We had two stories today. The main one was a favorite by Charlotte Zolotow: The Bunny Who Found Easter. My version is illustrated by Betty Peterson and I think is the original (and the best). But you can still find this charming story around.
We also read Clare Turlay Newberry's 1943 Caldecott Honor Marshmallow.
Yes, a bunny's a delightful habit / No home is complete without a rabbit!
We had six craft projects packed into our four hours (the last hour was free play outside). First, the Charlotte Zolotow book. Then, we made and decorated Easter baskets. This is a simple craft project which my mom taught me when I was a little girl and it's a quick and easy way to make an Easter basket out of a brown paper lunch bag. Make a mark 4 or 5 inches up from the bottom of the bag (depending on how deep you want your basket to be) on both sides. Make a mark for a one inch wide handle in the center (tick marks at 2 inches and 3 inches). Cut over and up. Cut over and up. Open the bag and stand it up on the flat bottom. Tape the handles together. Done!
Every year we made baskets this way and put two dyed eggs in Easter grass and trotted them over to my Maryland grandparents. We visited twice a year... Easter and Christmas. In December we brought them school pictures wrapped in holiday paper. Simple.
They lived a mile away and we barely saw them... that was my dad's parents.
On my mom's side, we traveled hundreds of miles to go spend every single second of Christmas Break with my other grandparents. My parents picked us up from the sidewalk outside of the school as soon as the bell rang to let us out the door. We drove all night, 16 hours, to get to Illinois. And I loved Grandmommy and Granddaddy -- and that house in Carbondale -- so much that I came out here to Illinois to buy their house and keep it in the family.
Today we made paper baskets out of white lunch bags and decorated them with colored pencils.
While kids were drawing on bags (they will spend a surprisingly long time doing this) I hard boiled the eggs. While the eggs cooled enough to be handled, we read the Clare Turlay Newbery book. I also passed around the Lansinoh tube of lanolin. Rub a little lanolin on your hands and you can shape wool batting easily into a little nest. We used the wool that the girls had dyed a few weeks ago (bright yellow with turmeric, rose gold with beets, lavender with red cabbage).
There were four colors of dye in all
Vintage cookie cutters
Adding a fancy tail and a comb turns a duck into a rooster
- a decorated paper Easter basket
- a dyed wool nest
- two dyed hard-boiled eggs
- a needle felted Spring animal
- and an Easter Bunny Egg
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