Easter crafts

Easter Craft Ideas

I personally love everything creative about easter. The pastel colours are so inviting to play with and it is such a fun and creative time of the year. Spring is on the way with beautiful flowers and the weather gets better for those who live in the UK. Here I will share some activities that I have done with my boys for spring/ easter.

Easter Treats

 

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Baking for any occasion is great. We use a simple cupcake recipe, then decorate with mini eggs and easter themed haribos. The boys love to bake, they love mixing, licking the bowl, decorating the cakes and eating them of course. If you can’t bake from scratch you can always get cupcake kits to begin with.

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This is another activity we tend do. I picked these Easter egg kits up from Morrisons, they usually have them for valentines day, christmas, easter etc. The kit comes with writing icing and sprinkles to decorate. It is very affordable starting from £2.

Easter Egg Hunt

What is easter without an easter egg hunt? Every year I love to try something different, I tend to get bored easily if I do the same thing over and over. Last year I put together a quick and simple DIY easter egg hunt for the boys. When I say quick I mean I got up on easter morning and decided let me send them around the house to find clues to eventually get them to find their eggs.

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So as you can see my very quick and simple attempt and an easter egg hunt using resources that was in my house. However, they had so much fun taking their baskets around the house and collecting there small eggs where each clue was and excited to find the next clue.

This year I wanted to make it a bit different so I decided to get them to paint and decorate polystyrene eggs.

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I put their names on it and I will hide them around the house. They will both need to find their own names before they can get an easter egg. They can find the letters in any order but they just need to spell out the whole name to complete the challenge. I think this activity is perfect especially for Micaiah as he recognises the letters in his name now and how to put them in order. I will give an update on how we get on.

Easter Egg Salt Dough

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I love salt dough. It is the most easiest thing to create and can be used for everything. All you need is 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt and 1 cup water. They need to be baked for 3 hours but they are a brilliant investment, they last long and can be used for everything. I have made so many, we use it for counting as well as making keep sakes. Acrylic paints work the best on salt dough and the boys decorated these eggs on their own.

Boiled Egg Decorating

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I loved how these came out. I remember having these egg competitions in school but it seems to have died out so I thought I’d bring it back. All you need is to boil eggs, let them cool down then decorate them. You can paint on them. You can draw on them. You can put a marble dye print on them.The creativity is endless. This is another quick, simple and inexpensive easter activity.

Shaving Foam Print Easter Eggs

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I believe that it is important to experiment with different tools, paints, methods and materials to decorate. We used shaving foam to create these DIY marble eggs. To do this activity you will need

  • shaving foam
  • card cut into egg shapes
  • paint
  • a tray to make up the mixture
  • foil (optional to line the tray for less washing up!)
  • gift card or any scraping tool

All you need to do is spray the shaving foam in a tray, add splats of colour all over it. Mix it using a cotton bud in vertical and horizontal movements. Place the card on top on apply some pressure. Take it off and it let the paint dry on the card for a few minutes. Lastly use as gift card to scrape off the excess shaving foam. What I loved about this activity is the sensory part of it. Micaiah hated touching shaving foam the first time he played with it but this time he got stuck into it and really enjoyed it.

Egg Decorating with Cotton Buds and Pom Poms

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Why not try painting with pom poms and cotton buds. I attached the pom poms on to pegs for them to hold. I did expect a lot of polka dots but as you can see we got something a bit different. You can use a range or painting styles and materials to decorate eggs.

Easter Egg Homemade Play dough

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I love making homemade play dough for any occasion. With homemade play dough you can add scents, glitter, colour, change the texture etc. You can make up a batch. I cook my play dough on the stove and it lasts a long time. To make home make play dough you will need

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • food colouring
  • saucepan
  • baking sheet

Bring a saucepan to boil and add the food colouring and oil. Use the food colouring dependant on how vibrant you want your play dough to be. Add the dry ingredients and begin to mix. The mixture will start to thicken and form into a dough. The whole process takes 2-4 minutes. Remove the dough from the stove and leave it to cool on a baking sheet. Once it is cool you are ready to roll it out and play! This play dough set up was for a sensory Sunday invitation to play.

Easter Sensory Bin

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I set up this sensory easter bin for the boys. I love how colourful this sensory play set up is. The pastel colours are inviting. It included shredded tissue paper, easter chicks, plastic filler eggs, pom poms and glitter decorative eggs. The boys loved filling up the eggs with pom poms and eggs. I brought the materials from the pound shop and the card factory.

 

I hope you and your little ones have a fun, craft filled easter…..