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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Mother's Day Collage Sticky Heart Card

My girl's have always loved creating cards for family and friends for birthdays or special occasions. The great part about this is that our family members, myself and grandma included, love anything handmade, so handmade cards or pictures can also make the best presents. The girl's favourite type of card to make, other than a standard drawing, is a sticky card where we decorate a sticky shape on the front of a card. We've made so many over the years and this one is the collage sticky heart card they made their grandma for Mother's Day.


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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED


- Paper
- Scissors
- Sequins {optional}
- Confetti {optional}
- Stickers {any design}
- Crayons or pens





You can use any colour combination of materials you like for the collage sticky heart card. We used mainly green items as the girls were making this card for their grandma and her favourite colour is green. You can also use any embellishments you like to decorate the card. We raided our craft stash and the girls picked out some heart and flower sticker sheets, green heart confetti and some green, purple, silver and orange sequins to go with the green tissue paper. I set up all the collage items in a dip tray so it's easy for them to see everything and pick which pieces they want to use.

HOW TO MAKE A STICKY HEART CARD


1. Fold a piece of paper in half so it makes a card.
2. Draw a heart shape on the front of the card.
3. Use scissors to cut out the heart shape.
4. Stick contact paper to the back of the heart cut out {so the heart at the front of the card is sticky}.
5. Decorate the sticky heart with scrunched up tissue paper, stickers, confetti and sequins of your choice.



I left the design completely up to the girls and they added bits and pieces onto the heart wherever they wanted. The beauty of a sticky card is that because of the clear contact paper there's no glue required so once the actual card is made, kids can decorate it with very little help. I tore the tissue paper into strips and the girls scrunched it up into little balls themselves before sticking it on. Decorating the card is a great fine motor work out for kids as they scrunch the tissue paper, stick it on and when they pick up the sequins or peel off the stickers. All of those actions help with developing pincer grip and hand strengthening which are skills needed for writing at school.



The girls simply wrote Gma on the front of our card, which is what they call grandma. However if you want to write a special mother's day saying on the front you could try any of the following. Of course you can substitute them all for grandma as well.

  • I Love You To Pieces
  • Happy Mother's Day
  • Mum You're The Best
  • I Love You Mum

The girls have also made red and pink sticky heart cards for valentines day. The beauty about this card is that every single one will always be unique even if you make the same shape. They can also be made in different shapes, for example a flower or star.








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Monday, April 20, 2020

Earth Day Paper Plate Craft

Earth Day is an annual event held on April 22nd around the world. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and this years theme is climate action. Earth Day is typically celebrated by showing support for the environment which people can do in many different ways. Community groups often come together to facilitate a volunteer clean up day and support environmental charities. Due to the current world situation community get togethers are not possible, but Earth Day is going digital with many online events being hosted throughout the day at earthday.org

Of course it's still easy for families to individually celebrate Earth Day at home. Some hands on ways to celebrate Earth Day include planting a tree or some vegetable seeds, recycling, creating a compost bin in the backyard, setting up a worm farm, or by making a homemade bird feeder, butterfly feeder, or bug hotel. We're a pretty environmentally friendly family and have done a few of these activities already, as well as some environmental small world play, so when my girls asked to do some craft over the weekend I thought it was the perfect time to do some Earth Day crafting.

I came up with this idea by following my girls interests and using craft items we already had around the house. The girls both love painting and we have an abundance of paper plates, so I decided to combine the two and create an Earth Day Paper Plate Craft that we could all do together. It's a great visual reminder for them that we all have the ability to change the world and we're all responsible for making sure it's looked after. It was also a great process art craft with lots of fine motor practice which could easily be replicated in a classroom setting.


