Easy Easter Critter Craft Project for Kids
Spending time creating crafts with your children can be very rewarding. They not only get to be creative but they also get to do it with the person that they love the most. Easter presents a great opportunity to capture the idea of animals and run with it. This project is a great one to start with, because it calls for basic cutting and gluing procedures that a child can do all on their own with proper supervision.
Easter Critters is an easy project for children who are between the ages of three and eight. It does not take long to make each critter and you can choose whether to make them all or to make one or two. The colors that are here for each critter can be changed according to what colors you and your child would like them to be. The best thing about this project is that your child can come up with their own animals and name them too. The creativity is endless.
Gathering the Supplies
During this creative adventure with your child you will need the following list of items. If you notice, there is a price located next to the items to help you get an idea of the overall cost of this project.
What You Will Need:
- Different Color Plastic Easter Eggs ($1.00 Per bag)
- Assorted Fabric/Felt ($5.00 for 12+ packs)
- Bag of Pom Poms ($6.00 for 300 pack)
- Pipe cleaner ($2.00 for 100 pack)
- Black Permanent Marker ($1.00 for one)
- Hot glue gun ($6.00 for 11 piece mini-glue gun kit)
As a personal reference, the plastic Easter eggs were easy to find at The Dollar Tree, while the rest were from Wal-Mart.
If you do not have these supplies on hand the total cost of this project will run about $21.00 (remember the prices above were rounded up to the nearest dollar). The best thing about having to purchase all of these items at one time, is having the extras to use for other craft projects!
Creating the Critters
Creating the critters starts out with simple tasks for the children to do.
1. Pick the animal that you would like to create: Dog, cat, rabbit, mouse, owl, frog, lizard, any animal or your child's favorite animal.
2. Choose a colored egg that suits your animal. It does not have to be a brown egg for an owl or a green one for a lizard. They can create their own unique animal.
3. Decide what needs to be cut out for your animal such as ears, noses, and stripes. A skunk may need a stripe or an owl might need a belly. Cut the shapes that are needed.
4. Gather the other items that you will need for the critter such as the pom poms or pipe cleaner. A pig looks great with a pipe cleaner as a tail.
5. Use the glue gun to attache the pieces to the animal and the black marker to draw on eyes, spots, or other things. The ring around the eye makes it easy to tell which critter is the dog. *All children should be supervised if allowed to use the glue gun.
Once the critter's glue has dried, you and your child can display them, play with them, or give them as Easter gifts to friends and family. You can even post a picture of the critters online to share.
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Storing the Easter Critters Until Next Year
With all of the crafts that my children do, it's great to create a storage container to hold certain ones until the holiday returns. If you have enough materials laying around, you can help your child construct an Easter basket to hold all of their critters. They can also use this basket to go Easter egg hunting and afterwards store their critters in it for the following Easter.