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Toddler Celebrations: Easter

Activities

Play with plastic Easter eggs!  Sort them by size or color, count them, or place a smaller one in a larger one and shake it to make noise.  "Hide" the eggs in fairly plain sight and allow your child to hunt for them.  To begin, hide only a few eggs at a time.  Practice like this can make your child an egg hunt pro by Easter day.

Egg Fillers: Instead of candy, put Goldfish, raisins or other dried fruit, cereal, fruit snacks, or stickers in plastic eggs.

Need ideas for your child's Easter basket?  Visit the Stuffers page for ideas.

Share the Easter story with your child.  Use a set of Resurrection Eggs to tell the story in an interactive way; in fact, you might start a family tradition of doing an egg hunt for these eggs or opening one egg a day during the days leading up to Easter.  I bought our set at a bookstore after Easter for 75% off, so keep your eyes open for post-season deals on them.  (The eggs contain small pieces and are not recommended for children under 3 years of age, so please supervise your toddler closely.)

 Treats

Easter Grahams: It's fun to celebrate with seasonal snacks, but Easter treats that aren't super sugary can be hard to find.  Try making homemade graham crackers and cut them into shapes, such as chicks or bunnies, with cookie cutters.

Cream Cheesy Treats: Mix food coloring with cream cheese to make pastel colors.  Give your child a plastic knife and help her spread the cream cheese onto toast, bagels, or crackers.  You could even cut a slice of toast into an egg shape with a cookie cutter first.

Crafts

Paper-Scrap Egg: Lay it out a sheet of clear contact paper for your child sticky-side-up.  Provide scraps of colored paper for your child to drop or place onto the sticky paper.  The example below uses colored cardstock, but using tissue paper instead will result in a stained glass effect.  When your child finishes with the colored paper, place another piece of contact paper on top, sticky-side-down.  Cut an egg shape out of the project.

Color-a-Day Egg: Several days before Easter, cut an egg shape from a large sheet of paper.  Each day, provide your child a new color of paint to add to the egg.  By Easter, you'll have a beautiful, multicolored egg to display.

Toddlers can help you dye Easter eggs.  Help them lower the eggs into the water.  While you wait for the eggs to pick up the color, discuss the colors with your toddler.  Count the cups of dye.  Give him an extra cup (with water) and a spoon or one of the tools you use for lowering the egg into the water to play with.

Try making your own egg dye.  Add 6-8 drops of food coloring to about one cup of hot water.  Add about 1/4 cup of vinegar.

Use plastic egg tongs to make it easier for your toddler to hold an egg.  Try Paas' Grip 'n Dip.

Coloring Pages: Visit Papajan.com for Easter coloring pages.

Coloring Page Add-Ons: Print a coloring page of a rabbit and glue cotton balls to its tail or add Easter grass to an Easter basket picture.

Flowerpots: Order color-your-own flowerpots from Oriental Trading for your child to color.

Books

The Story of Easter, by Patricia A. Pingry

The Parable of the Lily, by Liz Curtis Higgs

My Easter Basket: And the True Story of Easter, by Mary Manz Simon

The Chocolate Rabbit, by Maria Claret

Easter Mice!, by Bethany Roberts

Media

A Very Veggie Easter (CD)

Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol (movie)