Easter Egg Evolution

28 Mar

A few dedicated neighborhood parents organized an Easter egg hunt on the hill in Fort Greene. Every child that wanted to participate needed to bring 10 plastic eggs filled with surprises. Suggested ideas were stickers and little toys and games, rather than sweets. This gave moment to pause. What else, besides colorful foil covered chocolates and candies could we put in a plastic egg?

I have to admit I struggled with buying plastic eggs at all. They are after all, plastic. What does one do with them afterwards? The thought of thousands of plastic eggs landing in the garbage makes my heart sink. A friend I ran into at the store when I went to buy these ever lasting colorful eggs said simply – keep them for next year.

I made a mental list, of all the things I could do with these eggs, and took them to the counter.

Here’s what I came up with:

Plant sprouts in them – they have irrigation holes in the bottom for water to pass. Once the flowers (my daughter has been waiting to plant Morning Glory’s) have sprouted and are ready to be transplanted into a proper garden or bigger pot, put beans inside and tape them shut. Shakers are always great for an impromptu music jam session with friends, no? Then of course, they could be reused for next year’s Easter egg hunt.

Do you have other ideas for what to do with plastic eggs? Please share!

It astounds me the money that is spent on candy each year. I can’t help but wonder what candy manufacturer’s are thinking in this day and age with childhood obesity such a threatening issue for our entire nation. It’s not that I don’t want them to succeed and turn a profit. I think there is room for all sorts of businesses to do well. Just not at the expense of our children. The National Retail Federation’s survey estimates a $1.9 billion profit from Easter candy alone this year, up from the $1.8 billion last year. The survey goes on to state that households who have less than $50,000 in income are projected to spend just $3 less on candy than those who have incomes of $50,000 or more. Despite the economy or selling season lengths, the $3 difference has been a reoccurring trend for past years. Read full article here As a nation, we are clearly hooked.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, among pre-school age children 2-5 years of age, obesity increased from 5 to 10.4% between 1976-1908 and 2007-2008 and from 6.5 to 19.6% among 6-11 year olds. Among adolescents aged 12-19, obesity increased from 5 to 18.1% during the same period.

Michelle Obama is talking about it, Jamie Oliver is talking about it, Oprah is talking about it.. as parents and community members, we can change the direction of the health of our children. We support our ideals every time we spend money. Every time we make a meal. Every time we engage with our community members.

Now then, what else could we put inside plastic eggs? What else could we scavenge for with our baskets and spring expectations?

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