Earlier in the week i got busy freezing eggs and had a bowlful of shells left that i wanted to ‘recycle'. I often crush them finely to feed back to the hens as a diet supplement or scatter among the vegetable garden to deter the cabbage moths….but this time i wanted to get a little more creative and use them for the toddler twosome to have fun with!
This was messy, sensory fun for toddlers at it's best….yes they made a mess as the shells stuck to everything once the glue was down but what fun i had watching them think and problem solve and explore the totally different texture of the eggshells. I also love to watch the different ways each twin approaches craft and what ‘fun' means to them alone.
Obviously older children would enjoy doing a lot more with the colourful eggshells but my toddler twosome created their own individual masterpieces and it all started with our lovely chickens laying their many eggs for us. I like the fact that the girls help each day to collect the eggs and they already know that eggs come from chickens and after watching me crush the shells they now also know that we can do more with them!
Colour added to everyday items can open a whole new world to children….as can leaving things in their natural state which i also love to explore…..but it's fun to have a bit of both don't you think?
Have you had fun with dye recently or had fun with crushed eggshells? Would love to hear your ideas!
Thanks so much for stopping by….
The Monko says
that is a brilliant idea. It must feel so nice crushing the egg shells. My son also finger paints with the glue. I will definitely be trying this (especially as my mother in law keeps chickens so we always have eggs on tap)
Happy Whimsical Hearts says
Looks great – love your bright colours. And it is funny, I have a very similar post ready to hit publish on – lol!
I really do love the activities you do with your littlies, I am hoping now that I have more time up my sleeve to incorporate more of this into my little ones day )
Gooseberry Jam says
Jode, You certainly keep your little ones entertained! Your full of wonderful ideas…I like this eggshell one, I might take that one along to playgroup! We’ve always got lots of eggs shells around here. I tried to dye pasta once and it got too soggy and stuck to the paper when it dried, how did yours turn out! A friend of mine actually sprays her pasta with a mix of metho and colouring, apparently the metho dries quickly only leaving the colour on the pasta and the alcohol evaporates! I’ve never actually tried it, I probably should! Enjoy your day!
you win. You are the world most creative mom!! this is a great idea!!
That looks like so much fun Jode. I do miss doing these crafty activities with the girls. Your girls are very lucky to have you, you know. x
Partycraft Secrets says
wow – I feel the laundry tub calling already… still, fun is meant to be messy – great job as always; clever you. x
How fun!! I love it all. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!
Super Kayles says
How old were your twins when they used the dyed egg shells? I have a 15 month old, but she still puts everything in her mouth! I think it might be fun for her 2 year old cousin though x