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Toddler in the Kitchen – What to do with all those eggs!

Last week while I was making my son’s Easter basket, I was thinking about what to put in each egg.  He is only 16 months old and candy was not something I really wanted him to eat.  So I added bunny graham and cheddar crackers to the plastic eggs for his basket.  Later that day, we were getting ready to head out for a lunch date with our good friend Heather and I decided to put Little Buddy’s fruit and veggie portions into the plastic eggs.  I’m so glad I did.  At the restaurant he loved trying to figure out how to open them. When he did, he had a nice little surprise: his favorite meal time snacks!  And although Easter is over, you don’t have to throw out those plastic eggs yet, especially if you have a little toddler at home, they might enjoy this activity for a few more weeks! :)

Here is what you need:  

  • 3 small plastic eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of peas
  • 5 Annie’s Bunny Crackers
  • 1/2 a tangerine
  • A happy toddler

Here is a list of some other food items you could use instead of the above ingredients: 

  • Raisins
  • Sliced bananas
  • Diced carrots softened
  • Diced apples pealed and softened
  • Gold Fish Crackers
  • Dried cranberries or blueberries

Directions

  • Place each ingredient, in each egg, then close the egg.
  • Give the plastic filled egg, one at a time, to your toddler to play with. Enjoy watching them figure out how to open it.  When they do they get a nice little surprise! (Make sure you supervise your child as they play with the plastic egg.)

Child development is something I love learning about as a parent.  Although, I took some classes in college it’s so much better first hand!  Since fun activities teach children (and parents!), I noticed my Little Buddy worked on fine motor skills and problem solving while he did this activity. :)

So before tossing those plastic eggs, try this little activity next time you are fixing a meal at home, out for a picnic at the park or a trip to a restaurant. If you have a busy little toddler like me, you’ll be glad you tried it! :)

Whether it’s a toddler activity or something else, do you have any fun and creative ideas to repurpose those plastic eggs?
 I’d love to hear your ideas, please share them in the comments. 

 

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