[mix n' match...]


I have had this idea in my head for mix 'n match animals ever since I had a few extra wood tiles left over from Little A's geometric floor puzzle activity. And like all ideas floating around in my head, it would be lucky if it came to fruition. This one, however, just couldn't stay dormant any longer.

I've been especially busy this month (as you might have noticed from the lack of posts) putting together Little A's preschool benefit auction (by far the largest party I've ever been in charge of!). I was afraid Easter would just be swept under the rug in the midst of all my party preparations which made me a little sad. So the night before the big day, I went to work putting together these little Mix 'n Match Easter pals for my little guys to wake up to (using hard wood and craft acrylic paint).
And I was so happy I did. The littles woke up especially excited to see that the "Easter Bunny" had brought them these three little friends (good thing too as there were no eggs, baskets or candy ready for them at that time!). My little 2 year old knew just what to do and went right to work mixing and matching, arranging and rearranging. I was so pleased to hear a myriad of giggles coming from the front room as I scrambled this way and that, trying to get ready for Easter Sunday. They quickly assigned an identity to each friend. Little A is the rabbit, Little O is the cat, and apparently Mom is the fox - which I think I'm OK with :). Dad felt a bit left out so I assured him that another animal persona would be created just for him.
For Easter service I had the boys wear duds from years past as I didn't have time to make them suits. However, I did pull a few things together for the hunt following.

Which I will share with you later...when I get a moment to breathe. So here is just a teaser...

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday full of peace, joy and family fun!

And now I'm off to finish up my last minute preparations for a Festive Fiesta Fundraiser taking place this Saturday. Wish me luck!!


[time keeps on...]


Wow. Has it really almost been a month since I've posted last? Time truly is hoppin' away from me. And can Easter really be just around the corner? I swore to myself that I wouldn't have another whirlwind Easter...but I have to say, things are looking like they are going to plow forward as usual in the Liddiard household...on hyperdrive.

This is exactly why I need super easy, and simultaneously, super cute Easter activities. The boys and I are a fan of these little origami bunny faces. They are a breeze for the littles to make and decorate.

I've created a little tutorial here for you to see how to go about doing these little bunny darlings.
Step 1: grab any square piece of paper
Step 2: fold in half to make a crease
Steps 3, 4 and 5: rotate and fold in half again to make another crease then unfold
Step 6: fold up bottom edge of triangle
Steps 7 and 8: fold up bottom ends to meet the center crease line (to get your bunny ears)
Step 9: fold up bottom tip for your bunny chin
Step 10: turn over, fold under (backward) on the dotted line
Step 11. draw a face you are finished

(dotted lines represent fold lines and softer solid lines represent creased lines)

The boys loved the craft. Little A was very much into all of the folding (if not a little OCD about it) and loved putting on the face. Little O on the other hand, was much more interested in starting an all-out bunny war.
Little O rapidly won Little A over and bunny combat commenced.
Easy Easter craft? Check.

Happy Boys? Check.

Boys occupied for a few more minutes while mom chugs away at her myriad of tasks? Check.

Overall success? Check.