April Six // Spring Book Rotation 2017

Like I mentioned in my last post, I have started rotating out Addison’s books so we can actually enjoy the books that are on our shelves. I explained last week that I have a handful of books that stick around for the entire season, but each month will feature six new books. Three board books that sit out in the living room with the toys and three story books that sit on the shelf in her room for story time before bed.

April was a very easy month to plan for because of the Easter. When I think of Easter, I think of pastels, eggs, rabbits, baby animals, and new life. Addison’s favorite board book, hands down, was the Bunny Hop. She loved pointing out the Sesame Street characters and has already flipped through the book at least a hundred times since she got in her Easter basket.

The other two board books aren’t looked at as much. However, I think they will become more of a hit next year and the year after. She is only 1 1/12 after all and doesn’t have much interest in counting or sitting for more than a minute.

Board Books
Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
The Easter Story by Patricia Pingry
Bunny Hop by Sarah Albee

Addison isn’t very good at sitting still and the only time I can sit with her and read a book is at bed time, right before bed. I can read an entire book and she will just watch quietly from her bed. I wanted to include a Golden Book each month because I have fond memories of them as a child. But for story time, I haven’t gravitated towards it. Maybe once she is older, but the other two books have been read several nights already. An Egg is Quiet and I Wish You More are both quick reads. I love the illustrations in An Egg Is Quiet and can definitely see this book stick around for many years, even through middle school if I end up homeschooling.

Hardcover
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Fuzzy Duckling by Jane Werner Watson

Hope you all enjoyed my April 6. I’m a little late this month, but better late than never!

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

It’s crazy to me to think that Easter is right around the corner and I’m beyond excited. Maybe more excited than I was for Christmas. You see, Chris’ family has this huge tradition of Christmas stockings. Now that Addison is part of our family, Chris gets a lot of joy from passing the Christmas stocking tradition on. Because of that, I don’t really contribute to that part of the holiday. He plots and plans what he’s going to sneak into her stocking and I can tell he is so proud. This past year was particularly fun because Addison was old enough to participate. She would get excited, open presents, and loved reaching into her stocking to find something new.

The Easter basket is like the Christmas stocking of Spring. And I’ve taken the responsibility of planning out what’s going to go into the basket and the rest of the Easter festivities. I know for sure I’m going to do an egg hunt in the front yard. I can already picture Addison’s face when she discovers that the eggs are filled with gummy snacks and candy. (On a real note, my kid has an incredibly unhealthy obsession with gummy snacks. She wakes up and it’s one of the first things she asks for). So because she’s going to be overloaded on sweets during the egg hunt, I want to fill the Easter basket with non-edible items. I’m trying to slowly switch over Addison’s toys to ones that are made out of more natural materials.

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

For basket filler, I chose to use a playsilk because I wanted every part of Addison’s basket to be something fun. There are a lot of different playsilks that you can find online but I ended up purchasing from Sarah’s Silks which is family-owned USA based company. The silk is so soft and I know that Addison is going to be using this constantly (probably going to be a blanket for her baby doll).

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas

Books are an easy gift basket idea. Elmo is my daughter’s favorite tv character and she will beg to watch the Letter and Number of the Day on youtube, so the Bunny Hop by Sarah Albee is going to make her flip out. I chose the book Spring by Gerda Muller, mostly because I loved the illustrations. I already know I’m going to buy the other three books in her seasons series because they are just so beautiful to look at.

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas
Holztiger is a toy brand that I’m obsessed with. Like Gerda Muller’s books, I think they are so beautiful to look at. I’m trying to grow a collections of the Holztiger figurines for Addison. She already has a grizzly bear, panda, cat, and dog. I chose the bunny for obvious reasons and then the chameleon because it was the closet thing I could find to match Puff, our bearded dragon. I’d love for her to have a some farm and ocean animals as well but because Holztiger figurines are handcrafted and hand painted with nontoxic materials, they’re more expensive than the plastic animals you find at Target. I definitely think the price is worth the product though.

Non-Edible Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers // Those Crazy Sorokas
Last but not least, the felt carrots. I bought mine from the dollar section at Target but I’m sure you can find an etsy seller that makes them. I thought they would look nice with her basket and she could use them with the pots and pans my mom bought her for Christmas this past year.

And that’s everything! I just wanted to share with you what I came up with to put into the basket. Next year I might add bubbles and chalk. If you have any other ideas, leave them in the comments section so that I can take notes for next year!

Sarah’s Silks Rainbow Playsilk // Holztiger Chameleon // Holztiger Bunny // Felt Carrots (Target Dollar Section) // The Bunny Hop (Sesame Street) by Sarah Albee  // Spring by Gerda Muller