Blog Round-up: Easy Easter Crafts for kids from teeny to tweeny

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.

Cardboard lacing cottontails from Our Kid Things

https://ourkidthings.com/cardboard-lacing-cotton-tails/

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.

Chick Easter Decoration from Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com/easy-paper-chick-craft/

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!

A happy handmade Mother’s Day

Today was Mother’s Day and my family have excelled themselves. My breakfast in bed (croissants – might regret that when I get back in bed tonight) was accompanied by lots of cards and gifts from my kids.

There were all kinds of handmade items they had made in school and at their Guides and Beavers groups.

At this point I realised there were some lovely aromas drifting up from the kitchen. On investigation I discovered they had been busy baking – chocolate brownies and peanut butter cookies (gluten free of course).

How awesome is that!!

We had an afternoon out at the beautiful Holmes Place in Clitheroe, home of Bowland Brewery. I love this place, especially when Crafty Vintage are in town and I get to spend time looking at all the beautiful handmade products on offer.

We finished our day off with a walk in the woods and home in time for brownies and Formula 1.

A great day – thank you to my lovely family!

The slinky stole my morning

I love it when my kids can entertain themselves with a toy I remember playing with as a child. Life has moved on, technology has well and truly arrived, but they can still pass a happy hour having slinky races down the stairs.

There is something satisfying and reminiscent of my past about the sound of that little metal spiral ‘walking’ its way downstairs but as a child I never knew how much my mother dreaded hearing the phrase “its tangled”.

So after a few successful runs the cry came up – slinky was truly and completely tangled. Ive untangled many a necklace chain in my time so I was confident at first, but 20 minutes in I had to admit it was worse than when I started. Nearly an hour later it was finally free to race again but by then, inevitably interest had waned and the slinkies were heading back in their boxes.

With the state of the weather (by lunchtime we had managed rain, sleet, hail, sun and snow) it was an indoor day so time to find an activity to entertain us all.

As it was World Book Day earlier in the week I thought we could make some bookmarks. I drew out some simple shapes (rectangle, circle, heart, pencil and feather) and used them as templates to cut out pieces in white card.

Then it was over to the kids, we got the water colour paints out and they decorated their shapes.

Once they had finished we left them to dry and then added some more details – firstly some more colour and writing with pens and then on some we punched holes in the card and added tassels, elastic and pipe cleaners threaded with beads.

Now its time to spend our World Book Day vouchers on some new books to make good use of our new bookmarks.

Crafty Kids and April Showers – fun Easter crafts

Easter is fast approaching, and so are the holidays. I’m looking forward to some time off and hopefully some beautiful spring weather but most holidays come with some rainy days and my kids love getting creative, so here are some ideas for some crafty Easter fun…

I looked back at my old blog and found a post about the Easter bonnets we made when they were really little. Lots of craft shops sell plain bonnets and decorating them can be fun (as can wearing them round the supermarket).

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We’ve been trying out some more crafts lately that are perfect for Easter. Pom Pom animals are great – you can buy Pom Pom makers in various sizes or make your own out of cardboard. Add on a face and some feet, put two together to make a head and body, put lots together and make a caterpillar – it depends how adventurous you are! You can make eyes, mouths, ears, feet – whatever your creature needs – and glue them on. Use buttons, beads, or cut shapes from felt or even paper – here are some we made earlier….


Pom poms are simple to make but they can take a lot of time, and kids don’t always have the will to finish them, so for a really quick option wind wool around your fingers instead – tie in the middle and cut the ends to make simple Pom poms – this little guy took us a few minutes to make.  532A35D6-2325-4B69-9E00-B70A9A3A54C2
You can’t mention Easter without chocolate, so why not make some chocolate treat bags – cut felt shapes and sew, or even glue together and add the eggs. You could do egg shaped bags, or bags with bunny ears. These carrot treat bags with a little felt bunny are in my Etsy store right now


Easter is all about spring too, so there are lots of fun flower crafts you can do together. My daughter comes up with the most amazing craft ideas by herself – she used some jumbo pipe cleaners and tissue paper to make me some flowers on Valentine’s Day, and recently drew some flowers, cut them out and stuck them to twine to make a flower headband.


If you want to make flowers then try cutting simple shapes from felt, add some beads or buttons and stitch on some embellishments. Use strong glue to attach them to florists wire, or even paper straws and put them in a vase, or add a brooch back for a pretty flower pin for your coat or bag.  These are some I made…


If you want to make ones like these you can buy a craft kit in my Etsy store.

Happy Easter crafting!

Feeding birds and baking with kids – handmade school holidays

Our half term was last week, but I know lots of other who are on holiday this week, and with all these grey skies and rainy days you might want some more indoor activity ideas…

Although the days are getting a little warmer, we still have lots or birds at our feeders, so we decided to make a homemade bird feeder.

We bought bird seed, and bird peanuts and the kids mixed it together in a big bowl along with some raisins and a few breadcrumbs. I melted a pack of lard in a pan and poured it into the mix then we stired it all round again.

If you have any disposable cups you can use them for the next bit – I didn’t have any so I lined normal mugs with grease proof paper instead. First put a piece of string into the cup – with a disposable cup you can put a hole on the bottom and poke the string through.In a proper mug I put one end on the outside of the greaseproof paper so it would be left hanging out. Then pour the mixture into the cup(s) and leave to set. This might take several hours – we left our overnight.


When it’s set you can take it off the cup – either cut away the disposable one or slide it out of a proper mug. You should have string sticking out of both ends which you can tie together to hang your feeder outside. We have had blue tits, robbins and starlings visiting since our feeders were hung out.
So the birds were well fed but the children were still hungry – it was time for some baking.  We made this gluten free banana cake together as it is always a winner and it fairly easy to make with lots of opportunities for little ones to measure and stir. I tend to cook it for longer than the recipe though so it might need checking a few times – just keep testing with a skewer until it comes out clean.

My daughter also wanted to do her own baking so I gave her this recipe for gluten free jam biscuits from homeonalake. All I did was to separate out the egg yolk and melt the butter but she measured and mixed the ingredients then shaped the biscuits and added the jam. They were delicious – like a jam topped shortbread.


So there you go – a handmade holiday activity day!