Don’t Throw It Away! Here’s How To Reuse That Basket Stuffing!

Hello, My Gals!

Two posts in one day?? 😱 This probably won’t be a regular occurrence. 😂😅

But since Peter Cottontail is just around the bunny trail corner, I figured I’d put something up on recycling plastic Easter grass. 🌱♻


✝Growing up, I always thought Easter was a beautiful holiday. Not only because of what it represented in my faith, Jesus dying on the cross and coming back to life, but also because of the beautiful imagery and colors. Bunnies, ducklings, chicks, pastel eggs, etc. 🐣💖

I also really liked the look of the strips of soft-colored cellophane that padded the contents of my Easter baskets for years. But of course, it was all for aesthetics, and after all of my Reese’s eggs were devoured, those tiny strips of colorful plastic would be discarded along with the candy wrappers. 🚮

😨I shudder to think of how many lawns you could cover with the amount of that grass sitting in the landfill, from my family alone…

Thankfully there are more environmentally-friendly alternatives to this filling now, like shredded paper that can easily be recycled, biodegradable grass, and even edible grass! Though more often than not, the tried-and-true OG plastic grass is cheaper and easier to come by.

But this doesn’t mean there has to be so much of it choking up the environment! Here are some things you can do to repurpose the stuff, and keep it out of the landfill (at least for a little bit longer if anything).

📦Packing Away Fragile Items🥂

Everyone loves bubble paper. There’s something so satisfying about popping those little plastic pockets of air.🤩😌  And of course they’re quite useful in protecting fragile knick knacks from breaking when packed away.

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It could also be a pretty good alterative to getting more of those styrofoam peanuts

But consider hanging on to plastic grass to do the same thing! If you have a lot of baskets to fill with it, you can use what would otherwise be thrown away to cushion any ceramic Easter decorations you have until you need them again next year! Or, you can hang on to the stuff for the next time you need to store fragile valuables.

🏞Make A Scene🎭

If your child’s school or your home school curriculum should ever call for a diorama as part of a lesson, that Easter grass could come in handy in setting the stage for a natural habitat scene! 🌳🌲🦔🦌

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Found this on Google Images. Whoever made it did a good job! And they used paper Easter grass, otherwise known as “crinkle”

🖍You could also hang on to it and incorporate it into various crafts, using it as hair, nest material, you name it! Let your child’s imagination run wild (maybe even yours, too)!

🛏Stuff It🧸

For those who like to make DIY toys and stuffies for their little ones, Easter grass could make the perfect filling for certain doll furniture! 🛋

A tiny bean bag chair or a bed, for example, could be stuffed with the grass.

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Doll furniture found on Google. Picture the beanbag stuffed with leftover grass 💭

🚼You could also DIY some sensory baby toys using socks without mates and Easter grass! Your baby will benefit from the crinkly sounds the grass makes inside of the soft socks! Be sure to supervise play in case of any leakage.

🐴Oh Hay!🌾

Most Easter grass you see is green, and therefore would make the perfect pretend grass for toy horses! Yellow Easter grass would make great play hay as well!

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Feed your little ones’ horses some fresh cut Easter grass 😋

And if you have blue, purple, pink, or all of the above grass, it would make some magically tasty unicorn food! 🦄

👀Be sure to supervise play with small children, and find a means of storage for pretend livestock food to avoid messes!

🌱Reduce, Reuse…🌎

Recycle! ♻ If you have a space for craft and gift wrapping supplies, put the grass in a Ziploc bag and save it until you need to stuff your next Easter baskets!


 

These are just a few examples I could come up with, but the possibilities are really endless when it comes to repurposing! What are some other ways you could reuse grass? Let us know in the comments! 💬

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Educational Activities With Easter Eggs

Hello, My Gals,

Happy Good Friday to all who celebrate! On this day, we observe how Jesus died for our sins 🙏💓

It’s also the time of year where we put candy in plastic eggs and hide them for little ones to excitedly discover 🐣🐰🍫

My little ones are still too young for Easter Egg hunts, but my oldest at 20 months has had a plastic egg obsession for a month or two now. And he hasn’t even seen all of those surprise egg videos on YouTube. He likes them without knowing they’re “cool” 😎🤓😂

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We still use his Christmas outfit as pajamas XD Hey, if you can get clothes to survive through the toddler wringer, use them as much as possible!

And since he loves playing with these things so much, I figured I would try to incorporate them into our daily learning routine, and thought I’d share our activities with my fellow home-schooling Mamas!

#️⃣Counting🔢

Okay, so maybe this is one of the more obvious activities, but it’s a good one! I got a dozen colorful plastic eggs at Target for only $1!! 🙌🙌 And I held on to Vinny’s Easter Basket he got from his Auntie Angie last year.

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So cute!

For this counting activity, I simply scatter ten of the plastic eggs about the living room floor, and let Vinny collect them into the basket, counting how many eggs to in as he does so. Then when and if he takes the eggs out, I count them as he does that.

Another fun thing we started doing is putting pom-poms inside the eggs, and then cracking them over his head. He absolutely loves this activity. We simply take the plastic egg apart, put pom-poms inside while counting them, and then take the egg and count up to the number of pom-poms inside and crack!

The anticipation of the pom-poms falling on him makes this an engaging counting exercise. He begins to associate higher numbers as meaning more of something by waiting a little longer for the pom-poms to fall, depending on how many we put in.

I would definitely do this activity supervised with kids under 3, and make sure you clean them all up afterwards!

🎨Colors🖌

Though most of them come in just a few pastel shades, playing with plastic eggs is a great way to strengthen color skills.

While we play with them, I will say aloud which color each egg is while Vinny picks it up. Pretty simple and straight-forward.

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But then I like to take it a step further. While he takes a nap or overnight while he’s asleep, I’ll take some of the eggs and switch the color shells around. Then the next time we play with them, I’ll say, “Uh-Oh! These don’t match! Let’s find their matching colors!”

For this activity, we take the eggs apart (one of Vinny’s favorite things to do with the eggs), and then I will hold up the shell for Vinny to find the matching color to. Once we put the matches together, I’ll say the color aloud to Vinny. Again, pretty simple and straight-forward, but fun!

✋Opposites🤚

I know, how can you teach opposites using plastic eggs?

By getting different sizes!

I got six larger sized plastic eggs from Target for $3. I initially got them to put on our floating shelves for seasonal decoration, but since I ended up with some left over, I figured I’d let Vinny add them to his collection. I also intend to fill them with some healthy gummy snacks, semi-dark chocolate, and cheddar bunnies for his Easter treats.😋

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Anyway, since he has these different sized eggs, I figured I’d use them to teach him the difference between “Big” and “Small.”

For this activity, I’ll simply put the two different sized eggs of the same color together and tell him which one is big and which one is small.

Sometimes I’ll even put the smaller egg inside of the larger egg, creating sort of a nesting doll. When Vinny cracks open the large egg, I’ll say “Big!” and then when he gets a hold of the other egg, I’ll say “Small!” He got the concept pretty quick the first time we did these exercises, and would point to the big one and say “big!” and to the small ones and say “small!”

We’ve also been going over the concept of “Apart” and “Together” using the eggs. When he takes them apart, I’ll say “Apart!” and then pick up the shells and put them together, saying “Together!” After a while, Vinny would pick up pieces, hand them to me, and say “Together!” as if to ask me to put them together for him.


These are just a few examples of some imaginative games you can play with your little ones as a fun way to help them learn! 😁😆💡📚

What are some other activities and games using eggs I haven’t thought of? Let us know in the comments! 💬

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