Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we've been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
The first time my now 9-year old son decorated Easter Eggs he couldn't manage to retrieve them from the dye using the little metal dipper that came in the packaged egg dyeing kits. Against my mother's advice, I let him scoop the eggs out of the liquid color with his fingers. Resulting in a basketful of lovely eggs for Easter and a toddler with dye stained hands for two weeks.
The following year we tried this easy tie dye method using a colander and regular old food coloring. The technique is fun, quick and simple enough for a toddler to achieve incredible looking eggs without having to submerge them in messy liquid dye. We still decorate our Easter Eggs this way even though my son mastered the egg dipper a long time ago.
Yes, I love decorating Easter eggs and some of my favorite memories are of decorating eggs with my kids, but there have definitely been some years when I hedged a bit wondering if I really had to do the whole dying thing and deal with stained hands and whatever else the dye got onto. Then there were my son's sensory issues which meant he didn't like getting his fingers wet.
Some years I tried to short-cut by having them draw with crayons on the eggs, but the crayon colors don't take well to the egg, so they just looked a mess. I wish I'd thought of this method. No mess, no wet, stained fingers...and a teenager will enjoy making these eggs as much as a toddler.
After the winter we've had this year, we are all desperately waiting for the weather to warm up (and itching to get out of the house), but you can get the whole family into a spring state-of-mind. What’s a better excuse for a day trip than a spring festival? As usual, NJ doesn’t disappoint. Check out these great April spring festivals for NJ kids and families to enjoy, and check back in next month for May festivals! If you're still looking for spring time fun, take a look at some classic NJ train rides with the Easter Bunny or the best spring museum exhibits for NJ kids.
This cookie decorating is so clever and simple you'll slap your forehead that you didn't think of it earlier. I certainly did. By pressing toys into sugar cookie dough, you can turn ordinary cookies into archeological finds. You can even use pre-made dough a truly no-fuss treat. What types of fossil cookies will you make?
Bart Simpson isn't the only one who loves slingshots. Kids love anything that flings things across the room. This upcycled pea shooter can be made in seconds and is loads of fun. A great way to get the kids outside and running around and with the soft paper ammo, you don't have to worry about injuries.
I love piggy banks! There is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of watching it fill up and day dreaming about what you will do with your extra cash. Kill two birds with one stone... teach kids with this super easy and affordable craft about saving money and how cool it is to recycle. Here's an easy project that is not going to break the bank (sorry).
I developed this fairy wing project when my daughter was three as a way to reuse the paper plates they always send with pizza while simultaneously feeding her seemingly unquenchable thirst for everything girly and dress up. While it may not be the most elegant design, the beauty comes from the love little artists put into designing their own wings, which will keep them occupied, quietly, for a good while. And when they are done, it's time to play!
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