Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, and with every holiday comes fun, new activities you can do with your baby! If your little one has yet to crawl, no less toddle around on an Easter Egg Hunt, no worries – we’ve got activities for both the small and the smaller – and you’ll love them too.
1. Basket Bonanza Be prepared to get a little messy and have a lot of fun. Let your child decorate his own Easter basket. Take a plastic bucket (like a two-gallon ice cream bucket) and cover it in construction paper, then let your little Picasso go to work. Using finger-paints, markers or crayons, your child will love mixing colors and creating designs. If your baby is still too young to do arts and crafts, you can help and make a keepsake at the same time by covering the basket with his tiny handprints or footprints. Stickers are always fun and can be easy for little fingers to use. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, add a little glitter to the mix. Your kitchen may look like Times Square on January 2 and you both may be a little sparkly but it’s worth it in the end. Regardless of how you do it, you’ll love Easter morning photos with your baby’s very own, personally decorated basket.
2. Egg-cellent Fun Whether your child has just learned to turn over, is crawling, walking or even running, eggs are a fun holiday toy. Make shaker eggs using large plastic eggs filled with beans, rice or pasta to create a musical maraca your child will love. (Be sure to seal the egg with tape to keep small parts in). Play a game – and work on motor skills at the same time – as you roll the eggs back and forth to each other; or you can roll the egg while your little crawler or toddler chases it. You can also practice sorting skills as you and your child separate and count the eggs, categorizing by color or size. Mix them up, sort and group them, then do it all again.
3. Spring has sprung Easter is a time of renewal and rebirth so what a wonderful time to take your child out to a petting zoo. Just google it, and you’ll find there are more in your area than you probably knew. Even if your baby isn’t old enough to be out of the stroller, children love to be around animals, and there’s no better time than springtime to get back to nature with goats, bunnies, chickens and more. It’s a great way to get out of the house and experience a new season of life. If you’re lucky, you and your child might just get to hold a cute little Peter Rabbit.
4. Going on an Egg Hunt, Gonna Catch a Big One Have your own Easter Egg Hunt, whether inside or out. If your child isn’t old enough to play with plastic or hardboiled eggs, you can find soft plush or foam ones that you can keep as toys all year round. Carry or stroll your baby around, finding brightly colored eggs all over the yard, park or house. For older babies and toddlers, make shaker eggs or fill with Cheerios or Puffs that your child will love to find and open. Don’t worry too much about the content of the eggs, as it’s the thrill of the chase that’s the fun. Even an empty egg is fun to open and explore, and your child will love this version of hide-and-seek.
Whichever activities you choose to do with your little one, it’s about exploring and experiencing the Easter holiday through his eyes and ears. Make it fun and make some memories!
~ Happy Easter from the Baby Pibu™ Team
Source referenced: “Easter Fun for Babies and Toddlers.” Baby Zone courtesy of Disney. http://www.babyzone.com/showers-and-parties/holidays/easter-family-fun_96984#gallery/simplifying-easter-fun (April 10, 2014).