Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It was time to pull down the St. Patrick’s Day window clings. However, knowing how much time Ryan had spent carefully arranging them and how attached he seemed to be to them, I knew I’d better be ready to replace them with something equally as awe-inspiring.

After scouring Pinterest and collecting some ideas, I was armed and ready for the following conversation:

Me: Hey, buddy, can you help me get all these leprechauns off the windows?

Ryan: NOOOOOOO! I WIKE THOSE!

Me: We’re going to make a colorful Easter egg to put up instead.

Ryan: An Easter egg? Oh, ok!

 

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What you need:

I used wax paper, water-based kids paint and glitter glue. (Also, ribbon and a hole puncher for the last step at the end.)

Two pieces of wax paper, water-based kids’ paint and glitter glue. (Also, ribbon and a hole puncher – or some other hanging method – for the last step.)

I got the idea from Deborah at Teach Preschool who used a similar technique to make fall leaves. She mixed her paint with regular Elmer’s glue, which for some reason I do not have. Dollar Store glitter glue to the rescue!

Squeeze small amounts of paint and glitter glue onto the first piece of wax paper. (The glue will ultimately help seal the two pieces of paper.)

Squeeze small amounts of paint and glitter glue onto the first piece of wax paper. (The glue will ultimately help seal the two pieces of paper.)

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Place the second piece of wax paper on top and let the kid smoosh/spread the paint with his hand.

Ryan didn’t play with it for very long, but I left it on the table and every now and then, he’d walk past it and smoosh the paint out a little more.

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Let the paint dry. (We used quite a bit of paint, so ours had to dry over night.)

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Cut around the edges of the painted area to create an egg shape.

It looked sort of dull at this point; I was thinking maybe the project was a bust until I held it up to the window.

To hang, I punched a hole at the top and hung with a ribbon. If I'd had one of those suction cup/hook window hangers, I would have used that instead.

To hang, I punched a hole at the top and tied it around the latches with a ribbon. If I’d had one of those suction cup/hook window hangers, I would have used that instead.

I like that this activity that can be easily adapted to any season or holiday. Fireworks for the Fourth of July, pumpkins for Halloween, or hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Has anyone else started working on Easter crafts? I’m always looking for new ideas, so throw your suggestions my way; leave links to your blog posts or Pinterest boards in the comment section.

(P.S. For more info on the benefits of sensory play and sensory activity suggestions, read this post.)