free holiday basket or a great way to bond in bed with your child as you countdown to Sunday’s visit from the gift-bearing bunny:

Ideas for Easter Fun Without the Calories | Families.comEaster Bunny on the Loose!:  A Seek and Solve Mystery

There’s an emergency in Easterville and your kid gets to play detective.  Wendy Wax and Dave Garbot team up for this fun-filled, interactive seek-and-find tale crammed with more Easter-themed images than you can shake a carrot at.  Only, it’s not a bright orange carrot that your snuggle bunny is on the lookout for.

Someone stole the Easter Bunny’s golden egg and your child has to figure out whodunit.  Is it Gwen the Hen, Chuck the Chick, Milo the Turtle, Fifi the Flower Fairy, Duffy the Lamb, or Kiki the Cuckoo?  Young readers are given cute clues to find the culprit on colorful pages teeming with thousands of tiny illustrations.

Easter Bunny on the Loose is the ideal warm-up for a real-life egg hunt.  Give this book to your kids on the way to grandma’s house on Easter morning and you won’t hear a peep from the backseat the entire way.

peepsqueak-wants-a-friendPeepsqueak Wants a Friend!

Easter just isn’t Easter without a little chick action.

Only, Peepsqueak isn’t made of marshmallow and fluorescent yellow sugar.

Rather, the deliciously cute chick is part of a batch of new farm animals looking to spread their wings in the open air.  The yellow fluff balls come rolling out of the barn in pairs, save for little Peepsqueak.  The baby barnyard fowl is left to play alone after the other peeps partner up and pretend he doesn’t exist.  Undeterred, Peepsqueak sets off into the big forest to find a friend all his own.

Kids will enjoy following Peepsqueak on his colorful adventure, especially with all of the bright and shiny illustrations featured in the glossy read.  Along the way, the confident chick chirps this catchy phrase:  “You are 2 but I am 1; my search for a friend has just begun.”  The repetitive refrain encourages young bookworms to read aloud and prompts parents to discuss the importance of friendship.  Peepsqueak’s quest to find a buddy takes him on a windy trail peppered with dark caves, gigantic footprints and several warnings from concerned woodland creatures.

To find out what unlikely animal perky Peepsqueak proclaims as his pal, and if both are embraced by the other peeps back at the farm, visit HarperCollins’ website.  That’s where you can get a sneak peek of the wall-to-wall eye candy featured in Easter Bunny on the Loose too.  Both sunny stories can also be picked up at discount book stores nationwide.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.