My sister was hosting an Easter Egg Hunt today and did the traditional ‘hide the eggs and and children run around to find them’ hunt! This is perfect and fabulous fun for those confidently on the move but for the young, sitting baby or just walker, traditional hunts just aren’t going to be suitable. So, I made an Easter Egg hunt suitable for those little babies today and I think it went down well! To make the hunt, I gathered and washed our fillable eggs. Next, I poured fromage frais on some Cheerios and melted chocolate over some cornflakes. I filled the eggs with the covered cereals and popped them in the fridge. About an hour before playing, I took the eggs out of the fridge so that the contents wouldn’t be too hard for the babies. I poured some uncovered cornflakes in one shallow, plastic tray and ‘hid’ the chocolate cornflake eggs inside. Next, I poured some uncovered cheerios in another tray and again ‘hid’ the fromage frais eggs amongst the cereal. I didn’t put them in one tray so that the parents could choose as to whether or not their baby had chocolate! The ‘big’ kids had a cracking time with their Egg Hunt and the babies waited for their turn! I put the trays out on a blanket so that it would catch the mess! This would be messy, no doubt about it… but fun too! Don’t the babies deserve a bit of Easter hunting? I think they do! So Little Miss G and her baby pals set to work! Baby M, Baby B and Baby E weren’t shy in getting stuck in! The nice thing about these trays, is being shallow, the babies can reach into them nice and easily! There was a lot of tasting going on and as most of the babies there were weaning age and beyond, this was good for them to develop their tastes and ability to feed themselves. The hard eggs were also nice for a good chew on for the teething baby B! As the cheerios and cornflakes are small, it allows for babies to rehearse their pincer grip, essential for feeding themselves… Not only were fine motor skills getting their daily workout but so too were their gross motor skills. As they wanted to play and explore, this encouraged them to sit up independently, stretch in different directions and use their core muscles! We probably didn’t pick the best time of day to play with this activity as they were all very tired and needing naps but considering all that, they played beautifully and really were engrossed in the activity. You can see Baby M really examining what she was picking up! I also LOVE the fact she picked up so many and them sprinkled them back into the tub! What a clever girl! All in all, the babies got to have an Easter Egg Hunt, eat something sweet, play, explore, have fun and develop their fine and gross motor skills! Not bad for a Monday afternoon hey?!! If you’re hosting an Easter Egg Hunt this week/ weekend, don’t forget the babies! It’s easy!!