Egg-tivities Part 1

As I was getting my Easter decorations out from my garage, I came across a bag full of plastic Easter eggs. Truthfully, I can’t stand plastic Easter eggs! They are always hard to store away, I always have way too many and I always find some with candy still in them from the year before. (ummm, gross!). I was going to throw them away, but throwing all this plastic away seemed like such a waste. So instead I created 10 fun activities to do with the kids using these eggs. Here are my first 5 with printable templates. Now get out those annoying plastic eggs and join the fun!

Here is a list of things you need for these activities that can easily be found at Target or the Dollar Tree:

  1. Plastic easter eggs, big and small
  2. paint
  3. egg carton
  4. baking soda
  5. vinegar
  6. food coloring
  7. squeeze bottle
  8. printer paper

1. Stamp it out!

My kids love to paint, so this was a no brainer. I decided to use the plastic eggs as stamps instead of giving them paint brushes. I put out four colors, printed out the egg and chick template and let them do the rest. You could also make finger paint using the recipe from my previous St. Paddy’s day blog. After it was all dry, I cut out the egg and the chick and glued them together.

2. Erupting Eggs!

The baking soda and vinegar combo is always a hit in this house. We have done this so many times and it never seems gets old. I used an old egg carton to hold the plastic eggs. I first added the baking soda and then the food coloring to the plastic eggs. I had them do this outside since it can get a little messy. I gave one of my boys a spray bottle and the other a water bottle filled with vinegar. They used these to spray the baking soda eggs and create their erupting easter eggs!

3. Easter egg-sercize!

This one was by far the most fun and it helped get out all their wiggles and energy before bedtime. I created a printable template with different exercise moves for the kids to do. I printed them and cut them into strips. I put one paper strip in each eggs. Then we went outside and took turns choosing an egg, reading the strip of paper and doing the move. You can create your own moves or print out my list. So get out and move!

4. Rub a dub dub, Eggs in a tub!

This was so easy and the kids had so much fun with it. It’s also a great way to clean them up after stamping with them! Just fill a bubble bath, throw the eggs in and let the kids have fun filling and dumping water in and out of the eggs.

5. Alphabet Egg hunt

My little guy loves writing letters and numbers. So, I decided to create an alphabet game where he can trace letters that he finds in Easter eggs. This was a great activity that he could do on his own while I was getting dinner ready. He chose an egg and found a letter inside. Then he found that letter on the printout I created and traced it with a marker. I used magnetic letters I had from another activity, but the eggs can easily be filled with alphabet letters written on a piece of paper.

I hope you found these activities useful and fun. These would be great to do with them during their spring break when they come to you and tell you they are “sooooo bored”. I plan to do some of these activities on our camping trip this weekend! I will be adding 5 more activities on my next blog, so stay tuned. If you use any of these ideas, tag me on instagram (@stayathomecircus). I can’t wait to see!

The Greatest Show on Earth

When I first decided to start a mom blog, I knew I needed a clever name.  I enlisted the most obvious choice to help….my non-mom friend! You know, the one that you can call for a quick last minute drink. The one who hasn’t suffered from “mom brain” and can come up with something good on the spot.  I needed someone to describe to me exactly what my life looks like from the outside. So after a few ideas, Stay at Home Circus was born…..not as glamorous as I thought my life looked, but it was the perfect way to describe it.  

I am the ringmaster mom to this stay at home circus, the master of ceremonies, captivating the audiences with my mom voice.  Instead of a top hat and coattail, I wear the less glamorous yet more functional attire; comfy yoga pants, a clean top (at least for now) and a baseball cap.  Maybe even a pair of earrings for added flare.

 My stay at home circus is equipped with only the best acts. The brave lion tamer calms the toddler beast during a full blown tantrum.   Today’s tantrum was over peeling their whole banana when they obviously wanted it half-peeled. The juggler gracefully manuvers the daily schedule, keeping it all together even when the unexpected chainsaw potty accident gets thrown in the mix. Then there’s the clown act. Now this comic relief performance tends to begin early in the morning and retreats late in the evening. This act is performed by the tiny humans that I brought into world and, although I only have two, it feels like a dozen. This act features  Meltdown the Clown, crying over milk spilled at breakfast and Clumsy the Clown who trips and falls over the mismatched oversized shoes he insisted on putting on that morning. Our eight-person van becomes a clown car stopping at every turn. The clowns get out, run around, and are shoved back in again before the next stop. Let’s not forget the snack vendors who go up and down the aisle offering pretzel sticks, sliced apples, carrots or Go-GURTs on loop throughout the day.

At the end of a long day of performances, the animals and clowns retire to their rooms silencing the circus tent that has occupied my living room. I sit on the couch and gaze at the toys, food and trash scattered around the house like popcorn underneath the grandstands. As I sit there, I realize I will do this all again tomorrow and the next day and the next day with no end in sight. But I see that this one-woman show that I have created is why I decided to join the circus in the first place.

I hope this blog will help the ringmaster extraordinaire find some fun activities to entertain their little circus clowns. My hope is to bring some laughter to other moms wrangling their own circuses and happiness to anyone dropping by with a ticket to the show.