Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easter Treats

We are currently reading The Easter Chick by Geraldine Elschner.  Hilda the hen laid an egg and waits weeks for her baby to hatch.  One day she hears a voice from inside the egg asking, "Mother, when is Easter?".  Hilda is not sure because the date seems to change every year.  The little chick wants to hatch on Easter Sunday to be a true Easter chick, so Hilda sets out on a mission to find out how to determine when it will be Easter.  Luckily, the wise old owl offers up an answer to help the little chick.  This is a nice book to help children understand why the date changes.  The book also offers hidden bunnies to be found throughout the book, as well as religious symbols (a church, three crosses on a hill in the background).  

I thought it would be fun to make a hatching chick treat.  I made marshmallow crispy treats in the shape of eggs and arranged marshmallow chicks hatching out of the eggs.

I also used cookie cutters to make marshmallow crispy bunnies with candy, sugar, and icing eyes, noses, whiskers, and ears.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Leprechaun Sandwich

Our leprechaun sandwich is a sandwich (any filling is fine) cut out into a circle with a biscuit cutter (you can use a glass if you don't have a biscuit cutter).  The hair and beard are carrots, the eyes are raisins, and the nose is cheese.  The hat is green bell pepper with a strip of the pepper to make the brim and a piece of tortilla chip for the buckle.  The shamrock is cucumber slices.

The Luckiest Leprechaun is about an unexpected friendship between a leprechaun and a dog.  It's funny and unique, and we always enjoy books about friendship.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Taste the Rainbow

We made a fruit rainbow, and every piece of fruit was eaten.  I actually had to give C and R more fruit.

What Makes a Rainbow? is helpful for teaching colors as a young rabbit goes on a quest to find out what makes a rainbow.  Each color page features a ribbon of that color to make up the rainbow.  My five year old still likes this book, mostly because of the ribbon rainbow.