Easter Egg Bunnies | Toddler Easter Crafts

Easter Egg Bunnies

There is one day a week I get some special one on one time with my little man (or as he would say…I’m not little I’m BIG). Poppy is with us too, but she is still rocking the morning nap, so it’s usually just the two of us. And while he would probably prefer to be watching Thomas the train, I try and fill this time talking, crafting, learning or playing one on one. This week we crafted. His preschool class is called the “Bunny class,” so he was all about making these little Easter egg bunnies. 

If you would like to craft your own little bunny family, you will need plastic Easter eggs (make sure they are the kind with the two small holes in the top), a pipe cleaner, pom pom, googly eyes, Sharpie, glue & a pouch top. 

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I know the bunny is blurry, but he was so proud. #allthehearteyes

It feel like creating these sweet bunnies is pretty self explanatory, however, I did want to show you how we did the ears. 

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It was great fine motor skill practice for Sprout. He poked each end of the pipe cleaner up through the holes on the inside of the Easter egg top. Then I folded each piece back down and twisted it in place to make the ears. 

We used hot glue (with much supervision) to attach the eyes, nose, and base. If your little one is more patient than mine, you could also use basic white glue, however there will be some drying time involved.

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He couldn’t make just one….he wanted to make them for Chickadee and Poppy too. So he picked out what he thinks are their favorite colors and went to work. Sweet boy!
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I love spending precious time with my boy. Can’t believe he’s almost three. Check out a few more Easter and Spring crafts below!

Poppy! Seven & Eight Months

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If you are new to A Step in the Journey, our baby #3 is growing faster than we can imagine. She was 8 months old this week & I love documenting all of her latest growth, milestones & special memories. She has another name, but on the blog we call her Poppy! If you are just here for the crafts and DIY check out this post and this one too!

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Giggles & voice practice has abounded these last two months. You continue to grow too quickly for us all and we are doing our best to soak it in. We have been praying that you love BIG like Jesus and as your personality continues to flourish we see the genuine love you have for others blossoming. Don’t ever let go of your Christ-like JOY.

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Six to Seven months was a big one for you! For starters you started sitting up on your own. It has given you a whole new perspective of the world (which mostly includes watching your brother and sister play!) and now you feel like you are truly a part of all the fun and craziness that surrounds you. Just after the new year you tried your first bite of real food, apples. Chickadee loved taking part in slicing and dicing the apples before we steamed and pureed them for you. She also gave you your first bite and we aren’t sure if you weren’t a fan or apples or a 4 year old feeding you but your faces were priceless. After a few bites though you decided this “real food” stuff was pretty great. You gave bananas a try next and so far you have eaten: apples, bananas, pears, avocado, butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, and baby pancakes. Your brother also slipped a little PB&J in there when mom wasn’t looking and at least we figured out you aren’t allergic to peanut butter. 

You have continued getting teeth and taking them like a champ. This month both of your top teeth have come completely through. At your six month appointment you weighed 15lb 14oz and were 26 inches long. You are in size 3 diapers and wearing 6-9 month clothes. Naps are still three times a day around 9am, 1pm, and 5pm. I always sing you “The Lord will find a way for you…” a camp song as I put you down and as soon as you hit the mattress you roll over and go right to sleep. Such an easy baby & a great sleeper. You have started waking up about once a night again, but I think maybe you are going through a growth spurt. I’m trying to cherish that precious middle of the night time where it is just you and me and the rest of the world is quiet. 

One of our favorite things you have started doing is the #PoppyWiggle. I wish I could figure out how to upload video, but know it’s recorded and shows up on Instagram now and again.

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The biggest milestone of this month has to be that you were baptized at church. Oh what a special day sweet girl. You were surrounded by family and friends as we all promised to teach you the love of Jesus and pray for you daily to know him deeply. What a gift from the Lord you are and we are so thankful he has entrusted us with being your parents. Your light reminds us daily of Jesus’ love for us.

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And now you are EIGHT months. How can that be?

