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Cardboard Painting

Another simple activity..

Usually when we paint with kids we only use paper and sometimes an easel. I wanted to change things up so we used large pieces of cardboard.

I used two large pieces of cardboard (one for each kid) and gave them paint and paint brushes to start with. After they had been painting for a few minutes I pulled out some “trash” (we used toilet paper rolls cut in half, a dryer sheet, lids to old bottles and a plastic spoon). I let them get creative and use these objects to paint however they wanted. Brooklynn and I talked about the shapes we can make with some of the items (for example the toilet paper roll made an oval and the jar lid made a circle).

 

 

This was a fun way to spice up painting and let them really get creative.

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I knew my kids would be covered in paint, so I put them in swim suits so that they could just jump in the pool right after to wash off. Easy clean up!

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Cleaning off the paint in the pool is much more fun than a bath
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Easter Inspiration

Easter is only 10 days away, which means it’s the perfect time to start doing Easter Activities.

We have done so many crafts the last couple of days which means I have a lot of ideas to share. Ill try to keep this as short as possible.

The first two were my FAVORITE!

Egg Letter Match: This was a favorite because it really challenged Brooklynn. She wanted me to sit and help her; I think she was mostly overwhelmed because we did the whole alphabet, and usually we break it up into 6-10 letters at a time. If your child knows all the capital letters I suggest doing this to teach the lower case letters as well. You can do the whole alphabet, or if you think it will be too overwhelming for your child start with 10 letters.

I just used a sharpie to write capital letters inside the egg carton and lower case letters on the eggs (I found if you use scotch tape on the egg the letter shows up better).

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This was also a favorite because it allowed me to focus on 6 colors with Bodie. This is perfect for children 18 months old or any child learning their colors. I was shocked to see how well he did the first time around. Not perfect, but better than I expected.

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I just cut out different colors of paper to match eggs and put them in a muffin tin. I put all the eggs in the muffin tin to start and told him the colors. I took the eggs out and handed him one egg at a time and let him place them in the tray. If he put it in the wrong spot I told him the color of the egg and pointed to the matching color. After 2 rounds of doing it with me I let him do it on his own—which turned into making the muffin tray a hat.

Name Practice:

I used only half of an egg for this and wrote each letter of her name on an egg. Usually I give her a piece of paper with her name written on it so she has to match the letters to spell her name correctly. I wanted to challenge her, so she did not get a piece of paper with her name written on it. She only got the eggs and had to put them in the correct order. If your child is just learning their name give them a piece of paper with their name written on it so they can match the letters.

Egg Painting:

The picture explains itself, but we dipped plastic eggs in paint and pressed them on a paper. I found a bunny shape from our play dough box and we added that as well. If you have Easter cookie cutters you could use those!

Egg Pattern:

I folded a piece of paper in half so it would stand up in front of her. I drew eggs (don’t judge my egg drawing skills) on the paper and colored them to make a pattern. She received the same colored eggs and had to copy the pattern. She did this with two different sets of colors and then was told to create her own pattern. We just did two colors, but you can add more to make it more challenging.

Egg color Match:

Again I drew some super awesome looking eggs and colored them in with two different colors per egg. She had to find these colors and create the same egg. Before starting point out what the bottom of the egg looks like compared to the top (smaller and round vs longer and thinner). This was a breeze for her but she enjoyed putting different color combinations together.

 

The always popular baking soda and vinegar

 

I used larger eggs for this and filled the bottom of the egg about ¼ full of baking soda. I gave Brooklynn vinegar in a cup and let her poor away.

And more painting because my kids could paint alllll day long!! This was super easy to set up, just cut out a large egg shape and give your kids some paint!

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Egg bubblebath:

My kids seem to paint their bodies more than the paper so we ended with a bubble bath full of eggs. This was a fun change to the usual bath toys!

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We are currently working on another Easter project that is extremely messy and takes more time than our usual activities. Any guesses?? Check back Monday to find out what we have been working on!!

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Nursery inspiration

One of my favorite things to do while waiting for Brooklynn to arrive was putting her nursery together. I’ll admit I had no idea where to start. But I found a bedding set I like (and hubby approved) and I went from there.

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Surprisingly I found the crib at Walmart. I bought the bedding from pottery  barn, yes it was a little spendy but watch for sales! The letter B I bought at Michaels and bought paint from Michaels as well.

 

The puff balls in the corner I made out of  tissue paper from the dollar store, super cheap!  (I’ll post a tutorial later)

The headband holder I made as well. I bought a picture frame from Michaels (I suggest you find a cheap one at a garage sale if possible). I bought the ribbon from Michaels and the question mark shaped hooks. I took off the glass and back of the picture frame and painted it pink. I screwed the question mark shaped hooks to the bottom and one on each side (I painted these as well). I used a staple gun on the back of the picture frame to attach the ribbon. Easy!