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! —– EASTER EGG MATH GAME This painted rock game allows children to identify matching attributes to find a pair! Materials 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: 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! 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. Mix up your rocks and see if your friend can find the matches! Pin this idea for later: HOPFEST SCHEDULE: Monday March 19th: 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: 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: 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: 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 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. Please like & share: One Response Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.