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:
- Sliced bananas
- Diced carrots softened
- Diced apples pealed and softened
- Gold Fish Crackers
- Dried cranberries or blueberries
- 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.