Joanna Anastasia

Easter

Easter surprise craft & printable

Easter surprise craft

There’s so many reasons to be exited for spring and Easter! There’s the gorgeous spring weather that finally let’s us explore nature and the outdoors, the traditional egg painting and the egg hunting with kids. Then there are Easter family gatherings and last but not the least, new Amazon’s award winning children’s series springtime special, the Tumble Leaf ” Spring-a-ling Surprise”!
And while I’m quite strict when it comes to screen time and kids, I’m always so happy when I can find new educational and well made kids shows!

So to celebrate spring and Easter, we got inspired by this sweet whimsical and beautiful episode, and decided to make our own version of the Tumble Leaf Easter eggs. And my girls could not have been happier!

So if you your kids still don’t know the Tumble Leaf series, then let me assure you, that they’ll love it! This series is beautifully made, with gorgeous aesthetics and captures my kids attention every single time! But what I love the most about it, is how it inspires my girls to craft and play after they finish watching it! And when I look at them, concentrated and with their eyes wide opened, it melts my mama’s heart!

Easter surprise series and craft

Easter craft

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So after watching this new spring episode, we decided we’ll make our very own spring surprise eggs! And you can craft along with us, since I have prepared a printable for you, that you can cut out and color with your kids! Just download and print the 3 page sheets and you’re ready to go!

Easter surprise craft

Easter surprise craft

Easter surprise craft

Printable Easter preschool activity


All you need to do:

  1. Print out the coloring sheets I made for you.You can get the full three pages printable coloring sheets here
  2. Β Let your kids color them, and then help them cut the eggs, pots, butterflies and bunnies out!
  3. Prepare glue, and let them put together their own Easter Surprise eggs!
  4. Don’t forget to watch the episode, and find out what are the names of your eggs and what signs of spring has Fig the Fox uncovered !

As for my girls, we might make many more Easter surprise eggs, because as Rose pointed out, we need to have as many as Bloom the bunny in the Tumble Leaf!

And how many will you make?

Easter surprise craft

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinion remain my own.

Chocolate ganache tart

This amazing rich and creamy chocolate ganache tart is so easy to make, and so delicious, it's crazy! #dessert #chocolate

I’m not very attached to tradition, but when it comes to Easter I need a piece of childhood flavours. One of my traditional Easter treats is Mazurek. Basically it’s a chocolate tart, crunchy and buttery, filled with rich chocolate ganache and decorated with almonds and nuts. There is really not much work to it, all you need to do is prepare this simple dough and then the ganache. Doesn’t take more than 20 min, yet it looks and tastes like a very fancy treat

Tart crust:
2/3 cups of soft butter
3 table spoons of sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate ganache:
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup 35% cream
2 spoons butter

Decoration:
Almond slices
Shredded coconut

Chocolate ganache tart

Make sure your butter is really soft, then mix it with sugar and yolks. When it’s nicely smooth and yellow, slowly add flour and salt. Roll the dough into a ball, cover it with a piece of clean cloth and put it in the fridge for 30 min. Sit down and have a coffee.

After 30 min, cut it into couple of slices (it will be easier to cover the baking plate) and using your fingers cover the bottom of your baking plate. Bake it on 400F for around 15 min ( when it’s golden in the middle and a bit brown on the edges it’s ready)

Chocolate ganache tart

Melt chocolate in the little pot submerged in a bigger one that is filled with boiling water. Add cream and butter, mix it until smooth, and pour aver cooled tart crust. Decorate with shredded coconut and almonds. Serve it on Easter brunch, or any other time if you wish !

Chocolate ganache tart

Crochet Easter egg

Crochet Easter egg

So when I told you that me and my mom we like to try something new every Easter I meant it πŸ™‚ . This year my mom decided to make a crochet Easter egg, and I must admit that all I did was taking pictures.. I still don’t know how to knit but as it’s mentioned I am a lazy mom, right ? So here is how she did it :

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Honestly when she started I was sure it will take her ages :

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But after not more than 10 minutes she was already trying it on:

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And then she was knitting with the egg inside her crochet cozy:

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And she finished with a little bow. Next year it’s me doing another colour πŸ™‚ . Would any of you try it? I’m curious πŸ™‚ .

Paper scraps Easter eggs

Paper scraps Easter eggs

I love decorating Easter eggs, it’s a tradition that we have with my mom to always try something different. Some years we paint them, others we try using all natural ingredients like beets and onion to dye them, and sometimes we try glueing seeds or paper scraps. This year we opted for pastel paper coated eggs, so pretty and easy enough to include a child to help :).

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First we ripped the paper in to little peaces:

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And then we glued them on the eggs :

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And we were developing fine motor skills at the same time !

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And this is how they turned up :

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And I think that they make for a lovely table decoration :):

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Pompon Easter chick

Pompon Easter chick

This is one super easy toddler activity, all you need is a dollar store πŸ˜‰ or you could make these tiny yellow pompon on your own.. Well I chose the easy way, please don’t judge me. We made these cute little chicks by glueing plastic eyes and paper beak on those little pompons. Simple πŸ™‚ .

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And then I made a little paper purse to curry them around , out of long peace of paper and a pipe cleaner. I just clipped the paper together, and I’ve made small holes to fit the pipe cleaner. My toddler really liked these tiny chicks πŸ™‚ !

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All you need :
Small yellow pompons
Plastic eyes
Paper
Pipe cleaner
Paper clipper

Bunny paper cozy

Bunny paper cozy

This is what we made today, an Easter paper bunny cozy :). Not like we needed one of those, it was just fun to make, and my daughter decided that her juice was much better this way :).
Here is what you need :

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Paper
Crayons
Glue
Plastic eyes
Pipe cleaners
Paper clip

So first let your child colour a piece of paper, than cut a long strap . It needs to be big enough to fit a bunny face around 5 cm let’s say πŸ™‚ . Let your child draw a bunny nose ( or do it yourself ) and show them where to glue the plastic eyes. Now prepare the ears out of the pipe cleaners, and clip them on to bunny’s head. When you are done, wrap your bunny paper cozy around your child’s favorite cup, and clip the paper in the back so it’s tight and it doesn’t slip off. And it’s ready to be used πŸ™‚ .

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