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Crafty ideas for you to try with your little ones!

Resurrection Eggs

I love using Resurrection Eggs to explain the Easter story to my children. When using the resurrection eggs, you can open an egg a day leading up to Easter or you can open them all at once and explain the story in its entirety before Easter. Whichever way you choose to tell the story or use the eggs, be sure to have the eggs numbered and have your child open each egg as you go along. Open the egg so that everyone can see what’s inside  and then tell each section of the story. 

 

You will need the following for each egg: (I have my children find all these items for me like a scavenger hunt) 

A Leaf

Silver Coins

A Piece of Cracker

A Piece of Soap 

A small cup

String

Thorns

Nails

Dice

Cloth

Stone

The Story of Easter with Resurrection Eggs

 Long, long ago in a faraway land called Israel there lived a man named Jesus.  Now He was no ordinary man! He was the Son of God.  He had left heaven and was sent by God, His Father, to earth to live as a man. He came for a very special mission; He didn't just come to live as a man, He came to die and pay the price owed because our sin.  (Add your own information here and share as much or little as you like). 

 

Egg 1: Leaf

When Jesus was about 33 years old he rode a donkey into a city called Jerusalem.  The people were so excited to see Him!  They called Him their King and waved branches and leaves.

 

Mark 11:8-10 “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"

Egg 2: Silver Coins

But not everyone was glad to see Jesus.  Many people did not want the people praising and worshipping Jesus.  They made a plan; they wanted to kill Jesus and one of Jesus’ disciples said he would help them.

Matthew 26:14‐15 “Then one of the Twelve‐‐the one called Judas Iscariot‐‐went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.”

Egg 3: Cracker

There was a celebration going on in the city called The Passover.  It helped the people remember when God rescued them out of Egypt; remember the story of Moses?! This time though, Jesus wanted them (and us) to remember how He was about to rescue from sin!

Matthew 26:26-28 “While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”

Egg 4: Soap

After dinner, Jesus did a very strange thing…He began washing the disciples feet! He did this to show them it is good to serve others and as a reminder of his love for us. 

Egg 5: Small Cup

Jesus needed to talk to His Father, God.  He went to a garden to pray.

Matthew 26:39  “And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

 

This mission was not easy for Him. 

Egg 6: String

Remember those people and their plan to kill Jesus?  While Jesus was still in the garden, they sent people to arrest Him!  Judas Iscariot was there to lead them.

Matthew 27: 2, 26 “They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.” 

 

Egg 7: Thorns

Matthew 27:29 “and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said.”

 

They made fun of Jesus!  Jesus did not fight back though; He took all that punishment just for us!

Egg 8: Nails

The nails they used to nail Jesus to the cross of course were much bigger.  They used one on each hand and another for His feet.  They also stuck a spear in His side.  Jesus could have called thousands of angels to His rescue, but He voluntarily gave His life so that He could rescue us!

 

Egg 9: Dice

Matthew 27:35 “When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

 

The soldiers gambled for His clothes.

Egg 10: Cloth

Matthew 27:59 “Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.”

Egg 11: Stone

The people who had crucified Jesus had heard that Jesus said He would rise again in three days.  They wanted to make sure that didn’t happen!

Matthew 27:66 “So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.”

Egg 12: Empty

 Matthew 28:5‐6 “The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where He lay.”

 The tomb was empty!  Jesus was alive…and still lives!

 In fact, after Jesus rose from the grave the disciples and many others saw Him alive and talked with Him over a period of 40 days!  

When Jesus left to go back to Heaven, He told them -

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

Reference https://www.creativebiblestudy.com/Easter-story.html

Autumn Scented Play Dough

I love this easy no cook recipe. It makes soft playdough that the kids just love. It can last for up to three months in a covered container.

 

We added paint to recreate the beautiful colours of the autumn leaves we collected on our morning walk. We also added ground cloves to our burnt orange dough and ground cinnamon to our red dough.

The dough was so soft and best of all it filled to room with the scent of cloves and cinnamon that just made me want to curl up with a cup of chai tea and a good book.

