Easter Tuff Spot

Easter Tuff Spot

Last year I bought a tuff spot for the children, and we really don’t use it enough. I am hoping that in the summer we will be able to get it out in the garden for some outdoor painting and arts and crafts.

I’ve been busy gathering various bits and pieces for Easter over the past week or two and picked up a whole host of things from places such as Wilko and the various pound shops. I bought sequins, chicks, rabbits and shredded paper. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it all, other than I was going to do something.

Easter Tuff Spot

Earlier in the week we had a bit of free time so I grabbed the tuff spot and put it down in the front room. I decided to set up as Easter tuff spot. I laid out some tissue paper areas and the children and I talked about what the areas might be. Blue for a pond, green for fields and yellow for straw. I then added a pile of yellow feathers. These were a real bargain at just 99p for a huge box of them – I think these were from Home Bargains and I wish I’d picked up another couple of boxes for future tuff spot activities. I then set up the shredded paper into the three colours.

I then, under the watchful eye of the children, added the rabbits and chickens (hidden underneath feathers and paper as well as set in the ‘field’). I also used these plastic eggs that the team at Baker Ross had sent us. I hid a couple of chicks in these eggs and set them onto the tuff spot too. as well as in a separate basket to the side. The eggs were good for the children to use to open and close and they then started hiding things in them for each other as well counting them out to make sure we had found them all.

easter tuff spot

As soon as I had finished setting up the children couldn’t wait to get started. I hadn’t really planned anything other than to allow them to explore the spot as they wanted to, but it soon became apparent that Miss E wanted to find all the chicks and put them together on the floor. She soon started sorting them (unprompted) into colours so I grabbed the ikea bowls we have and set them out for her to match the chicks to. There are four of each of the coloured chicks and 18 of the yellow ones so it was a good opportunity to introduce some counting to her, to make sure all the chicks has been found.

easter tuff spot colouring sorting

I also added the sequins as well as some felt rabbit and egg shapes to see what the children would do with those. I thought they might try and fish the sequins out but they haven’t shown much interest in those so I might try and rescue them for another activity.

easter tuff spot

Whilst we were searching for the chicks and rabbits we talked about how we had to be quiet so we didn’t scare them from their nests and burrows and it was lovely to see the children interacting and playing together like this. Miss E later had a great time just pulling at the shredded paper and feeling the feathers.

easter tuff spot

I’ve left the Easter tuff spot set up for them and each day they’ve had a good hour or two playing in it and making use of the materials in there. It will be tidied away on Friday evening I think, ready for something else next week.

 

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13 Comments

  1. 4th March 2016 / 20:27

    Ah it looks fab, mine love the tuff spot but like you we don’t get it out as much as we should x

  2. clarewilsontsp2016
    7th March 2016 / 13:14

    We are HUGE fans of the Tuff Spot! What a wonderful way to celebrate the season.
    Thank you for linking up to #ToddlerFunFriday

  3. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    8th March 2016 / 14:02

    Looks like a lot of fun and I do often find that the less planning has gone into something and the freer they are to explore then the more they get out of it! Xx #twinklytuesday

    • 10th March 2016 / 16:13

      indeed – the quickest impromptu things tend to be the most fun!

  4. 8th March 2016 / 14:07

    How have I never heard of a tuff spot before? This looks amazing and I’m
    sure the kiddies love all the bits and peices. Kat #twinklytuesday

    • 10th March 2016 / 16:13

      they really are great fun – they love exploring in it x

  5. 8th March 2016 / 19:33

    This looks so inviting. So bright and colorful. I have an Easter bin planned for in a couple of weeks 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  6. 8th March 2016 / 19:56

    We just bought a tuff spot too and used it in our latest post! What a great Easter activity, the children look like they are getting stuck right in! #TwinklyTuesday

  7. 8th March 2016 / 20:09

    We have had a similar tuff spot tray out recently and it went down well. I really do need to get to IKEA to get some more bowls!

    • 10th March 2016 / 16:12

      we use these bowls all the time and they work so well for colour matching 🙂

  8. 11th March 2016 / 10:13

    Great ideas, I really want to get a tray for summer in the garden

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