Let's Get Creative! Week 2: Easter Egg-stravaganza!



As yesterday marked Palm Sunday, I thought it would be nice to freshen up our window and welcome in the theme for this week, 'Easter Egg-stravaganza!


As a lover of all things arts and crafts, I could have sat in the garden for the whole of Easter and created everything I've felt inspired by!! Instead, I have chosen a few old and new favourites, Easter was always such a great time to work as a nanny - the list of activities was endless! So I hope this weeks theme and Pinterest board helps inspire all of you to get creative, if you haven't already!


I really enjoyed this weeks theme, so I can't wait to see what egg-cellent Easter craft projects you all come up with over the next few weeks. Since we have been social distancing ourselves, I have found that keeping busy crafting has really helped take my mind off things, whilst also distracting me from my phone - which let's be honest, is a solid companion right now! So therefore, I hope these blogs encourage you and your children to 'get creative' as I personally find that being creative (in any form) is just as good for your mental health as exercise.... Even if it's kids crafts!


As mentioned last week, these themed blogs will be posted every Monday during lockdown, with 'Weekend Nannies presents, Music Sessions with Alice Phelps' every Wednesday over on our YouTube channel. It will be great to see photos/videos of everyone enjoying themselves, so please tag Weekend Nannies on social media for us to see! As a bonus, we are giving away very special homemade 'NHS Doll puppet craft kits' to any children who share their photos, along with half price babysitting vouchers* for local parents in the Yorkshire area! I know you will all be in need of a big night out by the end of this pandemic!


Please scroll through the blog to view this weeks activities, with baby sensory inspiration at the bottom of the page.


If you are thinking of a wedding, or any other event where children are invited and you may need a hand with child-care, then please contact me to see how Weekend Nannies can help! Our packages can include anything from themed Pinterest boards to help you visualise your area, to an arts and craft zone, or simply a private nanny for the bride and groom's children. Please email for more information.

_______________________________________________________________


Big Kids Activities:


String ball Easter Chicken

What you need:

Balloon

Toilet roll

Yellow string/wool/twine

PVA glue

Scissors

Small bowl

Orange fabric/card

Googley eyes

Yellow paper

Baking paper/messy mat




1) Lightly blow up your balloon to make a small balloon shape, roughly 20cm length. Lay out some baking paper on the table, or a messy mat!

*If you don't have any balloons, you can use a toilet roll!


2) Mix 2 parts PVA with 1 part water to create your glue mixture*.

If you're using a toilet roll, just cover it with lots of glue and go to stage 5!

*If the mixture is too gloopy, add a little more water.


3) Dunk the wool lengths into the PVA glue mixture and wrap around the balloon. If the wool doesn't feel very sticky, add more PVA - There needs to be enough glue in the mixture to create a solid frame once the balloon is popped!

*It is best to unwind a length of wool (roughly 1m) and dunk in PVA, squeeze off the excess mixture, lay the string out in a reel on the table and wrap around in sections, that way you avoid too much knotted wool!


4) Creating a 'string cage' around your balloon. Knot the start of the string around the end of the balloon and use this as a base if you need to add a new length. You also don't want the gaps to be too big, remember you'll be popping the balloon inside, so it's need to be a solid frame.

*If you need help, watch the clip on the Weekend Nannies Youtube channel, I use the same technique to make the egg garland.


5) Once you are happy with your string cage put to one side to dry out, I would leave over night/ until it's completely dried out and feel firm.


4) Once the string has completely dried out, it's now time to snip or pop your balloon. This is the hard part! You'll notice that the end of the balloon, which you knotted around is stuck. Gently use your fingers/ the end of small scissors to gently feed the balloon out of the inside of the cage the balloon off the string. Don't panic when you see the balloon sticking to the string, if you have used enough PVA it should keep it's shape once you've managed to wriggle the balloon out! You might need to carefully snip the balloon from inside the cage... Be careful not to cut the string! If you need help, there are tutorials online! Now you have the base of your chicken.


5) Using orange and yellow card, cut out a beak and wings. You might want to add feet too!


5) Choose which goggley eyes you'd like your chicken to have.

*I always use googley eyes with a peel back self adhesive tab, as I find they stick really well.


6) Hopefully, you should now have a lovely Easter String chicken to put on display! Any problems creating, please ask for help/visit out pinterest board.


`




_______________________________________________________________


String balloon Easter Egg Garland


What you need:

Balloon / water balloon

String/wool/twine

PVA glue

Scissors

Small bowl

Coloured paint / spray paint

Baking paper/messy mat

Small cups


1) Lightly blow up your balloon, roughly 20cm in length. Rather than a 'balloon shape', you want it to be an egg shape.

