Cracking Easter Crafts To Try With Your Kids
The Easter bunny is on his way, which means it's time to get cracking with some egg-cellent activities the kids are sure to enjoy, says Emily Manning.
Our favourites include stained glass window decorations, fluffy Easter lambs, chocolate nests, wooden spoon puppets and more!
Dip some rainbow eggs
Hand-painted eggs are a classic to try, so we've got a helpful guide on how to dye Easter eggs for you. What will you use your egg-cellent decorations for?
Make a fluffy Easter lamb
A soft little lamb is a simple craft for even the youngest toddler to undertake, with minimal mess to clean up afterwards. All you need is a white paper plate or cardboard circle for the body, some black craft paper, lots of fluffy cotton balls, craft glue and a felt or wiggly eye. Cut two short legs and a head from the black paper and glue onto the plate. Now cover the body with glue and let your toddler stick cotton balls on it until it is completely covered. Stick the eye onto the head, and you’re done!
Time to build some (chocolate) nests
Perfect for kids big and small, chocolate nests are an Easter spin on a party food classic. Simply melt some chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (taking care that the bowl doesn’t touch the water), then remove from the heat and stir in some Corn Flakes (or Rice Krispies, if you prefer). Spoon the mixture into cases, building up at the sides and depressing a little in the centre. Chill in the fridge until set, then fill the centre with mini chocolate eggs or little chick decorations.
Easter bunny mask
To make an Easter bunny mask you will need:
- White paper plate
- Elastic thread
- Pipe cleaners
- Colouring pens
- Coloured craft foam or card
Let your child decorate the paper plate in the style of a rabbit face – this can either be done by drawing in the features with colouring pens, or sticking them on (pipe cleaners for the whiskers, a pink triangle of craft foam or card for the nose). Measure your child’s face and carefully cut two eye holes out of the plate. Then cut small holes at each side of the plate and thread through a length of elastic to keep the mask in place. Finally, cut out two bunny ears from coloured craft foam or card and leave to dry.
Make an Easter basket for egg collecting
You will need:
- Clean basket or container
- Craft felt
- Foam shapes or stickers
- Coloured tissue paper
- Any other desired decorations
An Easter basket can be easily fashioned from a clean, pre-packed vegetable container from the supermarket. Alternatively, any box or basket will do – you could always paint it if need be. Decorate the outside of the container with the foam shapes or stickers, then line the inside with colourful, scrunched up tissue paper. Finally, cut a long rectangle from a piece of craft felt and bend it into a handle shape, glue into place and leave to dry.
Create stained glass decorations
An adaptable activity for any season or occasion, creating stained glass-effect window decorations lets your child create something beautiful. First, decide upon the shape of the stained glass 'window' – an egg, a cross, a rainbow, etc. Then cut out the shape from coloured card, and cut out the centre so that you are left with a thick frame. Now, cut strips of tissue paper in a variety of colours and leave your child to glue them on – they should be stuck to both sides of the frame. Once the whole centre insert has been covered in coloured paper, the creation is complete – all that remains is to hang the 'window' where the sun will catch it and enjoy the eye-catching effect!
Wooden spoon puppets
To make an Easter chick puppet you will need:
- Wooden spoon
- Yellow paint
- Yellow craft feathers
- Craft glue
- Stick-on googly eyes
- Orange craft foam or card
First paint your wooden spoon yellow all over and leave to dry. Then make the chick’s face by sticking on two googly eyes and fashioning a beak from a small triangle of orange craft foam or coloured card. Finally stick feathers on the handle and again leave to dry before flying your Easter chick puppet around your home! To make an Easter bunny puppet you will need:
- Wooden spoon
- White, pink or blue paint
- Craft glue
- Stick-on googly eyes
- White, pink or blue craft foam or card
- Black felt tip pen
- White, pink or blue craft pom-pom or cotton wool ball
First paint your wooden spoon white, pink or blue all over and leave to dry. Then make the bunny’s face by sticking on two googly eyes and drawing on a mouth and whiskers using the black felt tip pen. Cut out two ear shapes from the craft foam or coloured card, and glue to the top of the spoon. Finally stick a pom-pom or small cotton wool ball on the handle to make the tail and again leave to dry. Your bunny is ready to hop around in search of Easter eggs!
What are your favorite Easter crafts? Leave a comment below.