Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers

Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers

I’ve been consistently doing preschool activities with my 2 1/2 year old for about a month now.  We’ve started easy, with a new letter of the alphabet each week, counting, shapes, colors…that sort of thing.  With Easter approaching this Sunday though, I was eager to find an activity for him to help his little mind begin to understand the importance of the day.  I was thrilled to find a few ideas out there geared specifically towards toddlers, and put my own spin on it of course.   What I love most about these Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers is that you can totally make them in just a few minutes, with plenty of time to begin discussing them this week!

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To make a set, you’ll need just a few things:

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I also added some number stickers to each egg {since we are working on counting and identifying numbers} and stored them in a cute little egg holder I found at Hobby Lobby last Easter for about $1 once it was on clearance!

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I created this simple printable to use.  All you have to do is cut each strip and place it in the appropriate egg with the coordinating item.  I adapted the printable from this source.  You could even go as far as to bookmark each scripture verse to share as a family.

Once each egg had the appropriate item and scripture inside, I added stickers numbered 1-6 and placed them in the egg holder.

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I’m so excited to share these with my little guy this week!

Happy Easter everyone!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Favorite Apps for Toddlers

Favorite Apps for Toddlers

Today’s Teach Me Tuesday is a little bit different.  No cute handmade activity to share today.  Instead, we’re going to talk technology.

Let me start this post by saying that this is not in any way a sponsored post.  I simply LOVE these apps {or I should say, my toddler loves these apps}.  I know many parents like to limit the “screen time” their child gets each day, and to that I say to each his own.  Use this list as you want.  Let your kiddo play for a quick 10 minutes or an hour in the car on the way home from grandma’s…no judgement here!

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Many of these apps were found because of a really cool free app finder that I recently got called “Apps Gone Free”.  First and foremost, download that app.  It will become your new best friend.  Basically it rounds up any and all free apps found on that day and puts them all on a nice, easy list.  I usually look through it before bed and 9 times out of 10 have a new app or two to try out the next day {or that night if I just can’t wait}.  Now, they obviously aren’t all toddler apps, but usually there are lots of kids apps featured each week!

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Now, onto the toddler apps…

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I’ll share a little about each, starting at the top, from left to right.  The price will be listed as well as whether or not it’s iPad only, iPhone only, or Universal.

1.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel {$1.99/Universal}–this app is adorable, just like Daniel Tiger.  My toddler’s favorite two things to do on this app are help Daniel to use the potty {anyone else potty training out there?!} and to give Daniel stickers.  There are lots of other cute games on the app as well.  Definitely worth the $1.99 in my opinion!

2.  Trucks & Shadows {$1.99/Universal}–in this app, kids match different trucks and “things that go” to the correct shadow.  It’s great for little boys {or girls} that love trucks, cars, trains, planes, and puzzles!

3.  Toddler Counting 123 {$.99/Universal}–this app is very straightforward.  Objects appear on the screen and kids touch each object as the app counts aloud with them.

4.  Sago Mini Sound Box {FREE/Universal}–I adore this app!  It’s a great way to introduce sound and music.  They shake, rattle, and tap to hear different chimes, horns, animals, and more.  My little guy loves this one.

5.  Sago Mini Forest Flyer {$1.99/Universal}–Okay, this one is a little silly, but it makes my little guy laugh nonstop.  It’s definitely more of a game than an educational app, but the little bird is too cute and the adventures he gets into can be quite interesting!

6.  Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander {FREE/Universal}–Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh?!  This app is very interactive and can keep your little one entertained for quite a while.  It was my go to app for a long time!

7.  Peekaboo Fridge {$1.99/Universal}–This app is super cute and helps your child learn his or her fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks that hide behind the fridge doors.

8.  PBS KIDS Video {FREE/Universal}–All of your favorite PBS KIDS shows in one super organized app.  Great for watching video on the go of entire episodes and segments.  This one works wonders in the waiting room at the doctor’s office!

