For au pairs working in the UK, it can be a fun challenge to come up with things to do with the children in your care – especially when there are public holidays or events that give you an obvious theme.
With Easter just around the corner, we thought we’d look at a few of the things you could make in the kitchen together, depending on how old the children you’re looking after are.
For a cake that children will love the look of as well as be excited about eating, you could try a rainbow Easter layer cake, as described by Simple Most.
The cake itself is simple – you just need to make three sponge cakes, using food colouring to make each a different shade. The website suggests red, blue and yellow (the yellow one can be an uncoloured cake mix), but you could mix it up if you have different colourings available.
For the icing (and the layers between the coloured cakes), you’ll need cream cheese, marshmallow cream and icing sugar. Once you’ve stacked the cakes together, cover them with the icing and have fun decorating them as you wish.
If you want a bit more of a challenge, you can have a go at making your own chocolate Easter eggs. The Independent noted that you need to be precise about the temperature of the chocolate to get the best finish, but if you’re going to decorate them you may not mind.
You’ll need at least two half-egg moulds to get the shape – and some patience as you need to leave them in the fridge to set for at least an hour after you’ve layered up the chocolate.