Sandpaper & Felt Shape Matching

sandpaper and felt texture puzzleThis was not a planned project at all.  My daughter and I were painting Easter eggs in the playroom when I saw all the materials for this all together in my closet and inspiration hit. This is a simple and quick shape matching activity but it also has elements of fine motor, sensory and the carrots give it just a touch of an Easter craft. You could do any shape to fit whatever theme you are learning about any time of year , another reason I think this is such a great activity.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sandpaper, felt , yarn, crayons and scissors. sandpaper and felt carrots67
  2. Start by drawing your carrots with crayons. In my experience using marker on sandpaper is a bad idea. The sandpaper bits end up in the felt tip and the markers are never the same again. Crayons are much more forgiving and vibrant. sandpaper and felt puzzles for easter 2
  3. Cut your felt and yarn to size. Do not worry about an exact match. If exact means a lot to you reverse the order and use the felt shapes as a template and trace around them so they are exactly the same size. Either way your child will love it. sandpaper and felt texture puzzles
  4. Invite your little one to come explore the sandpaper. Talk a bit about the texture by asking questions and /or labeling what they are doing.sandpaper and felt carrots
  5. Time to match up the shapes.sandpaper and felt puzzles for toddlers Talk about how soft the felt is too if there is a natural chance to do it. If your child is engaged and not at all interested in exploring the textures don’t sweat it. Follow their lead .
  6. I had my daughter remove the shape after putting it down to see how “sticky” the sandpaper was. She was fascinated that her fingers didn’t stick but the felt did. sandpaper and felt puzzles for easter
  7. Add the yarn.sandpaper and felt fine motor skills This was tricky but it was supposed to be. Just remember to walk the line between challenging and frustrating. She matched up a few and that was enough – this is supposed to be fun not a test of fine motor skills. sand paper and felt puzzles

Books About Carrots

the carrot seed

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss is a rare gem, it has been in print for over 60 years and has delighted generations . If you aren’t familiar with the story, a little boy plants a carrot seed and everyone tells him “It won’t come up.” this doesn’t stop the little boy from patiently taking care of this little seed, that eventually grows into a giant carrot. The message is a universal one of sticking to your guns even when everyone tells you you should give up. My son loved the story the simple pictures that will bring you back to your own childhood, at least they did for me. A true classic.

Coco The Carrot

Coco The Carrot by Steven Salerno is an absurd tale of adventure, and I loved it. Coco is a carrot who dreams of a life larger than the vegetable drawer . She dreams big and goes for it. Unlike most carrots that end up in stew she becomes a famous hat designer and is the toast of Paris with her Monkey companion Anton. If you are scratching your head but oddly intrigued you will like this book. It was long but my son sat with me giggling and telling me ” Carrots can’t do that?!” more than once. I loved it because it is so absurd that she is a carrot, but the story itself is about going for your dreams, hitting bumps in the road and realizing that your dreams shift and change and that’s OK.  There is great bits of humor for the adults as well, something I always appreciate!

carrot_soup

Carrot Soup by John Segal is a cute book about planting a garden, in this case carrots, tending it and then reaping the rewards…. or maybe not. Rabbit carefully planned out his garden, took care of it but when it was time to gather all the carrots they were all gone!  Throughout the pages there are hints to where the carrots might be, your child will likely figure it out before Rabbit does. My son liked this book and I loved reading it with him as he was rather exasperated that the Rabbit couldn’t figure out the mystery!

 

Easter Craft : Felt Carrot Bag

by Kim

This is not a craft you can do with your child. This is a naptime craft or something you can do with a much older child. This craft is for the little kids, not with them. This idea was inspired by this bag of candy. Too cute!

I used a piece of orange felt, green felt, green bias tape (you can use yarn or any green string), a hot glue gun, and scissors. I suggest using felt. I originally tried this with orange quilter’s cotton and it was way too thin to hot glue. If you want to sew you can use the cotton, but this is a no-sew version that anyone can do. Literally anyone.