9.  Peekaboo Barn {$1.99/Universal}–This was the first app I purchased for my little one.  He still loves it and all of the cute animals hiding behind the barn door.

10.  Avokkido Emotions-Playful Learning for Kids {$1.99/Universal}–By far, this is my toddler’s current fav.  He would sit on the iPad for hours {if I let him} playing with these silly animals.  Different props {hats, sunglasses, instruments} drop down and each animal reacts differently to what you put on them.  A ton of fun and VERY cute!

11.  Watch Disney Jr. {FREE/Universal}–If you have a paid cable subscription, you can access more than the regular app itself and even see live shows.  Never fear because if you don’t have cable, you can still access a couple of episodes of your child’s favorite Disney Jr. shows.

12.  Cut the Rope {$.99/Universal}–You’d think this one would be difficult for a two year old.  Nope.  He’s better at the game than me!

13.  Toddler Tap  {$.99/Universal}–this is a great app to learn everyday objects that your toddler encounters on a daily basis.

14.  ABC House {FREE for a limited time/Universal}–this app is like a big stack of interactive flash cards.  Children choose a letter and then are shown tons of pictures of words that start with that letter.

15.  Writing Wizard {$2.99/iPad}–this app is more for the preschool/kindergarten crowd, but my toddler enjoys the cute pictures and colors that show up as he attempts to trace the letters.  This one would be great for visual learners!

16.  Ask Me! Colors and Shapes {$2.99/Universal}–this app is PERFECT for kids that are learning their shapes and colors.  There are different learning modes that parents can set too!

There you have it!  These are the current favorites in our house.  What about you?  Does your little guy or gal have a favorite app that I didn’t list here?  Please share with all of us if you’ve got one that’s fantastic.

Happy learning!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

DIY Felt Activity Board

DIY Felt Activity Board

I’m so excited at the positive response I got to last week’s “Teach Me Tuesdays” activity.  In case you missed it, check out my idea for color sorting and matching here.

Let’s dive right into this week’s activity, shall we?!

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I’m so excited to share this week’s idea as it’s something that you can get a ton of use out of as your children grow.  The possibilities for learning truly are endless with this one!

Make a DIY #Felt Activity Board, perfect for simple sorting activities or story play with your preschooler! #homeschool #learning #toddler #feltboard

I’m sure you’ve seen or hopefully at least heard of felt boards.  In case you didn’t know, felt sticks to felt!  Therefore, once you’ve got a surface covered in felt {that by the way is such a super cheap fabric to purchase, especially if you’ve got a coupon}, you can make multiple activities, games, and stories to use on your felt board.

To make your own you’ll need:

supplies

Please don’t go out and buy a poster frame at regular price.  Use a coupon, buy it while it’s on sale, or even check out your local thrift store or garage sales.  I ended up finding mine at JoAnn’s on sale for 60%.

To make your felt activity board, unwrap the poster frame and take out the cardboard insert inside.  Instead of inserting a poster, cut a large piece of felt that’s about 1 inch longer on each side {you can buy felt by the yard at most fabric stores–purchase according to the size of your frame}.

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To secure the felt, I put a few dabs of hot glue on the cardboard insert and smoothed out the felt on top.  Once it’s secure and smooth, pop it back into the frame {remove the plastic cover so that the felt is exposed and ready to be used}.

Now, have fun creating fun activities you and your preschooler can work on together!  Eventually they’ll even want to try it out independently as well!

I started simple with some basic shapes and colors…

Make a DIY #Felt Activity Board, perfect for simple sorting activities or story play with your preschooler! #homeschool #learning #toddler #feltboard

And I also created this fun caterpillar activity to learn about numbers and colors!

Make a DIY #Felt Activity Board, perfect for simple sorting activities or story play with your preschooler! #homeschool #learning #toddler #feltboard

I’m excited to share more felt board activities with you in the coming weeks!

