Monday, April 5, 2010

Tot School - Easter Fun!

We celebrated Easter this week by getting ready for some of our family to come, and by talking about Jesus' resurrection! Let me just say that it is very difficult to discuss resurrection with someone who doesn't understand what death is. But we read Bible stories & discussed it anyway, since planting the seed is always important.

We did an 'empty tomb' craft this week that I saw somewhere, but don't have the link for, and kind of embellished myself. We started by using yellow (tempera) paint to paint a sun (or 2) in the sky.

Then we used a round spongy brush to sponge paint white clouds on our paper. We talked about what a beautiful, happy day Easter is because of the Resurrection during this painting.

(checking to make sure there's paint on his brush)

I guess I didn't get any more pictures of the process, but next we used brown paint to paint our big tomb rock and our stone that was rolled in front of the tomb. We let our paint dry for a couple of hours, and then we glued the tomb together (with a black circle for the empty tomb), and glued the tomb & some grass on our sky, and then added the stone with a brad, so that Z could roll it away.
Here is the finished product:

We also dyed eggs this week. My friend told me that she had seen a tip to use a whisk to dye eggs with young kids, and it worked so well! I made my own homemade egg dye with 1 cup of hot water, 1/2 tsp. white vinegar, and several drops of food coloring. Here is Z dyeing a purple egg.

Here he's saying, "We can't even SEE it!" since it was in the dark purple water. :)
Here are our dyed eggs:

And I let him color the eggs with markers also. :) The markers went through to the eggs, so they looked weird but tasted fine. Egg salad, mmmm. :)

Here is our finished product: (minus one egg which fell on the ground & cracked, and we promptly ate it). :)

Whoever invented wipe-off books deserves a medal. They are amazing. Z LOVES his wipe off books. And they keep him busy for many minutes at a time, while I do dishes...or blog... :) Here he is enjoying his letter wipe off book, with no pants on. :) The pants were a casualty to the mud, I believe. (The weather was GORGEOUS, shorts weather even, so we were outside a LOT.)

Speaking of messes, Z got into my mascara this week and smeared it all over his face. I was surprised at how much of it made it onto his actual lashes - see the top lashes on his right eye? I think being scrubbed at by a wet washcloth until the mascara came off cured him of doing this again. :) So maybe it's a good thing I couldn't find my eye makeup remover. :)

And here's a free cute picture to close with. :) Wipe off book, check. Pantsless, check. Smile, check. :)

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Tiffany said...

Love your crafts! I read about that whisk idea in Family Fun - so great. Z looks especially grown up in these photos to me. I hope everything is going well for you as you gear up for another summer season. I just realized that we would normally be packing right now, gearing up to move in just a few weeks - crazy.

melaniet42 said...

That's a great empty tomb craft! I'm so late to the party hearing about the whisk idea for egg dyeing - we're SO doing it that way next year!!

Unknown said...

One of these days I will figure out this tot school thing! Looks like Z had fun!

MamaDuck76 said...

We've had quite a few pantless days around here lately, too. I think it comes with springtime & two year old boys! :)

Where did you find your wipe-off books?

Holly said...

Looks like a great craft, and the idea of putting the egg inside the whisk to dunk it into the dye is a really clever idea! :O