Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easter Shakers

My wittle baby Vivian wanted something of her own to celebrate spring. I saw these on another blog that was shared by Deborah at Teach Preschool. I thought they were really cute, so I modified them a little and made some of our own, for Vivian, but they've since been high-jacked by Alexis.

I've been picking up plastic Easter eggs since probably just after Valentine's Day (I get excited, what can I say?) knowing that I'd find something to do with them. I found these for just a couple dollars and knew they'd be perfect for this particular project.

I filled them with different types of small, "shakable" materials that I already had laying around.
In the first two, the bunnies, I put some pastel beads and a few pom-poms to make them more visually appealing and give baby something to "search" for as she shakes them (similar to a peek-a-boo bottle). In the carrot I put some plain white rice and a few beads again, to add variety. In the chick I put a bunch of pom-poms and only a few beads. In the frog, I dyed some rice green similar to how I did the coconut in the Easter Basket Puffs (add a drop or two of green food coloring then stir. Then I zapped the rice in the microwave for about five seconds to help it dry). I also added a few colorful sprinkles in with the green rice.

I didn't want to use tape to seal these as tape would be too easy for my dexterous baby to pick off and eat :/ and I didn't want to use super glue - too toxic :-X - so I opted for non-toxic hot glue. Put the hot glue around the rim of one side of the egg so when you close it, it glues itself together. I made sure to use just enough to seal the egg very well but not ooze out too much, as I'm sure the baby, or Alexis, would be picking at that as well. You can always wipe off the extra glue that seeps out.

These are great sensory toys for babies or just musical instruments for old kids.

Both visually appealing and noisy, these have provided my girls with plenty of entertainment.

Bang Bang Bang!
She loved putting them in the bucket then pulling them back out again. And again. And again.

They're portable too - for little ones on the move!
I think these are pretty well "baby-proofed" for choking hazards and such. The hot glue really holds them together tight, I tested. But still, as with anything that can pose choking hazards, make sure your little ones are supervised when playing with these :)

Happy Noise-Making!


1 comment:

  1. Your egg shakers are super cute! It's good to know that hot glue works - it's one of the few alternative seals that I haven't tried! For some reason my kids never touch the electrical tape, but I know other kids might.

    Glad you liked our fancy egg shakers :)