Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve really rediscovered my passion for baby & toddler play & planning activities to do with the children. So much so, I’ve planned a whole month of spring related activities from tuff spots to days out to keep Florrie entertained each day and also enhance her development in areas such as her speech. Today, after a busy morning of digging & planting at my Mum’s Allotment we came home to do some Easter crafts.
I’d picked up these foam chicks from a bargain shop near to us last week and until today hadn’t really given much thought to what we would do with them. I set out two chicks, a pot of different coloured feathers, some googly eyes, PVA glue & a glue spreader on the highchair tray and invited her to come and play. She had reached the point in the day where she’d skipped her nap and was flagging a bit so I wanted to give her something she could do quietly.
As well as this being a crafty activity, it also offered a lot of opportunity for sensory stimulation.
Glue was a whole new thing to Florence as we’ve never really done this sort of craft before. I squeezed some glue on to the chick and showed her how to spread it with the stick. She copied at first and then started to spread the glue around with her finger.
Together we began to stick each feather on to the chick, each time talking about the colour. Florence is getting really good with identifiying and naming colours now.
We then added some more glue before sticking on a pair of googly eyes, finishing our first chick.
I then poured some glue on to the second chick and took a step back allowing Florence to have a go herself. I had separated the coloured feathers out and she chose to take from the yellow pile, sticking them onto the chick one by one, counting in her own little language as she went. I helped her to add the eyes and a little orange foam triangle for a beak.
She seemed to really be enjoying this activity, especially the glue spreading, so I gave her another foam chick and poured out some more glue directly onto it. She spotted the pompoms in the craf tbox and asked for those too so I obliged and poured some out on her tray. Again, we talked about the colours as she stuck them down, one by one.
We ended up making three chicks in total. This was such a simple Easter activity to set up and execute with very limited mess, other than some PVA glue which can be peeled off once dry (Anyone else used to cover their hand in PVA glue just so they could peel it off when they were little? Oh the wonder of childhood!). It was a perfect introduction to glueing and sticking too.
The chicks could be stuck to Easter cards for family & friends or used as decorations. If you can’t get hold of the foam chicks, you could always either draw or print out a chick shape and cut it out instead.
Keep an eye out for more of our Spring play & craft posts over the next few weeks!