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Easy Easter Crafts for Kids
Easter is a joyous celebration, the traditional Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s also a time to celebrate the coming of spring and all the delight of signs of new life that abound. Easter is a wonderful time for family dinners and get-togethers with friends.
Decorate Easter eggs together or make a simple Easter craft. Hold an Easter egg or candy hunt outdoors or inside, depending on the weather. Have an informal parade in your neighborhood with decorated wagons, tricycles and scooters. The following activities also make easy preschool Easter crafts. This is another wonderful holiday that helps break the monotony of the final days of winter, so start your Easter crafts early and have fun!!
1. Count the Days Until Easter
Begin by cutting off an egg carton’s top and side flaps and trimming the center dividers so that they’re level with the carton’s outside edge. Lay the carton face down on a piece of tissue paper. Trace it, and then cut along the traced line. Turn the carton right side up again and place the wrapped treat, trinket or fun note in each cup. Apply glue around each cup and all around the edges. Lay the cut tissue paper piece over the glue and press to secure it. For an extra wow factor (and to prevent the child from peeing!), cut circles from tissue paper in contrasting colors and affix one circle over each cup with a glue stick.
Use this egg carton craft to build anticipation for the Easter bunny’s visit. On each of the 12 days leading up to Easter, let your child tear open the cover of one cup to reveal a small surprise that’s hidden inside.
2. Easy Easter Eggs
These are easy enough for even the tiniest little hands to create.
- Cotton swabs
- Cotton balls
- Liquid tempera paint
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Clear acrylic paint (optional)
Dip a cotton swab or a cotton ball in paint and use it to gently dab paint on the hard-boiled egg – easy as that! Optionally, spray with clear acrylic spray for a shiny finish.
3. Tissue Easter Egg
- Colored tissue paper cut into 3-inch squares
- Construction paper
Cut an egg shape from a piece of construction paper (we made ours about 8” tall.) Show your child how to wad a tissue square, dip it into the glue and stick it to the egg. Cover entire egg. Optionally, you can punch a hole near the top to hang it with yarn or string.
4. Easter Bouquet
- Paper baking cups
- Pipe cleaners
Poke a hole with scissors or a pen through the bottom center of the baking cups. Stick a pipe cleaner through the hole of each baking cup (5 baking cups makes a nice size bouquet.) Bend the top of the pipe cleaner over and glue in place. Carefully spread glue over the surface if the baking cups (inside and out) and decorate with glitter. Bunch together 4 or 5 flowers, twisting the pipe cleaner stems together and tie with ribbon to make a beautiful, easy Easter springtime bouquet!
5. Tissue Paper Eggs
- Colored tissue paper
- White craft glue
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Clear acrylic spray
Tear colored tissue paper into small pieces. Dilute some white craft glue with a few drops of water. Have your child help spread glue on the hard-boiled egg with his or her fingers. After his or her hands are then washed, show him or her how to gently press pieces of tissue paper onto the egg. Cover with a light coat of glue or spray with the clear acrylic spray.
6. Easter Egg Pickup
- Tissue paper
- Pie plate
- Plastic drinking straws
Cut several tissue paper eggs about three inches long. Place the eggs in a pie plate. Show your child how to put the straw to his/her mouth and take a deep breath, seeing how many eggs she/he can pick up on the end of the straw.
7. Easter Egg Holder
This is a nice, easy way to display all of the eggs your child decorates.
- Empty paper towel roll
- Construction paper
- Glitter or stickers for decorating
Cut the paper towel roll into 2-inch sections. Cut strips of construction paper 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the paper towel roll. Glue the construction paper strips to the pieces of paper towel roll and decorate them with the glitter or stickers.
8. Easter Egg Necklace
- Construction paper in several different colors
- Hole punch
- Shoelace, ribbon, or yarn
- Glue, glitter, sequins, or stickers (optional)
Cut out some egg-shaped pieces of construction paper in several different colors. Punch a hole in the top of each egg. If you like, decorate with crayons, markers, stickers, glitter, or sequins. Show your child how to slip the end of a shoelace (or ribbon or yarn) through the holes in the eggs to make a necklace. You’ll need to tie something temporarily onto one end of the shoelace (ribbon, yarn) to make sure the eggs don’t fall off the other end as he/she adds the eggs onto it. If using ribbon or yarn, taping the end makes it easier for tiny fingers to thread it through the hole.
9. Sock Hop Easter Beanbag Bunny
Use a spoon of funnel to add dried lentils to a child’s sock (a great way to use those singleton socks that have lost their mate!) Fill up the sock just past the heel, then close the sock with a rubber band, looped tightly. Tie a ribbon around the sock just below the heel to create the head and neck of the bunny. With scissors, cut the cuff of the sock into two bunny ears, rounding the edges to give them the right bunny ear shape. With felt, cut a nose, teeth and eyes and glue to the head. Add a white pom-pom or cotton ball as a tail with some tacky glue and your bunny is done!