From our bunnies to yours!
p.s. click here to see a great video about what Easter is REALLY about!
It gives me chills and I know it is true!!
One more for Corduroy Dreams...
Yesterday our “eggtivity” was to whip up a little love for the birds in our lives. We live in the North East and I am amazed at the things that live in our backyard. We have woodpeckers, red birds, yellow birds, blue ones… (I’m ashamed to admit that I actually DID take a bird watching Zoology class in college and I used to know the difference between a finch and a swallow. Not so much anymore.) Anyway, the point is we’ve got company out our windows so I have been plotting some kind of bird activity for a while. I didn’t really want to do the pine cone birdseed thing so when I saw this idea I wanted to give it a try.
Alex (19 months) kept walking around calling these “cookies” so we named them “bird cookies”. We got 10 out of this recipe.
“Bird Cookies” (recipe from intimateweddings.com)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
3 tablespoons corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
Mix everything BUT the birdseed. Add the birdseed and stir well.
(I accidentally just poured it all into the bowl and mixed it up at once. I think it worked fine, but I think it might be best if the gelatin dissolves in the water first… just an idea.)
Pick out your favorite cookie cutters. We used an egg, a bunny, a tulip, and a star. Spray the inside with cooking spray and place on parchment paper. Fill your cookie cutter with the gooey birdseed mixture. Spray your hands with cooking spray (this is really important because that birdseed sticks like crazy.)
Use those little fingers at your disposal to really smash that birdseed in.
Make a hole using a straw or a chopstick or a skewer or stick or pencil… anything, really…
One tip, put the hole as close to the middle as you can. Though most of them withstood being carried around by my baby, they will break off of the ribbon if the hole is too close to the edge!
Now I just need to go research those birds that will be coming to visit!!
We played Don’t Eat Pete again today and I had a genius idea I had to share. I was getting annoyed that the eggs kept rolling away but the kids were having so much fun with the eggs they didn’t want to play it without them. We were also having a hard time figuring out which squares had been eaten because they were putting the egg back on it’s square.
So, I tore the eggs in half (or if your eggs aren’t hooked together you could just use the one half) and we hid the treat underneath. Then when they had eaten that treat they just set it to the side. Perfection!
another one for Natalie...
Have you ever played “Don’t Eat Pete”… it is so simple but the kids absolutely LOVE it. LOVE. This morning I was trying to come up with an “eggtivity” and I realized I could capitalize on the love of “Pete” for this holiday.
The directions are simple. Here’s the adapted directions for my Easter purposes.
Take a piece of poster board or paper. You can do it on a regular piece of paper but I happened to have this poster board lying around. There is a regular “Don’t Eat Pete” game on the back that we used for a birthday party. If you wanted to decorate each square with cute eggs or bunnies you totally could. I don’t have that much energy today! Really, the size of the board doesn’t matter. (Here is a cute variation that you could use as well.)
Draw lines to make nine squares. Put an egg on each square. Each egg should have one piece of candy or cereal inside. (For “normal” Pete you just put the candy or cereal right on the square.)
Have one child leave the room. The other kids then decide which square will be “Easter” or “Pete”. (Really, you could call it whatever you want. If you think of something more clever, send me a note so I can copy you!)
Bring the first child back into the room. They choose one square at a time and eat the candy from that square. For this Easter version they will have to open the eggs to get to the candy. As soon as the child (or adult!!) opens the chosen egg everyone else yells “DON’T EAT EASTER”!!! If you are doing this without the eggs you just scream as soon as they touch “Pete”.)
Their turn is then over and the next person leaves the room and the fun just starts all over again!
For some reason, the kids think this is hilarious. Especially if Daddy is playing!
(this picture is from Lila’s birthday party. You can see that the regular Pete board just has random animal pictures. Really, you could adapt it to any theme… princesses, pirates… the possibilities are endless!)
Now hop to it and make your own Easter Pete game. You won’t be sorry (well… you might be sorry after you have had to play a thousand times, but your kids definitely won’t be sorry.)
edit: check out the update I posted here!
This is another post I did for Corduroy Dreams.
One of our big activities for the Easter Countdown was to “Egg” our friends. I got the idea from eighteen25 (again). I actually had this be two countdown days worth of activities. The first day we bought treats, tiny toys, and eggs and got everything ready. I imagined having to fill up most of the eggs by myself, but the kids were totally able to do it.