* I've learnt this can be achieved by rolling/pressing the balloon in your hand and forming an egg shape, clever huh!


2) Make sure you have some baking paper on the table, or a messy mat! Using the same technique as the Easter Chicken, wrap your PVA mixture dunked string around the balloon to create a cage.

*If you would like your garlands to be different colour, I would mix in the coloured paint to the glue mixture and dunk your string in! Wash hands in between to avoid colour contamination!


As mentioned for the string chicken:

Glue mixture: Mix 2 parts PVA with 1 part water to create your glue mixture.

*If it is too gloopy, add a little more water.


Dunk the wool lengths into the PVA glue mixture and wrap around the balloon. If the wool doesn't feel very sticky, I would add more PVA - There needs to be enough glue in the mixture to create a solid frame once the balloon is popped!

*It is best to unwind a length of wool (roughly 1m) and dunk in PVA, squeeze off the excess mixture, lay the string out in a reel on the table and wrap around in sections, that way you avoid too much knotted wool!

Creating a 'string cage' around your balloon. Knot the start of the string around the end of the balloon and use this as a base if you need to add a new length. You also don't want the gaps to be too big, remember you'll be popping the balloon inside, so it's need to be a solid frame.

*If you need help, watch the clip on the Weekend Nannies Youtube channel, I use the same technique to make the egg garland.

3) I decided that it would be nice to follow the rainbow theme, so I blew up 7 balloons of a similar size to create a rainbow egg garland. After each balloon was 'wrapped' with string I used a fresh piece of string to hang out to dry on the laundry rack.

*Make sure you have put a mat down to catch any sticky drips!!!


4) Leave these to completely dry out. I decided I wanted mine to be coloured after they had dried out. I wouldn't recommend painting them after like I did, but if you do - Paint them before you pop the balloon!

*I'm sure spray paint would look great if you waited until after the balloon has been popped, that way the inside of the frame will be painted too. Maybe experiment with one before hand?


5) Like you did for the Easter chicken, pop the balloon and carefully feed the balloon out using scissors / your fingers. You will need to snip the top of the balloon to pull this out, if you have used enough glue, the frame should hold it's shape.

*Don't panic when you see the balloon sticking the wool when you pop it!! There are tutorials and a clip on my Youtube channel for you to see what happens!


As mentioned for the string chicken:

Once the string has completely dried out, it's now time to snip or pop your balloon. This is the hard part! You'll notice that the end of the balloon, which you knotted around is stuck. Gently use your fingers/ the end of small scissors to gently feed the balloon out of the inside of the cage the balloon off the string. Don't panic when you see the balloon sticking to the string, if you have used enough PVA it should keep it's shape once you've managed to wriggle the balloon out! You might need to carefully snip the balloon from inside the cage... Be careful not to cut the string!


6) Hopefully, your string eggs have held there shape and look as egg like as possible! Now it's time to make the 'garland'. Lay the egg string frames out, so they are going to hang as you wish and thread the wool through, knotting as you go along.

*As I was making a rainbow, I started with the red egg frame, knotted it in place, then added the orange. I made sure I kept the same length gap between each egg so they look even on display.


7) Hopefully, you have managed to thread your garland and hang it somewhere nice. I decided to add it to our Easter window display and I might try and find some fairy lights to add to it too!


*Don't forget to take a photo!



_______________________________________________________________


Easter Stain-glass Window

What you need:

Brown paper/coloured paper

Coloured cellophane

Scissors

Glue stick

Sticky tape


1) Start off by drawing an egg on some coloured or brown paper. If you struggle to draw an egg shape, there are loads of templates online that you can trace around.


2) Like you did for last weeks rainbows; Cut out your egg, making sure you cut from the middle first and out towards the line to create the 'silhoutte'. Lay the second sheet underneath and draw and cut out a second egg silhouette.


3) I have carried on the rainbow them from last week, so lay out the coloured cellophane to see what design you would like to create before you cut out / stick down the cellophane.

* You might want to take a photo of it, to use it as a guide when sticking the strips down.


4) Cut the strips out and glue around the edge of the egg. Carefully stick down the strips, to create your design. It might be easier for you to glue, over lap the coloured sheets and repeat until you have used all your colours.

* I trimmed around the edges after gluing the strips down.


5) Once you're happy with your design, glue around the whole edge of the paper and egg. Place your extra sheet with the egg cut-on on top, making sure the shapes line up. Press around the edges of the paper.


