Lighted Easter Eggs

(Note: I am out of town this week. So, I’m posting some of my popular Easter posts from earlier years.)

Grandpa and I just HAD to drop in and see our new little grandson. And I’m glad we did. I saw a fabulous Easter egg idea.

Our niece purchased some ‘jewel’ Easter eggs from Target. Then, she went to Michael’s craft store and bought some small battery-powered LED lights. (She found them in the section with bridal stuff.) She put a light in each egg. When the light was turned on, it glowed through the egg and looked really cool. She gave a bucket of these eggs to our grandson. What a kind niece!

Here’s a picture of some of the eggs.




Here is a picture of what the little LED lights look like.



And here are some pictures of my cute grandson with an Easter egg. Actually, only half of an Easter egg . . .

Wouldn’t it be fun to have an Easter egg hunt in the dark for older grandchildren? After they found their lighted eggs, you could have an egg rolling contest to see who could roll their lighted egg the fastest from a starting line to the finish line. Of course doing it in the dark.

You could play catch with the lighted eggs.

You could do a towel toss where two grandchildren hold the edges of a towel and toss a lighted egg to another set of grandchildren holding a towel. (This is like a water balloon toss.)

You can play Duck, Duck, Goose and use a lighted egg instead of a handkerchief. (Duck, Duck, Goose is basically a game of tag where everybody sits in a circle facing inwards. One grandchild is selected to be IT. IT takes the lighted egg and goes around the outside of the circle lightly tapping each grandchild on the head saying, “Duck, duck, duck . . .” When he says “Goose,” he drops the egg behind that grandchild and runs around the circle. The other grandchild picks up the egg and chases after IT trying to tag IT before IT makes it around the circle and into the spot vacated by the ‘goose.’ If IT is tagged by the goose, he stays IT and goes around tapping grandchildren again. If the goose can’t catch IT, he becomes IT.)

Play freeze tag. One grandchild is IT. When IT tags another grandchild, that grandchild freezes and stays frozen until another grandchild touches him with a lighted Easter egg.

What other activities could you do with a lighted Easter egg??

Easter Bunny Ears

(Note: I am out of town this week. So, I’m posting some of my popular Easter posts from earlier years.)

This picture was taken two years ago at my first annual Easter egg hunt for my grandchildren. The two youngest ones had no clue as to what was happening. Still, a good time was had by all.

Here is a link to the pattern for the fun bunny ears that we made.

Here are a few Easter activities on my site that you can do with your grandchildren:

Hope this provides great Easter fun for you and your grandchildren!

Easter Activities

(Note: I am out of town this week. So, I’m posting some of my popular Easter posts from earlier years.)

Saturday we had our family Easter egg hunt and assorted activities. First, we made stick puppets. I found a black and white pattern on First Palette. I decided that I didn’t want to take the time for the kiddos to color them or to cut them out. So, I used Photoshop and added some color and then cut them out myself (with some help from the grandpa).

(Here is the pattern for a colored chick and bunny.)

Here we are gluing the puppets onto the sticks.Easter stick puppets

Here are the completed puppets.Easter stick puppets

Then, we made some bunnies out of empty toilet paper tubes. To make the bunnies, I cut out a piece of pink construction paper that fit around the tube. For the ears, I cut out two pieces of pink construction paper that were 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. I folded those pieces in half.

I first taped the ears on — one end on the inside of the tube and one on the outside of the tube. Then, we taped the piece that fit around the tube. We glued a pink pom pom on for the tail.

pink Easter bunny

Then, I drew on a nose, teeth, and whiskers.pink Easter bunny

Then, we glued on googly eyes. (The grandkids used the biggest sized eyes that I had. If it were up to me, I would have used a wee bit smaller sized eyes. Oh well, this was “their” craft . . . ).pink Easter bunny

Here’s the little pink bunny! Isn’t this adorable? Oh, yeah, and the bunny, too, huh?
pink Easter bunny

Next, we colored Easter eggs. On the Internet, I saw an idea for dying Easter eggs using Kool-Aid. The eggs were a vibrant color. I wanted the grandkids to dye eggs that were that brilliantly colored so I dutifully boiled the eggs and mixed one package of Kool-Aid with 2/3 cup of water for each color.

Isn’t this the cutest cheesy smile that you ever did see?

coloring Easter eggs
coloring Easter eggs
coloring Easter eggs


While some of the eggs turned out beautiful (as you can see in the picture above), others did not. The color did not ‘stick’ to the egg. I could scratch it off. It was like ‘scum’ on the egg. I followed the directions to the letter but I guess somehow somewhere something wasn’t exactly right.

Sigh.

