Easter

HAND PRINT EASTER LILIES:

NOTE: The Easter Lily symbolizes purity, hope and life.  Check here for some history: https://www.southernliving.com/easter/easter-lily-meaning

Materials: White paper, Green pipe cleaners, stapler, pencil, green paper, and child safe scissors.

 Step 1: Trace yours child’s hand (or children’s for a family bouquet) onto white paper.  Make as many handprints as you would like flowers.

Step 2: Help your child cut out the hand prints. 

Step 3: Gently wrap the paper handprint around a pencil to curve it to make a lily shape.

Step 4: (Adult step) Staple the hand print together to keep the flower shape. Push a green pipe cleaner through the bottom of the paper lily and staple to keep it in place.

Step 5: Have your child make some green leaves from the green paper.  Help him/her to cut them out and then staple them to the pipe cleaner.

Step 6: Repeat each step for each lily.

Step 6: (Optional) Tie a ribbon around the bouquet of lilies and give away as a gift or put in a vase to display on your Easter table.

There are so many different crafts to make to celebrate Easter. These are just a few.

STICKER COLLAGE:

Materials: Coloured paper and various Easter themed stickers, (Optional) makers and/or crayons.

Step 1: Give your child the paper and stickers and let him/her have fun creating a collage or a scene.

Step 2: (Optional) If your child desires, let him/her add embellishments or details to the scene or collage using crayons or markers.

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CRAFTS 

PRESCHOOL CRAFT IDEA

CRAFT STICK CROSS:

NOTE: The cross is the ultimate symbol of Easter and Jesus.  Use this simple craft to make a table centre piece that will remind everyone of the true meaning of Easter.

Materials: Craft sticks or Popsicle sticks (we used one fat craft stick and two skinny Popsicle sticks), markers, a paper cup, white glue, Easter Stickers (Optional), sharp scissors (adult step).

Step 1: Have your child colour two popsicle or craft sticks.

Step 2: Glue the sticks together to form a cross shape.  Let them dry.

Step 3: Let your child decorate the paper cup (you could also use a white cup and have your child paint the cup—we opted for the less messy sticker decorations).  Make sure the decorations are not upside down  (the cup should be upside down with the opening on the table).

Step 4: (Adult Step) Use the sharp scissors to press into the bottom of the cup (which is now the top of the cup) and insert the cross into the slit.

 

Recycled Container Easter Baskets:

Materials: empty (and cleaned) yogurt container or applesauce container or larger sour cream/yogurt etc. container, coloured tissue paper, white glue, old paint brush, coloured construction, Paper Easter grass (Optional) or cotton balls or coloured tissue.

 
Step 1: Cut pieces of different coloured tissue paper (squares and rectangles work well).

Step 2:  Make a simple paste by mixing equal parts white glue and water.

Step 3: Use an old paint brush and paint on paste onto the container.  Lay a piece of tissue paper on the glue and flatten to shape around the container.

Step 4: Continue to add glue and tissue paper until your child reaches a design or colour that he/she likes (use enough to cover the yogurt containers words).

Step 5: Let the glue dry.

Step 6: Cut a strip of paper from construction paper to use as the handle and tape inside the yogurt container allowing it to curve as the handle.

Step 7: Fill with Easter grass or cotton balls or tissue.

Step 8: Place a single dyed egg on the paper grass/cotton/tissue.


NOTE: I do not recommend the plastic Easter Grass as itis bad for the enviroment and doesn't compost or break down safely.

PAPER ROLL BUNNY:

I haven’t forgotten the Easter Bunny.  Here is a simple craft in honour of the giving rabbit.

    NOTE: For the history of the Easter Bunny check here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Bunny


Materials: Empty toilet paper rolls, white paint (as well as paintbrushes, paint clothes, brushes and paper to cover the table), white paper, black marker, pink crayon, child safe scissors, cotton balls or small pom poms (one for each bunny) glue stick, face cloth for sticky fingers.

Step 1: Have your child paint the paper roll white and then leave it to dry.  (Work on another project or read while it dries).

Step 2: Once the roll is dried have your child draw a face on the rabbit using the black marker.

Step 3: Have your child (or you can do it for younger children) draw two bunny ears on the white paper.  Use the pink crayon to colour the inside of the rabbit’s ears.

Step 4: Have your child (or help your child) cut out the rabbit ears.  Apply glue to the ears and then stick them to the roll.


Step 5: Have your child either draw feet and arms on teh roll (as my eldest did) or else cut out feet and arms with paws from the white paper and then have your child glue them on the bunny.


Step 6: (Optional) We added some easter stickers to make it look like the rabbit was carrying a basket.


Step 7: Glue a cotton ball or pom pom as the bunny's fluffy tail.

 

PAPER EASTER EGG:

NOTE: If you are too afraid of the mess of dying real eggs with your little ones try this simple craft instead.

NOTE: Easter eggs are a symbol of Christ’s resurrection and are also a symbol of new life. For more information on Easter Eggs check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg

 Materials: Paper (coloured or plain), various stickers (or use small pieces of paper cut into different shapes or  sequins and white glue or glitter glue), crayons and/or markers, child safe scissors.

 Step 1: Draw a simple egg shape (an oval) onto the sheet of paper.

Step 2: Help your child cut the egg out of the paper.

Step 3: Let your child decorate the egg using stickers or gluing pieces of paper or sequins to the egg shape.  Your child could also just simply draw on the egg using crayons or markers as my one son did.

Step 4:  Your child could also add glitter or glitter glue, if desired.