|Our felt eggs thus far...|
Easter is right around the corner! There are so many great activities to do at Easter time as we prep for this very special religious holiday. Ironically, Lachlan has been picking up his toddler Bible from the shelf a lot more this week so we have been reading quite a few stories about Jesus. I have to laugh when my husband reads him these incredible shorten versions of the stories and says, "these stories just don't make any sense!" To an adult they are so simplistic with no beginning or end really just a little clip from the middle. You don't know how someone got somewhere or where they went after! Lachlan particularly likes looking at the Garden of Eden because there are a lot of animals and of course the snake which his his favourite. He just doesn't get that the snake isn't the 'good guy' in the story!
As you might know, we've been getting pretty crafty in our household latley; especially in the area of felting. Certainly not a felt master by any means but we enjoy experimenting and getting ideas from the real pros--you know, the ones that have these amazing blogs showcasing all their felting creations. I am truly inspired by them!
|Fun splashing in the soapy water|
|Adding a bit more soap|
|Rolling egg on bamboo mat|
I really like felting because it is something very creative to do with your children that exercise a whole host of developmental skills. Mostly, it works on sensory development; the texture of wool, splashing of water, slippery soap. Children can feel how the texture of the wool changes, starting very soft and fluffy, turning into a slippery ball while the soap suds form and then eventually as the friction does its work, the wool tightens up and soon you have a beautifully formed creation. It also helps with motor skill as you roll the ball in your hands and on the bamboo mat. Another important lesson that is taught is sequencing as we follow a series of steps in a particular order to achieve the desired result. All of these wonderful things are learned by the child while at the same time having heaps of fun. Better yet, at the end of this learning session the child has a wonderful work of art which he has created!
|Showing off one of his marble eggs|
Lachlan and I are still in the process of making our eggs for Easter but I thought I'd share a few that we have finished thus far in hopes to inspire you to get creative with your little ones. Whether it is felting, cutting or drawing eggs I hope you'll find a way to share in the Easter fun!