Easy ideas for Easter

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 April, 2003, 12:00am

YOU DON'T HAVE TO be religious to enjoy this Easter weekend. We have a lot of suggestions for you to welcome the arrival of spring.

The government launches the territory-wide cleansing campaign tomorrow. It is part of the efforts to fight Sars.

But look positively. Easter has been considered as the best opportunity to do home improvements worldwide anyway. Some unofficial estimates show that every family in the UK will spend an average of GBP32.50 (HK$400) on D.I.Y projects, gardening and improvements to their homes.

Remember - safety comes first. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers, and put on a pair of gloves before you start work.

Keep your study and bedroom tidy. A lot of students like keeping old papers, textbooks and magazines that they have not read for years. However, new knowledge comes every day and we need to keep abreast of the latest developments.

There is no use holding on to old books. Tie them up and take them to the nearest recycling collection point.

A lot of Web sites offer quick fixes for family projects and D.I.Y. tips. Two of these are www.diynet.com and www.diyfixit.net.

While you are cleaning your room, think about having some fun too.

How about devising an Easter egg treasure-hunt for your family and friends?

There are many ways to play. The easiest is to hide clues around the house. Each points to the location of a chocolate egg, making your family hunt through the house for their chocolate treats.

You may also divide people into groups, each of a different colour. Each group can only follow clues on their paper colour, and only by solving all the problems can they find the grand prize.

Here are some ideas for making up clues:

- Where did Andy Hui Chi-on make his love pledge? (Answer: kitchen)

- Missing word clue : 'This old man, he played two. He played knick knack on my ...' . (Answer: shoe)

- In a 1992 song by the popular American rock band No Doubt, one line reads:

'I'm not your ... so don't wipe your feet on me.' (Answer: doormat)

- The screen adaptation of this classic novel by E.M. Forster features British actress Helena Bonham Carter. (Answer: A Room With A View)

Of course, you shouldn't make the hidden eggs too easy to find, as this will defeat the purpose of the game. People may even discover the treasure before the hunt!

Wrap the prizes up before hiding them.

Cupboards would be a cool hiding place. But in this case, we suggest you use plastic eggs instead of chocolate ones as they may get forgotten!

Actually you can make up your own prizes.

We suggest using eggs because they have long been acknowledged as a symbol of continuing life. They were given as presents by the ancient Greeks and Persians during spring festivals.

Young Post wishes you a Happy Easter!

For an Easter recipe, see Page 3.

And remember to watch out for tomorrow's Page 4: An exquisite exhibition of creations by the Russian jeweller Carl Faberge, and owned by the British Royal Family.