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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED


- Wooden pegs
- Cotton balls or pom poms
- Green & blue paint
- Skin colour paper
- Paintbrush
- Clear glue
- Scissors
- Pencil



The items needed for this craft are readily available at craft stores, dollar stores, or online from my Amazon store. You can also easily substitute items based on what you already have available at home, for example by using a glue stick instead of clear glue, or use a cut up sponge to paint if you don't have access to any cotton balls or pom poms. I would recommend using washable paint as it's easy to clean up if things get messy. Also a splash mat or old newspaper on the table and an art smock may be beneficial if working with younger children who may get a little too artistic.


HOW TO CREATE AN EARTH DAY PAPER PLATE CRAFT WITH KIDS


1. Paint the Earth by dabbing blue and green paint over the entire paper plate. We googled images of Earth so we had a starting point, but realistically if the paper plate has blue and green it's going to look close enough to the Earth. You may have to do a second coat of paint if your paper plate has a wax coating. Using the pegs and pom poms helps to naturally develop pincer grip by grasping the top of the peg to paint.

2. While the paper plate is drying trace around your hands on the skin coloured paper with a pencil. If it's a bit wobbly once you take your hands off the paper just go over it again with the pencil and smooth out the edges. My 6yr old traced her own hand prints and did mine and then I smoothed out the edges.



3. Cut out the hands with scissors. This is great scissors practice for kids and it doesn't matter if they don't follow the lines perfectly as the hand prints will be glued onto the plate with the pencil side down. Once the hand prints are cut out flip them over and place them on top of the plate until you are happy with their position. They should go on the side towards the bottom to make it look like you're holding the world in your hands.

4. Paint some glue onto the hands on the side with the pencil. We found the easiest way to do this was to pour liquid glue into a container and use a paintbrush to evenly spread the glue over the paper.

5. Glue down the fingers onto the front of the paper plate then flip it over and glue the bottom of the hands to the back of the plate. When you do this you will find the the hands are squared off where they fold over, but don't worry that will be fixed when they're dry.

6. Finally, once the hands have fully dried, trim the straight sections to make them curved along the edge of the plate. Now your masterpiece is complete and ready to be displayed.


Our finished paper plate Earth's are being proudly displayed on our art wall in the loungeroom along with all our other April art. I really love how the hand prints are a great way to remember how little the kids hands are, I think we'll redo this activity every year so we can see how much they've grown. 

MORE EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES TO TRY






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Friday, April 17, 2020

How to make a DIY Recycled Bird Feeder

Want to attract more birds to your garden? Don't worry you don't need to go and buy a fancy bird house or bird bath, you can attract them with something as simple as a toilet paper roll or a milk bottle. You can make an easy DIY bird feeder from recyclables with an empty milk bottle and a few items from around the house by following the steps below.

We've been spending so much time at home lately and the girls have become really interested in the wildlife that visits our yard. They love watching the birds, bees, dragonflies, ladybirds and butterflies that visit our garden. A few weeks ago we made our own DIY butterfly feeder to attract more butterflies and they've been so excited checking it all the time, so we decided to make our own DIY bird feeder from things we had around the house too.

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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED



We use a 3ltr milk bottle every week in our house so instead of recycling one I washed it out and let it dry to use for our bird feeder. If you don't have an empty milk bottle you could use an empty juice bottle, cordial bottle or a cardboard milk or juice carton. I used a long lacing string to tie ours up to hang because I couldn't find our jute string at the time, however any string would work. Everything we needed to make our bird feeder I found at home for free, however if you need to buy anything it's all relatively cheap to source from a stationary shop, hardware store or even most supermarkets.




HOW TO MAKE A DIY BIRD FEEDER USING A MILK BOTTLE


1. Gather all of your items together in the one spot. Fill a small bowl with birdseed so it's easier to fill the bird feeder once it's constructed.



2. Use a sharpie to mark out the area to cut out so the birds can access the feeder. We marked out both of the larger sides of the milk bottle approximately 1.5cm from the side and bottom edges and continued a small way past the handle height to allow room for birds to fit into the feeder.



3. Cut into the pen outline with a stanley knife and use scissors to continue cutting out the shape. If you're confident enough using a stanley knife you can use it to cut out the entire section. Once both sides are cut out you should have a relatively open milk bottle with plenty of access for small birds.



