Eight Easter Activities and the Weekly Kids Co-Op

I’m very lucky to have a helping hand from some awesome blogging friends while Paul, Pebble and I settle in with little Rockster. Today Kelly from Happy Whimsical Hearts is sharing some fun Easter activities. Don’t forget to scroll right to the bottom of the post to link up and browse through the Weekly Kids Co-Op for more fun ideas for kids.

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 Easter is just round the corner!

And here are some super fun ideas for celebrating *smile*

Classic egg painting…
this time using wet crepe paper
Decorate your house with easy Easter Bunting
{a great activity for a craftmergency *wink*}
Think tradition games like an egg and spoon race…
and some new ideas like the Bunny Hop!
Prepare for an egg hunt by making an adorable Easter Bunny Egg Basket
{how sweet is this egg basket!}
And then enjoy an Egg Hunt of a different kind…
using a treasure map, picture cards or clues!
thanks to Childhood 101
Decorate paper eggs with toddlers using glitter glue, stickers, crayons or paint
thanks to Danya Banya
Make an eggshell mosaic for a wonderful sensory experience
thanks to Childhood 101 
 And after all the chocolate is eaten
Happy Easter!
Kelly

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Kelly is an Australian mum to Dino Boy (4) and Little Miss Q (1).
Kelly aims to fill their childhood with magic, through imaginative play, homemade toys, the great outdoors (or their backyard!) as well as crafts and baking.
You can read more about their Waldorf inspired days at Happy Whimsical Hearts, or find them on Facebook and Pinterest



Baby Play Ideas

I’m very lucky to have a helping hand from some awesome blogging friends while Paul, Pebble and I settle in with little Rocky. Today Kate from Laughing Kids Learn is sharing her baby play ideas.

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It is with great pleasure that I write this post for the delightful Kylie from ‘Octavia & Vicky’. I am a huge fan of her blog and I wish her all the very best as she begins her life as a mum of two children. With the arrival of her new baby I thought I would share a few simple baby play ideas. 

DIY Baby Sensory Board

Learn how to create your very own sensory board using materials from around the home.

DIY Finger Paint for Babies

Make this wonderful non-toxic finger paint. Perfect for babies who love to eat everything.

Zero to Two - The Book of Play

Play with a Tray

Simple idea but has many great benefits to a babies developing skills. Click to find out more.

Disappearing Act

Great way to help babies develop their sense of object permanence.

Rice Play

Learn some of the great ways to play with rice. Great start to sensory play.

Click here to learn how to colour rice too! 

Maracas

These simple little shakers are wonderful to help baby learn about sound, weight and more!

 Discovery Bowl 

A simple bowl of safe goodies ready for a baby to explore is great for basic investigations.

DIY Baby Rattle 

Have you seen the cost of baby rattles these days?

No need to buy them when you can make better ones yourself.

Art with Ice Cubes

Using coloured ice is a great way to get baby creating their first art piece.

Sticky Fingers 

Many people don’t allow their child to explore the sense of stickiness.

Here is a great way to help your baby do this.

I hope you and the babies in your life enjoy these fun, simple and educational activities.

Please take a moment to leave a comment.

Feel free to also come and visit me over at ‘Laughing Kids Learn’. 

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‘Laughing Kids Learn’ is an entertaining and educational blog that provides simple activities that parents can do with children. Kate Lloyd is the blog writer behind ‘Laughing Kids Learn’. With a background in primary school education and a passion for learning, Kate is enjoy her life now as a stay-at-home mum to her little 1 year old girl, famously known as Possum.

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Six Easy Painting Activities

Six Easy Painting Activities | Octavia and Vicky

 

Around here we do enjoy getting our paint on. There are no excuses – put on some old clothes, get outside, fill a bucket with warm soapy water and go get messy!

Six Easy Paint Activities

Foot Printing

Shaving Foam Prints

DIY Bath Paint

Foam Stampers

Potato Stamping

Coffee Filter Flowers

All of these ideas would make fantastic art work to display in your home, or lovely gifts for loved ones and special occasions.

What’s your favourite way to paint?

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and Vicky

Being a teacher and a mama I just can’t help but collect rubbish. I have little collections of recycling in the pantry, the entry, the children’s rooms. It’s free craft – I’d be mad not to! I’ve been collecting bottle tops for ages. I have a zip lock bag in the pantry where I throw them as soon as they’re washed and dried and when the bag gets full I add them to the large collection amongst our craft supplies. Recently the collection was bulging and Pebble was looking for some fun, so we took them outside for some play in the water tray and our old baby bath tub.

I didn’t give any instructions or directions for this play, I just stood back and watched her explore and play and do her own thing, chatting with her about it as she went. Pebble is a particular little girl, she likes to line things up and put things in order. The first thing she did was pick out all the white bottle tops and line the bottom of the water tray with them.

The bottle tops had different purposes as she played. At first they were objects to be arranged and counted. Then they became a snake. After a long time focussing on this careful arrangement she was ready to get stuck in with the water and coloured bottle tops. There was lots of active swishing, some singing, some floating and talk about boats.

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and Vicky

This play gave lots of opportunities for sorting, counting, arrangingimagining, singing and experimenting – all with a few bottle tops and some water.

Bottle tops can be used for play and creating in SO many ways. Here are twelve more fun ideas for playing and learning with bottle tops and bottle caps. Have fun!

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyHeart Sponge Painting – Boy Mama Teacher Mama

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyMaking Lid Soup – Teach Preschool
13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyBottle Top Painting – Preschool Playbook
13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickySticky Window Art – A Little Learning for Two13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyBottle Top Stamps – A Little Learning for Two
13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyRainbow Rice and Bottle Tops – Learning 4 Kids13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyThe Very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Tub – The Imagination Tree

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickySpelling with Bottle Tops – Crayon Freckles
13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyThe Very Hungry Caterpillar – Learn with Play at Home 13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyBottle Cap Math – Boy Mama Teacher Mama
13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickyBottle Cap Letters – Brick by Brick

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and VickySorting Colours – Learning 4 Kids

Do you collect ‘rubbish’ for play? Have you played with bottle tops lately? 

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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DIY Bath Paint!

As you may have noticed, we have had about two years and nine months of struggle town when it comes to bathing Pebble. She hates being washed, hates getting in the bath (and yes, quite often hates getting OUT the bath). Our very favourite trick for luring Pebble into the water is DIY Bath Paint. She just loves the stuff, and it’s so cheap and easy to make. Come and visit me at Learning 4 Kids to get the recipe!