Recipe:

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cream of tartar 
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup table salt
1 1/2 cup of boiling water 

Mix it all up and add more water or flour depending on the consistency of the dough.

Have fun!

Salt Dough Keepsake

This salt dough recipe is such a wonderful way to make a precious keepsake. I did this with my eldest when he was two years old. Looking at this little handprint, I can’t believe he was ever this small. I didn’t realise how precious this little keepsake would become. I think my mom still has one that I made when I was a littlie, so this a great recipe.

Ingredients:

500 g plain flour

500 g table salt

250 ml warm water

Method:

Add the dry ingredients. Slowly mix in the water. You may not need all the water. You want the dough to be dry. If it gets sticky add more flour. Knead the dough and then roll out and use as you want. Once you’ve made your hand print impression allow the dough to dry in the oven for about 3 hours at a low heat. I pressed the dough into a photo frame and left in the sun for a couple weeks. 

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Soft No Cook Playdough

I love this easy no cook recipe. It makes soft playdough that the kids just love. It can last for up to three months in a covered container. We added food colouring and glitter for a bit of sparkle. You could also add essential oils and dried flowers for more texture. For example, lavender essential oil and sprigs of lavender flowers. 

Recipe:

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cream of tartar 
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup table salt
1 1/2 cup of boiling water 

Mix it all up and add more water or flour depending on the consistency of the dough.

Have fun!

Mothers Day Coffee and Brown Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1C Ground Coffee

  • 1C Brown Sugar

  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed.

  2. The texture you are looking for is moist sticky grains. You do not want it to be too runny.

  3. Place in jars and enjoy!

  4. Use in the shower after washing and shaving as a scrub to remove dry skin, reduce cellulite, and to improve blood circulation.

Easter Memory Craft

Thanks to Pintrest for this cool craft. I love crafts that can become keepsakes. This fun craft keeps the kids entertained and captures a moment in time. It's amazing how this time next year this little footprints will be so much bigger.

Colourful Diner

I bought these black and white paper place mats at Spar Broadacres. You could actually print out any large back and white picture.

 

Colouring in as we ate was a really fun way to get the kids (and parents) really engaged at family diner.

DIY Sensory Board

Here's a great activity, a DIY sensory board, for little ones or even for older kids, they can be blindfolded and use their other senses to discover what's in each section.

I raided my pantry and filled a muffin tray with different dry ingredients.

For the little ones just leave them to it. Talk and describe what they are doing to amp up the learning experience.

 

Sensory play promotes language development, cognitive growth, fine/gross motor skills, problem solving/reasoning and more.

 

An alternative to this could be a messy play “wet” sensory board using products such as peanut butter, flour with a bit of water to change the texture, and jello.

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Bird Feeder Hearts

We simply mixed smooth peanut butter and birdseed together and then pressed the mixture into a silicone heart mold. We poked a small hole through the top of the heart and put the mold into the freezer overnight. We then put a piece of string through the hole and hung it up on a branch of a tree in our garden.

Layered Learning with Jelly Beans

credit: parents.com

As I've mentioned before I love layering our lessons. It keeps the lessons dynamic and meets each of them at their level of interest.

This lesson was great because I was able to incorporate math, science and art. Of course  language is always incorporated into each lesson as we thoroughly discuss and describe what we are doing at any given point.

The kids were given a big dish of jelly beans, which they sorted according to colour. For the math part of the lesson we discussed which dish had more, the least and the same amount of jelly beans. First we estimated the amounts and then counted.

We then took three dishes with the most jelly beans and filled each dish with water. This was the science part of the lesson. What would happen to the jelly beans and what would happen to the water? The colour from the beans was 'sucked up', as the kids said, by the water; leaving the jelly beans clear or whiteish in colour.

Next we added a bit of flour to thicken each jelly bean water mixture and we had made our own paint. This was the art part of our lesson. The kids then painted some beautiful designs and some even drank some of the 'paint' (gross).

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