Okay, so you've got the basics down: the kids, the dyed eggs, the baskets, and the candy. But you're going to need to dig deeper if you want to create a truly memorable event. Crown yourself the king or queen of your Easter egg hunt with our top ten hunt essentials.
This game will help your child build associations. The goal is to match the object -- say, the cherry -- with the plain square of the same color. Fruit and square aren’t identical but share the quality of “redness.” Discovering these relationships develops abstract thinking, essential to learning. Make ten objects that are familiar and iconic (fruits, animals, vehicles) plus colored squares, and join them on a ring.
To solve the mystery posed by a puzzle made of blocks, kids must investigate relationships between shapes and colors. Puzzle blocks help children build thinking skills and are easy for parents to make with paint and stencils. Add a heart to one side of a grouping of blocks; then flip them around and add a star, circle, or flower in different colors to others. As your preschooler rotates and examines the blocks, she’ll build associations between color and form. You needn’t wait until she’s a toddler to make these; starting in infancy, she’ll enjoy the look and feel of the pretty wooden cubes.
This iconic sandwich just may be the ultimate in versatility. Dress it up with fresh figs or pulled short ribs, or keep things simple with nothing more than quality cheddar. Whichever direction you go in, the same satisfaction will result.
Acids, such as vinegar, react and dissolve calcium carbonate, which is found in eggshells, to produce carbon dioxide gas and dissolved salt; a protein membrane around the egg remains, creating a springy feel. TV crafter Jim "Figgy" Noonan shares his educational how-to.
This easy summer kids' craft is a featured project at Martha Stewart Crafts Studio at Beaches Resorts. Make your own stencil using craft punches, then use glitter to transfer the design onto fabric totes, pouches, bandannas, and tees.