Sunday, March 25, 2007

Easter @ The City- A Hoppin' Good Time

There are several elements to the Underwater Easter Hunt that I help with. The kids swim/wade in the teach pool to catch the floating eggs. The kids also get a chance to have their picture taken with E.B. It's made into a photo button while they wait. I designed the backdrop and basket where they sit for the pic. The chocolate bunny and 'peeps' are new this year. I love making things that babies will enjoy and squeal over. Makes me squeal, too. I love happy babies.

The Cabbage Patch is a photo op for the parents to take pictures. The 'dirt' is made from burlap bags. Real dirt in a pool filter does not make it happy, nor the Aquatics Supervisor. The cabbages are made from rags soaked in diluted paint and with shadowing added. I have to make all the props a wee bit water resistant, considering the event locale.

The flags across the pool are just the normal orange meet-flags with added yarn greenery and they make dandy 'carrots'.

Snacks are handed out and also carnival games set up, with small prizes given to all contestants. I thought that hungry bunnies might need a snack, too. The game is painted on a sheet of plywood, with holes cut for mouths and I made beanbag carrots out of orange washcloths. The kids toss the carrots through the mouths and the bunbuns are very hoppy.

We have to celebrate the secular version of Easter because of the government sponsorship. I know that Jesus is the Reason for this Season, too. And I am able to slip in art references that point straight to Him. No one, unless they're given the inside scoop, knows about them. I can still honor the One who gave me my talent and my salvation. Most Eggs-cellent, I'd say.

5 comments:

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Tina T-P said...

Hi Shaun! Your decorations for the pool party are absolutely ADORABLE - boy, wouldn't that bunny be good in real chocolate? The cabbage patch is really pretty too - I'll bet that the kids had a real ball! They always do a pumpkin toss at our local pool at Halloween - I've never been able to figure out how they got the pumpkin yuck out of the water - I just don't swim that week :-)

Love the peeps too - what a fun job you have! T.

Shabby in the City said...

This is such a great idea! I love the carrot banner...and my kids would die over this event!

vickie said...

Wow! It's really marvelous and so creative. Good work!

Shaun said...

Thanks everyone. I really enjoy doing this type of work. The event went very well. Not as many participants this year, but that means everyone had elbow room and it wasn't as hot in the pool area. The top doesn't come off the pool for a few more weeks. Another project 'put to bed' for the year...