March 22, 2013 6:18 pm

Barometer: kids

Chickens, eggs and, of course, bunnies: in short, just what children will need for Easter fun and games …
House items and knick-knacks for children

Clockwise from top left: White Rabbit England lamp, Judy Lumley Hen, Handmade egg warmer, Gondola Wicker Basket and Anorak Kissing Rabbits Picnic Blanket Roll

White Rabbit England lamp

Night light in white bone china. £68, www.alexandalexa.com

Judy Lumley Hen

A 3D illustrated card; goose, partridge and blue jay are also available. £3.25, www.judylumley.com

Handmade egg warmer

For hard-boiled types. £7.95, www.liberty.co.uk

Gondola Wicker Basket

For chocolate bounty. £10, www.vandashop.com

Anorak Kissing Rabbits

Picnic Blanket Roll out spring. £36, www.anorakonline.co.uk

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Sweet treats: Easter chocolate

Rattling Egg Sets by Dorset-based chocolatier Chococo

Rattling Egg Sets by Chococo

Many children are (quite sensibly) unfussy about quality when it comes to Easter chocolate, as long as there’s quantity. Nevertheless, there is plenty of good stuff for younger chocoholics to gorge on at this time of year.

Dorset-based chocolatier Chococo nicely presents these Rattling Egg Sets (£11.95, www.chococo.co.uk) in pink and blue egg boxes; inside the choc shells are speckled eggs and jelly beans. All the chocolate is freshly made on site.

For Nigella aspirants try the “Superior Seagull” Salted Caramel Eggs by Rococo (£9.50, rococochocolates.com), a salted caramel ganache covered in chocolate. Rococo also runs a Half Term Chocolate Bar workshop (April 10, £35), in which children make their own bar, decorate it and wrap it in coloured foils.

Beau Bunny’s bag of 30 eggs and 'Superior Seagull' Salted Caramel Eggs by Rococo

Beau Bunny’s bag of 30 eggs (left) and 'Superior Seagull' Salted Caramel Eggs by Rococo

For similar hand-on classes, try Melt Chocolate in west London, which hosts weekly “Mini-Melt” choc workshops for children (www.meltchocolates.com); chocolate lollipops are made and taken home. William Curley also runs junior tuition (£45, www.williamcurley.com).

For a stylish egg hunt, this Beau Bunny’s bag of 30 eggs (£25, www.hotelchocolat.com) should do the trick. Fortnum & Mason’s Easter Egg Hunt Basket includes sweetly designed signage for a trail, plus the chocolate to lay down, and comes in a handy wicker trug (£60, www.fortnumandmason.com).

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