Following on from the success of the Easter tuff spot I have been busy thinking up some Easter and spring themed activities for the children.
I like to try to have one day a week where we stay in – we have activities of some sort most days so we usually have one day where we stay close to home and do very little. On our quiet day earlier this week the children asked to do some ‘making’. I have lots of craft packs etc for them to work through and they made some lovely Easter buckets, which once finished, they promptly took into the living room to collect chicks and rabbits and other bits into from the tuff spot.
These were made from a kit from Baker Ross and the children enjoyed sticking the bits and pieces on to make their rabbit and chick buckets up. They look quite good once they’re finished and Mr D in particular has enjoyed carrying his around and gathering bits and pieces into it. They are the usual quality you can expect from Baker Ross and have all the bits needed to make the buckets up. I like to having something like this to hand sometimes that doesn’t require too much thought and creativity from me!
Once we had finished these they wanted to do some sticking. Usually with stickers they want to just stick them onto large sheets of paper, but I decided to make some fans with them. I drew a rough fan shape onto a piece of coloured card and cut it out and let them add some springtime stickers onto them. Once we had finished decorating our fans I sellotaped a craft stick onto the back and we were ready.
The children collected the chicks and rabbits up that were hidden in the tuff spot and I set up a start and finish line in the dining room. They each had six rabbits each. They positioned one each on to the start line and, using their fans, had to race the rabbits to the finish line and into the basket.
To say they enjoyed this is an understatement. Lots of laughing and lots of fun was had trying to get theirs rabbits across to the finish line. We had some discussions about how the air from the fans movement was moving the rabbits along the floor and how best to use the fans (ie: not bashing the rabbits with them!). We then used the chicks and talked about how they moved quicker than the rabbits. I’m not sure how much they took in, but it’s never too early to introduce ideas to the children.
This was a really easy game to set up and do and they both really enjoyed it too, which is always a bonus.