Easter Egg Magnets

I have to confess, as much as I adore Easter, and all thing messy usually, I can’t stand dyeing eggs. There I said it. I don’t know why I dislike it so much, I just do. Instead of hard boiling we used glitter and foam to make these easy magnets !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some foam sheets, we used 2 colors but use as many as you have or want, some glue, a few colors of glitter glue , scissors and magnetic tape. * word of caution when doing things with magnets and your children. Magnets can be really dangerous if swallowed so I always use these large pieces and make sure they are far too big to fit in a child’s mouth. Even when you think they are over the stick it all in my mouth stage, they will surprise you and it’s not worth the risk.
  2. Start by drawing an oval or two on a sheet of foam with a marker.
  3. Have your child use the glitter glue to decorate, they don’t need to be exact or careful. A lot of glitter glue is tough to squeeze but if your child is anything like mine they will insist on doing it themselves.
  4. While they exert their independence and get glitter all over the egg and themselves, draw some lines and zig zags on a second sheet of foam.
  5. Rub the glitter around to spread it, not only will this look cool , it cuts the drying time.
  6. Decorate the 2nd sheet with glitter as well.
  7. Let dry
  8. Cut out the stripes and zig zags
  9. I added the glue in strips, I asked my son how many he wanted , but did the glue myself.
  10. Add the stripes and zig zags and let dry.
  11. Cut out the eggs
  12. Add the magnets
  13. Use them to display your other artwork!

Healthy Easter Treat – Carrot Craft

carrot craft for easter

Between Easter around the corner and my son’s new love of eating raw carrots ( I pray this isn’t a short phase) I knew I had to do a carrot craft. I like using ripped paper because it adds some fine motor practice in but if your child isn’t into it , you can rip what you need in seconds.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some orange paper and tissue paper, some heavy paper or a discarded cereal box, a marker, scissors, glue and a handful of green Easter grass.
  2. Start by drawing a basic carrot on your cardboard/ heavy paper with the marker.
  3. Next hand the paper already ripped in long strips to your child to rip into smaller pieces. my son needed some guidance here but got it after a few tries. He wanted to ball them up first.
  4. While they are ripping, cut some orange tissue paper into small squares.
  5. Time to add the glue. If you are apprehensive about allowing your little ones to handle the glue this is a great project to let them try since they don’t need to be precise at all.
  6. Add the paper and tissue paper.
  7. Add more glue if needed
  8. Add more paper.
  9. Glue the Easter grass on the top , let dry.
  10. Cut out and enjoy. We’ve been feeding a stuffed bunny our finished carrot all day.
Book !

“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.

Opposite Texture Easter Egg Craft

easy easter craft

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 !