4. Tape around the edges where you've cut so they're not sharp and won't harm birds if they touch the edge. We did this with plain clear sticky tape, but you could use washi tape for a decorative touch.

5. Use a hole punch to punch a hole on either side of the bottle. Thread the wooden screwer through to make a perch for birds to land on. Tape it in place if the hole is bigger than the thickness of the scewer, so it doesn't slide out.

6. Hang the bird feeder with your choice of string. We poked 3 holes into the top of the milk bottle so it would hang straight because we were hanging it over a pipe out the front in our garden. How you hang it will depend on where you want to hang it. You can hang it off a tree branch, tie it to a fence, or hang it to a pergola beam or gutter. Wherever you hang it make sure it's up off the ground and away from any pets so that birds will feel safe coming to land on it.



7. Fill the bird feeder with seed in the base of the milk bottle up to the scewer.







We set up our bird feeder out the front above our garden, because birds frequently sit on our garage roof near there, and it's easy for the girls to look out the front window and see it without going out and disturbing them. It's only been up for a day so far and while we haven't caught any birds on it yet, there are a fair few empty seed husks inside the milk bottle so I think we've had some sneaky visitors already.


OTHER FUN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS


- 30+ Free Activities to do Outside
- Make DIY Chalk Paint
- Make a DIY Butterfly Feeder




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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

DIY Chalk Paint

Are you always finding broken bits of chalk laying around? Chalk and crayons are notorious for breaking apart as kids use them, and just like broken crayons, chalk can be repurposed. Don't throw out all the little bits and pieces, collect them up and make some DIY 2 ingredient chalk paint.

Like a lot of other families lately, we've been spending a lot of time stuck at home. However, it's good for the soul to get outside and escape the four walls of the house, so we decided to chalk paint our front pathway. Making the chalk paint itself is just as much fun as painting with it, so it's like two activities in one. It not only brightened my kids day, it also brought some joy to our neighbours as well.


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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED


- Water
- Chalk pieces
- Ziplock Bags
- Mallet or hammer
- Muffin tin
- Paint brushes


We already had quite a few bits of broken chalk accumulated so we had more than enough to make some paint. In fact we had everything we needed to make chalk paint at home already so it was a 100% free activity. I used a muffin tin as a paint palette for the chalk paint because it's big enough for 6 different colours and each hole is deep enough to make quite a bit of chalk paint, however if you don't have a muffin tray you could use bowls or even old recycling containers like empty yoghurt tubs.





HOW TO MAKE DIY CHALK PAINT



The first thing you will need to do is separate the chalk pieces into individual ziplock bags by colour. Try to squeeze out as much air as you can and seal them.



Next take each bag one at a time and hammer the broken chalk down until it's a crumbly powder. The kids did most of ours using a little wooden mallet, but you could also use a mortar and pestle, hammer or a plastic dish brush {yes I really used one}. Just remember not to hit it too forcefully as that may break the plastic bag and then you'll lose the powder. Slow and steady wins the race. We did this part out in the kids mud kitchen so we could clean it up easily if they accidentally made a mess.



Once all of the chalk has been ground or hammered down into powder, put each colour into a different hole in a muffin tray. You can see from our picture that some colours ended up being a finer powder than others {the kids couldn't ground them up as fine, but didn't want any help}. You really want to aim for the consistency of the pink or white chalk as it will make a better paint mixture, as the bigger chunks won't dissolve properly. 



To turn the chalk powder into chalk paint, simply add water slowly and mix the powder into the water with a brush. This should make vibrant paint colours which I can best describe as similar to a creamy watercolour paint. Next all you need to do is add some paint brushes and get creative!



I set our chalk paint up with a different paint brush for each colour and told the girls not to mix them. Evidently I forgot 2yr olds have no self control so that lasted all of about 30 seconds before the toddler started mixing the brushes into all different colours. I'm happy to report though that unlike most other paint, chalk paint colours don't seem to get completely ruined by stray brushes and accidental colour mixing. I was honestly expecting them all to turn poo brown colour after she got to them.


