All Natural Easter Eggs straight from the farmer's market - no need to dye!I’ve claimed to have made natural Easter eggs before. Every year, we try out different vegetables and herbs to naturally dye eggs. We’ve used red cabbage to make blue ombre eggs. And last year, we went super simple and doodled on brown eggs with white pen.

But this is even easier. And more natural.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to your local farmer’s market.
  2. Pick out the most gorgeous eggs you can find, preferably in soft hues of sea-foam green, blush beige, caramel brown, misty aqua blue, or any other naturally stunning color.
  3. Marvel at their natural beauty.

Kind of simple. But sometimes simple is best!

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The Best Doctor's Kits for the aspiring doctors

Before putting together our DIY Doctor Kit, I spent a bit of time looking to see what was available. And I was completely impressed by the beautiful, well made, eco friendly doctor’s kits out there!  I have rounded a few of the very best options, as well as some books, apps, puzzles and games that will excite any aspiring doctor.

Be sure to see our favorites in each category down at the bottom!

 

DOCTOR’S KITS

row 1:   HABA Doctor’s Suitcase   |   Le Grande Famille Doctor’s Medical Kit   |    Strawberry Doctor Trunk

row 2:   Doc HABA   |   Is There A Doctor in the House   |   Wooden Pretend Play Doctor’s Kit

row 3:   My First Doctor Kit   |   Soopsori Doctor Play Set   |   Honeybake Doctor’s Set

 

APPS

The Human Body

Toca Doctor

This is my Body

My Incredible Body

 

BOOKS

Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body

The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body

First Human Body Encyclopedia

See Inside Your Body

The Human Body: Lift the Flap and Learn

 

PUZZLES & GAMES

Skeleton Floor Puzzle

Magnetic Human Body Play Set

Your Body 5-Layer Wooden Puzzle

Body Magnets and Anatomy Cards

Operation Game

Squishy Human Body

 

Our Favorites:

DOCTOR KIT | Is There A Doctor in the House: Although I am of course partial to our DIY Doctor Kit, it has a lot of little pieces and isn’t suitable for the littlest doctors. This wooden version from Land of Nod is super cute, durable, and comes in a fun carrying case. My 18 month old has this and she loves it!

APP | The Human Body App: This is a beautiful app that allows kids (and adults) to discover how each of the body’s systems works. It also comes with a PDF guide that explains how to use the app and gives many other activity suggestions. I appreciate that this app allows open-ended exploration as opposed to simply playing a game or following instructions.

BOOK | The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body: We love all of the Magic School Bus books around here, and this one is no different. Ms. Frizzle takes the class through the human body and kids learn tons of fun facts along the way.

PUZZLE | Body Magnets and Anatomy Cards: This puzzle not only teaches kids the different parts of the muscular system, skeleton, organs or skin, it does it in 9 different languages. Perfect for bilingual kids, and those of us who move around the world every few years. You never know when you might need to know how to say gallbladder in German!

GAME | Operation: The original game we all played and loved when we were kids. You really can’t improve on a classic! (Just make sure it is the original, and not the updated version, which is such a disappointment)

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Wild; Euphoria; The Painter; The War that Saved my Life

On My Bookshelf this month:

Wild  |  Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her thousand mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Some people read this book and think, ‘I’m on my way to REI to buy my hiking boots right now’, but this really just didn’t do it for me.  |  “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” 

Euphoria  |  I have been known to chose a book based on it’s cover. And this one is especially nice, based on a close up photo of a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree. But this book is more than just a pretty cover. It was inspired by the 1933 expedition of American Anthropologist Margaret Meade, her second husband Reo Fortune, and her third husband Gregory Bateson on the Sepik River in New Guinea, and kept me captivated until the very end.  |  “You don’t realize how language actually interferes with communication until you don’t have it, how it gets in the way like an overdominant sense. You have to pay much more attention to everything else when you can’t understand the words. Once comprehension comes, so much else falls away. You then rely on their words, and words aren’t always the most reliable thing.”

The Painter  |  This books starts out with a bang, “I never imagined I would shoot a man. Or be a father. Or live so far from the sea.”  From there, it is the story of an artist and fly fisherman from New Mexico, whose 14 year old daughter was murdered, and trying to escape the suffering of the losses he has endured.  |  “You rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.”

The War that Saved my Life  |  For a book written for middle schoolers, The War that Saved my Life has amazing characters, complex relationships, fascinating historical details, and a great story line. Don’t dismiss it thinking it is for kids. I especially love that it is a WWII book, but it’s not.  |  “It had been awful, but I hadn’t quit. I had persisted. In battle I had won.”

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Astonish Me; Girl on the Train; Where She Went; Nurture Shock

On My Bookshelf this month:

Astonish Me  |  I have always been fascinated by professional ballerinas, and this was an interesting look inside that life. I tried to read Maggie Shipstead’s first book, Seating Arrangements, and just couldn’t, so I didn’t have high hopes for this book, either. But I needed a book to read and it was available at the library. It was an enjoyable read, but nothing spectacular.  |  “How strange it was that a dream, once realized, could quickly turn mundane.” 

Girl on the Train  |  Rachel rides the train every day, and daydreams about the lives of the couple who live in one of the houses along her route. When the woman who lives in the house disappears, Rachel finds herself in the middle of the investigation. This was one of those books that completely halted my life until I finished it. I could not stop reading. The characters are all completely wacked out, the situation is crazy and get crazier as the story goes on, and I completely loved it.  |  “The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.” 

Where She Went  |  After finishing If I Stay, I immediately got on the waitlist for this one. This book is told from Adam’s point of view, and picks up a few years after the tragic accident that killed everyone in Mia’s family.  |  “A day might be just twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through just one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.” 

Nurture Shock  |  I first read this book a few years ago, and it completely challenged everything that I thought I knew about parenting. I told everyone I knew about it, and talked about it to anyone who would listen. Now that I have a few more years of parenting experience under my belt, and another daughter in the house, I figured it was worth another read. I loved it just as much the second time, and it is still one of my all time favorite parenting books!  |  “The more controlling the parent, the more likely a child is to experience boredom.” 

I’m always looking for book recommendations! What are you reading?

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An easy DIY Doctor Kit - perfect for kids to practice imaginative play, learn compassion, and have fun! With cute mini scrubs, this makes the best kids Halloween costume!

I love toys that promote creativity, imagination, and dramatic play.

This DIY Doctor’s Kit does all of these things, plus it encourages compassion and gentleness in kids as they care for their patients. And if your little one is afraid of going to the doctor, this is a great way to talk about those feelings, and overcome any lingering fears.

I initially had the idea to make this DIY Doctor’s Kit to go with my daughters Halloween costume. (See details on that below) And this may have been one of the best ideas I have ever had. It gets played with more than any other toy we have, and took minimal effort to make.

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