Happy teaching!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Paint Palette Color Sorting

Paint Palette Color Sorting

Before I share today’s tutorial, I wanted to introduce a new idea I’ve had for a while for a series on the blog.  You see, I’m a former elementary teacher.  While there are some days that I do miss it, I’d much rather be at home with these two cuties instead.

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In fact, I love being home with them so much, that my husband and I have decided that when it’s time to start school, I’ll be homeschooling them.  It’s something that I never actually thought I’d be interested in doing, but since becoming a stay at home mom, I’ve got a very strong desire to homeschool our children.

So, to start to get in the “homeschooling” state of mind {and just because my oldest is ready to start some simple preschool activities}, I’ve decided that every Tuesday I’ll be sharing an educational activity, craft, or snack, perfect for you to try out with your little guy or gal.  It’s something I’d like to call…

teach me tuesdays

{Like my banner?  My pal Sarah whipped it up for me…she’s the BEST!}

The first activity I’m excited to share with all of you today helps with color recognition, sorting, and matching.

Paint Palette Color Sorting

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To make your own, you’ll need:

plastic paint palette {found at JoAnn’s for about $1.50}

7 different colors of felt {basic colors}

coordinating poms

hot glue/glue gun

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Let me just start by saying that this was super easy and fast to assemble.  The paint palette that I selected resembled a flower.  I used a scrap piece of felt to create a pattern and traced that onto each color I’d need.  I then cut each piece and adhered them to the paint palette with a little bit of hot glue.

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I then made sure that I had three poms in each color to match the different sections.

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For now, I keep the entire activity {paint palette & colored poms} in a large Ziploc bag.  I’m planning on sewing a cute storage bag for it in the near future though.

This is such an easy activity to break out during breakfast or those times when I need my two year old to be entertained while I’m feeding or changing our three month old.  He likes to sort one of every color first and then go back around until all three poms are in each coordinating tray.  We’re also working on saying each color and he’s pretty much mastered blue, red, yellow, and green.

Happy teaching!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Goldfish Carrots}

{Goldfish Carrots}

Before I get to today’s tutorial, I’ve got a few awesome announcements!

The Big Blogiversary Giveaway that I celebrated with my friend Barbara at Chase the Star has ended after an overwhelming amount of entries!  Thank you so much to everyone that helped us celebrate!  To see if you won, please click HERE {and congrats to both winners–check your emails as I will be contacting you today to receive your prize}!

And secondly,

I’m absolutely HONORED to share that I’m guest posting over at my friend Jen’s blog today.  Perhaps you’ve heard of her…she’s the brains behind one of my absolute favorite blogs to read each and everyday, Tatertots & Jello.  I’d love for you to stop by for a peak at some really simple Easter egg decor I created.  HUGE THANKS to Jen for having me over today!

Now, on to today’s regularly scheduled programming…

I’ve got a fun little Easter basket idea for those of you that don’t like the thought of another candy overloaded holiday for your kiddos.  While Starbust jelly beans are absolutely delicious, too many of them are never good for your teeth!

Goldfish Carrots

I’ve found a few variations of this simple and fast Easter idea around blogosphere, but most recently, I saw it again at one of my favorite blogs, Uncommon Designs.

To make

Goldfish Carrots

you’ll need:

triangle shaped treat bags or clear frosting bags

green ribbon in a few varieties

goldfish

supplies

Assembly is super easy!  Simply fill the treat bags with your desired amount of goldfish…

fill

…tie the top off with a green ribbon or two, and trim any leftover part of the bag so it’s not sticking up too far.

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I’m going to add a couple of these to a certain someone’s Easter basket in a few weeks, and I know he’ll love them!

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If you’re not a stickler for sweets in your kiddos Easter basket you could fill these carrots with other orange treats such as orange jelly beans, orange Reese’s Pieces, orange Skittles, etc…

Do you have any other fun ideas for Easter baskets?  I’d love to see some of them!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.