Painting with chalk paint was a great activity for my toddler as she was working her fine motor skills by alternating between a fisted grasp {shown in the photo above} and a palmer grasp as she used the paint brushes. I deliberately used chunky paintbrushes to encourage this, and so that the chalk paint would go onto the concrete in thicker brushstrokes so it was easier for them to create pictures. My 2yr old mainly drew lines, squiggles and circles {which are all great pre-writing practice} while my 6yr old was drawing love hearts and messages for our neighbours. Of course I got in on the action and made some chalk paintings and messages too {can't let the kids have all the fun}. 



Our chalk creations dried nice and pastel and have been on the footpath for over a week  now. It lightly rained once which washed them out a bit, but hasn't completely washed them away. If you do chalk painting and want to change the images or just get bored of it, it can be completely washed away with water. The girls loved it so much that when our current paintings have washed away I think we'll do some more {we're even thinking about chalk painting the bricks of the house into a rainbow to join in on Rainbow Trail Australia}.

FOR MORE CREATIVE ACTIVITIES WITH THE KIDS TRY THESE




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Friday, April 10, 2020

How to Play with a Grimms Rainbow: Over 50 Play Ideas

Without a doubt one of the most popular wooden toys available is the Grimms large rainbow. But why is it so popular? Should you buy one? Who are Grimms? How do you play with a Grimms rainbow? Don't worry, by the end of this post I'll answer all your questions and you'll know everything you need to know to determine if you need a Grimms rainbow at your place {or school/daycare}, including over 50 ways to play with a large Grimms rainbow.
Grimms large wooden rainbow

WHAT IS A GRIMMS RAINBOW?


Grimms Spiel & Holtz Design {more commonly known as Grimms} is a world renowned family owned German toy manufacturer. They've been designing, manufacturing and selling wooden toys since 1978 and they're now stocked in boutique toy stores all over the world. Grimm's specialise in open ended Montessori and Waldorf inspired toys made from sustainably sourced wood.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

30 Bunny Crafts for kids: DIY Cards, Paper Crafts & Sewing Projects

It's almost Easter so that means it's the perfect time to make all the bunny crafts! If you need some inspiration, I've put together 30 bunny crafts for kids including diy cards, paper crafts, painting and drawing sheets plus sewing projects. You don't need to be a crafty mum or kindy teacher in order to do these crafts, they all have step by step instructions and some also come with free printable templates.

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BEFORE YOU START CRAFTING

I admit sometimes I like to have crafting sessions on the fly. When the kids are going nuts in the afternoon or boredom strikes over school holidays, I'll spur of the moment decide it's time to get all the crazy out with some crafting. We're lucky enough though that we have a huge craft hoard stash, so we have lots of basics on hand.

If you want to do any of these bunny crafts, or you want to be able to stop, drop and craft at any given moment, make sure you have a few staples on hand. Things like coloured paper, cardstock, pipecleaners, pom poms, glue, googly eyes, paper plates and paint are a great place to start as they can be used for so many craft projects. You can find most craft supplies at local department stores, craft stores, stationary shops, some supermarkets and online at places like Etsy, Catch {AU} or Amazon. I also have a craft supplies section in my Amazon store.






