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.
dixie cups (6 per "basket")
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!
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.