I had some non candy things (bubbles, tattoos, toy rings, bouncy balls, etc.) that I separated into Ziploc bags once they were inside the eggs. We were “egging” multiple families and I wanted to make sure that everyone got a little something.
The second day (when daddy was home to assist in our getaway) we did the actual egging.
It was like a reverse Easter egg hunt. I put the eggs in their buckets and then they “hid” them around the yard.
We left the cutest sign (found here on eighteen25) on their door to let them know that they had been “egged” and then we hopped in our getaway car and drove off.
I explained to the kids how some people “egg” houses with real eggs and it is mean. Zack could not stop talking about how people throw ROTTEN (he added that part) eggs at people’s houses. The kids thought that when our friends saw our sign they would think we had thrown eggs all over their house and they would be soooo mad… of course, this idea was hilarious to them!
The goal was to be super sneaky but we were discovered on 4 of our 5 deliveries!! The kids had a BLAST and couldn’t stop talking about how “eggcited” their friends would be when they found the eggs.
This is definitely becoming an Easter tradition around here!! Now go find someone YOU can egg!!
another one for Nat's blog Corduroy Dreams...
Three years ago Lila and I made this little bunny basket out of a paper plate. I’m not sure where I got the idea but since it was easy and only required stuff I already had, it seemed like a good addition to our Easter countdown.
Lila, 3 years old
Notice Zack’s is different than the original concept. It was totally his idea, but it turned out cute (in fact, I think it’s cuter than the original which I think kind of looks like a mouse!)
Here’s some tips if you’d like to try it.
You will need: white paper, pink paper, a paper plate, ribbon, two pom poms, two googly eyes, some pipe cleaners, staples, and glue.
First take a white piece of cardstock (or paper). Fold it in half and cut out an ear shape. Then trace that shape onto pink paper.
Cut in a little bit to make a smaller shape in pink.
Glue the two together.
Next, fold a paper plate in half.
Cut a scrap of ribbon or paper to use as handles. Our ribbons were about 14 inches long.
Staple the ribbon onto one side of the paper plate.
Then put the ears wrong sides together and staple them into the paper plate. (Unless you’re Zack. Then you put one ear on each side of the plate and the eyes, nose, and whiskers in the middle…)
One trick to get the whiskers to stay in place. Twist them in the middle…
and cut a tiny slit into the front of the paper plate. Then insert the pipe cleaners and staple above them.
Then glue on the eyes and pom poms. One pom pom for the nose, one for the tail. (Zack’s has the tail on the back.) I used hot glue to make sure they would stay. Lila even folded down the ear of her bunny to make it look more realistic. We left a little opening in the top of the plate between the ribbons because the kids think they are going to stuff candy in them.
(maybe tomorrow we will have to make bunny MASKS…)
As part of our Easter Countdown we made “Easter Egg Dough” yesterday. I posted it on Nat's blog today and I thought I would share it here as well.
I used this recipe when we did a Play-doh birthday party for Lila’s 3rd Birthday. It is definitely my favorite salt dough recipe.
First you have to pick out your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid. This adds color to the dough and makes it smell yummy. (Yummy enough that someone will almost definitely taste it before you are finished. Though my baby would tell you it is definitely “bleeeck”)
Add your dry ingredients…
Then add the oil and water. If you are using food coloring add it to the water first so that the color is consistent in the dough. The Kool-Aid does a great job of coloring the dough so you really don’t need food coloring for most colors. I added a little bit to the yellow but the other colors were great on their own.
Then mix and mix and mix… You can use your hands or if you’re squeamish (or lazy) you can use your electric mixer.
This is my favorite salt dough recipe because the kids can be so involved in putting it together. Not to mention that after they make it they played with it for hours. Can't beat that!
"Easter" Egg Dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tsp alum
1 pkg Kool-Aid (any flavor)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp oil
Food Coloring (optional)
Combine dry ingredients. Add oil. If using food coloring add it to the water. Add water and mix to make a dough. Mix with hands or electric mixer. If dough is sticky add a little flour until desired consistency. Keep in tightly closed jar or plastic bag. If dough gets hard add a little warm water.