There are only so many chocolate eggs your kids can eat, even if they don’t see it that way. So prise them away from the treats and get them into some Easter craft activities.
If they’re going to have sticky fingers, it might as well be glue!
These Easter crafts for kids will keep them entertained – and best of all, they are easy to join in with. So get some quality time together building DIY Easter decorations and making tempting treats that you and yours will love.
Make your own modelling dough Easter egg
Hang on – this isn’t what you think it is. But it’s one of those fun activities for kids the little ones will love. In fact, as far as Easter crafts for toddlers go, it’s a winner.
We’re going to make our own modelling dough in a variety of colours and see who can literally roll the prettiest egg. Your kids will even love the messy bit – making the dough.
Ingredients For each colour of dough: One cup of flour, quarter cup of salt, half cup of warm water, food colouring
Method Mix the flour and the salt. Mix a few drops of food colouring with the water. Pour the water over the flour mixture, stirring as you go. Knead with your hands until thoroughly mixed. If it’s sticky, add more flour until it isn’t.
The arty part You’ve got your dough in a selection of colours – now roll one colour into an egg shape, and decorate with designs in the other shades. Not happy with what you’ve done? Then try again – that’s the joy of modelling dough.
Best of all, the dough will keep for weeks in a sealed, air-tight container. So this Easter activity for pre-schoolers needn’t be only for Easter.
Create your own bunny ears
Your kids will look cute with their own unique pair of bunny ears. Whether they’re Bugs Bunny or Peter Rabbit, this is an easy Easter activity to keep them occupied.
You’ll need: Three sheets of A4 paper per child, scissors, pencil, art supplies and a glue stick.
Method Cut one of the sheets of paper into four strips. Glue them together, end to end. Now wrap this long strip around your child’s forehead and mark where it overlaps. Snip off the excess and glue into a loop. Put aside for later – just don’t leave it lying on your chair!
Now, which hand does your child write with? Get them to place the other hand, and their wrist, palm-down on a piece of A4, with their thumb tucked under. Next, they should take a pencil and draw all the way around, starting on one side of the wrist and finishing on the other.
Repeat with a fresh piece of paper and cut out both shapes – these are their bunny ears.
All set? Dish out the art supplies and let them paint, stick, and colour their design on each ear. Anything goes, remember – but they might want to make tissue paper spring flowers or an egg design.
Once they’re pleased with the results, stick one ear on either side of the headband – and see if you can tempt them with a carrot.
Readymade Easter basket
DIY Easter decorations don’t come much more traditional than a hand-made Easter basket. We’ve got one that your children can cut out, colour-in and construct themselves.
Below, you’ll find a “net” you can print out that’s easy for little fingers to fold together.
Let your kids go wild with pencils, pens, crayons, glitter and glue before they assemble the basket.
The handle arches over the top of the basket to complete this fun Easter craft activity.
Method Break the chocolate into pieces – the kids love this bit – and place in the bowl with the butter and golden syrup. Microwave it in short bursts, checking regularly, until the chocolate has melted. Alternatively, you can melt the ingredients in a bowl over a pan of hot water on the hob – but don’t let the water touch the bowl as this can burn the chocolate.
Grown up job! Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave or pan, using oven gloves or a dish towel. Now, pour the cornflakes into the bowl and give it a good mix. This may result in chocolatey fingers. Strike that. This will result in chocolatey fingers.
So are your cornflakes well coated in the gooey, chocolate mixture? Well, spoon it into the cupcake cases. Use a teaspoon to make a dent in the middle of each “nest” – then decorate with your chicks or a couple of eggs.
Set aside or refrigerate for as long as the kids will wait.