Use apps to track the Easter Bunny and more

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Are your kids waiting for the Easter Bunny almost as much as they wait for Santa? Now they can track the bunny using the Easter Bunny Tracker app by Onteca. It has a GPS locating where the Easter bunny will be, a countdown to Easter and even an Easter bunny blog with Easter and spring inspired information, photos and videos. The app is free to download.

If your kids can’t wait for Easter, try the Call Easter Bunny smartphone app.

Call Easter Bunny features a pre-recorded phone call from the Easter Bunny, recorded by a professional impressionist, at any time you desire. After downloading the app you have to set a time to receive the “call,” and make sure your kids are waiting for the phone to ring. When the call comes in, they’ll be able to listen to a recording from the app’s Easter Bunny.

If your kids don’t have the chance to paint eggs or they want to paint more, the Easter Egg Painter by Yanyu Xie lets them select the color, background and pattern of the egg that makes it almost as much fun as coloring the real eggs. You can also try Paint-On-3D Easter Eggs by Operatio. The Easter bunny has fallen asleep and needs helping decorating the eggs. The app contains three mediums including oil paint, watercolor and felt markers and 18 colors. This app is for iPads only.

There’s also a chance to color using the Easter Bunny Eggs ColoringBook by TickTap with 36 free Easter-themed coloring pages, 16 different egg-shaped crayons and a chance to share their drawings with family and friends.

Why not spice up the holiday photos you send to family or friends with the Stuck On You Stickers app where you can personalize your photos with fun stickers like adding bunny ears and tails, an Easter basket and bunny footprints.

Best Easter Photo Frames by Chun Kit Fan has over 50 Easter frames plus over 150 stickers to decorate photos. Photos are easy to share on Facebook, Twitter and in an email.

Get in the Easter mood with some fun Easter inspired games, such as Easter Sweeper by SmileyGamer BVBA. This match game app has over 1000 levels. Collect the golden eggs, colorful boosters, pick up spring flowers and get the Easter bunny out of the magic hat.

Easter Swap by Bubble Blast LTD is also a match game offering special props, challenging levels and great special effects.

Mahjong is popular these days with teens and adults so why not try Easter Mahjongby 24/7 Games for Androids or play it at MahjongEaster.com where you can choose from 11 different designs.

Easter Hangman by Dry9 Games offers hundreds of Easter or related words and phrases randomly placed. You can also play at dry9.com.

For an Easter adventure, download Bigfoot Bunny on iBooks. Join Bigfoot Bunny on his egg-venture and see him make new friends, help him find what was lost, decorate an egg of your own and learn all the cool things a little rabbit can do when he believes in himself.

If you want to go outside the box this year with dying eggs, log onto MathaStewart.com that gives step-by-step instructions on how to embellish your dyed eggs using glitter pens, stencil, stamps, embossing powder and even clip art templates to apply to your decorated eggs. There are ways on how to decorate eggs using ribbon, lace, fingerprints and a stamp pad, decoupage, and how to create different patterns on the eggs. If you are feeling braver, try to marbleize the eggs, speckle the eggs with paint, or different items to wrap around the egg before dying like rubber bands that once removed create a one-of-a-kind design.

Martha Stewart also has an Egg Dying 101 app that provides 101 different egg designs with step-by-step photos and videos. The app costs .99.

If you can’t be with a loved one over the holidays, send them an Easter or spring card via email with JustWink.com. Cards are easy to personalize and you can even add a photo.

There is also Easter eCards by ITECH Mobile LLC, which is a great way to reach out to your friends. You can add text, matching backgrounds and music.

If you’re cooking a big meal for Easter, BigOven.com has all the recipes you need, including Easter ham, Easter bread, peach French toast bake, frittatas, carrot walnut muffins and Rice Krispies and cupcake shaped like Easter eggs. They offer over 350,000 recipes with photos and nutrition facts. The app offers a grocery list function and the ability to share with others. If you are only responsible for bringing an appetizer, log onto Delish.com that offers 70 easy appetizers, such as bacon asparagus brie bites, Greek salad skewers, slow-cooker crab dip and Easter bunny breadsticks with step-by-step instructions and photos.

For some table talk, try the Easter Table talk app. The aim of Table Talk is to provide a safe place for people to begin to explore, articulate and engage in conversations about the big and not so big questions of life.

Don’t forget Easter is on April 1, also known as April Fools’ Day. In the 1700s, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other, although its exact origins remain a mystery. To learn more about where Aprils’ Fools comes from, log onto history.com/this-day-in-history/april-fools-tradition-popularized.

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