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Easter Crafts for Preschool Kids!

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM
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Easter Egg Basket with Baby Chick
Supplies Needed
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners (orange + blue used in example)
  • White Glue 
  • 2 Yellow Pom Poms
  • 1 Plastic Egg (pink used in example)
  • Green Tissue Paper (in example)
  • Pink Tissue Paper (in example)
  • 2 foot piece of Aluminum Foil
  • Poster Paint (blue used in example)
  • Foam Paintbrush
  • Googly Eyes
  • Small Orange Triangle (for beak)
  • Margarine Container (or other similar sized container)
  • Hole Puncher
Time Needed 
  • 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do
  1. Paint the shinier side of the aluminum foil with the blue poster paint. Tempera paint will dry nicely and barely crack.
  2. Let dry completely.
  3. Glue together 2 yellow pom poms.
  4. Use glue to add 2 googly eyes.
  5. Glue the orange triangle (construction paper or foam) onto the chick.

  6. Let dry.
  7. Place empty margarine container onto the center of the aluminum foil (painted side down).
  8. Wrap container with the foil by tucking it into the center of the container and smoothing out the rest around the container.
  9. Take large piece of green tissue paper and crumple it to make it small enough to fit inside the container but leave a little uncrumpled to hang out over the edge of the container.
  10. Open your plastic egg and if necessary crumple up a little matching tissue paper in the bottom. Place your chick inside. The additional tissue paper is to hold the chick up high enough to see him.

  11. Punch a 2 holes in the container for the basket handle (on opposite sides).

  12. Twist 2 pipe cleaners together (see photo).
  13. Put each end into a hole and then bend it so it doesn't pull out. You should be able to lift the basket without the handles pulling out.
  14. ENJOY! You're done! Makes a lovely gift, decoration, or pretend play craft.
  15. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Why We Love Crafts for Kids
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!
For Children with Special Needs 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity. If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.
 
For Older Children
An older child will also enjoy this project as is.

Featured Book"The Biggest Easter Basket Ever" By Steven Kroll: As Mouseville prepares for a gala Easter celebration on the village green, complete with a biggest Easter Basket contest, two lovable mice learn lesson in cooperation--and fun! Town mouse Clayton and country mouse Desmond continue to teach the benefits of collaboration and friendship in another sweet story centered around this joyful holiday.
Featured Preschool Activities
  • Count & Sort Jelly Beans! Take a handful of jelly beans and place them in a cup or bowl. Have your child sort them by color. How many do you have of each color? You can even make a chart showing how many you have of each!
  • Play a Spatial Game! Take out a variety of containers and place them in front of your child. Then take a variety of toys (stuffed animals or other) and see if your child can predict which toys will fit into which containers/bins! You can then have him test his predictions :)
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, and any other ideas that may be similar.   
Sincerely,
Linda R.
Mom of Preschool Twins (b/g)
Project: 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011
by on Apr. 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM
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sunnymommy122
by on Apr. 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM

So cute! :)

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