Holiday Activities

Coloring Easter Egg Faces – Unplanned but Meaningful for Kids

This year instead of egg on our faces, as the expression goes, we ended up coloring Easter egg faces. It wasn’t planned but was very meaningful, for us all.coloring Easter egg facesColoring Easter eggs is something we do every year in one form or another. This year, we hard-cooked the eggs, got out the cups and spoons, and spread newspapers all over the table, like always. But the planned activity soon took a detour.

For a simple coloring solution, we pour a couple fingers of water in a mug, add a spoon or two of vinegar, and stir in a few drops of food color. So far, nothing was different, but after making the red color bath, we discovered there was barely any yellow left and the bottle of blue food color was empty. So much for dipping the eggs in red, yellow, or blue, coloring over with wax crayon, and dipping into another mug to make orange, green, and purple. We only had red. Although we hadn’t used green food color in the past, instead mixing yellow and blue to watch it make a new color, we did this time.

Big Sister dyed one egg red, drew hearts on it with a wax crayon, and popped it in green. The egg was a muddy brown with red hearts. Little Sister dyed her egg green, colored scribbles on it like grass with the wax, and then put it in red. The result was a similar color of muddy brown but with green streaks. The kids made a couple more muddy brown eggs and we were done. There would be no basket of eggs in all the colors of the rainbow on the table this year plus, so far, there hadn’t been cries of surprise and delight from combining colors and getting a new one. I tried to lighten the situation with the pun that our eggs weren’t “eggxactly cheery”.

Time to improvise. This is how our activity morphed into coloring Easter egg faces.

We checked the craft basket for stuff to glue on the eggs and found some eye, nose, and mouth stickers to make faces on photos and other items. Little Sister made a face on her egg and said it was jeery. I thought she was giving it a name and asked, “Do you mean Jerry?” Her response was probably to disagree with my comment that our eggs didn’t look cheery but the name stuck. She made Jerry a hat with the leftover strips from the basket and continued holding, talking, and cuddling. She told us, “I don’t feel so alone and afraid when I have my friend Jerry.” Jerry sat in his flower basket when she needed both hands and smiled at all of us.coloring Easter egg faces

This activity didn’t go as planned but there was deep significance for all of us. Adult expectations weren’t met for the final product, but for the kids it was highly meaningful. Coloring Easter egg faces was not usual. Maybe the muddy brown egg with a heart on it and the smiling egg face are symbols of what’s really important?

Easter Egg Magnet Science Fun – Quite An Attraction

Plastic Easter eggs and some small bits from the junk drawer combined for Easter egg magnet science fun and it was quite an attraction for wee hands.Easter egg magnet science funDo you have a drawer in the kitchen to hold all the assorted bits and pieces that don’t go anywhere else? While often called the junk drawer, these things can be treasures for kids. The kids looked thru the items and picked out some small metal, plastic, and wood ones. Then, Little Sister and Big Sister discussed which ones the magnet would pick up and which ones it wouldn’t. Most of the time, they agreed which ones they thought would be attracted to the magnet. Then, one by one, each item was snapped into a plastic Easter egg.

Easter egg science fun

For each hidden object, the kids tried to pick up the Easter egg with the magnet. Some they could but no matter if it worked or not, we opened each egg to see what it was. Some of the items were metal but hadn’t worked so the kids tried again without the egg. They were surprised that a metal tack and metal watch clip did not stick to the magnet but a pipe cleaner did.

Easter egg magnet science fun

With the magnets and all the pieces, Little Sister wanted to make an ‘advention’ so she began sticking things to different places on the magnet. There were another couple of magnets and some of the objects twisted together. Creating a sort of free-form sculpture kept her busy playing and inventing. This was certainly child-directed play because she suggested it on her own and played as she wanted to. The Easter egg magnet science fun inspired her to try something different for herself.

Easter egg magnet science fun

The magnets we used were from old shower curtains. Once the play was finished, all the bits went back in the junk drawer until needed for another play ‘advention’. That’s a good word because play often is an adventure and invention together, isn’t it?

