I’m sure that many families did something similar over Easter weekend but we had debated whether to head to a farm or to a local park and went with the farm. This is what we got.
Sitting in the car boot, getting wellies on, eating snacks and applying suncream whilst Daddy got in the epic queue to get into the farm.
Standing and sometimes shouting furiously at the sheep. He was fascinated and has got his ‘Baaaaa’ down! We bumped into a work colleague with her daughter which was lovely and they stood peering at the sheep together.
A little lamb in the sun. We had the opportunity to hold and stroke a lamb and Daddy and I took it in turns to queue for this but by the time we got there Sprog was so uninterested and cranky that only I got a good cuddle in. He was too hungry by then!
I have a couple of shots like this now from various places and I just love seeing my two boys walking alongside each other. Sprog completely adores his Daddy and these are such lovely pictures for showing that.
Obviously loving a bit of a tractor ride! No actual riding to be had as we couldn’t face another queue but we did then have our lunch on one of the benches in a much quieter area than the main farm yard.
And how could we not finish with a family shot?! You can tell how much we were trying to make Sprog enthusiastic but this was shortly before the hungry meltdown so he wasn’t feeling particularly smiley at that point.
This crafting opportunity came to me after considering whether at 18 months old, it is a great idea to be using PVA glue and cotton wool with Sprog. I decided that I might wait until the summer when I can just hose him off in the garden if I need to!
So I adapted an idea to give Sprog a new texture to play with, cue the chalks! He did have a good play with, taste of and bash of the chalks on the page but found it difficult to transform it into a mark making material at this point in time so I compromised and pulled over the paint that was close at hand to help us out.
Follow this guide and you should get something reasonably presentable as Easter cards!
A small piece of card
1. Take sheets of black card and just go for it to create white marks on the page. We used a combination of chalk, white paint, and a bit of gold glitter glue because it was on the corner of the table. If your little ones are a bit older than Sprog, you can include sticking cotton wool on.
2. Use your random small piece of card (grab a bit from the recycling box, cereal packets would be ideal) and draw a cloud shape. Cut this out and draw around it onto the dry sheets of black paper.
3. Cut out your black and white clouds.
4. Trim another stencil from your piece of card to make a head shape. An egg shape worked really well.
5. Fold your coloured card in half (I used A5 coloured card) and stick the bits into sheep shapes.
6. Write witty/loving comments or get the little person in your life to scrawl inside the cards and you are ready to spread some Easter love!
I’d love to hear if you came up with any different animal shapes. I think that using orange card and yellow paint, you could make a great chick shape.