I thought you might enjoy these old Easter posts. I don’t know about you, but Easter is coming fast and I’m not at all prepared! I hope these ideas will get you motivated and give you some ideas. 🙂 Mama Nice
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I’m sure you can tell by now that I like crafts. I enjoy the thrill of creating something and putting it on display. What you might not know is, I’m also a “practical” craft person and I want my creations to have a purpose. I also want my kids crafts to have a purpose. Not that I don’t
loath enjoy all the paper crap creations my kids bring home from school, but I would rather they put their creations on something useful. That said, here are 5 crafts that you can do at home, WITH your kids and have a useful product in the end. Oh yeah, and they make great gifts for grandparents. Enjoy! 🙂
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- Wooden Wreath
- Wide base ribbon
- Skinny accent ribbon
- Wooden Letter
- Wooden Eggs
- Craft Paint
1. Let the kids paint the wooden eggs using craft paint.
2. Wrap base color ribbon around the wreath, leaving extra at the top to tie a bow later.
3. Wrap accent ribbon around the wreath in the middle of the base color. Tie a knot at the top slightly in the back of the wreath.
4. Glue wooden letter onto wreath using craft glue or hot glue. (If using craft glue, put a book on top and let sit for several hours).
5. Glue wooden eggs to wreath using craft glue or hot glue. Try to tuck the eggs into a branch to help secure the eggs.
6. Tie a bow at the top and hang up to decorate.
Easter Hand Towels
- Pastel Colored Tea Towels
- Fabric Paint – white & pink
- Fabric Markers
1. Prewash towels and iron flat.
2. Paint child’s hand with white paint as shown below.
3. Stamp hand onto towel (you might have to do this twice to get enough paint onto the towel).
4. Using pink paint, use child’s finger to make a print for the bunny nose and finger stamp the bunny ears. Allow paint to dry completely.
5. Using a black fabric marker, draw whiskers, mouth and eyes onto the bunny.
6. Hang up for display or wrap it up to give as a gift (another idea shown below is to use footprints to make a cross).
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- Permanent Markers
- Two glass vases – they must fit into each other with space in between for the eggs
1. Allow kids to decorate the plastic eggs with permanent markers.
2. Nestle the smaller vase into the larger vase.
3. Add the plastic eggs to the space between the two vases.
4. Once vase is filled with eggs, add water and flowers to the smaller vase. Voilla!
Other ideas: paint wooden eggs or use real dyed eggs on Easter day.
- Tissue Paper
- Contact Paper
- Construction Paper
1. Cut tissue paper into little squares.
2. Cut out design on construction paper.
3. Lay cut-out on Contact Paper with the sticky side facing up.
4. Allow kids to add tissue paper to the sticky area however they like.
5. Cover with Contact Paper.
6. Trim shape leaving a border of construction paper. Hang on window to decorate.
DIY Resurrection Eggs
Ok, so I didn’t make these yet, but you should try them!
What are resurection eggs? A dozen colorful Easter eggs containg simple objects that assist in teaching the story of Easter.
If you’re like me, your kids get about 2 treats a day max. One after lunch and one after dinner (if they eat all their dinner of course 🙂 ). Each of my kids has a “treat bucket” to draw sugar filled goodies from. The buckets are filled from Easter and Halloween. These “treat buckets” are typically overflowing and to be honest, 3/4 of them get thrown away each year. So, I’m constantly on the search to find “non-candy” easter egg fillers. For older kids and toddlers, there are many things to choose from. Enjoy! (P.S. you can find most of these things SUPER cheap at a Thrift Store)
Top 20 Non-Candy Egg Filler Ages 3+
- littlest pet shop
- money coins
- lego people
- puzzle erasers
- hair accessories
- mini cars
- polly pockets
- small transformers
- fruit snacks
- small my little ponies
- Mario Characters
- animal crackers
- socks (think $1 bin at Target)
- coupons (stay up late coupon, go out for ice cream coupon, wii time coupon, etc.)
- Toobs (you can also get these at AC Moore with a 50% off coupon)
- Magic capsules
Top 10 Egg Fillers For Toddlers:
- ABC Magnet Letters
- Duplo Blocks
- IKEA Finger Puppets
- Small Blocks
- Little People
- Mini Beanie Babies
3 Ways To Organize An Egghunt
1. Standard & Named
- Fill eggs, hide them around the yard and let the kids loose.
- Pros: Easy to prepare
- Cons: Kids don’t get an even amount of eggs which leads to breakdowns for little ones.
- Fill eggs specific for each child and label egg with names. Children then have a certain number of eggs to find with THEIR name on it. If they find an egg that does NOT have their name on it, they need to put it back.
- Pros: everyone gets the same number of eggs and you can make it more difficult for older kids and easier for younger kids.
- Cons: Preparation
- Instead of filling eggs with treats and prizes, create an egghunt where the kids have to find a basket of goodies base on clues found in the eggs. To do this you need to label the eggs with names and tell the kids how many they need to find. Some clue ideas:
- Each clue has a number with one word on it. Once all eggs are found, the child would need to order the words which would spell out the location of the prize.
- Treasure hunt with eggs. Each egg has a clue that leads to the next egg with a prize at the end.
- Pros: Great for older kids and will keep them busy for a long time.
- Cons: Lots of prep involved.
3. Prize Cash In
- Fill eggs with tickets that can be “cashed in” at a prize table.
- Pros: Easy to organize and you don’t have to find little trinkets to put in the eggs.
- Cons: The thrill of “opening the prize” won’t be there.
Hope you are inspired for your upcoming Easter! 🙂