Spring and Easter time are wonderful occasions to live with the seasons, explore nature, encourage creativity and learn about the nature around us.
I wanted to share with you some of the things we enjoy doing in spring and before/ after Easter. And some of the books we love reading. Here is what we love:
Make an Easter Tree. Decorate the home with painted eggs, spring flowers and tree branches
In Germany and Austria, people make Easter trees. They hang Easter eggs in the trees outside their homes or they decorate branches of trees inside. I like to use Magnolia and Forsythia branches. They last for a long time and they look so beautiful.
I have a collection of hand-painted eggs from Romania and from Austria. If you are visiting these countries consider buying some of them in the local fairs and on the markets to support the local craftsmen and women.
You can also do your own painted or felted eggs and use them as decorations
I love planting spring flowers in ceramic bowls and "broken-eggs" ceramics like this one here:
Make a spring wreath
To make a spring wreath you will need
some branches of willow (as bendable as you can find)
natural sting (you can use cotton, wool, dried grass, ..) I used dried grass for my spring wreath
decorations: you can use dried spring flowers, little branches of pussy willow, felted or painted eggs, ribbons, ...
You will have to bend the branches and attach them with the string. I used two or three branches that I bent together for the upper side and then two more for the bottom. I tied them together by using two little strings. You might need to add extra knots to make the branches bend in a round shape.
Then you can add the decorations. You can try to slide the flowers in the knots you have already made or you can tie them separately, however you like. You can also hang eggs or attach different size of ribbons
I have hung our spring wreath in our reading corner, where we also have the seasonal books
Dye eggs with home-made natural colors (from vegetables, spices and plants)
Dying eggs with natural colors is not only fun but healthier and respectful of the environment.
To dye eggs you will need:
vegetables and spices. We used red cabbage, peeled onions, turmeric and beets. You can also use spinach and blueberries.
vinegar (1 or 2 table spoons for each cup of dye)
To make the dyes:
Chop the vegetable, add water just to cover them. For turmeric: I used 2 table spoons for 2 cups of water
Cook everything between 15 to 60 minutes depending on the intensity you want to obtain for each color
Filter the vegetables and keep only the colored water. Put it into jars. I put one cup of dye in each jar. This way it's easier to know how many spoons of vinegar you need to add into each jar/ Let the dyes cold to room temperature
Add vinegar in each jar: 1- 2 table spoons for each cup of dye. If you put one cup of dye per jar than you add 1-2 table spoons of vinegar/ jar
Add the cooked eggs in each jar
Check them each hour or so until the desired colored is reached. If you prefer vibrant colors, let them one night in the jars placed into the fridge
Make eggshell beeswax candles. I like this tutorial on the Magic Onions blog
Make felted eggs. It's pretty easy and a lot of fun. It can also be meditative and relaxing. You can find our tutorial here
Try out some puzzles with Easter symbols
We all love this hand-made and hand-painted wooden puzzle with chickens that also encourages logical thinking, working with objects of different sizes, the sense of directions and concentrates skills
Also this vintage puzzle (from Ravensburger) that belonged to my husband when he was a child. Ravensburger is a well-known German brand that produces many different kinds of puzzles. You can find their puzzles online.
Our favorite books for Easter:
"L'oeuf" ("The Egg") from "Mes premières découvertes" (My first discoveries collection")
"Le lapin" (The rabbit) from the same collection
they are both Montessori-friendly, with plenty of interesting informations
"Qui es-tu? Le poussin" a documentary book by Collette Barbé-Julien with plenty of details about chickens, roosters and hens
"Go outside and play!"- quote from our beloved book "Bringing the outside in"
Spring and Easter are great occasion for bringing the outside in, going on egg hunt in the woods or in the garden, making a picnic if the weather is warm, jumping in the puddles and playing with mud if it's raining.