Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Color Sorted Easter Basket Tutorial/ Activity For Toddlers & Our Annual Library Egg Hunt

DIY Color Sorted Easter Basket Tutorial/Activity For Toddlers

How's that for a long post title? There's just so much goodness to squish into this post that it had to be long. Just had to.

First of all, can I just say for the 100th time how much I love where we live? All of the activities for kids make Henry and me so happy, and the fact that so many of them are because of our amazing public library? Even better.

Every year the library hosts an Easter celebration that is only about eggs and bunnies and fun (which this non-religious family loves), and it's the best time. And this year, they did a fun activity we did when my sister and I were little, and it inspired me to share a little how-to here. It's seriously SO fun to do with toddlers and they love it too. It's a great alternative to a traditional egg hunt, and makes it a little less overwhelming whether you have one little one hunting, or a whole bunch of them.

You'll need:

dixie cups (6 per "basket")
construction paper
glue stick
stapler/staples
pipe cleaners
multicolored plastic eggs (with colors that correspond to the paper colors)
fun little toys or snacks to put inside the eggs

1. Match up six paper colors to six egg colors. Punch or cut circles in the paper big enough to cover most of the bottom of the cup.

2. Glue each circle to the inside bottom of each of the six cups.

3. Staple the cups together to form a basket, then attach the pipe cleaner to the top as a handle.

4. Fill up the eggs with fun surprises, hide them, and instruct your kiddos to match up the colored eggs with the colors in their basket. So fun!

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My Mom did this with Lauren and I when we were little, and Henry absolutely loved doing it yesterday. It's a great sorting activity, and like I mentioned above, a great way to have a bit more purpose to the egg hunt so little ones don't get overwhelmed. And in the library's case, it was nice to have a cap on the amount of eggs the kids can get. If you're doing the egg hunt at home, and want to do more than 6, simply set out a regular Easter basket and have your little one empty out their cup holders into the basket, and try another round.

Happy Easter! Here our some photos from our egg hunt yesterday. Dying over Henry's serious egg-hunting face. And this first photo here is of our beloved children's librarian, Mr. Steve. He's the best.

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10 comments:

  1. Sooooooo adorable!

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  2. He is such a beautiful little boy!

    Also, the town where you live sounds so perfect - like it should be in a movie or something. Whenever you describe it I imagine it's like Gilmore Girls' Stars Hollow. ;)

    The Brayn of Chalayn

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  3. You always dress him in the most adorable outfits!
    I love where y'all live. Very jealous.

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  4. This is actually kind of brilliant. Also, hellooooo cherry blossoms! Gorgeous. Can't wait for the blossoms to come out at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

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  6. Question for you... And let me preface this by saying I'm not a religious person either, but I did grow up going to church with my parents, so I know that Easter is a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ (duh). I couldn't help but do a double take when I read, "Every year the library hosts an Easter celebration that is only about eggs and bunnies and fun (which this non-religious family loves)..." If your family is not religious, why do you partake in festivities surrounding a religious holiday? It seems sort of like, hey, I don't believe in the stuff that Easter is actually about, but I like the fun/silly traditions that go with the holiday so I'll just join in on those. Anyway, I guess my question is... Do you ever feel weird about that? Also, when Henry is old enough to ask questions like why the Easter Bunny comes, etc, what do you think you'll tell him?

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    1. Such a good question- when I wrote that little part I was wondering if someone would ask! You kind of answered it for me in your comment- "I don't believe in the stuff that Easter is actually about, but I like the fun/silly traditions that go with the holiday so I'll just join in on those." Maybe it sounds crazy but that's exactly how I feel. I was raised Catholic- Palm Sunday, Easter, all of it, and I loved it, but the older I got the more I realized I didn't believe in any of it from a religious standpoint. Hank wasn't raised religious at all, but still participated in holiday family traditions, so now as our own little family we do the same. We don't attend church but we do think it's a fun way to all get together and celebrate family, be it Christmas, Easter, whatever. It's not like the Easter Bunny and decorating eggs have ANYTHING to do with Christ anyway so it doesn't have much to do with the religion at this point anyway. For us it's about making happy family memories and traditions. :)

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  7. god, henry's little chubby cheeks kill me. so cute and determined to get those eggs :).

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