You’ve added two more teeth to your collection and are up to six. Folks always comment on your mouth full of teeth. You continue to be a great eater and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to nursing four times a day. You are still about 16lbs, wearing the same clothes and on the same schedule. You have started sleeping through the night again, so we are ALL thankful for that. You want to be “on the move” so badly. You spin around in circles on your belly and are constantly rocking back and forth on all fours, but you haven’t taken off quite yet! If we prop you up you are pretty good at “standing” and we know your legs will continue to get stronger.

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Your favorite toy and a shape sorter. You love taking the blocks in and out and of course chewing on them. No longer do you ride in the carseat on walks, but have moved up to riding in the seat of the stroller. You are pretty content going for walks around the neighborhood or duck pond. You are also sitting in highchairs at restaurants and in the buggy at the grocery store. Seriously, time is flying by.

Your babbling and “squealing” is out of control. Poppy you are quite chatty and you are really finding your voice. And I think you are realizing in this party of five it needs to be a loud one if you want to be heard. You have been playing with voice volume a lot and I think your favorite place to practice those high pitches are at restaurants and the library. Everyone always knows we are there :)

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We celebrated your first Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago and you became part of our annual book giving tradition. It’s was called If Animals Kissed Goodnight and we listed all the things we love about you at this age inside. You also met, Gertrude, your Ugandan sister when we went and heard her sing with the Sozo choir. You were teething and didn’t make the best first impression, but she loved on you like crazy anyway!

Keep smiling baby girl! Keep giggling and snuggling! You light up our world and we are so thankful to call you ours!

Glitter Sensory Bottles

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If you have been around A Step in the Journey for a while you know that I love sensory play. Anything from finger painting to rice buckets to play dough, we do it all around here. A little while back we did a sensory bottle filled with rice and hidden treasures. It was a hit, so I thought I’d try something similar. Sensory bottles are wonderful for toddlers, big kids, and even adults. These magical glitter bottles are designed to help soothe, relax, and calm down a over excited, anxious, upset or stressed child (or even adult for that matter). They are perfect to place in the spot you send your child to “cool off!” And are also fun to play with while waiting on lunch or in the car. 

It’s a simple activity and completely customizable. The three supplies you will definitely need are color or clear glue, warm water, and a clear bottle. The custom part can be what color/type of glue you use (Elmer’s makes all kinds…we used pink and purple glitter glue) and what you choose to put in your sensory bottle. I used sequins, but you could also use small beads, legos, or buttons.

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First, you will need to rinse our your bottle. 

Next, Fill your bottle about a 1/4 of the way filled with the glitter glue. (If you items that you wish to float are heavier than sequins you might want to add a little extra glue to slow their fall.).

Then, fill the rest of the bottle (almost) full with warm water. Now, SHAKE! Like a lot. You will need to break up the glue and get it to mix completely into the water. The kids really got a kick out of this step!   

Once the glue is all broken up add in your sequins, legos, buttons, beads, etc. Whatever you chose! If a little water spills out that is okay. After adding your items, if you still have space in your bottle, add a little more warm water. 

Dry off the rim and hot or super glue the top on. 

Voila!

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Your kiddos can know shake up their sensory bottle and watch the items and glitter fall! The items will fall in about 15 seconds to start with, but as time passes and the water and glue become more dissolved in one anther the fall of the items will slow down to about 30-45 seconds. The glitter will take much longer to fall to the bottom. Ours takes about 10 minutes. 

As I mentioned before. These are really great when you child is upset or having to “cool off.” Sprout will take his with him to the steps and shake it up. As he watches the sequins and then glitter fall he calms down. It also gives me a chance to calm down before I go over to talk to him. Win! Win! 

Check out my I Spy learning bottle if you are looking for more sensory bottle ideas!

Other sensory play ideas are these rice bins and mess free painting!

 

Lucky Charms St. Patrick’s Day Treat

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Repost from March 2014

III was sweet enough to run to the grocery store the other day on his way home from work. I feel like maybe it was raining and I didn’t want to get out with Chickadee, but it easily could have also been because I was still in my pajamas (some days are just like that!). Cereal was on the list and much to my surprise he came home with Lucky Charms! One of my favorites even at 29 years old. I used to buy these every March for my students and they would graph all the different marshmallow shapes that ended up in their baggie. 

