The Easter holidays are in full swing and the Easter weekend is fast approaching. Although the weather outside is surprisingly nice for a school holiday its always good to have activities ready to entertain the kids when boredom creeps in. I came across a photo recently of the Easter bonnets we decorated when the kids were at nursery (it’s the photo at the top of this post) and that got me thinking about Easter crafts again.
As a dedicated Pinterest addict I constantly find and pin great craft ideas so I thought I should share some of my findings with a round-up of a few blog posts I’ve come across for kids of all ages.
For little ones…
These two ideas from How Wee Learn and Becky from Crafting Chicks (on the fun365 website) are similar in approach – both need some contact paper (also known as sticky back plastic where I come from!) and some tissue paper. In one of these variations you stick the tissue paper onto the adhesive paper, add the other layer on top to make a sandwich, then cut it out in the shape of an egg. In the other you use one layer of the adhesive contact paper and let the kids layer up tissue paper to make a textured egg. Either would be a great mess-free craft for little hands without too much expense and the finished products will brighten up a sunny window.
For keeping them occupied…
These easy cardboard lacing Easter bunnies are a great idea – use up cardboard and bits of wool, string or thread you have lying around and you can keep small hands and minds occupied, building dexterity and giving you a few minutes to catch up on life! The reason I like these is that kids can make them as neat or as messy, as simple or as complicated as they want and you can undo and re-use them – they would be great when you are stuck in traffic on an Easter getaway. Once you have completed them they will easily hang around the house for Easter.
For Easter Fun…
These super cute and funny bunny nose masks from Kids Craft Room (originally from funforlittleones.com) would be fun to make and great if you are having family and lots of kids over for Easter. You can make this activity a bit longer (and messier) by painting the sticks or just use coloured craft sticks for a super fast bunny nose. Now all you need is a list of high energy bunny activities for the kids to burn off their chocolate eggs hopping around the garden!
For bigger fingers
Im not sure how much help little ones would need to make these sweet Easter chicks (perhaps that depends on how much of a perfectionist the parent is) but for slightly older children making these circles and folding them neatly would be a good skill to practice and give them a quiet time activity. All that is needed are matching circles of paper or card, folded and glued to form the body. Add beaks and tails and draw on the eyes and you have some simple but really effective Easter decorations.
For tweens and teens…
There are lots of simple craft ideas for little kids but as my daughter is getting bigger (she is now in double digits) I know those don’t inspire her any more, so im starting to look out for ideas that will keep her crafting into her teenage years. This blog round-up post
20+ Cool Easter Crafts for Tweens to Make by Kitchen Counter Chronicles has lots of ideas, two of my favourites are the Easter bunny pom poms from Ikat Bag and the Easter bunny T-shirt from Cutesy Crafts but go and check out the post to see lots more ideas and to get the links to the original tutorials.
That’s all for now but you can check out all the kids craft blogs in find on my Pinterest board I add to it all the time so if you are on Pinterest follow my board to stay up to date with my finds.
Happy Easter everyone!