colorful wood eggs
I’m sure I’ve mentioned my obsession with well-made wooden toys before. Something about the beauty and simplicity of these toys really makes me happy. I’ve been reading some about Montessori theory, and I remember reading the suggestion that children should be surrounded by beauty — for me, I think this means to give Lilly toys and objects that are good-looking, real, well-made, and durable.
The biggest problem that I’ve run into is that these toys are also very often expensive.
(The lock toy in the background of the above photo is amazing, well-made, simple and every kid who ever comes over is captivated by it. Price tag? Something like $90 last time I checked. I was lucky enough to randomly stumble on it at a rummage sale for $2.)
I’ve seen wooden eggs & egg cups on pinterest and Montessori blogs and have been meaning to pick some up for almost a year now. Stacking the eggs in the cup is really good for fine motor control for the littles, and should involve a decent degree of concentration.
Now that Lil is a little older, I thought she might enjoy a set of eggs & egg cups in varying colors so that she can practice naming colors & color matching. She’s been really into pointing out and naming colors lately, so I thought this might give her some practice.
As you can see, we’re still working on the color matching. 🙂 She’s getting better!
These were pretty easy & relatively inexpensive to make. You’ll need:
- wooden eggs & egg cups (mine were from craftparts.com)
- liquid watercolors (mine were Sargent Art brand from amazon – I got a $10 mix color set but I’m not seeing it on Amazon now)
- plastic baggies
- beeswax (I had on hand from making tree blocks)
- olive oil
Steps are simple:
- put the egg & egg cup into a plastic bag and drip a few drops of liquid watercolor into the bag — you don’t need much!
- squish the bag until the wood is covered and let dry
- mix a 1:4 beeswax:olive oil mixture. I used a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup to measure out 1 cup of olive oil, then added grated beeswax until the measurement read 1 1/4 cups. Then I used a double boiler to melt the mixture (you can use a microwave, but we don’t have one). Once the beeswax has melted, let the mixture cool and solidify, making sure to stir occasionally so the beeswax and olive oil will stay mixed
- coat your painted wood pieces with the beeswax polish, then remove excess beeswax with a towel
This project was so quick & easy, and I’ve got a few other ideas up my sleeve: wood coins for more color matching & for counting, wooden peg dolls, tiny apples and acorns for counting and imaginative play.