Foam Flowers for Spring

Our latest spring craft was a quick little project that was made up of a few materials from Dollar Tree.  We found some pipe cleaners, colorful foam sheets shaped like flowers, and re-used the pop poms from our Easter Egg Color Sorting activity to make some festive Spring flowers to decorate the playroom!

Foam Flowers for Spring

For this project, you will need:

  • Crafters foam flowers (you can either buy them already in the flower shape like I did, or cut flowers from regular rectangular or square colorful crafters foam sheets)
  • Pipe cleaners (green ones will look best- these will be your flower stems)
  • Pom poms
  • Liquid glue
  • Tape
  • Paint (or glitter glue, stickers, or whatever else you’re feeling) to decorate

To make your flowers:

1. Grown-up: If you need to cut the flowers out of your crafters foam, do that first. Then, prepare your pipe cleaner flower stems. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, then bend one side of the “v” shape to make a leaf (as pictured below). Pinch the pipe cleaner together at the stem and then wrap the end of the leaf around the stem to hold the leaf shape. Make one stem for each flower you plan to make.

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2. Grown-up & Child: Squeeze a dot of glue in the middle of each flower. Let your little artist choose a color of pom pom to go in the center of each flower and place it on the glue dot.

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3. Grown-up & Child: Turn the flowers over and help your little one secure the stems in place with tape.

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4. Child: Turn the flowers over and decorate! T used pastel colored tempera paint to add some swirly strokes and texture to his flowers.

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T was so excited when he finished and was carrying his little “bouquet” all around the house. Then we hung them up on the wall with the other Easter crafts that he has made. (He got this little picture of Jesus at church on Sunday and it’s his favorite part of the Easter wall. 🙂 )

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Go ahead and make your own flowers, and comment below to let us know how it goes!

Or better yet, upload a picture to Instagram and tag @makelearngo, send a message to Make Learn Go on Facebook, or e-mail your photo to makelearngo@gmail.com for a chance for your child’s artwork to be featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages!

And don’t forget to check out our other fun Easter crafts and learning activities that you can do with your little one:

And if you’re still trying to figure out what the Easter Bunny is going to bring this year, here’s our helpful list of Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers & Babies.

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Easter Egg Color Sorting

Dollar Tree is one of my very favorite places to shop lately. The place is loaded with inexpensive supplies for all sorts of fun projects and activities, and the best part is that EVERYTHING is $1! I can let T choose whatever random toy or book he wants and I don’t have to worry if it will break or if he will get tired of it in a week, because it only cost a buck!

The other day when I entered the store and saw all of the colorful plastic Easter eggs in front, a fun activity for T instantly came to mind. Recently, we have started working on learning colors. What better seasonal objects to use for a color activity than Easter eggs? At 21 months old, he’s not quite getting the hang of recalling all of the color names, but we are working on color matching to start. So I browsed through the aisles in search of single-colored objects that would fit inside of the plastic Easter eggs and matched the colors of the eggs. For $4, we got all of the supplies needed for our color sorting activity: a package of 18 plastic Easter eggs, a bag of colorful pom poms, a bag of colorful pony beads, and a box of Skittles candies!

T had lots of fun doing this activity, and an added bonus is that all of the items can be re-used for other projects and activities later on! Score!

Easter Egg Color Sorting

For this activity you will need:

  • An empty egg carton
  • Plastic Easter eggs (the hollow kind that you can open up) in a few different colors
  • Small single-colored objects that match the colors of your Easter eggs (Eg. pom poms, beads, candies)

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To do this activity:

  1. Grown-up: Open up the plastic eggs and place the bottom half of each color of egg into your empty egg carton. (You can set the top half of the eggs aside for now- you won’t need them for this activity. I also cut our egg carton in half so that there would be fewer empty spaces. I didn’t want him to get distracted and try to just move the eggs from space to space.)
  2. Grown-up: Gather together your colored items and place them in the empty spaces in the egg carton. (We used pom poms first, then Skittles, then pony beads.) 
  3. Child: Let your child move the objects one at a time to the egg of the coordinating color.
  4. Repeat steps 3 & 4 with the various items you have gathered.

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Try it out with your little one, and let us know how it goes! What other items did you add to your color sorting egg carton? Share with us in the comments below or tag @makelearngo on Instagram!

And don’t forget to check out some of our fun Easter crafts and learning activities that you can do with your little one:

And if you’re still trying to figure out what the Easter Bunny is going to bring this year, here’s our helpful list of Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers & Babies.

Cotton Ball Bunny & Lamb

For those of you who didn’t know, I am a mama by day and a freelance illustrator by night (and nap time!). The other night as I was finishing up a project to send over to a client, I came across this little lamb sketch that I did a few years ago. With springtime and Easter on my mind, I instantly thought up an adorable craft that my little Tommy could make using this drawing as a base. Of course, no Easter craft involving fluffy white baby animals would be complete without a bunny, so I whipped up a little bunny drawing to go along with it!