I folded the orange felt piece and trimmed the outer edge to make a triangle.

I hot glued the open side together to make a cone.

Then I cut the green felt in half, long ways.

Next I glued the green felt piece to the orange cone. I just glued about an inch at a time and rotated my way around the entire edge of the cone.

After that I cut strips into the green section. Be sure not to go all the way down to where it connects with the orange.

I cut some holes (more like diamond shaped snips) into the cloth with scissors and threaded the biased tape through the holes. This way it will be easier to re-thread when your child pulls the string out. Which we all know is going to happen.

Fill your cone with candy, trail mix, craft supplies, or whatever goodies you choose. Tie the string together. Ta-da!

After Easter it can still be used to hold small treasures. You can make your carrot any size you wish. I am seriously considering adding a long green strap to my daughter’s to make it a carrot bag purse.

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.

Easter Cupcakes

easy easter desserts

I love making fun treats for holidays but I am completely useless when it comes to decorating cakes. Icing is supposed to be eaten out of the tubs with your fingers right? Maybe that’s just me! These were fun to make and I made a complete fool of myself in Walmart when I realized I could use wafer cookies for the carrot I gasped and high tailed it to the cookie aisle. The poor people in the candy aisle must of thought I was nuts. If only the could have seen these awesome Easter treats!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need cupcakes, icing ( any type will do) , orange wafer cookies ( vanilla) , and edible Easter grass.
  2. Start by making your cupcakes. I am so not a baker, mine come from a box more often than not. Have your kids help .
  3. Cut your wafers in half and cut the corners off.
  4. Carefully slide edible Easter grass into the top of the wafer.
  5. Bake and cool the cupcakes.
  6. Ice.
  7. Press a carrot in the middle.
  8. Enjoy!

Need a healthier treat? Try these Frozen Smoothie Easter Eggs

Book

Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes by Pablo Cartaya and Martin Howard I hate writing bad reviews because I think even bad books can be some child’s favorite. This just might be my daughter’s but it doesn’t mean it’s well written. This book had great intentions , creating characters who are cupcakes and our heroine Tina is one without a topping. This is only an issue because she wants to compete in a topping pageant. You might guess by the title that she wins it. I was hoping that there was some twist or depth but no she finds her topping and wins. That’s it.  The writers were too ambitious and the book just didn’t work. The art work by Kristen Richards was marvelous, scrumptious even and I think it was the super cute illustrations that prompted my daughter to crawl to the book ( yes crawl for the 1st time ever). So I hate giving it a bad review but other than making me really really hungry for cupcakes it just didn’t do it for me or my son.  I am going to copy the recipes in the back for cupcakes and icing before returning it to the library.

Easy Frozen Easter Treats

frozen easter treats We try to eat healthy, and during Easter it’s hard with all the candy everywhere!  I adore candy and my pregnant willpower is um… not really strong. So when I decided to make some fun treats I wanted at least one of them to be truly healthy. These frozen Easter treats are fantastic and the molds are available at discount retailers like Walmart. So it won’t break your bank either. * This post was written in 2010 but the molds are still available in 2014! I saw them this week at Walmart*

 

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a silicone mini cake pan ( they still have Easter themed ones at both Target and Walmart in my area), a blender,  low fat vanilla yogurt, and frozen or fresh fruit of your choice.  Easy Easter Treats
  2. Pop 2 scoops of the yogurt in ( about 3/4 cup) and 1/2 – 3/4 cups of the fruit. Easy Easter Treats
  3. Blend Easy Easter Treats
  4. Pour Easy Easter Treats
  5. Freeze ( we froze ours for 2 hours and they were perfect- formed but not rock hard.) If you freeze them longer just let them thaw for 30 minutes  in your fridge before serving them so they are soft enough to eat with a spoon.  Easy Easter Treats
  6. Pop out of the mold and enjoy !  These were a huge hit with my son.  Easy Easter Treats