PAPER CRAFT BUNNY IDEAS




Free Printable Shape Bunny Craft

Easy Bunny Paper Craft

Easy Easter Bunny Bookmarks

Easter Bunny Pom Pom Craft

Mix & Match Paper Bunny Craft

Handprint Bunny Craft

Paper Plate Easter Bunny Craft

Craft Stick Easter Bunny Bookmarks

Paper Plate Bunny Craft

Free Easter Bunny Bag Printables

Paper Bag Bunny Puppets

DIY Paper Bag Bunny

DIY Paper Bunny Eggs


BUNNY PAINTING AND DRAWING IDEAS TO DO WITH THE KIDS




Easter Bunny Toilet Paper Roll Painting

Process Art Easter Bunny Card

Upcycled Easter Crayons + Free Colouring Pages

Easter Process Art Painting


DIY BUNNY CARDS, KEEPSAKES & DECORATIONS FOR EASTER 




Free Printable Bunny Garland

Origami Bunny Card

Easter Bunny Footprint Photo Craft

DIY Easter Bunny Wreath

Free Printable Easter Footprint Bunny Card

Egg Carton Easter Bunny


SOFTIES, SOCK BUNNIES & OTHER SEWING PROJECTS




Free Easter Bunny Plushie Pattern

10 Minute Easter Bunny Toy

Felt Bunny Brooch

No Sew Sock Bunny

How to make a Rag Quilt Bunny

DIY Sock Bunny

DIY Finger Knitting Bunny





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Monday, April 6, 2020

How to make a DIY Glitter Calm Down Sensory Bottle

Sensory play sometimes gets a bad wrap or people immediately close themselves off to the idea because they associate it with mess. Sensory play doesn't necessarily mean mess. Sensory bottles are a great way for kids to engage in sensory play without making any mess. I've made lots of sensory bottles with dry ingredients like rice, beans, pasta and couscous, however even I avoided making water based ones for years {because I was paranoid they would leak}. However, now that we've made one, I wish I had tried it years ago.

Water based sensory bottles are a great way for kids of all ages {and adults} to help deal with anxiety, feel less stressed and less overwhelmed. They're also great to use to calm down before bed and as a screen free quiet time activity. They also provide a great incentive for tummy time for babies and are great for eye tracking as they watch the movement inside the bottle.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

30 Games, Activities and Crafts to try with Plastic Easter Eggs

Plastic Eggs are everywhere in the lead up to Easter. Craft stores, dollar stores, even the supermarkets are full of shiny, brightly coloured plastic eggs. They're a great alternative to chocolate Easter eggs for an Easter egg hunt and you can hide small objects inside for an instant surprise egg

As soon as Easter is over they quickly disappear from the shelves, however unlike chocolate Easter eggs, these ones don't get eaten; so what do you do with them all for the rest of the year? I'm generally anti plastic items for play, but plastic Easter eggs are one of my exceptions, because they're actually a really great open ended learning resource. Instead of throwing them out or hiding them away in a box for a year, try some of these 30 fun crafts, games and learning activities that can be done with plastic eggs all year round.

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CRAFTS TO CREATE WITH PLASTIC EASTER EGGS


There are so many different ways to dye normal eggs and even wooden eggs, so how do you craft with plastic eggs when you can't dye them? The answer is to think outside of the box! From frogs to birds to whales and even mini planters, there's so many different ways to turn an unassuming plastic egg into something wonderful.





Do your kids have Easter hat parades where you live? It was all about paper and cardboard hastily stapled together and fashioned into a headband type bonnet back when I was little. Sometimes there were mini chickens glued on too, but I guarantee I never wore anything as amazing as this gravity defying Easter hat! You'll be the envy of all the other crafty mums if you manage to pull off a super creative hat like Where The Smiles Have Been. I'll let you in on a secret, it's not as hard to make as it looks.



If you want to decorate the house with an Easter wreath don't go out and buy one, make your own DIY plastic egg wreath. All you'll need to make this super cute wreath is a 12 inch wire wreath, different sized plastic eggs and a hot glue gun. Follow the easy instructions at The Soccer Mom Blog and your wreath will be done in under 10 minutes!



Another DIY Easter egg wreath idea from Ann's Entitled Life uses a grapevine wreath, plastic eggs, hot glue gun and ribbon. You can even print out the instructions from Ann's Entitled Life.



Make these cute plastic Easter egg weebles with just a few items. What are weebles you might be asking? Weebles are egg shaped roly poly toys that wobble back and forth when they're unbalanced, due to a weighted bottom. To make these Easter egg weebles you'll need some plastic eggs, pipecleaners, felt, a black sharpie, some coins, tape and a hot glue gun. Follow the instructions over at Pink Stripey Socks.



