Contact Paper Chick

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We already have one cute spring chick up on our doorway to celebrate the season, and here was a second toddler-friendly version to join the first!

To start, I cut out a piece of contact paper in roughly the shape of an Easter egg, then taped it down to a piece of white paper with double-sided tape. The sticky side of the contact paper should be facing up.

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Next I set out a tray full of feathers for Veronika. All yellow would have been ideal for a chick, but we had a mix of reds, yellows, and oranges, which worked just as well.

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She loved picking which feather to use, plus the discovery that the contact paper was sticky and grabbed on to the delicate feathers.

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Once the egg shape was filled in, we transformed it into a chick with just a few final details: Two wiggle eyes, a beak cut from colored paper, and two legs drawn on with orange marker. Peep peep!

Fun up the Pretend Play

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Travis loves to play with his Legos, but sometimes even his imagination needs a boost. When boredom struck today, I challenged him to have his favorite characters hold a “ceremony”. You could do this game with just about any toy your child love, whether that means dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, or something else.

Travis chose to have a coronation ceremony to proclaim one of his Legos as king. If that doesn’t interest your child, you could also suggest weddings, birthdays, or other big celebrations as the “ceremony” of choice.

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To start he wanted to set up a throne and a long hallway for the royal procession. Other Legos would be the bystanders of course, and the new king needed guards.

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All hail the king!

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You can make this game as elaborate as your child wants, adding music, props, and lots of fanfare. Veronika was so jealous that we quickly built a throne for Queen Bunny, too!

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After this round of imaginative play had the creative juices flowing, we upped the ante: challenge your children to act out a scene not with toys but with their own bodies!

The easiest way to do this, unless your child knows a particular movie by heart, is to set a favorite scene playing in the background and act along with it. In short order, we had the following cast from The Mandalorian:

Dad: Mando

Mom: Fennec

Travis: Boba Fett

Veronika: Baby Yoda

Baby Yoda had to sit in the center of a meditation rock.

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Uh oh, Baby Yoda lost interest quickly, so a prop stood in, instead.

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Travis loved imitating poses and hearing us get into character with our lines. This activity was such a novelty, and is a sure way to perk up your child’s pretend play no matter what day of the week!

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Pineapple Salsa

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This easy salsa brings a tropical vibe to dinner. We love to serve it with vegan fish fillets!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup orange-pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine the pineapple, bell peppers, black beans, red onion, and cilantro in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange-pineapple juice and lime juice. Pour over the pineapple mixture, and sprinkle with salt, stirring to combine.

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