First, my mom got all the kids these adorable Easter baskets from Personal Creations. When I just went to their website to give you the link, it shows there is still time to order before Sunday!
Now, for the boys. I did stick with the same trend as last year, but this year I went with Fish Sticks instead of Zoo Sticks to change it up a bit! These are just so great for working on fine motor skills, hand strengthening and promoting a correct grasp to help carry-over to holding a pencil, I couldn't resist. When you do use these with your kids, whether it's for eating, playing, or cleaning up small toys, such as Legos, please encourage them to use their "pinchers" getting the optimum fine motor gains from the activity.
I also am going to make the boys homemade, vegan "peanut" butter cups. I don't have a picture because when I made these for a gluten free alternative when heading to a birthday parts a few weeks ago, they were not picture worthy! However, they tasted delicious. I am not saying that these are healthy, but they are much better than Reece's peanut butter cups. Here's what you need: 1. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips 2. Organic Cashew Butter 3. Organic Coconut Palm Sugar 4. Himalayan Sea Salt - 4 ingredients, simple right! Melt the chocolate chips on the stove. While they are melting, stir the palm sugar and sea salt into the room temperature cashew butter. Once melted, pour a little of the chocolate to coat the bottom of a mini-muffin pan (lined with unbleached muffin liners), place a dollop of the cashew butter mixture on top of the chocolate and then cover with more chocolate. Place the tray in the fridge and voila, once cooled, you have an awesome indulgence. You can use peanut butter as well, but I like to limit the amount of peanut butter we eat due to the aflatoxin. One of my favorite websites, as my frequent readers and Facebook friends know, tappstips.com also has a tahini version of this, which really packs some health benefits into a small treat.
Now for Miss Livvy! Luke's basket was rather scant last year due to him being 1, so Liv's is looking the same, as she is just coming up on 5 months. Livvy is getting an amber necklace, to hopefully help with her teething (my kids all teeth ridiculously early!). I'm also getting her a "girly" book from again, our local bookstore, because there may come a time that she gets tired of reading up on her excavator's and front loaders! That's it that's all for Liv!
Again, we will be cutting our Easter grass from construction paper instead of buying the fake grass from the store, which I feel is a waste. Cutting is also such a great skill to work on with kids, and when you are making Easter grass, you can just let them go wild with the blunt, kid-friendly scissors. Varying the paper (plain white, construction, oak tag) will also increase or decrease the resistance. This is great if you really want to work on hand strengthening or if your kids are older, give them the oak tag and a green crayon and leave the thin paper behind!
Enjoy your Easter everyone!