Spring Week 6: April 8-12
At Real. Meaningful. Family. my goal is to provide information based on research for parents and caregivers, and to create regular opportunity for you to have special together time with your child. Toddlers and preschoolers learn from the environment and daily interactions. We are in no way seeking to create a school-like setting for your young child. Research has clearly indicated that academic learning (think reading, writing, and arithmetic) for these young children is not developmentally appropriate, learning for this age is in the every day details. The activities below have been created as a time to set aside specifically for parents and care givers to have a fun interaction with their children. I would recommend you first prioritize time to read, snuggle, dance, sing, move, rhyme, play, and then add these activities in as you can. Don’t stress… keep it simple, and just be together!
“The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow. But the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.” -Erik Erikson
Start by painting your child’s hand with paint of their choice, but don’t paint the thumb. Their hand stamp is going to make the bunny’s face and the ears. Help child put their hand flat onto the paper with pointer finger and middle finger together and ring finger and pinky finger together, with a space between the middle and ring fingers (think Star Trek but with the thumb in tight). This will create the ears. Let the paint dry for a few minutes then finish the face with eyes, a nose and mouth. They can also add paint to the middle of the ears to create the inner ear.
As you can see… when you let your child have freedom with painting the face… or anything… it’s probably not going to turn out picture perfect. That’s ok! Let your child experiment with it, and it is what it is. It looks like ours got into the Easter candy early!
Stuff to Have
Art, colors, painting, sensory
How about an absolute, zero prep activity that the kids will love!?! These Easter eggs are a great fine motor sorting activity. As simple as it sounds, my kids have always loved doing this. It’s so simple, I really don’t even need to provide instructions, other than… play along, demonstrate, maybe match by color maybe you don’t, and help out with younger children to keep from getting frustrated.
Stuff to Have
Plastic Easter Eggs
Fine motor, math (sorting), problem solving
Early Math & Science
You can’t have Easter without dying some eggs! Go ahead and prepare dye according to the instructions- or make your own, it’s up to you. Then, it’s time to get messy! Dip eggs in the egg dye letting children choose colors and practicing putting their eggs in and discovering what colors they can create. Let dry. Narrate what you and your child are doing, what colors you have, and what colors are created when you mix them! Enjoy your sweet handmade Easter decorations!
Variation: Let children draw on white eggs prior to coloring with the dye. When the drawings are complete dip them into the dye. The dye will color the white areas but will leave the crayon drawings visible.
Stuff to Have
Egg decorating kit or homemade egg dye
Science, colors, fine motor
Cooking & Baking
Do you have a special Easter recipe or something new that you’ve been wanting to try? Take this chance to make it with your little one. Have fun!