Easter fun!

We’ve been carrying on with our themed weeks of play, and this week – you guessed it – the theme was Easter!

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We began by making these lovely Easter Egg sun catchers I spotted on Emma’s Kids Craft Room. Foolproof, I thought! Ah, not so. Add in one slightly grumpy toddler who becomes ENRAGED any time (a) the sticky-back sticks to her hand, (b) tissue paper sticks in the wrong place, or (c) the tissue paper becomes crumpled, and you have a less idyllic craft time than I had probably imagined. We did one together and then abandoned the activity in favour of something slightly less infuriating, deciding to come back to it later. That enraged her too, but I enjoyed making them, anyway…and they look lovely hanging in the kitchen! Maybe we’ll try again next year. (As a side note, the end result of the rage was that both of us ended up sitting in time out. Yep, you read that right: both of us. I don’t think I’ve quite got the hang of it yet.)

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This week we had a go at some more transient art. I left out some matchsticks, pom-poms and buttons for her along with a cardboard egg cut-out. I’ve been inspired by all the amazing transient art I’ve seen on the Stimulating Learning blog and it was a real success a couple of weeks ago with our gingerbread man theme! T began by making some faces using the loose parts and some of the tissue paper we had left from the suncatchers. Then she dumped  out all the buttons and matchsticks to make a nest! Love how she created something completely different to what I had imagined!

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We have read a couple of versions of the Easter story but I loved this one which I found on YouTube. I just think it’s so cute and I think kids just love listening to other children! T certainly did, as we watched in twice.

After we had watched it, I set up a mini Easter play scene to help her understand the story a bit better. She’s just beginning to remember key parts of the story and this helped her process it a bit, in her own way. She loved getting the people to ride the donkey!

Yes, that IS a milk bottle covered in felt as the tomb. I was short on time!
Yes, that IS a milk bottle covered in felt as the tomb. I was short on time!

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We made Easter nests this week – of course! We used Shredded Wheat as it gives a more ‘nest like’ texture. These are so nice and simple to make – great for a short toddler attention span!

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T loves ‘sticking’ so I gave her a few bits and bobs to stick on to an egg cut-out. In the end she decided it was a pear though, due to the ‘stalk’ made by the feather!

On Friday morning we did an egg hunt with friends before heading down to Devon to be with family. Have a great Easter!

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