The Easter break is approaching, but when the holiday brings bad weather it’s only natural that children will want to spend the entirety of it staring at some form of screen. Screen time in moderation isn’t a problem, but it’s nice to diversify how little ones spend their free time, and there is no better way to keep children’s hands busy and their minds interested than organising a range of Easter themed crafts.
If you are a childcare professional or education provider, these crafts will also be great for you too, not just parents.
From painting to cooking, we have put together five crafts young children will look forward to this Easter.
Bunny Ear Headband
Making bunny ear headbands is the perfect activity for little girls and boys that love to dress up. Although they aren’t everyday wear, they are fun to make and can be worn proudly on Easter Sunday, particularly if you have plans with the family, or any time they want to pretend to be a bunny.
You don’t need much for this activity, depending how elaborate they want to make it.
All you really need is:
- 1 x White, Grey or Brown A2 Card
- 1 x Pink A4 Card
- PVA Glue
- Tape Measure
- Paints (optional)
First grown-ups will need to measure their little one’s heads. Once you have this measurement use the ruler to make that measurement across the bottom of the A2 card while landscape. From this mark make another 4cm above the initial mark and connect both with a straight line. Then from the top mark draw a straight line across to the end of the card.
When this rectangle is cut out, make sure you add an extra couple of centimetres to the end for sticking it together later.
Once that is cut out, set aside and move on to making the bunny ears from the remaining A2 card. You can find a template online to print, or free hand two bunny ears, and cut these out.
The next step depends on how involved the children want to be. You can either cut two inner ears out of the pink card, or let the little one’s get artistic and paint the ears.
Once the decorated ears have dried, glue them to the centre of the headband (the rectangle that was cut earlier).
Next, glue the headband into a circle shape to complete the bunny ear headband. If you want to go a step further you can stick on some pipe cleaner whiskers.
Egg painting is fun for all children and the finished product can be used in an Easter egg hunt and swapped for real chocolate eggs, making this craft all the more exciting to children.
As far as crafts go they are simple, but before children get their hands on them, grown-ups will have to do some preparation.
For this craft you will need:
- Eggs (of course)
- White acrylic paint (for the undercoat)
- Watercolours (for the children to use)
- Egg holders
Grown-ups should boil the eggs before as tiny butter fingers could result in quite the mess and upset. Boil a few hours in advance or even the night before to allow for proper cooling.
The eggs should also be given an undercoat of white paint making the next stage of painting easier. Once the children have painted their masterpieces set them aside to dry.
If kept in the fridge the painted eggs will last around seven days before they start to get funky
Potato Egg Stamps
Stamps are a great way to get toddlers, and slightly older children, to take part in crafts without making too much of a mess, and it doesn’t have to be expensive either.
Potato egg stamps can be used to create Easter themed pictures to hang on the fridge or even to decorate some Easter cards to send to family and friends.
What you need:
- A small sharp knife (grown-ups only)
- Sponges and brushes
Grown-ups can make stamps out of potatoes that have seen better days. You will need to cut the potato in half and then carve a pattern into the skinless side of the potato.
Once you have your different patterns, children can decide how they want to used their stamps. Older children may want to paint different colours onto each section of the pattern to give a multi-coloured effect. Toddlers will probably be better dipping their potato in a single colour and using their stamp that way.
Once you have mastered eggs you can always be a little more adventurous, depending on your carving skills. Why not try a bunny? Or a daffodil?
A low cost, low risk way for little ones to make tasty treats. Cornflake cakes are no bake so the actual assembling poses no threat to curious hands, and they are delicious.
It can get messy though so make sure you put little ones in clothes you don’t mind getting messy, or an apron.
Ingredients (makes 12):
- 50g butter
- 100g milk or dark chocolate (broken into chunks)
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
- 100g cornflakes
- Mini chocolate eggs or smarties
- Muffin cases
Children can help weigh out the ingredients. Grown-ups will need to melt the weighed butter, chocolate and golden syrup together in a saucepan or microwave.
This mixture will need to cool slightly before being poured over the cornflakes. Let the children gently stir the mixture into the cornflakes until all are covered. Then children can scoop a tablespoon into a muffin case.
Grown-ups will need to make a small indent in the middle of each cake. Children can place either three mini eggs in the middle, but as these pose a choking risk it is not recommended to under four-year-olds, instead, younger children can use smarties.
Eat and enjoy!
Easter Stick Puppets
Stick puppets offer two levels of enjoyment for little ones, firstly the crafting aspect of it and secondly, being challenged to put on a show with the puppets they have made.
Nobody is expecting children to craft Jim Henson worthy puppetry, which makes stick puppets the best choice for little hands to make and use.
As the name suggests, these puppets are made using ice lolly sticks, what goes on the sticks is up to you. You can either get shapes of Easter animals online, cut out and glue these to the sticks once decorated, or you can be more creative and use pipe cleaners, card and googly eyes.
You will need:
- Ice Lolly Sticks
- A4 Card In Different Colours (depending on the characters chosen)
- Pipe Cleaners
- Marker Pen
- Googly Eyes
- PVA Glue
For the puppets using pipe cleaners, simply cut the shape of your animals head, round for a chick and round with big bunny ears for a rabbit.
Get the little ones to decorate the faces before sticking. Make sure the chick has eyes and a beak and the rabbit has whiskers, eyes, a nose and buck teeth. Once complete, stick the face to the top of a stick.
When the glue has dried take a pipe cleaner the same colour as the animals face. Put the centre of the pipe cleaner on the front of the stick, wrap it around, bringing in both sides and wrapping twice until secure. This should leave a small amount each side to fashion into arms or wings.
Voila! There you have some puppets, all you have to do now is encourage imaginative play through the production of a puppet show.