It's crazy that it's already Easter! I wanted to make sure Calloway's Easter was still special despite our current circumstances. We haven't figured out the logistics just yet for Easter Day but we have an extra special basket put together as well as a week full of fun activities! In an attempt to help you prep for the entire week I'm going to post below our schedule as well as supplies and instructions for each special activity. I should also note that Calloway's school still isn't closed so we only plan activities for the days he is home as you will see below.
Additional Note: I try really hard to keep activities as affordable as possible not only for myself but for others. I have linked several items for supplies but I also always aim to use those items for future activities as well. You will see the items listed below in many other activity posts not only for this week but for past and future weeks.
MONDAY'S SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
GEOMETRIC BUNNY COLORING SHEET
Work on coloring within a provided space by making a geometric bunny with each shape being a different color. Be sure to cut out your final creation and hang it in your window so others can admire your art while out walking.
STICKER EGG DECORATING WORKSHEET
Using the provided worksheet, encourage your child to place sticker dots on each provided space to decorate their egg. For older children, you can make it a matching game by either coloring in the circles and having them match colors or by writing numbers in the provided circles and on the dot stickers.
WEDNESDAYS'S SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
COLORED SCIENCE EASTER EGGS
1. Place halves of plastic eggs or small cups inside of your bin (or sensory table) so that you don't have spillover during activity.
2. Put one drop of food coloring at the bottom of your eggs and one scoop of baking soda on top.
3. Fill a squeeze bottle with white vinegar and have your child squirt it into the baking soda to create a fizzing effect and to reveal the hidden food coloring color.
EASTER SENSORY BIN
1. Scoop one cup uncooked white rice, 1/2 teaspoon vinegar, and a couple of drops of your preferred food coloring color into a ziplock bag.
2. Remove air from the bag before sealing and mix rice to disperse coloring.
3. Lay rice out on a tin foil-lined, cookie sheet and allow it to dry for at least one hour. You can test if your rice is dry enough if you can touch it and not see any color transfer onto your hands. (I like to make colored rice a day or two prior when I have the time).
4. Repeat with multiple colors.
5. Fill your bin with your now colorful rice and add in plastic Easter eggs and whatever other scooping tools you'd like to encourage fun and colorful sensory play.
6. Rice is reusable for future play. (If available) We will put it back in the ziplock bag with a few drops of hand sanitizer to eliminate germs.
FRIDAYS'S SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
PAINT YOUR EGGS
Fake Easter Eggs
1. Decorate eggs as you see fit :)
I bought our fake eggs from Hobby Lobby probably a month ago. Obviously, many stores are now closed and I try to only reference stores that either have a drive-up pickup or fast shipping (i.e. Target & Amazon). At the time I'm writing this blog post I'm actually struggling to find many egg options and if you can't find them in your area Target definitely has traditional egg dying kits which would be just as fun!
Plastic Easter Eggs
Stickers or Other Egg Fillers
1. Prepare for the Easter Bunny's arrival by mastering your egg hunting skills. Hide eggs for your child to find as a fun scavenger hunt activity. For older children, you can add clues inside of eggs for a prize or paper with the letters of the alphabet and ask them to build their alphabet and place them in order once all eggs have been collected.
I hope these activities are lots of fun for your child and create special Easter memories!
For those that are curious, Calloway is two-years-old (almost 27 months as of 4/3/20).
Please feel free to leave any questions, suggestions, or comments below. Also, if you see any spelling or grammatical errors please let me know so I may quickly correct. I hope you enjoyed this activity and be sure to share pictures with us on Instagram @Friendlilypress if you try them out yourself!