5 fun and easy Easter crafts for kids
Try this word association game. Say the word “Easter” and see what comes back. “Sunday” may top the list, followed, perhaps, by “eggs.” We’re betting “basket” is up there, along with “bunny” and maybe even the more obscure “bonnet.”
Why not let these words bring a little Easter magic to the house? By the time you’re finished, you’ll have a home “any bunny” would love.
Consider all the fun you can have with a simple basket. Buy ribbons and silk flowers and go to town on an inexpensive wicker basket. First, pull together a “tool chest” (including a glue gun, to be used with adult supervision). A few suggestions: Ribbon for wrapping the handle, silk flowers, pastel-colored buttons, sequins, hairbows, gardening twine and (to line the basket) pretty material, cotton puffs or tulle.
For a budding artist, consider a crate to hold treasures. Bring out the pastel paint, perhaps some stencils and start painting inspirational words and flowers to really personalize the container for your eggs, candy and other goodies. ArtsMind Small Wood Crate With Cutout Handles, $7.99 (plus Cash Back), Michaels.com
The magic of flowers
Even tiny tots love picking flowers – be they daffodils, tulips or even dandelions. Help your child create a unique vase by winding colorful yarn, fastened by small strips of craft glue, around a glass container (the ultimate in recycling). Try a few colors of yarn on a glass bottle scrubbed cleaned of all labels. A few glass shapes to consider: a beer bottle, a pickle jar, even a baby food jar. Shop the bargain yarns at your favorite yarn shop and look for bright, springtime colors. Bretton Heathers Yarn, $4.99 (plus Cash Back), patternworks.com
Some bunny to love
If you’re looking for a quick craft, hop to it. An empty soup can painted white, construction paper ears and eyes, and cotton puffs for nose and tail and you have a rabbit. Even easier? Two white paper plates can create a quick crafty rabbit. Cut two ears out of one of the plates, glue them on, and let the kids draw on the eyes, whiskers and mouth. Ask them to use their imaginations on that bunny nose. A few thoughts: buttons, cotton puffs, glitter on a drop of glue, or even a jelly bean.
Hat’s off to Easter
Call it a bonnet or simply a festive Easter hat. Find a child’s sombrero, with a wide “hinged” brim that can hold all kinds of treasures. Think flowers and ribbons and little felt bunnies. Find out what your child likes best about Easter and let young imaginations guide the way. Child’s Fiesta Sombrero Hat, on sale $2.63 (plus Cash Back), Hobbylobby.com