 

Easter Egg Float-Sink Science Fun for a Play-of-the-Day

A good chunk of our afternoon was in the kitchen, not baking but at the sink with hands in warm water, for some Easter egg float-sink science fun. A winner!Easter egg float-sink science

Do you have a junk drawer in the kitchen? We do and this experiment starts with hunting in the stuff for small items that will fit in a plastic Easter egg. We found a glass marble, safety pin, small rock, square bread-bag tag, dice, button, tiny light bulb, screw, twist tie, pipe cleaner, paper clip, and other bits. Before we did anything else, the kids thought about what might float in water and what might sink. They didn’t always agree. Next, we taped over the holes in a dozen plastic Easter eggs so they didn’t let in water.

Once we’d taped the eggs, and talked over what might happen, we put one item in each egg and dropped them in the sink one at a time. After checking to see if an egg would float or sink, we looked inside to see the item.Easter egg float-sink science

To our astonishment, every single egg floated. Even the ones with the rock and the glass marble. We certainly weren’t expecting that. Big Sister suggested putting both of them in one egg. It still floated. So we tried filling the egg with more items so the two halves would barely click. This time it sunk down a little way but not much.

Little Sister liked this idea of putting in more than one thing so spent the next half an hour by playing by herself and trying the items in different combinations. At one point, standing on the chair at the sink, she sang and hummed, “I’m doing science.” She figured out if she opened an egg and put it in the bottom of the sink to start with, then she could put an item in the egg for sinking.Easter egg float-sink science

I’m not sure where I saw the idea for this Easter egg float-sink science fun but it was sure a hit, especially with Little Sister. It’s wonderful to see kids direct their own play after we give them an idea. Is there a science-kid at your house who would like to try this for a play-of-the-day?

 

Two Easter Bunny Carrot Snacks Kids Can Help Make

What do Easter bunnies eat? They eat carrots and here are two quick, easy, and nutritious Easter bunny carrot snacks kids can help make. Yummy too.  Carrots grow in a garden, in the dirt. To make a garden, open a tin of refried black beans. Using refried beans is much easier for mixing because they … Continue reading Two Easter Bunny Carrot Snacks Kids Can Help Make

Combine Kids, Nature, Easter For Spring Fun and Learning

For some spring fun and learning combine kids, nature, Easter and enjoy this treat. We’ve done this activity before and were just waiting for a day to do it again! Do your kids like to hunt for Easter eggs? Crystal, at Crystal and Co calls this Reverse Easter Eggs. Kids start with eggs and instead … Continue reading Combine Kids, Nature, Easter For Spring Fun and Learning

Easter Fun Children’s Books, Songs, Games, and Traditions

Now that it’s almost here, it’s time for some Easter fun children’s books, songs, games, and family traditions. Let’s start the Easter fun with stories. Children’s Easter books range from traditional stories to fanciful ones about eggs, chicks, bunnies, and spring. Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda worked together for the book, “The Easter Cat.” Usually … Continue reading Easter Fun Children’s Books, Songs, Games, and Traditions

Kids St. Patrick’s Day Fun Activities – Leprechauns and Kids Love to Play

The calendar inspires today’s play-of-the-day with some kids St. Patrick’s Day fun activities. After all, leprechauns and kids both love to play. And laugh and play tricks. First thing in the morning, find something green to wear. Green is the color of shamrocks and, of course, the Emerald Isle. Maybe kids can help make a … Continue reading Kids St. Patrick’s Day Fun Activities – Leprechauns and Kids Love to Play

For Kids the Best Valentine is Together Play Time

To a child, love is spelled T.I.M. E. For kids, the best valentine is together play time. Today’s play-of-the-day is suggestions for doing just that. At the very start of the day, even before breakfast, how about a pajama snuggle. If the day isn’t too rushed, instead of a bedtime story, find a favorite book … Continue reading For Kids the Best Valentine is Together Play Time

Kids Easy Valentine Cards – Simple and Fun To Do

There are countless valentines kids can buy but somehow making their own is special. Just use torn paper and glue for these kids easy valentine cards. Valentine cards often include a play on words or catchy saying. A quick search on Google and Pinterest finds more than a hundred clever ones. For this project, kids … Continue reading Kids Easy Valentine Cards – Simple and Fun To Do

Kids Valentine Movement Activities – Kids Love to Move!

Q. What do kids love? A. They love to move. It’s needed to grow both bodies and minds. Here are some ideas for kids valentine movement activities. Kids seem to have more energy than grownups and directing it can be a challenge. This is a sort of question and answer game using all the different … Continue reading Kids Valentine Movement Activities – Kids Love to Move!