Easy Yarn Easter Eggs

Having little boy makes the holidays alot more fun!!!   I get excited to decorate our home for the holidays.   I have been wanting to make these Easy Yarn Easter Eggs since last Easter and well this year I finally got around to making to them.

They were beyond easy to make and alot of fun!  I combined them into 3 easy steps.

Easy Step 1:  Purchase Sta-flo liquid starch,  I got it at Walmart in the laundry isle $3.50, purchase water balloons $1.00, Embroidery floss .33 each (I used one entire floss per egg)

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Easy Step #2  Mix 1 cup liquid starch and 1 cup flour in your blender and combine until smooth.  While you are blending away, blow up your water balloons up to your desired sizes. (note: NOT to use water you will ruin your egg)   I did a variety of large, medium and small.  In a wide bowl pour mixture.  Unravel your thread and gently place on top of mixture covering all the string.  Making sure to keep the end in reach.

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Easy Step #3  Grab your string and start wrapping it all around your balloon.  Using as much or as little string as you want.  When your are done with your masterpiece, place some wax paper on the counter and place balloon egg on top to dry.  I needed about 1 full day to dry.   I did have to move the egg around to make sure all sides got dried.   Now the fun part.  Pop your balloon and very carefully pull out the balloon through the cracks of your string.

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Now display your eggs proudly on your counter in a bowl or basket,  grab some more thread and turn them into garland.    I have heard of placing candy inside your balloon then when you pop them you have a fun surprise inside.  I have heard though when you pop your balloon your ballon covers the candy making it impossible to remove.   So if you wanted to use candy when you are wrapping your string leave a small opening and when the egg is completely done add in the candy.

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Valentine’s Day Sensory Play

Now that my son is getting older I have been wanting to make some sensory bins.   Since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon I thought why not make a themed bin for Valentine’s Day Sensory play.   Sensory bins are a new thing to me.  I have been researching sensory bins and I found they are a great way to help your child explore.  Sensory bins help your child use all 5 of their senses depending on how you make your bins.   These sensory bins help with fine motor skills, imagination playing, language and so much more.   If you want to read more about the benefits of Sensory bins check out Not Just cute, she has been a great resource.

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DIY Colored Rice

I love sensory bins!!!   Now that my little boy is a lot more curious and wanting to explore new things I have decided I wanted  to make him some sensory bins for him play in, learn and discover new things.    (Watch for a future post on my sensory bin that I made!)

I saw some cute ideas on Pinterest on how to start sensory bins.   Well I found one that  had colored rice and I new right away that I wanted to make some colored rice.  Even though my son is 17 months old  and he doesn’t know his colors but I still thought it was a fun way to bring some color into his bins.

Colored rice is simple to make and you probably have everything in your in home.

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Not only will your kids have fun playing around in the pretty rice but I did to!  It was fun to swirl around, run through my fingers and simply just playing around.

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DIY No slip socks

With being a fairly new parents, we are still learning new things everyday.  Now that our son is walking and running that comes with a lot of falls, boo boos and many get better kisses.  Well it finally occurred to me that the reason to all of his falls could simply be his socks.   Our home is primarily hard wood, tile and carpet in the bedrooms.  While I was at the store browsing the toddler and baby section, I happened to notice that you can purchase socks with writings on the bottom that act as a gripper to help prevent them from falling.  Well of course the socks I have been purchasing do not have this writing.  So instead of tossing all of these socks I decided to purchase some puffer paint and write on the bottoms and see if it helps with the slipping and falling.  Well it worked!!  We still have a few falls but not nearly as many falls as we use to get.

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You can design the socks any way want.  I kept mine simple with dots, x’s and lines.

After a few washing’s my paint started to crack slightly.  The smaller and less detailed I kept the design the better it held up!

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