Possibly the cutest aliens ever, these plastic egg aliens are really easy to make. You'll need some plastic eggs, pipecleaners, small pom poms, googly eyes and paint pens or chalk markers. Follow the step by step instructions at Artsy Craftsy Mom.




How adorable is this plastic egg frog. He's really easy to make using some coloured paper, mini pom poms, googly eyes, sharpie and glue. Follow the instructions over at Artsy Craftsy Mom.



Another awesome creation from Artsy Craftsy Mom are these plastic egg birds. You'll need some plastic eggs, googly eyes, orange paper, feathers and blu tack. Follow the instructions at Artsy Craftsy Mom.



These birds are similar but they're actually plastic bird egg shakers. To make them you'll need googly eyes, felt, feathers and bird seed. Follow the instructions at Buggy and Buddy.



Create this cute little plastic blue whale with a plastic egg, googly eyes, some paper and some sharpie pens. Get the instructions from Artsy Craftsy Mom.



Turn plain white plastic eggs into gorgeous marbled eggs. You'll need some marbling medium and acrylic paint. Follow the tutorial at The Country Chic Cottage to recreate these eggs.



For a really simple craft activity try plastic egg painting. Split the plastic eggs in half and dip them into paint to make perfect circle prints. Mix it up using different colours like Buggy and Buddy.



These egg mini planters are probably the most creative crafty way to use plastic eggs I've ever seen. I never would have thought to use plastic eggs as planters, but they look so adorable. Follow the instructions at Ann's Entitled Life to make some of your own.


DIY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS


Kids want to make music, but you don't have any instruments at home? No problem. Make these DIY musical instruments from plastic eggs.


Make some sensory sound eggs using plastic eggs and dry sensory materials. Try using different items like rocks, popcorn, birdseed, buttons, bells or pom poms to see what different sounds they make. Find more info at The Chaos and the Clutter.



Make your own DIY egg maracas like Crayons and Cravings. You'll need some plastic spoons, plastic eggs, rice and washi tape.


FUN GAMES USING PLASTIC EASTER EGGS


The most obvious way to use plastic Easter eggs for an activity is for an Easter egg hunt, however there are many other ways they can be used for search and find and matching games. Plastic Easter eggs are great for matching games because they're so easy to click the two sides back together. Below are some creative game ideas using plastic eggs and there are even more educational ways to use plastic eggs in games further down in this post.





This plastic egg colour learning ferris wheel from Hello Wonderful is next level awesome. It's a craft activity, game and DIY toy all in one. To make this you'll need a paper plate, some thick cardboard, a brass fastener, plastic eggs, pom poms and a hot glue gun. Full assembly instructions can be found at Hello Wonderful.



A really simple way to create a game using plastic eggs is to make an egg colour matching game like Little Bins for Little Hands. You'll need plastic eggs and some pom poms in matching colours. Fill a tub with the poms poms and plastic eggs and get the kids to open the eggs and fill them with matching pom poms. It's also a great game for hand/eye co-ordination and building up hand strength as they open and close the eggs.



Create your own egg memory game like Happily Ever Mom. Simply use plastic egg half upside down to cover small items like charms, mini erasers or lollies. To make it easier put matching items under matching colours, or to make it harder for older kids mix them all up regardless of the egg colours.



Emotion eggs are a great way for kids to learn about feelings and how different emotions can change our facial expressions. Kate from Laughing Kids Learn made these by using a sharpie to copy different emoticon faces drawing eyes on the top half of the egg and mouths on the bottom. Kids can mix and match the emotions or try and put the correct ones together.



This washi tape egg toss game by The Gingerbread House is really simple to make. You'll need some plastic eggs, different coloured washi tape and some large plastic cups. Put matching washi tape around an egg and plastic cup, using different colours for each egg. Set the cups out a certain distance away and have kids try to throw the plastic eggs into the correct cup. This game is great for colour matching and hand/eye co-ordination.



