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Easter Crafts With a 3 Year Old

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM
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I have a 3 year old boy who loves to do crafts with me, I am wondering if you guys have any ideas on some Easter crafts we could do together!!!

Any suggestions would be really appreciated!

by on Apr. 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM
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by on Apr. 8, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Bunny Ears for Kids

Difficulty: Very Easy

 

Keep the kids happy and hoppy this Easter with these easy-to-make bunny ears craft.

For more holiday fun, be sure to visit our Easter, Easter crafts and egg decorating ideas pages as well as our Easter printables, clip-art, and coloring pages, too.

Want more craft ideas? Try our Spring crafts page.

What you'll need:

  • White poster board
  • Pink construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tacky glue or school glue
  • Tape or stapler
  • Easter stickers, optional
  • Markes, crayons, or colored pencils; optional

How to make it:

  1. Cut a strip of poster board about 2" wide by about 24" long.
  2. Cut out 2 ears out of poster board each about 8 1/2" long x 3 1/2" wide.
  3. Cut out 2 smaller ears out of pink construction paper.
  4. Glue the pink ears inside the white ears.
  5. Glue the ears inside the band, positioning to fit behind the child's head.
  6. Let the child decorate the head band with stickers, markers, crayons, or colored pencils if they wish.
  7. Tape or staple the band to fit the child. Cut off any excess.
sew4fun
by on Apr. 8, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Easter Bunny Mask

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Very Easy

Age: 5 and up

Parental supervision is recommended

Make an adorable Easter bunny mask to dress up for Easter fun! This cute face mask is easy to make and can be dressed up however you like.

Be sure to visit our main Easter index for even more ideas including Easter egg decorating ideas, more Easter crafts, holiday recipes, printables and more.

What you'll need:

  • ½ sheet craft foam
  • 4”x 1” strip of craft foam in contrasting color
  • Glitter glue (pink and white) optional
  • Scissors
  • 12” elastic
  • Stapler
  • Electrical tape
  • Pattern

How to make it:

  1. Print the pattern and cut out. (See photo.)
  2. Place pattern onto the craft foam. Leave enough room on the left side of the foam as you will fold the foam and cut it.
  3. Trace the pattern onto the foam. (See photo.)
  4. Fold the foam in half so that the left side of the pattern is in line with the fold.
  5. Hold the foam firmly so that it does not move around and cut around the pattern. Unfold the craft foam and you should have a full face mask. (See photo.)
  6. Cut the eyes out.
  7. Using glitter glue is an optional step. If you are short on time, simply cut the inner ears and nose from a contrasting color of craft foam and glue in place. If using the glitter glue, draw the outline of the nose and fill it in. (See photo.) Repeat this process for the inner ears. (See photo.) Allow to dry. You can use a paintbrush to spread the glitter glue. If the glue is too thick, or if you want it to dry quicker, use your finger to carefully scoop up some of the glitter glue and wipe on a paper towel. Smooth the remaining glitter glue with your finger or paintbrush. (See photo.)
  8. Cut whiskers from the 4”x1” strip of craft foam. Glue three whiskers on each cheek. (See photo.)
  9. Staple the elastic to the mask, stapling to the back side.  (See photo.)
  10. Trim any excess and cover the sharp edges of the staples with black electrical tape. (See photos 1, 2)

Tips:

  • Glitter glue can be found at discount department stores, or in a larger and more colorful collection at craft supply stores.
  • Craft foam is sold in large sheets or in value packs containing several colors.
  • Pink is great for girls, blue for boys, and green or yellow for anyone!
sew4fun
by on Apr. 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Fluffy Tin Can Lamb

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Very Easy

Age: 3 and up

 

If you are looking for a super-easy craft to make as a gift this Easter, this is the ideal project for kids.  This sweet little tin can lamb craft makes a wonderful teacher’s gift, pencil holder for mom’s desk or a candy or coin holder.

Also check out our other great Easter crafts and activities.

What you'll need:

 

  • Empty tin vegetable can, washed and dried
  • Liquitex Basics Gesso
  • Large paint brush
  • 45-50 cotton balls (couple of handfuls)
  • One-half of a sheet of black felt
  • Two medium wiggle eyes
  • Small black pom pom
  • Eight-inch piece of colored ribbon
  • White craft glue (Tacky Glue)

How to make it:

  1. First, parents may need to use a piece of sandpaper or an Emory board to file off any sharp edge around the opening of the can. Many cans come with flip-top lids now and these are ideal as there are no sharp edges.
  1. Paint the outside of the can with one coat of Gesso. This will help the glue stick to the can as well as provide a white background in case your little ones leave any gaps between cotton balls. Allow to dry.
  2. Glue cotton balls onto the can, start at the bottom and work your way around the can. Then move up a layer and go all the way around again. Repeat this process until can is completely covered.
  3. From the black felt, cut out two ears (the shape of a capital letter D without the middle cut out) and two hooves. The hooves are just two small squares, round the edges of one end and cut a small triangle at the bottom for the toe.
  4. Glue ears and feet in place.
  5. Glue on wiggle eyes.
  6. Glue on pom pom for nose.
  7. Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow. Trim the ends and glue below the nose.

Tips:

  • This is very easy for little ones. Show them how to do the first few cotton balls and they will be able to do the rest on their own!
  • Use any color bow you like. Curling ribbon that you may have handy from previous birthday wrappings works perfectly.
  • There are can openers on the market that do not leave sharp edges. If you don’t have one, just be sure that you use sandpaper or a nail file to sand any points off.
sew4fun
by on Apr. 8, 2011 at 5:37 PM

DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Handprint Chick Paper Craft

This cute chick will give you something to remember those little crafting fingers with.  (It makes a great gift for long distance grandparents!)

Materials:

  • a printer,
  • paper for the printer,
  • yellow or white construction paper
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • crayons (or something else to colour with).

Instructions: 

  • Print out the template of choice.

  • Colour (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces.

  • Glue the face pieces (circle eyes and triangle beak) onto the head.

  • Glue the legs onto the body.

  • Now comes the fun part!  Trace your child's hands onto another piece of paper (yellow construction paper works well or use white paper and colour in).

  • Glue the hands onto the body (thumbs up) to form wings.

Alternative decorating ideas:

  • Instead of gluing on the wings, you can use brass bendable tack things so the wings can be moved (I always forget what those things are called!)

  • If you don't have a colour printer, you can print one black & white copy on yellow construction paper and a second copy on white.  Then mix and match the pieces.

  • Buy feathers (or pluck your old feather duster!) and glue a few feathers onto the top of the chick's head.

 

  • Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP in most browsers).

Template   (color)   or   (B&W)

 

   

Printable version of these instructions

sew4fun
by on Apr. 8, 2011 at 5:38 PM

 

DLTK's Educational Activities
Nn is for Nest

Thanks to Sharra for sending this in!!

This is an easy 'paper nest' (not one of the ones you look through) that is fun for young children to put together.

Sharra says:  "I borrowed the nest from one of your mobiles and added three eggs, one cracked, one hatching and one still intact. The bird was too much for Stephanie to cut out. She snipped the head off the first one.  We managed the second one with a bit more help from mom. We keep plenty of colored paper on hand to glue all our pictures on.  We are building a very colorful alphabet book that Stephanie loves to show off now with her older brother and sister and I'm sure she will look at for years to come and we will save it for when she is grown.  It's three volumes now, 1" ring binder notebooks..."

 

  • Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers). 

 

Template for color printer

Template for B&W printer

sew4fun
by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

This is an old post but I thought I would bump it back up

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