Our Christmas quiet time bags were such a hit (seriously, every time I try to pack them up they get them back out), that I thought I’d make a couple Easter/spring ones to put in our quiet time bag rotation.
It was easy to recreate some of the original ideas from the Christmas bags into Easter themed items. In our Christmas quiet time bags we had felt trees to decorate. I used the same idea and made a couple felt Easter eggs with a variety of wiggly lines and polka dots that can be used to decorate the eggs. They fit nicely in a sandwich bag, and could always be tossed into a purse or diaper bag to be used as a busy bag at a doctor’s office, etc.
Another thing we had in our Christmas bags that I decided to bring back was number cards. In the Christmas bag we had colorful packages with numbers just waiting to be put in the correct order. For the Easter quiet time boxes the kids helped decorate eggs out of card stock, which I later numbered 1-15.
I made a small matching game using card stock and a package of Easter stickers. (For easy directions click here.)
To work on those fine motor skills I picked out some flower and egg-shaped beads I had to thread on a pipe cleaner. (Do NOT give small children beads unattended!)
Then I added an old board book and a wind up egg that was in one of their Easter baskets several years ago and has somehow survived.
Because I hate to spend money if I don’t have to, I packed it all in an empty Pop-tart box, which I decorated with pictures they had colored in a bunny coloring book.
I used card stock to write the words in lower case letters, making sure to space them out enough that the kids could the clip the corresponding capital letter clothespin to it. I put a different word on the backs of each of them, giving them a total of 8 words to work with.
Wanting to put something in each box that had to do with numbers, I made a simple felt game with little Easter baskets, each with a number on it. I then cut out some small felt eggs so they could put the right number eggs in each basket. Again, it all fit nicely into a sandwich baggie and can be taken out as a busy bag if needed.
Instead of the Christmas tree lacing card, I made an Easter egg version, using cardboard from an old cereal box and punching holes along the outside of it. Ii added a piece of yarn tied to the top hole and it was ready to lace.
To finish the second box I also added a little chick “view finder” that one of the kids got in their Easter basket last year and a small pinball game I got this year at the dollar store.
This time it was all packed in an empty instant oatmeal box, again decorated with pages from the coloring book.
There you have it, 2 very easy to make Easter quiet time boxes, just waiting to be played with!
Have an idea of something I could add to them? Leave me a comment!
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