Spring is an ideal time for bringing the little ones outside. There is such a large array of family activities you can take part in without spending a ton of money or straying far from home. For all of the creative Mommies out there, you can organize a “spring themed” party or egg hunt with little to nothing. Some may even be able to craft their own decorations with everyday objects just lying around. (Toothpicks and colored paper, along with a little skilled folding make pretty neat little “flowers” – that gem is for free 😉 ) Let’s face it, smaller children love painting/decorating eggs and going on the hunt for them. Below, I’m going to list a few short activities sure to be a delight for both you and the kids.
Paper Egg Decorations
This can be done with something as simple as some plain white computer paper. Draw an oval-like egg shape with a black pen or marker and let your child decorate it. Make a few of these so you can help if they ask, or one for each member of your family. When they are finished, cut them out or help your child cut them with safety scissors. It’s as simple as that, see? Easy as pie. I promise, kids love this.
There are a few different ways you can go about this. There are no real rules, in fact – the really silly eggs that look like garbage are usually the most fun to make. (They’re usually the ones your kids will remember the most too!) Many stores sell dye kits with fancy holders and cute little stickers. However, you can also do this just the same with some food coloring and your own stickers or paint sets. Improvise, it can be fun. Just hard boil some eggs and get to painting away! Your kids will have a blast. Get the whole family involved and this could make for some wonderful memories for all of you. Take some pictures! Post them! I’d love to see some!
The Egg Hunt
This is a joyous occasion for many children. I urge all parents/caretakers to be sensitive to each child’s needs, though. Some children can easily feel left out of an activity like this. (They may not find any eggs or be as fast as the other children.) In cases like this, place some eggs in more obvious spots, and others in more tucked away areas. Always be sure this activity is away from any roads, and heavily supervised by more than one adult. It can be easy to lose track when there are a lot of children participating. If you see a child looking discouraged, walk over to see what’s wrong and possibly offer some help. Remember, this is meant to be fun for all, not stressful or saddening for anybody. Make it colorful, make it bright, be enthusiastic, and you’re all set.
To all those that celebrate it, I wish you all a very happy, healthy, Easter weekend! Share some stories with me! What are your plans? Will you do anything listed here? If so write me about it! As I said above, take photos and write a post about it! Tag the post #ColorTheirWorld so I can find you. I’d jump for joy to anyone that participates.
…Just don’t go chasing rabbits, you might end up like me. 😉