A Lesson in Opposite Textures !

 


I was trying to think of ways to incorporate some of the work we’ve been doing exploring opposites with some Easter crafts. This craft can also be made more challenging by turning the stripes into a patterning lesson for older children. Toddlers like my son can keep it simple learning about hard and soft materials while making a cute holiday craft.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 sheets of construction paper in different colors, some buttons , pom poms , pencil crayons or chalk, glue and scissors.
  2. Cut one sheet of construction paper into a large oval.
  3. Have your child color the egg to their liking. Pencil crayons and chalk both make pretty light and muted marks that won’t over shadow the rest of the egg. But if you want to use markers go for it !
  4. While they are coloring, cut some stripes of paper from the other sheet.
  5. When they are done introduce the buttons and pom poms. Ask your child to feel them, tell you how they feel and if they are the same or different. With older children this is a great time for them to make practice patterns before making them permanent.
  6. Hand them the stripes and glue.
  7. Add the collage materials one type at a time.
  8. Keep going until they are satisfied- I cut out 4 stripes but my son was done with 3.
  9. Let the stripes dry
  10. Glue onto the egg and trim the ends if needed.

 

“The Golden Egg Book” by Margaret Wise Brown is one of those books I have clear memories of from childhood. Thing is I don’t really remember the story so much as the cover. In this case it’s ok to judge a book by it’s cover because although the ending has always seemed tacked on to me I enjoyed this simple and cute book about a bunny and the egg that he finds. My son liked it too, although he was much more into the illustrations of butterflies in the first and last few pages.

Letter Of The Week E !

Easter Egg
E !

I haven’t done too many Easter crafts but I couldn’t help but do this very obvious letter of the Week Activity! I like using water colors because even harsh reds and greens looked muted when they are done with water colors.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some fancy card stock( or regular old colored paper of any sort) scissors or a oval paper punch, glue, water colors and a marker.
  2. Write a large uppercase E on one piece of construction paper.
  3. Have your child paint the E to their liking with the water colors.
  4. While they are painting cut out multiple eggs from the fancy paper.
  5. When your little Picasso is done add the glue.
  6. Add the eggs, my son was so speedy with this I barely got a photo!
  7. Let dry
  8. Cut the E out and Glue to the 2nd piece of paper.

Hippity Hoppity !

Bunny Books !

Spring is the perfect time read books with bunnies in them, whether the Easter bunny visits your house or not these books will bring a little springtime into your house.
“Ten Little Rabbits” by Virginia Grossman is a really beautiful and cozy counting book. The reader follows Native American rabbits from1 who is traveling on the plain to 10 all asleep in their tee pees . My son loved the illustrations by Sylvia Long and after reading it wanted to play hide and seek just like the rabbits in the book.


” My Friend Rabbit “ by Eric Rohmann is a cute book with award winning illustrations that follows a mouse and a rabbit who remain friends despite the rabbit’s uncanny ability to get into trouble. The little rabbit means well and his heart is true, the limited text and descriptive illustrations make this book great for a wide range of age groups and my son loved the Rhino!

” That’s not my bunny, it’s tail is too fluffy!” by Fiona Watt carries on the theme of the art project , exploring the sense of touch with all different textures. Great for the under 2 crowd!


Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems is hilarious and heartwarming all at the same time. The story is about a lost bunny, and a dad that can’t quite understand what his toddler is trying to “say” to him. Luckily the mom speaks ” toddler” and dad gets to be a hero by reuniting his daughter with her beloved bunny.



“Bunny’s Noisy Book” by Margaret Wise Brown is a sweet book about a little bunny and all the sounds he hears throughout his day. As the little bunny hops from sun up to sundown you travel with him to experience the sounds and sights of a perfect spring day. The illustrations by Lisa McCue are are rich and the bunnies are so cute . My son loved the pictures but wasn’t too into the story, I think that is just a matter of age, and I would recommend this book for sure.

“Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown I am trying to find the right way to say how much I dislike this book I know many love it but I just can’t get on board. A few years ago my assistant teacher and I used to call it “Run bunny run!” because this poor bunny is just trying to get some space from his mom. I know that some people adore this book and think that the sentiment of security is the one to focus on but I can’t write that I love it when I don’t.


” Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic for a reason. My son has loved it since day one and it really does a great job of calming before bed, like all great bedtime stories should. As a teacher I hated this book probably because it’s not a great book for groups I admit I was wrong, this is a gem !

Yarn Easter Egg Craft

yearn easter egg craft for kids 
I know this is very similar to the nest I did, I actually made this weeks before I did the nest but have been waiting to post it. I saw this years ago in a book at a rec center I worked at, it was worth the wait, I love how it turned out. This is a fun craft for school aged kids home for spring break or preschoolers with some patience. I didn’t bother trying to have my son help, his love of eating glue would have been in overdrive I’m sure.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need glue, yarn , a balloon and some ribbon.
  2. Blow up your balloon a little ways and tie it.
  3. Cut some yarn in about 12 inch pieces. For this craft I used about 20 , 12″ pieces total.
  4. Mix your glue with a tiny bit of water if you want, this made it easier to soak the yarn but it took longer to dry. Either way works- just don’t dilute it too much.
  5. Start drenching the yarn in the glue
  6. Laying it on the balloon. Criss cross it over the whole thing.
  7. Keep going…and going.
  8. When you feel it’s done let it dry , I prefer to let it dry by hanging it from a rack with a clothes pin. That way it’s not touching anything and won’t get stuck.
  9. When it’s dry carefully pop the balloon, and fish it out of the egg.
  10. Add your ribbon!yarn ee

Sent In By You – Re Made By Us !

Peek – A- Boo – Eggs !


How cute are these? If you think these are cute you are going to be falling all over yourself at the photos on Katherine Marie Photography’s site. Wow. Beautiful and she is crafty too. To see more of this adorable spring craft pop over to her site Katherine Marie Photography. Here is how we tried ( tried is the word to focus on ) to recreate them.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, paint, glue, paper in yellow for the chick, and pastels for the dots, a paper fastener,marker, scissors, a feather , googly eyes or buttons and some tape.
  2. Start by drawing an egg on the cardboard with a zig zag break in it.
  3. Have your child paint this. Try to stick with light colors, we used pretty dark ones and it made our egg look more dinosaur than Easter… Let dry.
  4. While they are painting draw a simple chick on the yellow paper.
  5. Add eyes a beak and a feather – I taped the feather on.
  6. Cut out small circles for decorating the egg- I used scrap card stock.
  7. When the egg is dry cut out
  8. Add your glue for the card stock dots
  9. Add the dots, let dry.
  10. Poke holes in both the top and bottom egg shells and thread the fastener through.
  11. Add your chick, again I used tape.
  12. Open
  13. Close


Thanks to Katherine Marie for sharing this wonderful craft !

Book !

“First The Egg” by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is the perfect book to introduce life cycles to young kids. It doesn’t go into great detail, but it doesn’t have to it is perfectly effective just the way it is. Each page shows one stage like a seed and the following the result of a flower. My son loved this book and I think older children would too, it’s simple but isn’t infantile. I think the Easter bunny may be bringing this to our house for keeps in a few weeks!