Author: ami elizabeth

What’s in Florence’s Easter Basket?

What’s in Florence’s Easter Basket?

With Easter a mere two weeks away, I’ve been gradually putting together some activities to do in the lead up to the big weekend as well as gifts for the children to have on Easter Sunday. As I know that family & friends will likely […]

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

So you guys seemed to love my DIY reindeer food sack  tutorial at Christmas so much, so I thought I’d try and recreate something similar for Easter. These little Bunny treat bags are just the cutest and add a lovely extra touch to your Easter […]

DIY SENSORY EASTER EGGS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS {GIFTED SAMPLES USED}

DIY SENSORY EASTER EGGS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS {GIFTED SAMPLES USED}

Over the last week or so, I’ve been busy behind the scenes making bits and bobs for the littles’ Easter gifts. Today I wanted to share with you these unbelievably simple DIY sensory Easter eggs that I’ve added to William’s Easter basket ready to play with over the Easter weekend.

I was sent a pack of fillable eggs, among other bits & bobs, for the children to use in their play in the lead up to Easter. While Florence has had no end of fun using them in sensory tuff spots, small world play, treasure hunts and she even ate her breakfast out of them a couple of times (more on that here) , William is way too young to make use of them on his own. Instead, I’ve used them to make a selection of sensory eggs to play with him with when he’s on his play mat or during tummy time.

I took some of the eggs and decided to add both sound & smell elements to them. The eggs have little holes in the bottom so I figured when they’re shaken or even just laid next to the baby the scents will come through.  I picked some herbs from the garden (mint, rosemary & lemon mint) and popped them as they were into each of the eggs, along with a tea spoon of rice in one, a couple of bits of pasta in another and some coins in the third.

To make sure the contents don’t spill out everywhere, I’ve used some contrasting washi tape around the middle to secure them.

Florence (just shy of 2 years old) will probably make use of these and they’ll be something she can play with her baby brother with too. 

See what else I’ve put in William’s Easter basket here.

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Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

I can’t believe how quickly William’s first Easter has come around. While he is clearly too young to know what on earth is going on, let alone take advantage of the chocolate fest Easter brings, I still wanted to make him up his own little […]

3 Toddler Approved Easter Meal Ideas {GIFTED}

3 Toddler Approved Easter Meal Ideas {GIFTED}

Ever feel like you just keep serving up the same meals for your little one week after week? Recently I’ve noticed Florence had started to become quite fussy at meal times and I began to wonder if she was just a bit bored of what […]

A Week of Play – 7 Sensory & Small World Tray Ideas for Toddlers

A Week of Play – 7 Sensory & Small World Tray Ideas for Toddlers

With William still so dependent on me at just 7 weeks old, Florence is having to entertain herself quite a lot at the moment – especially when I’m feeding him. We have a pretty set routine in the mornings now but after lunch & nap time things can get s little fraught if there isn’t something in place to keep Florence busy so I’ve turned to our trusty tuff spot to create some small worlds & sensory play activities to bust the afternoon boredom.

Fairy Water Garden Tuff Spot

Nothing captures Florence’s attention like water play! I filled the tuff spot with water and added some happyland fairies, flower petals, leaves & stems along with some toy cups and saucers to use as boats and offer up the opportunity for pouring. I then added some waterbeads for an extra textural element and it wasn’t long before Florence decided to jump straight in herself.

Frog Pond Small World Tray

As this needed to be on a smaller scale, I used a round stainless steel tray instead of the tuff spot for this play. I added some water to the tray before sprinkling some Zimply Kids slime granules into it. This made for a really swamp like home for our plastic froggy friends! I also added some pebbles, a flower head & stems and a handful of googly eyes as tadpoles.

Flower Plot Tuff Spot

We had such fun with this and it lead into lots of other garden themed play too. I’ve written a whole post on this play here. All you need is some plant pots, some soil and some cut flowers! 

Seaside Small World Tray

Again, instead of the tuff spot, I used our round tray for this one. I made up some zimpli kids blue goo for the sea and used couscous for the sand. I hid someturtle pasta shapes (thank you Co-op) under the ‘sand’along with some cups that look a bit like buckets, some tiny spoons for spades and pebbles. We started on a turtle hunt by digging down through the couscous and then placing them along the shore. I later added some sea creature bath toys too.

Turtle Sands scooping tin

This little tin of couscous and turtle pasta shapes kept Florence amused for days! It’s basically the same as the above without the goo. She would scoop and pour to her hearts content and I often still bring this out for her to play with in her high chair while I cook tea or make William’s bottles.

Easter Egg Soup

We’ve had this plastic box full of waterbeads and plastic eggs out for well over a week and it’s one Florence just keeps on returning to. The high edges of the box keep the waterbeads contained a little more than the Tuff Spot would — those things can sure bounce! She has enjoyed scooping them, filling the eggs with them as well as mixing and simply letting them run through her hands.

On the farm

Florence loves going to the farm and has just recently started to really play independently with her little houses and figures so I put together this sensory small world tuff spot filled with animals. Each part of field has a different ‘floor’ made of either artificial grass, cereal or coffee beans adding a bunch of smells, colours & textures to explore. 

 Painty prints

This one got super messy but was great fun! I covered the tuff spot with paper & poured out three blobs of different coloured paint. I then added some dinosaurs, balls & shapes and showed her how to make prints across the paper. She made quite the masterpiece. (Top Tip – I always dress Florence in her all in one puddle suit to protect her clothes for this kind of play.)

And there we have it, 7 tuff spot and small world play ideas to fill your week with.

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My Promise to Them

My Promise to Them

You might have seen that earlier this mont I posted about the promises I’m making to myself when it comes to self care this year. If not, you can see that here. Today though, I wanted to talk about a promise I am making to […]

Flower Plot Tuff Spot Play

Flower Plot Tuff Spot Play

We had a morning of cancelled plans and grumpy babies this morning so by lunchtime we were all going a little stir crazy. We had to wait in for a parcel so couldn’t head out anywhere so I took some inspiration from my Play Hooray […]