What do you do with a 6 and 9 year old for 1-1/2 days to keep them engaged and happy? Answer: Create an Easter Garden.
The weekend before Easter, I offered to watch my friend's kids. She couldn't believe the offer for it wasn't for a few hours or an evening but spanning two days and one night. I had a secret project in mind that I thought the kids would love to get in on. It was to transform their breezeway into an Easter garden. Pictured above is the tulip garden. The kids thought the "grass" was so cool.
We strung up two banners, one that read "Happy Easter" and the other "hope." I was impressed that Master Antonio, age 9 picked such a good word for our second banner. When I asked him what would be a good word, he said firmly and without hesitation, "hope!" I'm impressed.
We found that Salina, age 6 was really good at working the stapler to assemble the paper chains. We had enough chains linked up to have two chains wrap around the space. I was delighted to use up a huge stash of scrapbook paper that I didn't want to keep storing but couldn't bring myself to toss.
It was hard work cutting out all of those flowers, eggs, banners, and chains. To break it up, I taught them how to make cootie catchers.
We laughed and laughed over their questions and the catcher's answers. Antonio would ask questions like, "Am I going to fart?" and we giggled and I was relieved when it replied, "No."
I loved how engaged the kids were in the project. Filling the space took time and effort and they were so up for the challenge.
The space was completed a few hours before their parents arrived. We made some sugar cookies from scratch and Antonio insisted on decorating the table, carefully selecting the table linens and dishes. As you can imagine the parents were touched. Tears came to my friend's eyes. I felt like Mary Poppins as I left them to share the stories of their weekend adventures over tea and cookies in their Easter Garden.
I'm amazed at how little it takes, some paper, scissors, stapler and creativity to transform a space and entertain two youngin's.
I'm thinking of sneaking back up into the garden and adding a few paper critters like butterflies, birds, ladybugs and the like. Oh and maybe I'll tuck in little secret messages for them too. Oh yes, Mary Poppins work isn't finished yet.
I hope my little outing has inspired you to get together with the kids in your life and to create an Easter garden filled with love and hope.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva