I am really excited about Easter this year. Mostly because we are going away together as a family (yay!) but also because it is a time of the year that we get to spend quietly together and Joshua is a little older so he can appreciate a little more about what we do at Easter. We have been doing a few things over Easter and to us it is important to show that Easter isn’t just about chocolate Easter eggs (even though they are a lovely treat!) but is also a time of rest and renewal. I don’t usually post “themed” activities but here are a few things we have been doing to celebrate and introduce the idea of Easter. Stamping – I picked up some cheap Easter stamps from The Reject Shop (in Australia this is a $2 shop). These have been made into Easter cards for family. Pasting – I cut out some Easter pictures from junk mail fliers we received in the mail and Joshua pasted and stuck these onto paper. Instant Easter cards! And yes, there is a pine cone stuck on the paper. Joshua left the table and found this pine cone and declared “pine cone” and stuck it onto the page. Some light Easter reading – we have been reading Spot’s First Easter. Joshua loves the Spot series of books and while this isn’t Joshua’s first Easter it is still a nice book to read as it shows Spot doing an Easter egg hunt.
We have been preparing a small basket for Joshua – as part of the basket I prepared an activity of growing some grass – new life – as a small project so that Joshua can see something grow from seed to become a plant. I think this is very important to show toddlers so that they can understand that things come from these beginnings and thus we can show the life cycle of plants more clearly.
We did some pasting of cellophane onto Easter egg shaped paper, nice, bright and colourful. I had some inspiration from this post but we decided to use some cellophane instead as this is what I had on hand.
And preparing an Easter basket ready for Joshua for Easter. We have also prepared a little something for his godsister.
We included some play dough made up into the shape of carrots, put into snap lock bags and tied with green pipe cleaner (inspiration received from here). I popped a little Easter chicken and a small ornamental egg into the grass we grew and lined the basket with autumn leaves we collected and a few small pine cones. To round off the basket I popped in a few coloured eggs with some little surprises inside for the kids to open and discover.
There are so many Easter ideas to explore, we really loved spending our time together preparing things for loved ones. It is such a pleasure seeing Joshua getting involved in festivities throughout the year, I hope you get a little inspiration from our Easter doings.