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13 March 2014

Playing Easter Eggs Chess and Checkers for Kids

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So you might have thought A Nest for All Seasons has gone ALL GARDEN -- ALL THE TIME lately, but rest assured, I am still planning many DIYs, arts and crafts for kids and other home-centric posts amidst the garden fever this spring.  With the Better Homes and Gardens contest and the snow FINALLY melting outdoors, it seems plants are on my mind 24-7.  How about you?  Craving tulips yet?

Today we are going to take a little garden break and talk about playing chess and Easter eggs.  This craft ideas for your kids takes just a few minutes to put together, a few dollars to purchase supplies and can provide hours of brain-building fun!  [If you pick up a cheap cutting board at the thrift store and perhaps have the bottlecaps and hot glue on hand like I did -- this project will be SUPER cheap for you!]

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Materials:


To differentiate the two sides of the board, one set of eggs needed to be a little different.  While half stayed the natural wood color, the other half got burned.

This is a simple wood burning tool that plugs into the wall and gets VERY hot.  This is definitely not a craft the kids can help with.  To create the lines on the eggs, I held the tool on the top of the egg until it started to smoke a tiny bit (maybe 3 seconds?).  You can feel the wood start to burn and the tool settles into the wood just a fraction.  Once the top is burned, I quickly slide down the side of the egg making a thinner, lighter line that radiates from a central axis (See finished eggs below).

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 You could certainly get creative with your wood burning technique, 
or go a completely different route and stain the eggs with a light and dark wood stain, 
paint them, decoupage them - whatever suits your fancy!


As you all know, eggs will not stand up on their own,
 so they need a flat base in order for them to serve as playing pieces.  
Bottlecaps were the perfect base!

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 Simply hot glue the bottom of the egg squarely into the cap and your little eggs can now move around the playing board.  
To create the playing board, I used a cheap cutting board (any unfinished piece of wood will work), 
marked off squares and stained every other one with a metallic glaze.



To play a baby version of checkers, the small eggs are used and then "kinged"
by switching out for a large egg when they reach the other side of the board.   

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Chess is slightly more complicated, but easy enough for young children, with a large egg serving as the queen, 
smaller eggs serving as bishops and quail eggs (anchored by pennies!) as pawns.


So why not join me for an Eastery game of checkers?!




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1 COMMENTS:

ChiWei @ One Dog Woof Monday, March 17, 2014  

This is so awesome! I just bought a TON of fake eggs to decorate for what I hope to be a slew of Easter blog posts, but I didn't have an idea like this - too cool!

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