Last night I decided to make Rice Krispie Lucky Charm Treats. 

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It’s your basic Rice Krispie Treat recipe, only using Lucky Charms in place of the rice krispies. If you don’t have the recipe on hand, let me jot it down for you!

Lucky Charm Treats
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 cups of Lucky Charms
  2. 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  3. 3 tsp of butter
Instructions
  1. 1. Melt butter in pot
  2. 2. Stir in marshmallows over medium/low heat & stir until melted (spray your spatchula with cooking spray to prevent stickiness!)
  3. 3. Once melted remove from heat and add in your Lucky Charms
  4. 4. Pour into greased dish
  5. 5. Enjoy!
Adapted from Original Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
Adapted from Original Rice Krispie Treat Recipe
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And there you have it!

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I may or may not have eaten one for breakfast :O It is cereal, right? Oh, and I would be amiss if I didn’t show you my adorable “sous chef!”

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And here she is last year, sporting this cute Rainbow necklace (a great fine motor skill craft!)

Before you go, here are a few more RAINBOW treats for you to check out as we get closer to Saint Patrick’s Day!

Love DOES

Yall, on Friday Mr. Groundhog “said” there is going to be six more weeks of winter. SIX. Please say it ain’t so! I’m with the folks saying #notmygroundhog

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We need Spring. Two weeks ago we found ourselves in the ER with Sprout. It was our first trip and we hit it out of the park. He started with a cough on Saturday, fever Sunday, and by early Monday morning had a rapid heart rate and seemed to be having trouble breathing. Off to the ER we went and a few hours later he was admitted with pneumonia. PNEUMONIA yall. Not even the walking kind. The on oxygen & breathing treatment kind. Poor buddy. It was heartbreaking to see him in that hospital bed. My heart broke for all the other parents in that hospital who were also sitting with their sick little ones and it was not lost on me that more than likely our stay would be short and others’ stays would be different. While serious, I knew he would most likely be okay. I was also very thankful for the wonderful children’s hospital that is Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and that we have access to it. So we were admitted to the hospital and there Sprout stayed for three days until he could sleep through the night without his oxygen levels dropping. 

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And besides always listening to your mama/daddy instinct, there is something else I learned through this experience. LOVE DOES. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about our village before, family and friends who are always with us and for us. Find your village, love on them, and let them love on you. My Mama dropped everything, called in a sub (she’s a teacher), and showed up within a few hours (2.5 of those were driving) to take care of Chickadee and Poppy so III and I both could be at the hospital with Sprout. LOVE DOES. A dear friend and neighbor picked up Chickadee from preschool while my mom was on the way and took her to lunch so I could have a second to breathe and feed Poppy before heading back to the hospital. LOVE DOES. Friends brought meals…and they didn’t say would you like me to bring dinner, they said I’m bringing dinner tomorrow. LOVE DOES. A friend sent her sister (an art therapist at the hospital) to come bring an activity to help us pass the long days of being quarantined. LOVE DOES. So many were “on call” should we need help with the girls, meals at the hospital, a hot shower near by…LOVE DOES. And the prayers, how we coveted those, they came from all over and gave us confidence that our little man would be just fine. LOVE DOES. 

Love Does is a book by Bob Goff. In the Amazon description it says Bob is the kind of guy that knows love doesn’t stop at thoughts and feelings. Love takes action. LOVE DOES. We have a role to play in the lives of those around us. And that role is active. I was reminded of that over our hospital stay. Show up. Act without worrying if you are imposing or if someone is going to say no. Because love is an action. LOVE DOES. 

Thankfully our little man is back to himself. But I am still crossing my fingers that the groundhog got it wrong. Poppy has bronchiolitis, however is trending in the right directions. Chickadee is taking on an ear infection like a champ. And I’ve been coughing since Thanksgiving. Come on Spring.