Cotton Ball Bunny & Lamb

For this project, you will need:

  • Little Lamb & Little Bunny (<—click the links to download .pdf files)
  • Printer (with black ink or toner… no color printer necessary)
  • White 8.5 x 11″ printer paper (or card stock)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Liquid Glue
  • Stickers & markers (or whatever you want to use to decorate your picture)

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To make it:

  1. Grown-up: Print the Little Lamb and Little Bunny .pdf files. (I printed on white card stock to make this a little more sturdy to withstand the glue and weight of the cotton balls.)
  2. Grown-up & Child: Squiggle some glue onto the body of the little lamb and let your little one help place cotton ball “wool” all over to make the lamb cute and fluffy.
  3. Child: Decorate your picture with colorful stickers, color the background, and add words or designs to make it your own.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 with the Little Bunny printout.

These printouts are free for personal use, but please remember that I am the artist and I retain the copyrights to the artwork. These art files (along with any other art or photography that I post on makelearngo.com) cannot be copied, reproduced, or sold without my permission. If you have any questions about this, please e-mail me at makelearngo@gmail.com. Thank you!

When you make this with your little artist, don’t forget to take a picture! Tag @makelearngo on Instagram, send a message to Make Learn Go on Facebook, or e-mail your photo to makelearngo@gmail.com for a chance for your child’s artwork to be featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages!

And don’t forget to check out some of our fun Easter crafts and learning activities that you can do with your little one:

And if you’re still trying to figure out what the Easter Bunny is going to bring this year, here’s our helpful list of Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers & Babies.

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers and Babies

Easter baskets are a cute way to surprise your little buddy with some sweet gifts & treats. I don’t like to give T too much sugar (or he turns into a hyperactive, moody, whirlwind of destruction) but there are plenty of other cute ways to fill his basket.

Easter Basket Idea

Here are a couple of tasty treats I’m thinking about this year:

  • Annie’s Homegrown Snacks: These are the yummiest little cheddar crackers, graham crackers, cookies, pretzels and fruit snacks you ever did see- all shaped like bunnies, made from organic indregients, and some are even gluten-free! Perfect for a healthy and tasty Easter treat.

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  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: Why not have your kid actually eat some of those Easter eggs that you dyed together?

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  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg: I know it’s candy… but Reese’s are the best, and you can buy just one egg if you want to. Plus, they are soft and easy to chew for someone who might not have all of their molars in yet.

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Something fun to play with:

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Peek N Peep Eggs

  • Plush Peter Rabbit: This cute and squeezable stuffed bunny would make a great pal for a boy or a girl.

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A book or two:

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  • Hatch (Lift-the-Flap Book) by Katie Cox: You lift the flaps to see different baby animals “hatch” out of their eggs. Very fun!

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  • In My Meadow by Sara Gillingham (Author) & Lorena Siminovich (Illustrator): This book has cute die-cut pages and a bunny finger puppet!

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Something cute to wear:

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Bunny PJ girl

Yellow Bunny PJs girl

Bow Chick PJs

Have a Hoppy Day

Chick PJs Boy

chikc Magnet PJs

Rabbit Frog PJs

Moto Bunny

And maybe another fun little knick-knack or two:

  • Bubbles: Because what would be sweeter than a photo of T dressed up in his Easter Sunday best, running through bubbles on a sunny spring day?
  • Pinwheels: Inexpensive, festive, colorful, and fun to decorate the garden.
  • Light-up bouncy balls: We put a couple of these in his Easter basket last year and he still plays with them every day!

And some ideas of what to put inside of those plastic easter eggs:

  • Stickers
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Hair clips or bows (for a girl)
  • Bow Tie (for a boy)
  • Easter necklaces (T is obsessed with Mardi Gras beads lately, so he’s getting the Easter version in his basket this year.)

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And for those of you who have teeny-tiny ones at home, here are some Easter basket ideas for babies:

Bunny Lovey

Baby Boy Bunny PJs

Baby Girl Bunny PJs

Somebunny Loves Me

Bunny Towel

Duckie Towel

Sleep Gowns

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Peter Rabbit Cloth Book

Pat the Bunny

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Carrots

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  • And to put in the plastic Easter eggs:
    • Baby Socks
    • Baby Shoes
    • Headbands
    • Soft Baby Hats
    • Pacifier Clips
    • Pacifiers: I especially love these ones by Ulubulu that come in all sorts of cute colors, have funny expressions you can choose from, or you can personalize with baby’s name.

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What do you plan to include your toddler’s or baby’s Easter basket this year? Share your favorite items with us!

And don’t forget to check out some of our fun Easter crafts and learning activities that you can do with your little one: