Easter is on the way but sadly a lot of the places we would normally get out and go to are still closed (most local attractions and days out places re-open 12th April after Easter, find a list of those here). So, we’ve put together a few ideas for you to do with your children at home. Most of these crafts can be done with basic craft supplies, things you might need include:
Paper or card
Colouring pens, crayons, paints
Lots of imagination!
These crafts are quick and easy to do with toddlers and children under 5, but a few are also great for older kids if they are stuck at home, you can adapt to make them more detailed.
EASTER EGG & EASTER BUNNY DESIGNS
See who can design the best Easter Egg or Easter Bunny. You can decorate these however you wish, we used Washi tape, and felt tips. Once they are done, the rabbits can also be used as Easter bunting.
Here are some templates to use and print off….
2. PAPER PLATE EASTER BASKETS
Take a paper plate and cut out a semi-circle from the middle of the plate (see below). Next, draw several egg shapes on a piece of paper, decorate them using colouring pens or crayons. Then stick onto the reverse side of the basket. You can also decorate the basket. This is a really easy task for all ages (with adult supervision for younger kids).
3. PAPER PLATE EASTER WREATH
Take a paper plate, cut out a complete circle from the middle, leaving an outside edge, which will form the basis of your wreath. Then draw some eggs shapes (all the same size, use a homemade template to draw around if need be) onto a piece of paper or card and decorate them. Stick the eggs to the paper plate circle to make your wreath.
4. PAPER PLATE CHICKS IN BASKETS
Cut a paper plate in half. Cut out some chick shapes and find any accessories you have to decorate. Then stick the chicks in the basket. Feathers are great for this craft, but we didn’t have any!
5. LOLLIPOP EASTER FRIENDS
Make Easter lollipops using a lolly stick, pipe cleaners, paper and pens.
6. EASTER SUNCATCHERS
Cut out a shape from the middle of a piece of paper or card – an egg shape is the easiest. Then tear lots of strips of tissue paper. Glue around the edge of your shape and start placing the tissue paper in strips across your shape. Make sure they overlap because you don’t want any gaps.
Once you have everything in position, paint a thin layer of PVA glue over the top to secure the tissue paper in place (adult supervision is definitely required here because you could end up with your sun catchers stuck to your table). Hang to dry and when completely dry, cut out and hang in the window.
7. EASTER POM POM PRINTING
If you have those little fluffy balls in your craft basket, this is a really great simple printing activity. I had no fluffy balls, so I made some mini pom poms using wool.
8. Loo roll animals We all seem to have a fair few loo rolls around… so here are a few ideas, you can make loads of animals with them! Rabbits, Chicks, Ladybirds, Caterpillars and much more! Wrap the loo roll in crepe paper and stick on the attachments to make it real! Don’t forget the googly eyes!
10. Crazy Creatures!
Fork painting! Think this is my favourite chick, all with the back of a fork…
Butterfly Fold the paper and snip… Drawer the butterfly and starting on the outside of the wings, stick on. Finally add the body and draw on the antennaes, not forgetting “fluffing” up the folded wings!
Sheep Draw a sheep onto a paper plate, stick on the balls of cotton wool and colour the ears and feet plus sticking on the eyes and mouth!
11. CHOCOLATE CRISPIE BUNS
Who doesnt love a chocolate crispie bun! Quick and simple –
100g milk chocolate
50g dark chocolate
4tbsp golden syrup
100g rice crispies (or cornflakes)
Break up the chocolate and put into a heat proof bowl along with the butter and golden syrup. Either place the bowl over a pan of boiling water or use the microwave to melt the ingredients together.
Stir until smooth.
Stir in the Rice Crispies until they are all covered with chocolate.
Place some muffin cases into a muffin tin, and put a small amount of mixture into each case (this recipe should make between 12 and 15 buns)
Leave to set, pop in the fridge if you want them to set quicker.
Optional – You can decorate these buns with chocolate eggs, sprinkles and melted chocolate if you wish for extra tastiness.