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Party with our Peeps - peep pops, bunny tails, donuts and free printables - Easter Egg Game and Photo Booth Sign

Party with our Peeps

Our Party with our Peeps was so much fun and a great way to welcome our friends visiting us from Australia.

Our friends arrived in the morning, so I had a spread of easy breakfast items like donuts and cinnamon rolls ready for them.

If you really want to get into the theme, you could also shape your cinnamon rolls into bunnies. (I did this on a different morning and stuck with regular cinnamon rolls the day of the party to keep things simple).

bunny shaped cinnamon rolls - cinnabunnies for Easter breakfast or a Party with your Peeps

I also made peeps pops. No one really ate them (probably a good thing because – sugar overload!), but they were so cute and really made the table look complete.

Party with our Peeps - peep pops, bunny tails, donuts and free printables - Easter Egg Game and Photo Booth Sign

To make the pops I just inserted cute party straws, snipped off the bottom and stuck it to a white candy melt. I lined up the candy melts on wax paper then used a lighter to melt them just slightly before sticking the peep on. Then I tied a bow around them. So easy and cute. πŸ™‚

make peeps pops using, party straws, candy melts and ribbon

I hung up the adorable banner my friend cut out for me using her silhouette (I drew on the faces with sharpie so they would look more like peeps) with washi tape. It was so easy, looked cute and didn’t wreck my walls. I placed the photo booth sign (get your free sign here) and props on the table too.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

We played the Easter Egg Game after we ate and it was so much fun! Check out this post for instructions and free printables.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

After naps, we decorated our Easter Eggs. We had also planned to do a fun peeps art project from This Sweet Happy Life, but everyone was a bit tired so we let the kids run around in the backyard playing with the water hose instead. πŸ˜‰

This party was a lot of fun and would be great for a play date with friends or just as an Easter kick-off. It ended up being the perfect way to welcome our friends. It was very simple, but made the day feel extra special.

>Party with our Peeps - peep pops, bunny tails, donuts and free printables - Easter Egg Game and Photo Booth Sign
Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

The Easter Egg Game

When I was thinking of ideas for our “Party with our Peeps” at 2am instead of sleeping (anyone else do that?) I thought it would be fun to have a game for the kids so I came up with one that is great for young kids. Ours are aged 2.5, 3 and 4.5 and it was perfect for them. It is a bit of a combination of an idea I saw on Pinterest for an egg hunt with activities like “do a somersault” inside the egg and Roll and Play. (Roll and Play is one of our favorite games – it is the perfect first game for little ones, especially little ones who have older siblings that love board games). It was really fun and I should note that the title is courtesy of Hudson. πŸ˜‰ I hope you enjoy this game as much as we do.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

The Easter Egg Game

Supplies:

Game BoardsΒ (Click link to download free Printable)

List of ActivitiesΒ (Click link to download free Printable)

12 Easter Eggs – (I used two of each color and selected colors that matched the game boards)

Set-Up:

Print out and cut out your list of Activities.

Place one in each egg – matching the peeps to the egg.

Print out and cut out your game boards (This game works best for two players, but could easily be played with more – we had three kids so we put the two little ones on a team together).

To Play:

Player 1 selects an egg, opens it, then performs the activity. If they complete the activity, they get to keep the egg.

Player 2 does the same thing.

The goal is to collect one of each color egg.

Our kids just placed the egg on the coordinating game piece, but you could also use stickers to mark each spot.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

Just like in roll and play, this game is more about the fun of the activities than winning and it was the perfect length and skill level for our kids. Luc struggled a tiny bit with waiting his turn, but other than that, it was great for them to think about what colors they needed to complete their board and of course they all loved doing the activities. I hope you enjoy this fun Easter game. If you like it, please Pin It!

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

Happy Easter!!

