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Friday, 30 March 2018

Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts


Emery absolutely LOVES making crafts. I knew we had to make a few Easter crafts. Both of these are fairly easy and use materials you most likely already have. Great and fun activities for the long Easter weekend! 

Easy Easter Crafts

Watercolour Bunny Banner

Supplies:
Watercolour Paints
Watercolour paper or cardstock
Cotton Balls
White Glue
Yarn or String
Washi Tape or regular tape
Scissors

Steps: 

1.) Paint several sheets with the paints. Make sure to cover the whole page. Let dry.

2.) Trace out a bunny shape onto the paper. There are lots on Pinterest. I used this one. Use the bunny to trace out bunnies on the back of the water color painted papers.

3.) Glue cotton balls onto the bunny for tails. Let dry.

4.) Pick out the order of bunnies you want for your banner and how long you want it to be.

5.) Using the washi tape, tape down the string or yarn on back of the bunnies spreading them out. Make sure to press down hard to seal the tape.

6.) Hang up & enjoy!

Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts

 Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Materials:
Several Rolls of washi tape
White paper or card stock
Scissors 

Steps:

1.) Using the washi tape cover your entire sheet of paper with tape. Go nuts, making different patterns, abstract, etc. Emery could rip off the tape by herself but got tired of doing it. I just pre-ripped a bunch off and stuck them to the edge of the table.

2.) Trace out an egg shape and cut it out.

3.) On the back of the taped papers trace out several eggs and cut them out. This part is so satisfying to see all the different eggs, haha!

4.) Emery just played with the eggs. I wrote out Happy Easter on some of them. Some other ideas of what to do with them are: a banner, laminate them, or laminate them & glue magnets on the back, or use as tags for baskets or gifts.


Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts

Easy Easter Crafts

What are your favourite Easter crafts? I would love to hear!

Happy Easter! 

<3 Kastles 

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers & Babies

Easter Basket ideas for toddlers and babies

One of my favourite parts of being a parent is getting to celebrate Holidays with my babes. I really enjoy doing themed Holiday activities, crafts, etc. Easter is one of my favourite Holidays. I love celebrating the love Jesus has for us and all the hope that Easter brings. And I also just love all the Easter things: flowers, pastels, eggs, and the chocolate of course. 

I have such fond memories of searching for eggs growing up. I am so excited Emery is a little bigger this year so she can really enjoy it. Easter baskets are totally my jam and I had way too much fun collecting goodies for the kids this year. 

Easter Basket ideas for toddlers and babies

In Alder's Basket

Petit Collage Lion Wooden Push Along Toy: Petit Collage is such an amazing kids company. Their toys are beautiful & ethically made, which is awesome. This little push along toy has smooth wheels and it's easy to grasp. 

Petit Collage Busy Bear Organic Baby Activity Doll: This cute little cotton bear has a solid beech wood ring with I know Alder is going to love to chew on, a crinkly shape that jiggles when pulled, soft crinkly ears and the always popular ribbon tabs.

Fluffy Tails Soft Book: I picked up this book at Max & Maude in Sherwood Park. If you are looking for gifts or Easter goodies, go there! So many amazing items! Alder loved this book while we were looking around, so many different textures to play & chew on. They have tons of other versions of it as well. 

Guess How Much I Love You Book: Such a classic & adorable book. I've taken this out of the library  a bunch of times so I knew it would make a great addition to our own library. I actually thrifted this from Value Village. I have found so many brand new kids books out thrifting, it's awesome. 



Easter Basket ideas for toddlers and babies

Easter Basket ideas for toddlers and babies

In Emery's Basket

The Bunny Who Found Easter Book: This is a remake of an old classic, and it's a sweet little story. A lonely bunny goes hunting for Easter, where he hopes to find other bunnies. He goes searching through all the seasons, he finally finds what he has been looking for in spring. 

JellyCat Bunny: This sweet little bunny is another pick from Max & Maude. They have so many stuffies to choose from. Emery for sure doesn't need another stuffy but I couldn't resist. 

Petit Collage Little Travelers Mix and Match: I'm just so excited about this! There are over 25+ magnetic pieces that can be mixed and matched. It comes in a easy to close tin, and has two full color play scenes printed on the inside. I can't wait to play with this, haha!

Masha's World Activity Book by Suzy Ultman: Suzy Ultman's designs are absolutely amazing! I included a picture below of some of the adorable stickers that are inside. I first discovered her with the Tiny Farm and Tiny House books. 

Maileg Little Brother and Baby Rocker: I discovered these amazing toys at Max & Maude. They are so so so stinking cute! I think they will make a great Heirloom toy that Emery's kids can play with one day. Max & Maude have an amazing selection of them. 

Love Fresh Rainbow Bath Bomb: I threw this in last minute because girlfriend loves a magical bath bomb! There are tons of places you can pick these up: Homesense, LUSH and Indigo. 


Easter Basket ideas for toddlers and babies

Easter Basket ideas for toddlers and babies

Aren't these illustrations the cutest things ever?!

What kind of goodies are you putting in your Easter Baskets? 

Happy Easter weekend everyone!

<3 Kastles 


Friday, 23 March 2018

Spring Break Fun at Edmonton Public Library

Kids programs at Edmonton Public Library

It's finally spring break! I don't know about you but we are pretty excited over here! My husband is a teacher so we get to have him home for ten days! Besides sleeping and cleaning the house, we will definitely be checking all the programs at Edmonton Public Library this break. 

We are huge fans of the Library programs already. We go to the library at least once a week. It is such a great resource for kids and family. It's free, educational and the kids have a blast. They offer a variety of programs during the week. We went to Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn this week at the Meadows and it was awesome! Great for toddlers and babies, with a variety of activities & stories, including a bubble machine! Which clearly the kids loved, haha!

Kids programs at Edmonton Public Library

Kids programs at Edmonton Public Library

From March 24-31, the Edmonton Public Library is running some super awesome and free programs for families during spring break. Research proves that keeping kids minds sharp during vacation helps when they return to school and has a measurable impact on their mental acuity. Plus, it's a lot of fun and a great way to spend quality time together!

A couple of the programs that caught my eye specifically that I know Emery and Alder would enjoy are Puppet Adventures, There's a Song Inside of Me, and X-Marks the Spot. Puppets, singing, and balloons & magic sounds like a perfect family time to me! 

If you have older kids who love LEGO, you will want to check out the It's a Scientific World where you get to explore custom motorized LEGO models. Or for the little artist in your household, Art Attack is the program for them, where you get to channel your inner Picasso or draw your own Dali.

Check out the full list of programs here


Kids programs at Edmonton Public Library

Kids programs at Edmonton Public Library

Kids programs at Edmonton Public Library

Beat boredom this Spring Break and join in on the fun at EPL! Whether you have a little one who loves puppet shows or a mini genius who wants to learn all about robots, there's a free program available at your local branch! 

From going on a robotic adventure to searching for lost treasure with magical balloon twisting comedian, there's something for everyone this Spring Break at EPL

Happy Spring Break everyone!

<3 Kastles


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