Monday, April 6, 2015
Toddler Easter Recap
Hello, Some people asked me how I keep Easter small and meaningful for a toddler, so here is our Easter recap. We started the day by baking bread. The house smelled heavenly and it was a nice soothing way to start the day. (Sorry, no pictures).
Our Easter basket is pretty small compared to some. We don't have a lot of candy. There are some gluten free cookies, and one piece of candy in his basket. Egg shaped chalk, a new plate and cup, a book about spring, and a small stuffed lamb. We also have a christian Easter book that I've been reading to Panda all week in preparation for today. This helped lend meaning to what we were doing for him.
We do an egg hunt outside, but we use wooden eggs. Bear's family used hard boiled eggs when he was little and I don't see the point in having extra treats and goodies in plastic eggs if there is already a basket. My son gets overwhelmed easily, so using wooden eggs works well for our family. I don't use hard boiled because I don't want to attract animals.
This year Panda painted eggs. We used non toxic finger paints.
They turned out beautiful! Next year we might try the trick where you put the egg inside a whisk and have the toddler dunk the whisk in dye, but this year needed a more tactile approach.
Then we packed ourselves up (and our fresh bread) and headed over to my sister's house for a family dinner. They surprised Panda with a small adorable Easter bucket. There were gluten free dairy free cookie bars and organic gummy bunnies for treats, caterpillar socks, a new book, apple scented bubbles, sidewalk chalk (it's a thing with my family), and a sweet little duck for Panda. My sister's family was watching an adorable 4 year old girl for the day (yes, she also got an Easter bucket). She and Panda are best buddies. Being able to play with her might have been Panda's favorite treat of the day. All in all, it was a lovely Easter. While we packed a bit in, it was still slow and smooth enough to avoid over stimulation and sugary melt downs. There was one melt down, but that was more due to a needed nap than anything else. What did your family do for Easter?