Egg-tivities part 2

Here are the next 5 egg-tivities I did with my kiddos just in time for Easter. These are great activities to do while the kids are on spring break. My 4-year-old son requests almost everyday to do activities, so these ones were a hit!

Here is a list of things you need for these activities:

  1. large and small plastic easter eggs
  2. LED tea lights
  3. my beginning sound print outs
  4. plastic dinosaurs or any small plastic figurines
  5. flour
  6. baby oil or vegetable oil
  7. beeswax
  8. coconut oil
  9. essential oils
  10. empty egg carton

Glow in the dark eggs

Just grab some LED tea lights and big plastic eggs and you got yourself an Easter egg hunt that requires NO CANDY! This was fun to do both outside and inside. The first time we did it, I hid the eggs outside at night and the boys went looking for them. The next time we did it, I had to boys hide the eggs from each other in the house. It was fun to watch them run around searching for them in the dark!

Beginning sound egg hunt

This game was great for my 4-year-old since he recognizes all his letters and is now working on their sounds. I printed out some drawings of nouns and cut them out into cards. I linked this template so you can print out, or create your own noun cards. I had the cards turned over and I hid Easter eggs around the living room that had the letter that corresponded with the beginning sound of each noun on the card. We each took turns selecting a card and saying the noun and figuring out the beginning sound of that noun. Then we went around to find the Easter egg that had that beginning sound written on it. You can fill the Easter eggs with some candy or just leave them empty. Either way, the kids have fun finding the matching egg!

Dinos and moon sand

My little 2-year-old had a great time with this one. He played quietly outside for 20 minutes, filling the eggs with the sand and creating egg domes. I made moon sand for the first time. All I did was combine 4 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of baby oil. I also added lavender essential oil just to give it a nice smell. You can also add food coloring to make different color moon sand or even add glitter to make it shine. I had them play with it outside because it can get messy! Unlike regular sand, you can brush it off your hands easily. Add eggs and Dinos to the container and the kids will be entertained all morning!

Number matching

I decided on number matching because I wanted my 4 year old to review his numbers 1-10 and I want my 2 year old to try counting. I put the number at the top of one of the plastic eggs and dots at the bottom to represent the number. I took each egg apart and watched how they counted and put them back to gather. I had my two boys do this together, since it was a little tricky for my 2 year old and a little easy for my 4 year old. My 4 year old helped my little guy out and they worked together putting these together.

Lip balm eggs

This came to me when I was using my EOS lip balm and was almost done with it and I thought I should try and reuse the container because its a lot of plastic to waste. Then it donned on me that they look like plastic Easter eggs. So I thought I could make lip balm, store it in the plastic eggs and gift them to my friends and family. Then I can finally get some of these eggs out of my house without throwing them away! I used this recipe I found online that only used 4 ingredients. I made mine using 3 ingredients.

These are the 3 ingredients I used for the lip balm.

  1. beeswax (1/4 cups)
  2. coconut oil (1/4 cups)
  3. lavender essential oil (20 to 25 drops)
  4. This recipe filled 6 small plastic eggs

Then I followed the directions from the website I posted earlier. I poured the liquid in the 6 plastic eggs to the top and waited until it solidified. Dont forget to tape the bottom so the liquid doesn’t leak out of the little holes at the bottom of the eggs. I printed out the gift tags and they were ready to be gifted! My boys will be gifting these to their teachers and I will be gifting these to my friends and family.

I hope you find these ideas fun and helpful for spring break and the days leading up to Easter this year! I would love to see if you did any of these 10 activities with your little ones, so tag me on instagram (stayathomecircus). And if you used some of these ideas, but tweaked them to make them your own, I would love to see those too! Happy Easter everyone!

Be a little “extra” this V-Day

When I was young, my mom used to have us make Valentine’s Day cards for our classmates. She gave me construction paper, markers and wooden stamps. She had a pretty impressive collection of wooden stamps and ink pads. I loved making my own cards, but I was always envious of my friends who got to go to Thrifty’s (anyone remember that place?) and pick out their own cheesy card with their favorite cartoon characters. At the time, I thought she was just being mean and didn’t want to bother taking us to the store. Now that I am older, I see that she just wanted to teach us to take the time for the people we care about, make things personal and to help express our creative side.

So for this Valentine’s Day, why not make some handmade cards with your kids and create some lasting memories along the way. If you are anything like me, you started your search two months ago for ideas (totally normal right?).

Things to keep in mind when creating your handmade Valentines:

  • Think about what your kiddos are into
  • Check out Pinterest, teachers pay teachers, and other websites for ideas (you should never have to reinvent the wheel)
  • Decide whether you want to be”extra” and attach a treat or have the card go solo
  • Make sure you make enough for the whole class (made that mistake once #momfail)
  • get all the supplies needed for your card and/or gift (Dollar Tree and the Target dollar bin are always a good place to start)
  • If you are working with kids, decide what part they can help with (gluing, tying, taping, coloring etc)

Here are 3 easy Valentine’s Day gifts for kids and teachers!

1. TURTLEY cute Valentines!

My little love bugs are currently all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so naturally my mind went to those green turtles. I decided to buy apple sauce packets, apple juice boxes and Annie’s bunnies since they lend well to the green theme. I found some thick ribbon (construction paper would work too), a glue gun, and googly eyes and we were ready to create.

I cut and tied 15 inch ribbon around the juice boxes/bunny fruit snacks and the apple sauces and knotted the ribbon on the side to resembles the ninja turtle masks.

I had the boys glue a pair of googly eyes on the ribbon.

I printed out some tags for them and had the boys color the picture and print their names.

Ta-da! Now we have ourselves some homemade Heroes in a half shell Valentines!

If you have older kids, wrapping the ribbons around green Gatorade bottles would work too. If you worry about food allergies, wrap the ribbons around mini bubble containers! If you want to make a Valentine for your “beer loving kid at heart” husband or wife, tie ribbon around a Stone IPA or a bottle of Stella Artois. You get the idea…

2. Jaw-some Valentines!

Anyone else belting out the Baby Shark song randomly around the house? Well we can’t seem to get it out of our heads, so I decided to make “baby shark” Valentine’s Day goodie bags. I grabbed some Gummy Blue Sharks at the local grocery store, some baggies and ribbon. I just added a cute tag to attach to the front of each bag. The boys were in charge of stuffing the bags with gummy sharks and signing their names.

3. Eco-friendly Valentines!

Last but not least, remember to show love for the teachers! I found these eco-friendly reusable straws at Marshalls that came in a pack of 6.

I created a heart tag and the boys colored in the hearts. Simple, easy and useful!

I hope you found these ideas useful and you have fun creating memories with your little love bugs! If you create any of these with your kiddos, don’t forget to tag me on instagram (@stayathomecircus) and use the hashtag #stayathomecircuscreation. I can’t wait to see!