A two for one toddler activity (woot woot!)
Easter dinner was just days away. Ham. Check. Clean enough house. Check check. Plastic eggs. Check check check. Place cards for the table…. (gasp). I forgot.
So I did what any kid’s activities obsessed mom would do: turned place card making into a toddler activity and got my son (2.5) to do it for me.
It was a double win activity. He had a great time painting with the Easter eggs (we are officially Easter egg activity obsessed) and I now have adorable toddler-made place cards that will look perfect on our dining table come The Big Day.
A super simple set up for making Easter egg stamp art.
I wanted this to be toddler adorable, super cute but also: my house was clean and I didn’t want a giant mess, we needed something fast, this was just for Grandma not the Queen of England (though we like to treat Grandma as such – wink).
I knew Easter Egg stamp art would be a great way to go with this activity because it’s so quick and easy.
A little trick to find the right “paper”
I wanted to have the place cards made on some sort of stiff paper but all I had was printer or construction. This wasn’t going to do. I saw our stack of paper plates in the party closet and thought – hold the Easter bunny phone – we can use those plates.
Not only did it keep the paint better contained, but it cut out perfectly into our place cards.
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- Plastic Easter eggs
- Paper plates, tag board, or other “stiff” paper
- Kraft paper (totally optional but I love having a giant roll of this stuff to put down for messy paint projects like this – we use our roll all the time and it saves my butt and my floor.)
And another trick to get the paint right
Bright orange and neon green were just not going to work for these place cards. So, I worked with my toddler to make all our bright paints into soft “Easter” colors.
Make sure you have white paint on hand! My son thought watching red and white become pink was absolutely magical (it kind of is). Once the materials were out and ready, off he went to stamp away.
He absolutely loved using the eggs to make circles.
And what a great mini-math lesson this turned out to be. We had a chance to do an entire activity with circles, talking about their properties and noticing their attributes.
He loved the motion of gathering paint on the eggs then stamping it on the plate. It was a huge hit each time.
I love a good paint mixing moment!
Someday, I’m sure my toddler will carefully keep all his colors separated, but for now – I love the predictable little parts of projects like this and I knew he’d get those colors stirred together in no time.
Once he finished painting his plates, we set them to dry for a few hours.
A little mom help to make the place cards
I came back and carefully traced egg shapes on the back of each plate (I fit three per plate). I cut those out and glued them onto some left over scrap paper from my life BC (before children). Cut them out again and we have some pretty cute little place cards.
I probably could have gone a little more Pinteresty…
I’m sure if I was a little more “Pinteresty”, I’d attach bows, made glitter, or hang them from an Easter tree, but this is a pretty good effort for me!
And my toddler is so proud of the place cards he helped make. He can’t wait for Grandma hers back home.
These Easter egg stamp art place cards turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself! With how busy life can be sometimes, place cards aren’t exactly high on my party planning list but getting to do this as an activity with my son was a great way to spend a morning.
Now if I could just put the finishing touches on his Easter basket….then we’d be all set!