Then, I thought that I would have the grandkiddos put on some Easter masks (here’s a link to the masks) and hunt for the plastic Easter eggs that were hidden outside.

I thought that I had card stock to print them on. But I didn’t. And I didn’t have time to go get some. So I just used plain copy paper. The masks were a little floppy. But since the grandchickabiddies ended up not wearing them it really didn’t matter.

Sigh again.

Also, I didn’t have elastic to hold the masks on. I used thread. That didn’t work at all.

Sigh for a third time.

I just held the mask up to their face to have their picture taken.

bunny mask

mask2

With all of the things that didn’t work, you’d think that this Easter activity was a flop. From the kids point of view, they had fun. And that’s all that counts, isn’t it?

Live and learn . . .

Stories From My Grandparent

Stories from my GrandparentWriting your memoirs can be a daunting task. That’s almost like writing a book – and grandparents generally don’t feel that they have it in themselves to write a book. Then, sometimes they think that their life isn’t spectacular or interesting.

Pshaw! Their life will ALWAYS be interesting to their grandchildren.

With her book Stories from my Grandparent, Susan Adcox solves those sticky issues for reluctant grandparent writers. She makes writing your memoir easy and enjoyable.

Before I talk bout the content of the book, I want to talk about the book itself. First, the cover is absolutely delightful.  I love the picture of a grandpa and a granddaughter walking and holding hands. Isn’t that just the sweetest ever?

Another thing that I really like about the book is that it has a spiral binding. “Now why on earth would anybody care about a book’s binding?” you ask.

That binding allows the book to lay flat. Because it lays flat, it is easy to write in. Having a book that lays flat makes writing a memoir just that much easier! If it didn’t lay flat, it would be hard and awkward to write in — which could be just one more reason that could stop a reluctant grandparent from writing his or her memoirs.

Now for the guts of the book.

Susan provides lots of writing prompts. Lots of GOOD prompts. That way, you don’t have to worry about coming up with things to write about yourself. She has done all of the thinking for you. Thanks, Susan!

I am really impressed with the type of prompts that she has. While it’s nice to know my favorite color (yellow and orange) or my favorite food (do caramels count as food?), that knowledge doesn’t explain who I really am.

One prompt that I like is what my goals are for the next few years. Boy howdy! Goals really give a good insight into a person.

She also has a prompt about your favorite place in the world (mine’s Bora Bora) and what’s on your bucket list (traveling to Bali and getting a book published).

She has space where you can share religious beliefs or spiritual experiences and what spiritual values you hope your grandchild will embrace. (I really appreciate those prompts. I don’t know if grandparents (very often) share those experiences and values much with their grandkids.

There’s also a spot where you can write about what you would like to do today if you were young. (Oh my! Social media marketer, app developer, videographer, photographer . . .)

She includes a place where you can write what you love about being a grandparent. (Hugs and kisses from grandchildren and how they squeal ‘Grandma’ when they see me!)

There’s also room where you can write your memories about your grandchild’s birth. (The birth of our oldest grandchild was scary because his mother had to be life flighted to the hospital!)

One thing that is really nice about these prompts is that the space to fill in is just a few lines. This is a good psychological trick that she plays on grandparents – at least in my opinion. If I were given a prompt and then 3 blank pages, that would be intimidating. I would be afraid that I couldn’t fill all that space. But just a few lines? Gee willikers! Why that is easily doable! In just a few minutes I can complete one of the prompts. That makes me feel successful and encourages me to keep filling them out.

Some of the prompts might not fit your life. That’s okay. You can pick and choose which ones to write about.

Another thing that I really like about the book is that you are not forced to write your memoir in chronological order. You can open the book to any page and start right there. Before you know it, you will have created a memoir that a grandchild will cherish forever.

Oh, and she provides places where you can include pictures. You know, pictures are worth a thousand words. By including them in your memoir, that means you’ll have less to write about! (Or maybe you’ll have more to write about as you explain your hairstyle, clothing, or what you are doing in the photograph!)

Once you’ve completed it, you can give it to your grandchild as a birthday or Christmas present. That’s one gift that will have lots of meaning.

The book sells on Amazon for $14.  What a bargain! I encourage you to run right out and get one to give to each of your grandchildren. You’ll be glad that you did.

About the Author:
Susan Adcox is a former English and journalism teacher with a degree in literature from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. For more than five years she has been the Guide to Grandparents on About.com, where she writes about topics ranging from grandparents’ rights to board games for kids. She and her husband Ronnie are approaching their 50th anniversary. Woot woot! They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Disclaimer: While I was given a free copy of this book, it did not in any way influence my review of it in any way.