Almost Homemade Carrot Cupcakes

Easy Easter Treats

  1. Gather your materials. Grab your favorite carrot cake and cream cheese icing recipes or boxed mix and a tub of icing, orange and green jelly bellys . I should note that although I did use a mix I also mixed in 1/4 cup of crushed pineapple and it was very very yummy.
  2. Bake and cool your cupcakes.
  3. Ice them and add your jelly beans in the shape of a carrot!Easy Easter Treats
  4. Eat more than you care to admit and send the rest to your husband’s office.

Letter of The Week

Carrot C

Letter C craft

I am always trying to find activities that can be part of a holiday we celebrate but aren’t so targeted that readers who do not celebrate it can’t use it either today or another time in the year. So this Letter C craft was born, carrots can be part of a unit on gardening, healthy eating or for us something we make in preparation for the Easter bunny.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( paper will do but cardboard just makes it more substantial), a marker, a small dish, scissors,  3 or more green pipe cleaners, a sponge, hole punch,  orange paint,  a sheet of construction paper and glue  if you are going to display it.  Ours is resting on the blue paper in the picture but we didn’t glue it on, it’s part of our Easter craft mish mash on our table! Letter C craft
  2. Start by writing a C on the cardboard, I tried to make mine thicker at the top and thinner at the bottom to make it resemble a carrot. Letter C craft
  3. Pour some orange paint into a dish. Letter C craft
  4. Paint! My son loves this glass sponge and how it paints. I love that the sponges make the paint go thinner which makes it dry faster. Letter C craft
  5. Let it dry, cut out. Letter C craft
  6. Punch 3 holes in the top. My son was able to do this with help, the cardboard was too thick for his hand strength to do it alone. Letter C craft
  7. Chase your son around the kitchen when he runs off with the pipe cleaners pretending to conduct an orchestra. Try to decide if it’s brilliant or if you are just too tired and frustrated ( and pregnant) to indulge him when he says” No mama you need to play the Bassoon, I’ll be the trombone!” give in for a bit then consider bribing him with Easter candy just as he decides to come back on his own. Thread the pipe cleaners through the holes. Letter C craft
  8. Twist together. Letter C craft
  9. If you are gluing to the paper add glue to the back of the carrot , press onto the paper and let dry. Letter C craft

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Books

Coco The Carrot

Coco The Carrot by Steven Salerno is an absurd tale of adventure, and I loved it. Coco is a carrot who dreams of a life larger than the vegetable drawer . She dreams big and goes for it. Unlike most carrots that end up in stew she becomes a famous hat designer and is the toast of Paris with her Monkey companion Anton. If you are scratching your head but oddly intrigued you will like this book. It was long but my son sat with me giggling and telling me ” Carrots can’t do that?!” more than once. I loved it because it is so absurd that she is a carrot, but the story itself is about going for your dreams, hitting bumps in the road and realizing that your dreams shift and change and that’s ok.  There is great bits of humor for the adults as well, something I always appreciate!

A Very Big Bunny

A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo is a nice book about 2 bunnies that don’t fit in at school.  This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on.  The students in their class were mean but not purposefully bullying, they excluded these bunnies because they simply didn’t fit. The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height, and Amelia the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible, but really hurting them. All that aside, the book itself comes to a nice conclusion and I think it’s worth grabbing for any child tall or short!

carrot_soup

Carrot Soup by John Segal is a cute book about planting a garden, in this case carrots, tending it and then reaping the rewards…. or maybe not. Rabbit carefully planned out his garden, took care of it but when it was time to gather all the carrots they were all gone!  Throughout the pages there are hints to where the carrots might be, your child will likely figure it out before Rabbit does. My son liked this book and I loved reading it with him as he was rather exasperated that the Rabbit couldn’t figure out the mystery!

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