To make this egg shape matching game like School Time Snippets you'll simply need some plastic eggs and a black sharpie. Draw different shapes like a circle, square, star, heart, oval, hexagon, triangle, pentagon etc across the front of the eggs and then separate them so kids can match them back together.



Make some glow in the dark Easter eggs like Mama Cheaps by adding a battery operated tea light candle inside each egg. If your children are still young tape the eggs closed with some sticky tape so they can't open up the eggs and get to the candle {you don't want them to have any access to the button batteries}. You can use the glowing eggs to have a glow in the dark egg hunt or as a diy night light.


EDUCATIONAL LITERACY GAMES


Plastic eggs are also a great tool for literacy games to teach foundation English skills such as letters, sounds, word blends and spelling. Below are 5 different literacy games using plastic eggs.

Try this ABC egg hunt to help kids with letter recognition. Print out the free printable from About a Mom and hide letters in eggs around the house or backyard. Send the kids off the find the letters and the first one to cross off all 26 letters is the winner.



An ABC beginning sounds egg hunt is a great way to help kids learn phonics. To play this game fill 26 plastic eggs with small items or toys that represent letters of the alphabet {one of each letter of the alphabet}. Download the free beginning sounds egg hunt printable from Artsy Momma and hide the eggs around the house or yard so the kids can go find them. Cross off the letters once they find an item for each one.


This crazy eggs word families game teaches children to match up certain words with the correct word family. E.g. car, far, bar are all part of the "ar" family. To make this game at home you'll need some plastic eggs, an egg carton, cardboard and a pen. Follow the instructions at Mama Teaches to set up the game.



Another fun literacy game to try is this plastic egg word building game. Hide letters inside eggs then each player rolls a dice to find out how many eggs they get. Then they have to try and build as many words as possible from their letters. Find more details at Teach Me Mommy.



Plastic eggs are perfect for learning word family blends and practicing sight words like Natural Beach Living has done here. To make these on the bottom half of the egg write a two letter word blend {for example at, it, ed, un} and on the corresponding top half write 4-5 letters that will form a word when joined together with the word blend. For at you could use c, m, r, h, b to make cat, mat, rat, hat and bat. This plastic egg word blend game is a really fun and interactive way to help preschoolers learn sight words.


STEM ACTIVITIES USING PLASTIC EGGS


Stem is a learning acronym for science, technology, engineering and maths educational activities that promote critical thinking. Stem activities involve experimentation to problem solve and come up with a solution. Stem activities can involve all different materials, below are 4 simple stem activities using plastic eggs.


This simple egg engineering activity from Sixth Bloom is great for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children. You'll only need plastic eggs, however can also add playdough if desired. The idea is for children to work out how high they can construct a tower using plastic egg halves. They need to find the best way to stack the eggs and balance them so they don't fall over.



This fizzy egg reaction experiment using one of my favourite simple science experiments for kids - baking soda + vinegar. When vinegar comes in contact with baking powder it creates an explosive fizzing reaction. This fizzy egg version adds an Easter twist by using plastic eggs and food colouring to create a colourful, bubbly reaction. Follow the instructions from Messy Little Monsters to recreate this experiment at home.



This rainbow fizzy egg experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands is the same reaction as above using baking soda and vinegar, but they've taken it a step further with colour matching eggs using all the colours of the rainbow. To set this up line up egg halves {in matching colours} into an egg holder and add matching colour food dye into each one. Top with baking powder and then when vinegar is squirted on top the fizzy rainbow will appear.



Plastic eggs are also great for teaching maths facts. This addition facts game from Homeschool Preschool using plastic eggs as a fun hands on way to learn addition. On the top half of the egg write a simple addition problem, then on the bottom of the egg write 4 or 5 different numbers with one being the answer to the problem. Children then move the bottom of the egg around until they find the correct answer. This game could also be done using subtraction, division or multiplication equations as well.







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