Easter is upon us again, so if you're looking for something to keep you and your kids occupied while you try not to gorge yourself silly on chocolate eggs, here are some of the best new Easter-themed apps.

Easter Bunny Scanner

If you're having trouble keeping excitable children in line before Easter Sunday, Easter Bunny Scanner is an app that will remind your kids to behave. It works by running a scan on the child using the 'naughty or nice' meter - a good child gets a green light and a nicely decorated egg, whereas a bad child gets a cracked egg.

However, as the app's developers Spilling Coffee Media explain, while Santa Claus knows if you've been naughty, the Easter Bunny has no such powers. "This Easter Bunny Scanner is for entertainment purposes only and provides no true Easter Bunny or behavioral detection or scanning ability," the app's description reads.

What really happens is that the scan defaults to the green light unless the parent wishes it to come up with a bad or random result. Whether it will actually keep your kids in line is hard to say - we're not experts in child behaviour, but for £1.49 it's a bit of fun. There's also a free version that carries advertising.


Easter Cards

Easter Cards by Vukee is an app for sending Easter greetings to loved ones.

Quite simply, it's a free app that helps you create unique Easter cards and funny pictures to send to your friends and family via email, or you post them on Twitter, Facebook or Flickr.


Easter Expressions

Easter Expressions is a free Easter card-generating app. Simply pick your background and the objects - eggs, flowers, bunnies etc - you'd like to put in your card, arrange them and send the finished card to your friends and family via email.

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There is also an Easter Expressions HD Pro app for iPad from the same developer, but it costs £1.49.


Easter Collage

This free iPad app will help you to hang on to memories of your Easter holiday by letting you create a collage from your photographs.

There are plenty of templates to choose from to help you create the collage and you can use the iPad's multitouch support to pinch, zoom, rotate, and move photos, as well as layer and create transparencies and add your own stylised text.


Easter Egg Design Generator

Another app from Spilling Coffe, the Easter Egg Design Generator is a free app that'll give you and your kids inspiration for decorating your Easter eggs.

There are more than 30 egg colours, designs and design colours to choose from and you can even generate random designs. You will have to put up with the odd advert though.


Easter Egg Spin & Color

Easter Egg Spin & Color is another free app that lets you decorate an egg. You can decorate the egg in three dimensions as well, spinning the egg around as you go.

You can also scramble your egg into a slider puzzle to see how quickly you can put it back together again.

Easter!

Easter! is an app that gives you a countdown to Easter Day and also has an Easter Bunny Tracker, so you can see where the Easter Bunny has been busily leaving (but not laying) eggs.

There's even a blog written by the Easter Bunny telling you all about how the eggs were collected and where from. It'll cost you 69p.


Easter Bunny Coloring Book

Keep the kids occupied with this colouring book app that offers dozens of templates for your little artists. While they're busily colouring, they probably won't notice if you snaffle an egg or two.


Easter Fun For Kids

This app from TPK Studio offers six Easter-themed educational games and activities designed for entertaining and learning.

Tic Tac Toe and Hang Rabbit - a bit like Hangman - are among the activities on offer in this 69p app.


Easter Memory HD

This iPad-only memory game app has four difficulty levels, making it ideal if you have several children of different ages to entertain. It costs 69p.


Easter with Bunny, Rabbit, and Me

Last but by no means least, Easter with Bunny, Rabbit, and Me is a free app that was created for Visuals Work by Lorrie Ann Harrington.

She designed the app to teach her son, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, new vocabulary, language-based concepts, and social communication skills.