Easter. Spring. Synonymous, no? No. At least not in Ohio this year. One Easter egg hunt has already been cancelled due to a snowstorm. And there’s still 3″ of snow on the ground. So it’s been a bit difficult to really get into bright colors, butterflies, and “signs of new life” when everything is covered in white. But, we have done a few fun things!
Sensory boxes should engage all the senses, right?! Even taste? This one does!
- Cut some green paper or cardstock into strips.
- Fold strips into zigzags (I did 2 or 3 together then just separated it. I also made the hubby fold some while he was vegged out in front of the TV.)
- Grab some plastic eggs from your stash, or pick up a new bag of 25-50ish.
- Fill with super-fun toddler treats. We used:
- Foam stickers
- Gel stickers
- Glitter stickers
- Pom Poms (Matty loves these because the cats play with them.)
- Real coins for the piggy bank
- Chocolate chips (We always have Enjoy Life’s chips around. Dairy free, soy free, gluten free, egg free………)
Cost: About $5 for stickers (which we have plenty left over for other activities) and $1 in change
Okay, okay. Candy? What?! Here’s the secret. Use only 3-5 pieces of candy. They will keep looking and looking and looking and looking to find each piece of candy. Ahhh, 30 blissful minutes of kid occupation.
At that point they’ll realize they’re in over their heads and recruit Daddy to help.
Seriously, he drug Daddy in by the hand, patted the ground to make him sit down, then handed him an egg and said, “ope” (open). He wouldn’t let Eric leave until they were all open.
Most of the time we leave our boxes out for a few days at least. We’ve done this box every day this week, but obviously only brought it out once/day, like when I needed to clean the kitchen or catch up on Vampire Diaries (why am I still watching this?).
NOTE: Make sure each egg has something in it. Not only does it increase motivation, but they get a little angry if they didn’t get a treat and you’ll hear, “No. Mommy! All gone. All gone!”
I also realized he needed a place to put his stickers (his shirt was filling up fast), so I taped a piece of easel paper to the wall next to the sensory box.
Fun Easter Crafts
Bunny Watercolor Painting. Draw a bunny using a white crayon (and pink and black for eyes & nose, if you so desire). Use watercolors to paint over top, and the bunny magically appears! Cut out, add ribbon for hanging, whiskers (pipe cleaners or paper) and a fluffy bunny tail.
Tissue Paper Egg Dying. Grab a few pieces of craft tissue paper (not the non-bleed kind). Cut into 1″ x 1″ squares. Use a wet paper towel to dampen the egg. Place the tissue paper squares on the egg, using a small paintbrush with water to tamp it down (don’t make it too wet or the color will bleed all over–just wet enough to stick). We found that multiple layers of tissue paper worked best for transferring color. Leave out to dry (a cut tp tube works great), then peel off the paper. Voila. P.S. A bit messier than you may think, but not too bad.
And what’s a theme without a few good books?
1. Happy Easter, Mouse. Who’s hiding Easter eggs around the house? A good counting and color book.
2. Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? Matty loves the Karen Katz books. He found this at the library and started yelling, “Baby!”
3. What is Easter? It’s fun to celebrate with eggs, bunnies, and candy, but Easter is about a lot more. This book relays that message in a simply, fun rhyme.