We’re on the approach to the first long break of the year, Easter. With 2 weeks of the little ones being at home, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied, entertained and perhaps create a cherished memory or two in the process. Here, we share some of the simple, but effective, craft ideas you can do with your little ones to celebrate the season. 

Painting eggs (or stones)

Eggs, for many customs and cultures, represents fertility, new life and rebirth, and as such feature quite heavily in Easter pageants and traditions. The painting of eggs is a tradition that dates back to the 13th century and is a simple exercise that allows little ones to let their creativity show. In also following tradition, they could gift their completed painting to a friend or loved one.

We know that eggs are a precious commodity at the moment so if you need to keep hold of your stock, go on a hunt for some egg-shaped rocks and paint those instead – the bonus here is it turns it into a full day (or twos) activity!

Decorate your own easter basket

If you have an invite to, or are planning to host your own egg hunt, you could spend a day on the lead up to the event decorating your own easter basket.

You’ll need:

  • A little basket with a handle
  • Ready-made ornaments to dress it with: flower heads, little bunnies, eggs, chicks, etc.
  • If they want to make their own ornaments: felt fabric and fabric colouring pens.  
  • Ribbons
  • PVA glue
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors.

How to:

  1. Prepare your ornaments: you could make your own by drawing eggs, birds, and/or flower shapes onto the felt fabric, cutting them out and using off-cuts of felt to decorate the ornaments with spots and/or stripes, or use fabric pens to draw other shapes and features. Use PVA glue to stick these in place and allow to dry fully before attaching to the basket.
  2. Let them tell you what ornaments to put where on the basket and glue in place with a glue gun for them.
  3. Use ribbons to decorate the handles.
  4. Allow to set fully before using.

After the egg hunt, they can then repurpose the basket for toys in their room of you can use it told hold a plant or flowers (simply line the basket with a waterproof liner!).

Got a little time to yourself on the lead up to? Try your hand at our Crochet Easter Baskets pattern! They make very cute baskets perfect for those mini eggs!

Create a living picture

If you have children with quite good motor skills, challenge them with a living picture. First, they can go pick a few flowers outside, or you can go together. Then when you get home, dry the ends a little. Next, draw a vase on a piece of cardboard and pierce a few holes at the top where flowers should be. Then cut the stalks so they’re only an inch or two at most. Once you are ready, give them the vase and they can fill it with their flowers- you may need to help with this part as it will involve a needle or a cutter depending on the type of flowers and therefore thickness of stalks. They will need to pass the stalk through the holes to fill the vase. Later, they can cut out the vase, decorate it or draw the stalks if they like.

Make sure you enjoy this while it’s fresh, as the flowers will wilt after a few days.

Make your own bunny bunting

With any felt fabric that you have left over from the basket project, you can use to make your own bunny bunting! Here’s how:

  1. Draw out some bunny shapes onto the felt and cut them out.
  2. Using fabric pens, draw features such as eyes, colour in their ears, add a nose, whiskers and possibly a bow tie or scarf- you can also use offcuts of felt fabric for some of these additions too and secure any attachments with PVA glue.
  3. Once dried, use a holepunch to create little piercings in their ears and thread some thick string or ribbon through each of the bunnies.

Et Voila! A cute Easter decoration you can get out year after year!

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