Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and then it will be Easter! Time for some serious Easter prepping.
I just found all four of the baskets from last year (little ones for the older girls and a very big one for Zac) and two bags of paper Easter grass (one green, one purple) in my office.
I have Zac's Fagus car carrier from Nova Natural set aside for him, since happily it came in a box separate from the rest of his toy order. And I thought, oh, duh, I should save this for Easter!
I have a packet of natural Easter egg dyes.
And I have a bag in the kitchen cupboard of saved onion skins. Now what?
Oh, and I happen to have a box of books recently ordered from Amazon. (These books were NOT meant for Easter but luckily I have them! I weirdly seem to always shop for the children right before a holiday and give them the presents and then I have to run around thinking of something new once I realize Valentine's Day is coming, etc. This time I should be set UNLESS they have already looked through the box of books on the kitchen table -- which they probably already have -- in which case all they will have done is ruined their own surprise.)
for Zac, almost 2
for Becca, 12
The Golden Bull: A Mesopotamian Adventure
by Marjorie Cowley
for Leah, 13
Son of Charlemagne
by Barbara Willard
for Natalie, 15
Legends of King Arthur
by Isabel Wyatt
Oh, and I just bought Zac that gorgeous rainbow toddler broom from Camden Rose. I always wanted to have that broom for my girls when they were little! I have seriously lusted after it for 12 years. I'm so excited... he will LOVE it! So that's going in the save-for-Easter-morning pile too.
Obviously I don't want to spend any more money, but I want to do more (and have handmade things in their baskets), and so I have two strategies. The first is to scour Pinterest for cool new ideas; the second is to remind myself there are several crafts already on my personal craft wish list and for which I have the associated craft supplies already in my stash.
Here are my thoughts; feel free to chime in with your favorites and/or what you're currently working on late at night while the kids are asleep.
- Nourishing Tallow Hard Lotion Bars with Essential Oils
- a stack of pancakes with syrup and sliced bananas
- fried egg
- a collection of pasta shapes
- snow peas
- slices of bread and assorted sandwich fixin's
- sandwich cookies
thanks to the family who gave us some lovely tallow!
Felt Play Kitchen Foods
- I've pinned a LOT of ideas for this to my Early Childhood and Waldorf Toys board on Pinterest...
now I need to narrow down some favorites
EGG DYEING IDEAS
and one more...
Easter bunny eggs - these are too stinkin' cute
I love the idea of books and lotion bars and play kitchen foods and dyed Easter Eggs for everyone!
(And a pincushion for each of the big girls, and a broom and a toy truck for my little guy.)
To be honest, I think the girls will love the play foods in their Easter baskets just as much as he will. They sure have enjoyed the Lincoln Logs I got back out. So many of the things he has I saved from when they were little. But I gave my Elves and Angels play kitchen and all of our handmade foods away to a friend when she became a grandma. So we are starting all over again in that dept.
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