I've been pretty slow at getting around to presenting Easter activities to the Toddler. I never celebrated as a child (gasp, shock!) and while Easter is a pretty big deal here in the Netherlands, my husband isn't in to holidays. This combination left me struggling a bit, trying to think up ways to introduce Easter themed activities into our Tot School routine.
Oh, and Passover totally snuck up on me and didn't do a single thing for it. I really need to get better at celebrating/teaching the Toddler about holidays. I suppose one of the drawbacks of having so many cultural backgrounds in one home is that there are also a million and one holidays to work around. While fun, it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to planning. There's always next year though!
Anyway, let's get into the Easter themed Toddler activities that we did get done this week.
Easter egg matching game
I found a really fun pastel themed paper bundle, and cut out some 'Easter eggs' from it. I presented these to the Toddler by laying one egg on the table, and the others, I put into a pile. He was supposed to lay the matching egg on top.
To be honest, the Toddler didn't like this much, or rather wasn't interested in doing it. He loves puzzles, but not really matching or sorting, so it was to be expected, but I do like to try to expose him to different types of activities.
I'm also thinking that perhaps next year, I will try to turn this idea into a felt board and make an Easter egg matching game that way. I liked that this was quick to make though (and the pretty colors of the paper).
Easter egg puzzle
Because the matching activity was not well received, I decided to try to change up the activity in a way that would be more fun for the Toddler. I cut out a third egg from each paper and asked him to match the pieces to make a whole egg. This way was far, far more successful and fun for the Toddler.
It seems to me like this would be more difficult than the above, but he much preferred this version and did match most eggs to the proper piece. I put one piece of each egg on the table and the remaining pieces in a pile. I asked him to find the matching parts of each egg, and demonstrated on two. He enjoyed it, and took over for me.
Easter sensory bins
The Toddler loves sensory play. He loves to dig through the items I present, and explore the new items. Because he loves sensory bins so much, I usually leave them out for a day or two so he can come back to them whenever he wants. We have played with several Easter themed or related sensory bins.
One was bunny themed:
The white stuff was discovered by my dear son, who decided that our decorative pillows on the couch were too fluffy. He kindly remedied this situation by removing some of that fluff for us. Thank you son!
Actually, those pillows were going to be replaced in the new house anyway, and instead of tossing the deceased pillow, I figured - sensory material! The Toddler actually quite likes to stick his hands into it and feel around.
I fully intended on making a third one with black beans, carrots, and more bunnies. I was hoping to try to also teach him that bunnies eat carrots and he could 'feed' the bunnies the carrots. I was thinking that he could learn a little about animals, and that it would spark some pretend play.
Well... I set it up, and all that happened was the Toddler came in, 'stole' the carrots, sat on the couch with his three carrots in a pile in front of him, taking bites out of each one, one at a time. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to snap a photo of the finished sensory bin, and couldn't get a non-blurry shot of the Toddler's carrot stash. But trust me, it was super cute. We ended with three half eaten carrots though, all with tiny little teeth marks.
Even though we haven't done too many Easter activities, I am pleased that we did actually get a few done. In the midst of all of the craziness right now, I'm a little surprised we got anything accomplished to be honest. To top off the moving that needs to get done this weekend, and still not having a key to the new house (we're staying with my in laws for a while), we're all getting sick. Pinterest is currently the only thing keeping me excited for moving - all of the ideas and possibilities for a new space = Pinspiration overload! Speaking of moving, I actually need to go pack more boxes!