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

Peeps Party Photo Booth Printable

My friend dropped off supplies for me to make an adorable Peeps bunny banner yesterday and the wheels in my head immediately started turning (did that make anyone else start singing Journey? Just me? Ok. I’m a little sleep deprived this week, haha). Anyways, we have friends arriving Saturday from Australia and I wanted to make the day fun for them, without overwhelming them as they will have been traveling for a long time with two little kids. Without going too overboard (thankfully that is hard to do when you have two little kids and only one day to plan) I wanted to have a Party with our Peeps. πŸ˜‰ I figured a few cute treats, a couple of fun activities and our go-to photobooth would be perfect.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

I bought adorable props for a few bucks at Target, made a fun photobooth sign and set-up our DIY Photobooth. It was really easy and I know we will have so much fun taking pictures with our peeps this weekend!

If you would like to create your own Photobooth, check out this post for all the info.

To download the Photobooth sign, click here.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter
carrot patch spring themed sensory bin

Spring Themed Sensory Bins

We love sensory bins in our house. Especially now that the boys are a bit older and a little bit independent, it is the perfect activity to set up before I start making dinner. We love to try new things and the possibilities really are endless. Here are just a few that we have tried that are perfect for this time of year:

Carrot Patch Sensory Bin

carrot patch spring themed sensory bin
The boys had a lot of fun digging up their carrots, making shakers out of the carrot eggs, using the carrot eggs to scoop up beans, and just exploring the beans and gardening tools. They also had a little bonus surprise when they discovered that some of the carrots were actually bubbles. πŸ™‚
carrot patch spring themed sensory bin
Supplies:

  • 4 2lb. bags of black beans
  • Carrot bubbles (I bought them at Walmart)
  • Carrot Easter Eggs (Dollar Store)
  • Mini gardening tools (Walmart)

 

Easter Sensory Bin

spring/easter sensory bin
We did this one last year and the boys had so much fun with it! There is just something about Easter eggs that seems to keep kids entertained for minutes (hehe, I would say hours, but nothing has ever held my kids’ attention for hours). The kids really had fun though and this got them very excited for Easter.
spring/easter sensory bin
Supplies:

  • Rice ( I use a plastic ziploc container, then let the kids add 1 cup of rice, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and then a few drops of food coloring – repeat until you have enough rice – my kids love doing this as much as they love playing in the bin)
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Cookie cutters or pancake molds in spring shapes
  • Flower shaped cupcake molds
  • Pretend butterflies
  • Plastic spoons (the boys loved using the spoons to scoop rice into the eggs)

 

Gardening Sensory Bin

gardening - spring themed sensory bin
This idea is courtesy of MamaLifeInspiration and was a huge hit. Boys and dirt is always a winning combination and when you throw in bugs you can’t go wrong! πŸ™‚ The boys also really liked using the tweezers to collect and study their bugs in the container, which is great fine motor practice!
gardening - spring themed sensory bin
(Notice his boots are on the wrong feet. I pointed it out to him, but he said they were comfy like that)

Supplies:

  • Potting Soil (One bag from the dollar store worked perfect)
  • Kid’s Gardening Tools (I found some at the Dollar Section at Target after a few searches, but both Walmart and Target also have some character ones in the Gardening section)
  • Plastic Bugs (we got ours from the Dollar Store)
  • A few fake flowers (left over from my DIY Easter Bunny Ears)
  • We found a cute little bug catcher set at the Dollar Store that included a magnifying glass, tweezers to collect the bugs and a plastic bottle to put them in. This isn’t at all necessary, but it was a big hit with my boys.

 

I always get questions about our set-up, it’s really cool, right? It is fairly easy and affordable to make too and can be broken down and stored in the storage container if you are tight on space. If you are interested you can check out the instructions here. For more seasonal sensory bin inspiration check out these posts:

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin

St. Patrick's Day themed sensory bin

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

valentines day sensory bin

Halloween Sensory Bin

halloween sensory table

spring themed sensory bins - carrot patch, Easter, and Gardening
bunny chow - nut-free, wheat-free, fun and easy Easter or Spring treat.

Bunny Chow

Bunny Chow

Easy and delicious nut-free Easter or spring snack that the kids can help make.