6) Your stain-glass window is now finished! Why not stick it it in your window, or post to an elderly neighbour - Ours loved hers!


7) If you would like to make a window display like the one pictured below, you may need to stick sheets together if you don't have an A3 sheet of paper!


*Don't forget to take a photo!



Traditional Easter Egg Tree

For little'ies too!


What you need:

Eggs*

Twigs

Vase

Thread

Paint

Food colouring

Box

Vegetable oil

Coffee filters

Vinegar

Hot Glue gun*


*Adult supervision


For as long as I can remember, our Easter tradition has always been to make an Easter egg tree to decorate and put in our hallway and we would save our favourite eggs to put them up again the following year. I have loved starting this tradition again with my niece, we went on a 'social distancing' adventure to the woods to collect twigs for our tree, she loved it!


1) You can either choose to 'blow' the egg*, or hard boil. If you would like to keep your eggs as a keepsake for the following year, I would recommend blowing them. If you are going to be doing this activity with a toddler then I would hard boil, but don't forget to through them away at the end of Easter!

*Watch a Youtube clip to learn how to blow the yolk out of your egg! Top tip: Ask an adult to use a cork screw to gently make a whole in the egg and don't suck in!


2) Start collecting your eggs when you're cooking and keep to one side, or decorate as you go!

I tried and tested a few techniques.. Most of which I totally failed!!! So, please visit my Pinterest board to look at all the different ways of dying/painting your eggs and please let me know how you got on! You also don't have to paint/marble the eggs, you can decorate them however you wish! The more creative the better!


3) As food colouring wouldn't 'set' to my eggs, I decided it would be nice to involve my 2 year old niece and paint them..... Not quite a stressful as you can imagine!


4) We found an empty Gusto box out of the recycling (which I'm sure most houses have at the moment!) and squirted paint into the bottom of the box, very Jackson Pollock esq! It was almost sad to ruin the piece of art we accidentally created!


4) I then asked Robyn to gently(?!?) add the eggs into the box, I would probably say add a few at a time and don't use every single colour all at once like we did!


5) Now it's time to make egg art! Gently roll your eggs around the bottom of your box and watch as the eggs get coated in colour, we used some metallic paint which added a nice shine.

*Use a few colours and eggs at a time, add different colours and eggs as you go - Otherwise they all end up looking the same colour like ours!


6) Gently place the painted eggs on their side in an egg carton to dry, rotating so they dry evenly.


7) Once the eggs are dry, add a blob of hot glue to each end and add the ribbon/thread on to the top so you can hang it.


8) Time to decorate your egg tree and put it in position!


I would absolutely love to see photos of your Easter egg trees, or any other family tradition you make at Easter! Don't forget to tag Weekend Nannies!




Little'ies Activities!

What you need

Paper plate

Black crayon/Sharpie

Pom-poms

Pipe cleaners

PVA

Glue stick

Stapler

Pink paper

Ribbon


1) Depending on the age of your child, let them decorate their paper plate to make an Easter bunny face. Little'ies may need help! *It might be nice to show them an example so they know what to do - Or free-styling is much more creative!!!


2) Once you've made a cute bunny face using the coloured pom poms, pipe cleaners and what ever else you've chosen to decorate you face with, it's time to add the ears.


3) Cut out the ear shapes and the pink inner ear for them to stick down, choose where you would like the ears to be stapled and attach.


4) Once your bunny face and ears are firmly dry, draw around the top of the second plate, to create semi cirle opening (see photo). Cut along this line, leaving you with a curve about 3/4 down your second paper plate. This is for the back.


5) Choose your ribbon and staple to the back plate, this is your handle.


5) Line up the paper plates and staple around the edge, leaving a little edge around the front and back plate so it opens nicely at the top.


6) Your Easter bunny basket is now complete! These are perfect for little Easter eggs and was always a firm favourite when I used to nanny!





_______________________________________________________________


Easter Egg Pom-Pom painting


What you need:

Pom-Poms

Clothes pegs

Coloured paint

Coloured card

Scissors

Sticky tape

Messy Mat

Plates/paint palette


This is a great activity to prep whilst your little one is having a nap, that's what I did anyway! I had the experience of working at a nursery school for a short time in 2015, where we would prep activities whilst the children were having their afternoon naps and have everything laid out for when they wake up! The bonus of this prep meant they would naturally gravitate towards the activity without them needing attention whilst you're trying to get organised!


The prep:

1)Start off by drawing an Easter egg shape/printing a template out. Draw around and cut out to trace onto different coloured cards - Making as many as you dare! I have used ours to make cute Easter cards for relatives.


