Keep your kiddos busy this Easter season with print-and-use activity pages, crafts even for the “un-craftiest” of moms, Eastertime tips for parents with special needs children — and MORE!
So, HOP TO IT and read on…
“So easy. Plop it in. Bam. Done.” That’s the kind of ease that Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott (Teach Mama) promises with this super-simple — yet ADORABLE — Butterfly Garden Centerpiece project. Busy moms will love the practical approach Amy takes with tips like weighting the garden pails down with your mixed-up, almost-on-the-outs Play-Doh or re-using Easter grass left over from your kids’ Easter baskets. The best part? The Butterfly Pens that you create can be saved and re-used all year. (Or they make great gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week or Mother’s Day, too!) Learn how to build this colorful Butterfly-Pen Garden Centerpiece by clicking here.
Got a colorful glass dish of jelly beans on display at your house? Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington (Lasso the Moon) recommends putting your pretty jellybeans to work this year. Get tips for building your kids’ math, sorting, estimating, and fine-motor skills with Zina’s FREE JELLY-BEAN-FUN PRINTABLE. She offers you all sorts of ways to sneak a little learning into your day (and a few jellybeans into your MOUTH!) by asking each other questions to solve like: “If I have 7 red jelly beans and I eat 4 of them, how many will I have left?” Get ideas for multiplication and division equations, too, in her post “Jelly Bean Fun.”
If your daughter isn’t an Easter Bonnet kind of girl, maybe she’ll love these gorgeous oversized flower barrettes — especially if she gets to pick out the perfect flower to match her Easter dress and make the barrette herself. In this 4-minute video tutorial, Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott (Teach Mama) walks you through how to make Flower Barrettes in no time flat. What girl doesn’t smile a little brighter with flowers in her hair? Watch Amy’s Flower Barrettes video tutorial here.
Easter Maze, Matching Game, and Coloring Page Printables
Download our three Easter-themed printables for your kids, and enjoy a few moments of quiet, creative downtime!
Consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed.D., explains how three traditional Easter activities — making Easter Cards, decorating Easter Eggs, and going on an Egg Hunt — can be used to hone important developmental and expressive skills in children of all ages and abilities… including those with special needs. Simple swaps like using finger paints to decorate eggs (for sensory awareness) or hiding eggs up high so children have to jump to reach them (for gross motor development) are just a few of Dr. Liguori’s tips for boosting sensory, fine motor, and gross motor skills while enjoying some HOLIDAY FUN. Read more of her clever tips in her full post: “Building Key Developmental Skills for Kids… with Easter Projects.”
(Visit our Toys for Children with Special Needs website or see our see our Special Needs Toy Guide flipbook organized by therapeutic and skill criteria for recommended toys and trusted skill-builders that help BOOST children’s developmental skills.)
Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen (Inner Child Fun) shows you how to make an Easter Egg stamp in a jiffy by cutting a small potato in half and having your child use a dull pencil to carve a pattern into it. Brilliant, right? (She doesn’t call it Val’s Crafty Corner for nuthin’!) Click here to get more tips from Valerie on how your little ones can use these kid-friendly Egg-Shaped Potato Stamps to create last-minute Easter bookmarks, cards, holiday decorations, and more!
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Plus, find over 100 inspiring Easter and Springtime activity ideas on the Melissa & Doug SPRING FUN Pinterest board. You’re sure to find a “rainbow of colorful ideas” for celebrating Spring with your little ones.