Eggs Book Basket

Saturday, March 30, 2024

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Happy Easter! We had some beautifully illustrated books on display at the library and I just had to check them out and share them here. I've also been seeing a bunch of unique egg-dying techniques that I've been wanting to try with my kid, so I decided to make a day of it!

First I'm going to show you the books. You can find a printable .pdf of this list, plus a few extra goodies, at the link at the bottom of this post! I wasn't lying when I said these books were gorgeous. I picked a couple the are about the tradition of Easter eggs, one that is a really cute counting book and also a bit of an eye spy book, and a few that are just great non-fiction about eggs in general.

Now on to the activities! Ro and I had a lot of fun dying these eggs. I was trying to collect some more science and process-based ideas, because I knew we were going to do traditional dying with my family the night before Easter. These links were all a hit!

Rice Shaker Eggs from The Crafty Morning - These were the most satisfying eggs for getting vivid colors. The details did fade a bit when I rinsed them, but they still retained some color. Ro loved this one for the nearly instant gratification. (In the picture below these eggs are the red and blue speckled ones.)

Shaving Cream Eggs from The Crafty Morning - I've done this process before with paper, and it's always turned out surprisingly vivid. However, these eggs weren't nearly as colorful as I would have liked. That could have been our technique though, we only did two eggs with this method instead of perfecting the process. You can see the result on the egg that is in the lower left corner in the photo below!

Baking Soda Dyed Eggs from Better Homes and Gardens - I'm going to be honest, I didn't really care how these were going to turn out, I just knew we had to do it for the chemical reaction. I really ended up liking the subtle color shifts of these eggs, though. You can see my favorite of the bunch in the lower right corner of the photo below.

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Easter Egg Coloring Sheet

Monday, March 25, 2024

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Happy Easter! I wanted to create something simple and timeless for this Easter printable, so I created this coloring sheet that is all about following directions! 

For this project, you will need the printed coloring sheet and things to color with. The colors needed are green, pink, blue, purple, and yellow.

Click here to get the Easter Egg Coloring Sheet PDF!

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Color Mixing Printable

Monday, March 18, 2024

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Did you know that to create most colors you only need red, yellow, and blue? Here is a simple printable created to help your young ones understand the basics of color creation.

Color in the ovals with the color labeled. Make sure they color in where the ovals overlap, because that's where the magic happens! I find that this works best with markers, but you can use crayons or colored pencils if that's what you have!

In the end you should end up with green in the top ovals, then orange, and purple in the bottom. Adding a but more of one color and a bit less of another will change the color, but it will still be in the same family.

Click here to download the Coloring Mixing PDF!

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Rainbow Slide Printable

Monday, March 11, 2024

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This is just a fun little project I dreamed up with the Leprechaun traps in mind, but it would look cute on a dresser just holding things too! Tape one side to a table and slide all of the things down into the clouds. My kid is always looking for a new way to test gravity, haha.

There are seven colors for this rainbow, just like a real rainbow. So to create this you're going to need scissors, tape, and red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet colors. Or go rogue and make an only blue rainbow! There's no one stopping you from making this creation your own. 

Click here to get the PDF for the Rainbow Slide Printable!

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10 Things

Saturday, March 9, 2024

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 Here are 10 things that I am loving right now!

A few years ago Justina Blakeney of Jungalow released a fall collection with Opalhouse and man am I upset that I missed it. I am very very in love with the plates, especially the sun-shaped ones!

I just kind of want this giant fluffy creature to live on my couch.

My current board game obsession is "CULTivate." Cults and puns and 60's inspired art? Yes. Give me all of those things. (The link for that game leads to our game store's website!)

Last year I read a book called "Amelia Abridged" by Ashley Schumacher and it has stayed with me. It's about a girl who loses her best friend and how she comes to terms with that. But it's also about being a fan of books, and the dream of meeting the author and having them actually be someone you can relate to, and spend time with. And it's also a love story to eclectic bookshops.

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Spring Reading Chart

Monday, March 4, 2024

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It's springtime! Or, almost at least. I've created this simple spring-themed reading chart to help you or your young ones keep track of what they read this spring! It's set up like a board game, so feel free to add little spaces for rewards along the way!

This format of reading chart always goes over well at the library. We usually include little stickers for every space, but you could use a stamper as well! The goal options are endless. Every 5 minutes, every chapter, every book, every day, whatever goal will keep you or your readers interested. Make sure to make the goals attainable!

Click here to download the Spring Reading Chart PDF!

Looking for a different format of tracker? Check out my Printable Dot-to-Dot Bookmark Trackers!

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Construction Dominoes

Friday, March 1, 2024

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We are back with one last (for now) dominoes DIY! I created this jumbo outdoor construction dominoes for my kid's 4th birthday a couple of years ago. They are made out of recycled cardboard, acrylic paint, and a lot of love. 

These are unfortunately not weatherproof, but they are quite durable and held up to being used as a walking path for my 6-year-old when we got them back out recently. The hardest part of creating this set was figuring out the patterns and how many I would need, and I've already done that for you!

For this project, you will need: cardboard boxes, a box cutter, a ruler, a pencil, acrylic paint (orange, yellow, black, and white), painter's tape, a brush, and a place to lay out the dominoes to dry.

1: Cut your boxes to size. 
I made my dominoes 16" x 8". You can do whatever size you want, as long as the length is double the width. Use your ruler and pencil to measure the size of the rectangle, then use your box cutter to cut them out. For this project, you will need 28 rectangles.
I used a lot of little boxes to make mine. Saving Amazon boxes really pays off sometimes!

2: Draw on your designs.
Use a ruler to make drawing straight lines easier! I've created a template you can copy to make your set. I will often write which color goes in which spot as I'm drawing to make it easier to paint.

3: Paint your designs.

Follow the color labels on your drawings to paint your designs. If you are worried about straight lines, use painter's tape to make the job easier. Let them dry at least 24 hours before using.

As I said earlier, these aren't durable enough to hold up to rain, but they are strong enough to withstand rough play. I created this set to be used at a construction birthday party, and then we kept them and have used them to play a few times since!

If you would like more domino projects, check out my Magnetic Dominoes, and my Printable DIY Dominoes!

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