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Ingredients

  • 5 cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1 bag (11oz.) white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup strawberry cake mix
  • 1/2 cup funfetti cake mix

Directions

  1. Place 5 cups of chex mix in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Microwave white chocolate on medium heat in 30 second increments until melted.
  3. Pour melted chocolate over cereal and carefully stir.
  4. Scoop half of the cereal into one large ziploc bag and the other half in another.
  5. Add strawberry cake mix to one bag and shake until well-coated. (My kids love doing this step)
  6. Add funfetti cake mix to the other bag and shake until well-coated.
  7. Pour onto waxed paper to cool.
  8. *To make it even more festive you could add sprinkles, holiday m&m’s, cadbury chocolate eggs or marshmallows. We found really cute flower marshmallows that looked like bunny tails. :)*

DIY floral bunny headband how to

DIY Floral Bunny Ears

I have never made anything with fake flowers before and one of my worst talents is arranging flowers so if I can do this I think anyone can. I saw something similar to this on instagram. They were made by a professional florist who was holding live auctions to sell her creations. I don’t have a daughter and buying items in a competitive setting stresses me out so I just decided to let it go. Then a few days later, I saw the same wire bunny ears at Target for $2 a piece so I figured it would be fun to attempt to make my own. I bought a few bunny ears then went to Michaels to pick out some fake flowers.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

When I got home, I Β searched on-line to see if any tutorials already existed and a few did, but they kind of skipped over the attaching of the flowers part, or didn’t provide enough detail for someone like me to figure out what the heck to do, or a few suggested hot gluing the flowers on, which may also work, but I felt that wasn’t the best option. So I played around a bit, looked up basic instructions for working with fake flowers and just started creating. I’ll admit, they may not be boutique quality, but once on they look great.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

Supplies:

Wire Bunny Ears

Fake Flowers (I just picked out a few small to medium-sized flower stems from Michaels)

Floral Wire

Floral Tape

Wire Cutters

First, I pulled the flowers off the stems and designed my headbands. Then I started attaching the leaves with the wire.

DIY floral bunny headband how toNext, I cut a strip of floral wire and bent it in half. I placed it up into the center of the flower then secured it by wrapping the floral tape around the base of the flower bud and down the wire. This created a bendable stem.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

Once you do that for all your flowers, you just start in the center and attach the flowers one by one by wrapping the stems around the headband. That’s it. Very easy, quick and cute! πŸ™‚

DIY floral bunny headband how to

Here is what they look like on (I was hoping Luc would model them so you could see how they would work on a toddler or kid, but no such luck, hehe.

DIY floral bunny headband how to

DIY floral bunny headband how to

 

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allergy friendly fruity pebble treats - use a plastic egg to mold them into an egg shape for Easter

Allergy Friendly Fruity Pebble Treats

My oldest son has food allergies and both of my boys had food sensitivities while nursing so we have done our fair share of elimination/allergy friendly diets. Since I have a major sweet tooth, I spent a good chunk of time trying to come up with “safe” versions of desserts. Rice Krispy treats were one of my go to’s, but for Easter, I put a fun little twist on them and used Fruity Pebbles instead. I also stuck the treats into a plastic Easter egg to mold them into egg shapes. I placed them in an empty egg carton left over from our confetti eggs and the kids loved them (I’ve also seen empty egg cartons in the Dollar Section at Target). If you know someone, especially a kid, who has food allergies, you know how amazing it is when they don’t feel left out of holidays and celebrations. I hope this dessert brings some joy to your family this Easter.

Allergy Friendly Fruity Pebble Treats

Easy allergy-friendly treat (Wheat, Dairy, Egg and Nut Free). For Easter use a plastic egg to mold them into an egg shape.


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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 5 cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal
  • Dash of vanilla (optional)

Directions

  1. Microwave oil and marshmallows in large bowl for 1 minute 30 seconds or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended. (keep in mind that the oil will not blend in as well as butter does)
  2. Add a dash of vanilla (optional) and stir.
  3. Add cereal and mix well.
  4. If making into eggs, press into greased plastic egg, then set aside to cool.
  5. *I only roughly follow the measurements above – just add cereal until the treats are to your preferred cereal to marshmallow ratio πŸ˜‰ I also usually double the recipe – especially when making these for parties*

    *As with any allergies, I recommend double checking labels. What is tolerated by one person may not be tolerated by another so use caution when trying ingredients for the first time.*