2) Choose some big pom-poms and clothes peg, peg a pom-pom to each peg. I chose 4 colours between two plates to avoid 'sludge' being created! I also cut out some shapes with the off cuts and put some PVA glue out for sticking too!


3) Lay out your messy mat on the floor and tape down your egg shapes so they stay in place. Lay out the paints and shapes etc, now you're ready for them to wake up!! Make sure you have a flannel ready as they may want to start finger painting!


4) Either pop your little one in their nappy or messy clothes and allow them to explore colour and mark making using pom-pom painters. Robyn loved seeing the colours and choosing which coloured egg she wanted to paint. The yellow egg, with yellow paint was her favourite! *It was hard to not start doing it for her, but it's really nice for them to have the freedom to paint how they wish and to talk about what paint/glue they are going to use and what colours they'd like to choose... and dare I say, get messy too!! Thankfully, she's not a fan of dirty hands!


5) When they have finished let the eggs dry, mount them on some card and get them posted out to your loved ones, or on the fridge door!


*Don't forget to send a photo!





I could carry on and make hundreds of Easter themed crafts, but for now I will leave you with these and a Pinterest board I have put together for you.


_______________________________________________________________

Baby sensory activities


I love making baby sensory bags and bottles, they are really easy to make as long as you have the resources! If anyone would like me to post them some laminate sheets, please get in touch - I have 100!!


Sensory tray, bags and bottles are a relaxing way to keep babies and toddlers entertained whilst you either play/sing with them, or catch up on a few emails/phone calls with friends. Sensory play is a great way for them to learn about texture, sounds and colours. Whilst also developing motor skills, whilst picking up different sized pom-poms for example.


As it's Easter, shredded paper has been a good one to use as base for sensory trays and cut out carrot shapes using felt.. Or real carrots if you're feeling brave!?


As there are so many Easter themed sensory activties you can make, I have put some examples together on my Pinterest board.

Sensory bottles or bags

What you need:

Hot iron

Tea towel

Laminate sheets or zip-lock bag

Sharpie pens

Small plastic bottles

Coloured pom-poms

Coloured pipe cleaners

Water


These are really easy to make, you just need to make sure they're sealed properly! I often use a bit of food colouring to make them a nice colour, but as supermarkets have limited stock at the moment, I've stuck with simple H20!



1) Decide what you would like to use to fill your sensory bag or bottle with. If you're making these with a toddler, it could be fun to do it together.

*Just make sure whatever you use is water resistant, coloured cellophane for example dyes the water!


2) With a hot iron, press around the edges of the laminate sheet, making sure the open end doesn't get sealed. Please take note of the photo below, I lined up the edge of the tea towel with the laminate sheet so I knew where the edge was. (The first time I pressed the whole sheet flat!!) Alternatively, you can use a zip lock bag and strong tape to make sure it stays sealed.

* You an always re-press if any water droplets do leak out!


3) Now your bag is ready to fill with coloured pom-poms and or coloured pipe cleaners. It's often nice to make a few different ones. So for example, fill one bag with chopped up pipe cleaners and the other with pom-poms.

*If you do have food colouring, now is the time to add a few splashes.


4) Now add water, I would fill it about 1/3 full, you don't want it to balloon.


5) Very carefully, seal the top. First of all, making sure all the air is out of the bag and hold the bag against the ironing board to be pressed.


6) Give the bag a shake and a squeeze, making sure there are no leaks! If you have used a small bottle, tape of super glue around the lid to avoid removal!



If you have enjoyed my blog, please follow Weekend Nannies on our social media platforms to keep up to date with what we are up to! You can also visit my Pinterest page, where I will be sharing a themed board every week with lots of other ideas and inspiration!


Stay tuned for Wednesdays post:

Weekend Nannies Presents - Music sessions with Alice Phelps 'Easter Egg-stravaganza' Click here to watch last week's rainbow music time!


Have fun and stay home!


If you have an event or wedding in the future and would like an activity area, party bags or childcare to be planned and created, please get in touch for more details.


*Evening Babysitting offer based on 4 hours!





0 views

Leeds | Harrogate | Bradford | Skipton | Wakefield | Huddersfield


We’re based in Ilkley and offer temporary childcare for weekends, holidays, weddings and any other event - and emergency childcare - anywhere around 25 miles of Ilkley, meaning we cover most of West and North Yorkshire.

 

Get in touch to see if we can work our magic at your event!

Photo credit: Lucy Bedford Photography, Jenny Maden Wedding Photography | Copywright: Helen Marsden, WordCloud