As moms, we’re always looking for ways to entertain our children. So I thought it would be fun to share a few hacks and toddler Easter activity ideas that you can try out to entertain your little one.
My toddler is 17 months old, but most of these will work for a lot of ages around toddlerhood. Victor had a lot of fun with these and they kept him occupied for quite a while #MomWin 🙂
Here are some things you and your toddler can enjoy doing this Easter:
1. Whipped cream coloured eggs
I have two ways to safely colour eggs with a toddler. This first one is my favourite. You will need: whip cream, food colouring, vinegar.
I hard boiled the eggs beforehand. Put whipped cream in a bowl, add some drops of food colouring and swirl it around with the end of a spoon or fork. Dip the egg in vinegar, pat it dry and then add it to the whipped cream bowl. You can then take it out and leave it for a few minutes to work its magic. I then cleaned it up with just a bit of water and it turned out a really lovely pastel colour.
2. Coloured eggs with vinegar, water and food coloring
This is also really easy and safe for toddlers, but it was messier than the previous method. I used 1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and about 20 drops of food coloring. Mix it all together, place the egg in there with a spoon and let it sit for a while. Super easy to do and my toddler loved it, but -again – quite messy.
3. Dip eggs in paint with whisk
This is a hack that can make colouring eggs easier for toddlers, because it helps them handle the egg better. My toddler actually preferred working around with a spoon, but your little one might enjoy this more and it might be easier for them.
4. Use stickers or washi tape for egg decor
This is a super easy way to decorate the eggs you have previously coloured. I used washi tape around the egg and it was a fool-proof way to make them look cuter.
5. Decorate muffins together
I’ll be honest, I initially wanted to bake cookies and decorate them. But #momlife … so I decided to keep it simpler and, since cookies can be quite hit or miss when it comes to the recipe, I just went for my trusty muffin recipe and decorated those. My toddler could care less if it’s cookies or muffins.
Muffin recipe: 100 grams of butter, 150 grams of flour, 2 eggs, 3 bananas. That’s it! Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. This will make about 8 muffins.
I used store bought coloured icing, but you can make your own if you prefer. This obviously has sugar in it, so it’s not something I would do often with my toddler, but on a special occasion I think it’s fine.
I tried my hand at making a bunny on a muffin. I’m no expert, guys, but when my toddler saw it he said “bunny”, so I guess it’s not that bad if even he can recognize it’s a bunny, haha! 🙂 He loved decorating and squeezing the coloured tubes and, of course, licking the icing off the muffins.
6. Sticky bunny on window
For this I drew a bunny shape on some contact paper (or any type of adhesive paper). Place some double sided tape bits on the side of the paper that’s not sticky. Stick that part with the double sided tape on a window at your toddler’s level. Then you can peel off the adhesive paper and you have one sticky bunny surface. I also drew some eyes and nose to make it cuter.
Get some cotton pads or cotton balls and encourage your toddler to stick those on the bunny (if your kid is younger like mine, make sure you supervise them, so that they don’t end up with cotton pads in their mouth). Victor had more fun ripping off the pads from the bunny than actually sticking them on – but, hey, whatever entertains him!
7. Eggs in socks
This sounds a bit silly, but it was quite fun for my toddler and it helped him practice some fine motor skills. Get some baby socks, play eggs and a bin/basket/bowl. I put each egg into a sock and then handed my toddler the basket full of those. I showed him how to take out an egg myself and then he kept trying on his own. Once he figured it out he was so proud of himself and he really enjoyed this.
8. Sensory bin with rice and eggs
This one was my toddler’s favourite (although also the messiest of them all). I made a sensory bin with rice. I cooked some basmati rice and added a few drops of food colouring to make it blue. Then I added the rice to a tupperware container, got a couple of bowls on the side, some spoons and some plastic eggs and I let my toddler go to town with this.
He was absolutely obsessed with this activity. He played with this for more than 30 minutes (that’s a lot for a 17 month old). He loved practicing his fine motor skills, taking rice from one bowl to the other with a spoon. He used the egg halves to scoop rice. It was awesome and he really had fun with it!
9. Add snacks to surprise eggs
I also used the eggs I mentioned above for making little surprise eggs. I put a little snack inside each of them (a cheese puff, a little oatmeal bite, anything really) and he was so excited to open each one and enjoy his snack.
10. Get an egg carton and encourage them to put eggs inside
I didn’t use real eggs for this (for obvious reasons), instead I also used those plastic eggs. He loved placing all the eggs inside the carton and then he loved even more taking all of them out. It’s a super simple activity, but quite a fun one for kids.
Those are all of my toddler Easter activity ideas and hacks. I really hope you find these useful.
I also made a YouTube video all about these, so if you would like to see them in action, here it is:
If you try any of these toddler Easter activity ideas, let me know how your little one liked them. What fun activities do you have planned for your toddler? Have an awesome day!