We are really excited to be participating in HOP FEST this year.  This collaboration was organized by Little Button Diaries (http://littlebuttondiaries.com/ You may know them for their craft books and the winter collaboration CRAFTMAS).  HOP FEST includes 20 creatives showcasing their spring project ideas for kids.  If you take a peek below you with see the full schedule of the projects for the week which I will be adding to as they come out.  We do hope you will “hop” on over to each one! 

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EASTER EGG MATH GAME

This painted rock game allows children to identify matching attributes to find a pair!   

Materials

EasterRockSupplies

  • Egg shaped rocks
  • Acrylic paint or paint pens
  • Paintbrushes
  • Embellishments (rick rack, beads- use what you have)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun/glue
  • Containers for paint

We always find these items helpful too:

Make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & activities for kids)

  • Smock
  • Craft tray

Directions

  • Go out for a nature walk with an adult to collect egg shaped rocks.
  • Don your smock.  Paint your rocks.  We find that painting a perimeter around the rock and then filing it in with the paint keeps it contained.  Allow to dry overnight.  You may need to apply a few coats depending on your paint.  We have also used paint pens on rocks before and find they work quite well too!

PaintRocks

  • Glue on your embellishments, making two rocks look similar.  We chose the various attributes based on the age of the child/children that would play the game.  (This was for a preschooler).  You might vary your pairs by colour, the number of beads, the number of rows of rick rack etc.  You could also vary the complexity within the options with some pairs being quite challenging.  One can draw on different attributes as well, using a paint pen or permanent marker.

AttachRickRack

AttachBeads

PaintedEasterEggRocks

  • Mix up your rocks and see if your friend can find the matches!

MatchRocks

FindtheMatches

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HOPFEST SCHEDULE:

Monday March 19th:

Hop_Fest Day 1

1) Brainy Beginnings Network: Bunny Pillow

https://www.brainybeginningsnetwork.com/bunny-pom-pom-pillow

2) Handy With Scissors: Carrot Garland

http://www.handywithscissors.com/cardboard-carrot-garland

3) Teach Investigate Play: Daffodil Wreath

 https://teachinvestigateplay.com/2018/03/19/hopfest-easter-week-egg-stravaganza/

4) Raising Kinley:  Chick Terrarium

https://www.instagram.com/p/BggwBhFHRPf/?hl=en&taken-by=raising.kinley

Tuesday March 20th:

Hop Fest Day 2 with The Blue Barn, Mie Larkermussen, Make it Your Own and Red Ted Art

1) The Blue Barn: Egg Cup Fairy Garden 

http://bluebarnliving.blogspot.ca/2018/03/egg-cup-fairy-garden.html

2) Make it Your Own (us!) Easter Egg Math Game

www.make-it-your-own.com

3) Mie Laerkerasmussen: Dying Eggs Naturally

https://www.instagram.com/mielaerkerasmussen/?hl=en

4) Red Ted Art: Mermaid Easter Eggs

https://www.redtedart.com/diy-mermaid-egg-diorama/

Wednesday March 21st:

Hop Fest Day 3 with  Julie Curtin, Hobby Craft, The Art Garden Blog and Barley and Birch

1) Julie Curtin: Paper Plate Easter Basket

https://www.instagram.com/juliecurtin14/?hl=en

2) Hobby Craft: Easter Bonnet

https://blog.hobbycraft.co.uk/make-spectacular-easter-bonnet/

3) The Art Garden Blog: Peg Doll Bunny House

https://theartgardenblog.com/2018/03/21/milk-carton-bunny-habitat/

1) Barley and Birch: Peter Rabbit Small World

https://barleyandbirch.com/2018/03/freebie-a-travel-tin-peter-rabbit-garden/

Thursday March 22nd:

Hop Fest Day 4: With Oh Creative Day, Little Button Diaries and Art Camp LA

1) Oh Creative Day: Pop Out Easter Bonnet

https://www.ohcreativeday.com/20-easter-craft-ideas/

2)  Little Button Diaries: Easter Bouquet

http://littlebuttondiaries.com/2018/03/22/hopfest-recycled-spring-bouquet/

3) Babble Dabble Do: Batik Spring Bags

https://babbledabbledo.com/glue-batik/

4) Art Camp LA: Pressed Florals in Clay- 3 Ways

https://www.artcampla.com/new-blog/pressed-flowers-in-clay

Friday March 23rd

Hop Fest Day 2 with Momma Teaching, Creating Creatives, Heart ArtLife and The Harmony Tree House

1) Momma Teaching: Spring Photo Backdrop

www.smockson.com

2) Creating Creatives: Bunny Printable

http://creatingcreatives.com/bunny-printable/

3) Heart ArtLife: Easter Garden 

https://www.instagram.com/heart_artlife/?hl=en

4) The Harmony Tree House: Egg Pinatas 

theharmonytreehouse.blogspot.com.au

Purpose

  • Identifying different and similar attributes (colour, shape, size, number of characteristics etc.)
  • Recognizing symbols of various celebrations.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors, a glue gun etc. with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Cord, yarn, rick rack etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose.
  • Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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