Wooden Eggs and Cups

 

 
These colorful eggs and cups are wonderful and safe for the smallest hands. Wee ones will enjoy placing the eggs in the cups encouraging agility, dexterity and small muscle development. As babies turn into toddlers they will begin matching the colors. The eggs and cups can then be used for color recognition, counting and sorting. A wonderful early toy and beautiful addition to any room!
  
  

Materials: 
6 wood eggs
6 wood cups
sandpaper, fine
wood paint
beeswax finish
non toxic wood stain (optional – if you’d like to finish the eggs in natural wood tones for a play kitchen)
 
Note: All materials used should be non toxic and child safe.
 
Directions: 

Using fine grade sandpaper, sand wood pieces smooth. Wipe off to remove any saw dust.
 
  
Using a non toxic, child safe paint, paint the inside and outside of the cups and the eggs. Use 6 different paint colors and paint one cup and one egg the same color. (Optional: if you prefer a natural finish for the play kitchen, stain the eggs/cups now.)

  
 
When the paint is thoroughly dry, seal the wood with a Beeswax Finish.


 
They are now ready to play with! Children as young as 6 months old will love picking up the colorful eggs. 

By the time a child is around 1 year old, they will enjoy putting the eggs in the cups. To begin with, they aren’t too concerned about matching colors 🙂

Eventually, toddlers will be matching the same egg and cup colors, counting eggs, and learning their colors. This is truly a multi-aged toy that grows with the child. 
 
 OTHER IDEAS FOR USING THE WOODEN EGGS AND CUPS

If you prefer, stain the outside of the cups and paint just the inside. The children will still match colors, but will have a very different finished look.

You can stain the eggs or white wash them for a more natural look. These are wonderful in play kitchens.

Give a child a small basket and let them collect the eggs a chicken has laid.

Or… ask a child what to do with them. She’ll know 🙂
 

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Kimara

6 Comments

  1. hello,
    what brand of paint did you use to paint your eggs and acorns with that are shown on your site? I am looking for some good wood paint. Also, what stain did you use for the cups that hold the acorns?
    thanks!
    Erin

    1. I use Delta Soy Paint and Stains. If you have a JoAnn's around your house, they carry them, and if you want to buy online, A Child's Dream carries the the paint, but I don't think she carries the stain.
      http://www.achildsdream.com/soy-paint/

  2. Hi, I’ve been painting wooden toys for awhile now, using Americana acrylic paint and finishing with food grade mineral oil and beeswax mix. The problem is, there is some color transfer between the pieces which I really don’t like. I’ve been thinking about using soy paint to see if it’s any better. Have you have any issues with color transfer using soy paint?

     

    Thanks!

  3. Not sure about the safety of a child with an egg in their hand, which may end up in the mouth choking them…

    1. Kimara
      Author

      I truly appreciate your concern. I owe a choke tube that you slip toys into to see if a child can choke on something. The eggs are way too big to fit into it. Some people use toilet paper tubes to test for the same thing. The tp tubes are even large than the choke tubes less items pass that test. The wooden eggs are too big for the tp tube, too. But, I would caution all parents not to give any toy to young children unless they pass the test AND the parent is present. Thank you for sharing your concern. ((hugs)) ~Kimara~


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