STEM Fun: Dyeing Easter Eggs with My Little Girl!

Two years ago, I did a blog entry about how much fun it was to dye Easter Eggs with my little girl. Now that she’s almost six, the activity is not only fun but an absolute learning experience involving STEM, or shall I say STEAM. Quinn was eager to do just about everything from start to finish. She organized everything on the counter and even suggested that we organize the cups in the order of the rainbow colors.

When it was time to add the tablets, she recalled from last year that her fingers should be dry so that none of the dye gets on them. Without me informing her, she remembered that the vinegar would go to the first measurement line, and the water would go to the second line.  “Alexa, set a timer for one minute,” she said after the eggs were in the cups.  We took a look, and she said let’s leave them in a little longer so that the color will get darker.

Since we had one egg that cracked as it boiled, we decided to experiment with it. “How about we dip it in blue first and then dip it in red so that we can get a purple eggs?” she suggested. I love how she’s always thinking and experimenting. Then came the artistic component. She designed each colorful egg and made them look so cute, almost too cute for me to eat! I felt like the one I had was begging me not to eat her with those big jiggly eyes.

Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, doing this activity is a great way to teach children colors, how to do measurements,  how to have patience, trial and error and how to get creative. Another bonus is that it’s a wonderful bonding experience that results with a treat to eat.

All the best,

Tanya

A Happy Easter Weekend with My Little Girl

 

This Easter weekend flew by so quickly, but I couldn’t let the day go by without acknowledging and celebrating the fun moments I had with my daughter. We spent time with our family, something we both look forward to doing. We went on an Easter egg hunt yesterday, dyed eggs, and at Quinn’s request, we made rice crispy treats. She woke up excited to see what she received in her basket and immediately wanted to divide up her treats with her father and me so that we’d have some Easter treats too. I’m so grateful for such a sweet and thoughtful daughter. Happy Easter to you and yours.

All the best,

Tanya

Easter Fun at Shadybrook Farm

 

“Look at all of the eggs I got!” my daughter shouted with a smile on her face as she came running back from the field with my mom, her nana. We just love going to Shadybrook Farm for their pumpkin patch and Halloween activities, so we were definitely excited to attend their “Easter Eggstravaganza” activity this weekend. Instead of taking a hayride to the pumpkin patch field, we, along with other families, were taken to an Easter egg field where children were permitted to fill their baskets with six eggs apiece and then select a special gift upon returning from the field. I was so excited for Quinn as it brought back memories of when I was younger and went on an Easter egg hunt.

In addition to getting treats, the Easter bunny was available to take pictures, and there were many other fun activities for the children and adults alike to enjoy. It was definitely worth the fee of $10 per child and $5 per adult. Plus we were able to get a discount by donating in a canned good. If you’re looking for a fun family activity, I highly recommend coming to Shadybrook Farm. It most definitely may become one of our family traditions.

All the best,

Tanya

Can’t Be Late for an Important Date: Easter Fun at the Mad Hatter Event

Last year, I took my daughter to the Mad Hatter event celebrating Alice in Wonderland and the different characters at our local mall, and we had such a wonderful time. So when I received an email to RSVP for it this year, I wasted no time adding us to the list.  I just love when I stumble across something that both my daughter and I can enjoy, and I love it even more when it’s free! Alice and the Queen of Hearts made appearances, there were coloring, crafts, tasty treats and the Easter Bunny was there too. I initially stood off to the side as Quinn went to meet him, and she then turned towards me, signaled with her hand saying, “Come on, Mommy! You can be in the picture too!”

Though her smile was not as big as mine, she said, “I was so excited Mommy! The Easter Bunny gave me a high five and a fist bump!” This weekend, I actually had three stacks of papers to grade and was tempted to not attend the event since we had a play date scheduled for later, but boy am I glad that I did. Seeing how excited my little girl was made it all worth with it.

All the best,

Tanya

P.S. If you live near Willow Grove Mall, there are two more free Mad Hatter events on April 5th and April 9th. Click here for more information.

A Happy Easter with My Little Girl

“Yay! The Easter bunny came and left me a basket with special treats!” My little girl excitedly said. She spent a good portion of the day opening her surprise eggs and creating her own to share with me and her father. It’s amazing how much she’s grown within a year. She wanted to describe the color, shape and overall appearance of each item she came across, and I was eager to listen.Going to her nana’s (my mother) house was a special treat too, and really made her day. Though she is still learning the “real” reason for celebrating Easter, this was a happy day for my little girl.

All the best,

Tanya

Making Easter Eggs to “Dye” for with My Little Girl

When I was younger, I loved dying eggs with my mom for Easter. Now, I’m able to keep the cherished tradition alive with my little girl. There’s so many styles from which to choose instead of the basic color dye, but I wanted something that was not too messy yet fun for my soon-to-be three year old. At Target, one of our favorite stores, we located a decorating kit to transform the eggs into zoo and circus animals for five dollars. Quinn enjoyed dying the eggs but really loved decorating them as animals, as did I.

Now, there’s one major problem. They’re so adorable that I don’t think my husband, Quinn or I can bring ourselves to eat them. It’s a good thing that we only decorated four as animals and left the rest in plain colors. It looks like it’s going to be a Happy Easter for our new egg friends: the tiger, zebra, giraffe and elephant. Happy Easter to you and your family.

All the best,

Tanya

What Would We Do Without It Wednesday: All About the Freebies

Popcorn, cookies, lollipops, juice, water, the Mad Hatter, coloring activities, photo props and the Easter Bunny too: today, my daughter and I enjoyed attending the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at our local mall. This event was fantastic for my daughter but was totally awesome for me because it was all for free! That’s right, free! Anyone who is a parent or has cared for a child at one point or another knows that it can get quite expensive to provide children with the basic necessities, let alone special treats and outings from time to time.

When I was a little girl, I did not necessarily know the financial obstacles my mother, as a single parent, endured in raising me and my two siblings. One of the reasons may be that she would always find free or low-cost events and activities for us to attend, and I was not focused on the cost just the fun I was having. Though I am not a single parent and am doing okay financially, I still love finding a good bargain and saving money. It gives me such a good feeling knowing that I can put a smile on my daughter’s face and keep a little money in my pocket. What would we do without free events?

All the best,

Tanya

PS. If you are in the Montgomery County, PA area, the Mad Hatter Tea Party will be taking place this Saturday, March 19th as well.