Eight Easter Activities and the Weekly Kids Co-Op

I’m very lucky to have a helping hand from some awesome blogging friends while Paul, Pebble and I settle in with little Rockster. Today Kelly from Happy Whimsical Hearts is sharing some fun Easter activities. Don’t forget to scroll right to the bottom of the post to link up and browse through the Weekly Kids Co-Op for more fun ideas for kids.

_____________________________

 Easter is just round the corner!

And here are some super fun ideas for celebrating *smile*

Classic egg painting…
this time using wet crepe paper
Decorate your house with easy Easter Bunting
{a great activity for a craftmergency *wink*}
Think tradition games like an egg and spoon race…
and some new ideas like the Bunny Hop!
Prepare for an egg hunt by making an adorable Easter Bunny Egg Basket
{how sweet is this egg basket!}
And then enjoy an Egg Hunt of a different kind…
using a treasure map, picture cards or clues!
thanks to Childhood 101
Decorate paper eggs with toddlers using glitter glue, stickers, crayons or paint
thanks to Danya Banya
Make an eggshell mosaic for a wonderful sensory experience
thanks to Childhood 101 
 And after all the chocolate is eaten
Happy Easter!
Kelly

kelly
Kelly is an Australian mum to Dino Boy (4) and Little Miss Q (1).
Kelly aims to fill their childhood with magic, through imaginative play, homemade toys, the great outdoors (or their backyard!) as well as crafts and baking.
You can read more about their Waldorf inspired days at Happy Whimsical Hearts, or find them on Facebook and Pinterest



Puffy Paint Pictures ~ Easter

2012-03-17 09.30.05

Making the most of Easter’s imminent arrival AND Pebble’s obsession with the Easter Bunny (“is it Easter day now, Mummy?”) I pulled out the old puffy paint trick. Have you ever tried this? It’s quick, easy, fun and effective.

Easter Puffy Paint Pictures

You will need:

  • paper (preferably thick paper or card)
  • a thick black texta
  • per colour: 1 tablespoon self raising flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, a few drops of food colouring, and enough water to make a paste
  • containers for your paint – you can use old yoghurt pots, an egg carton, or I have this nifty plastic one from Riot Art and Craft (I spend WAY too much time and money in that place).
  • newspaper for a surface you don’t mind getting messy (outside is good!)

1. In each container or paint well mix together the self raising flour, salt, food colouring and water until you have a thick paste consistency. If you’re in the mood your little one can help. On this occasion I chose to do the mixing myself – the paint wells are a little small and delicate on my palette to allow the enthusiastic mixing of a two year old.

2012-03-17 09.30.15

2. If you’re doing the Easter thing, draw a picture of something Easter-ish on the paper for your toddler to paint over. Or freestyle it and let them get creative on their own.

3. Spread the newspaper out and prepare to get stuck into it!

2012-03-17 09.31.53

4. Hand the paints and paint brush over to your toddler and let them go nuts. Pebble is quite a careful painter, she likes to be neat. However she soon discovered that slathering the puffy paint onto the newspaper is just as much fun as painting Easter pictures. If not more so.

2012-03-17 09.41.54

5. Together put the art work into the microwave and set it on high for about 20 seconds. This is a good time to get all educational and talk about the numbers, practice counting down to zero. Watch through the glass as the paint puffs up.

2012-03-17 09.33.04

6. Allow to cool a bit before taking it out of the microwave, then ask your toddler to choose somewhere to display their art.

2012-03-17 09.34.39

Got a baby? Try some puffy finger painting. I recommend you take it outside and have a bucket of warm soapy water handy along with a flannel or old cloth nappy for cleaning up.

Got a preschooler? This activity works just as well with preschoolers, but you could also ask them to draw their own Easter picture to paint.

Got a school kid? Help them to make their own paints, try experimenting with making different colours by mixing up your reds, blues and yellows. Encourage them to do a freestyle Easter picture.

Got something to say? Well go on then, you know what to do…

Easy Easter Bunting

Welcome to my little blog, and my inaugural post! The beginning of an institution, indeed…

This morning we had a Craftmergency! This means we needed CRAFT and we needed it NOW. Craftmergencies usually occur when Pebble is craving some one on one time and needs entertaining. Sure, I might have piles of washing and dishes to get to, meals to plan, teaching work to prep, but none of that is relevant to a two year old. A two year old who wants her mummy. I had been saving up some Easter ideas for this week (it’s not long until the Easter Bunny arrives!), and this was the perfect opportunity to implement my master plan (mwahahahahaha!).

2012-04-02 09.07.56

Sparkly Easter Banner

You will need:

4 pieces of A4 card in the colour(s) of your child’s choice
a pencil
scissors
Easter decorations (eg. table scatters, stickers, stamps, old Easter cards/pictures to cut and paste)
glue
string or ribbon
a hole punch (or scissors and coordination!)

Instructions:

1. draw your egg shape onto a piece of card and cut it out. Use this first egg  to trace around to make as many same sized eggs as you desire for your banner. Or go nuts and make a banner with different sized eggs – my, aren’t you creative!? Cut out all your eggs.

2. Hand the egg shapes, decorations and glue to your toddler and let them go for it.  We like mini glue sticks for little hands and minimised mess, but use whatever glue you have to hand. NOT super glue. Obviously. After a slow and careful start with some delicate placement of glittery bunnies, Pebble’s technique soon evolved into a more slather/sprinkle/splatter approach. Both were equally effective. Go with it, let them have fun.

2012-04-02 08.26.57

And yes, she’s still wearing her PJs mid morning. What of it?

2012-04-02 08.36.51

3. Pebble inserted this step, very important… put your eggs in the sun to dry.

2012-04-02 08.47.34

4. Use the hole punch to punch holes (duh!) through the top of each egg and thread your string or ribbon through each hole. You can tie each egg in place so they don’t all slip together in a bunch, or discover that you should perhaps have done that earlier and then use double sided tape to secure the eggs instead. It’s a win either way! At this point you should give in to the idea that the toddler is over this craft business and wants to play with the shiny purple ribbon instead. I repeat: go with it, let them have fun.

2012-04-02 08.59.23

5. Hang your Easter banner somewhere for you and your cherub to admire.

6. Go make yourself a cup of tea and pat yourself on the back for being tops as.

Got a baby? Try torn up pieces of coloured paper to stick on instead of tiny, sharpish, glittery bunnies. And stay in charge of the glue!

Got a preschooler? Encourage them to make patterns and and add extra details, and get them to cut out their own eggs or decorations with appropriate scissors.

Got a school kid?  Ask them to draw and cut out their own egg shapes and make their own decorations out of card, tissue paper and the $2 shop basket (you know, beads, feathers, flowers, pipecleaners, ribbons, popsticks). They could also create bunny head shapes to alternate with the egg shapes on the banner.

Got something to say? Well go on then, you know what to do…