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easter craft (non-religious) for toddlers

Posted by on Feb. 24, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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Hey Mamas-

I'm looking for ideas for a craft for my playgroup - the kids range in age from 6 months to 2 years or so...we'll be having an Easter playdate with an egg hunt, and I'm wondering what kinds of things you've all done?  We've done Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's crafts incorporating the child's photo, but aside from providing a handprint, it's really a mom's craft - and the moms have all different skill levels.  We're open to any ideas!  Thanks.

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HisTechnoAngel
by on Feb. 24, 2009 at 8:47 PM

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10290


I like that craft, it looks cute and not too hard plus they could wear it afterwards. That site has other ideas too.

 

mommygallo2
by on Feb. 24, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Easter is religious there is nothing non religious about it.  Its like saying porno but non sexual!

xosparklesxo
by on Feb. 24, 2009 at 10:43 PM


Quoting mommygallo2:

Easter is religious there is nothing non religious about it.  Its like saying porno but non sexual!


Um, I think all she was saying is she wants crafts with eggs and bunnies instead of crosses and such.  Is that really a big deal?  Most of the holidays have become VERY commercial and have lots of things associated with them besides religion! I dont' think she means it in an offensive way or anything!

 

 

My idea would be to cut out egg shapes in construction paper and then decorate them.  You could use sequins, ribbon, glitter glue, etc.  Affordable, easy, fun, and all different skill levels could really enjoy this!  Some people could do basic ones, and other people could make them really fancy!!

maggie13
by on Feb. 25, 2009 at 1:56 AM

One year, I took plastic easter eggs and decorated them for hanging. I used glitter, paper napkins (the kind with prints on them), ribbon, flowers, pearls, and glue. I used Aleene's Paper Napkin Glue.

You basically glue the napkin or colored tissue all over the egg. You can do this with anything even those brown paper bunnies you find in craft stores. I think that would be cute for the moms and the kids to do a bunny. You can even use the stuff to put napkins onto tote bags, canvas shoes, basically fabrics.

When the object is fully covered with the napkin and glue, I take glitter and sprinkle the object. For the eggs, I used fine stamping glitter placed over a sheet of wax paper to gather up the glitter to use again. I made sure that my ribbon was attached to the top of the egg before doing anything. You just need to have that part done first so that you can hold the egg by the ribbon to add the glitter.

The pearls and flowers come to hide the place of the knot of the ribbon.

You can decorate them the paper bunnies, the plastic eggs, and even those foam things with so much things like stickers, other small foam pieces, and of course anything that will stick using glue or those glue dots.

I hope you have fun at your party. I also hope you post pictures of you and the moms having fun.

Take care.

LucindasMama
by on Feb. 25, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Of course Easter is a religious holiday, but my playgroup has women and children of different faiths - to bring in a craft that is Christian would be unfair.  So, I did not mean to offend. 

Yes, I was looking for crafts that centered around bunnies and eggs - so thank you for the suggestions!!

Linkat2000
by on Feb. 25, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I did this craft with kindergarteners but I am sure you could do it with little kids too.  I cut out a circular shape out of poster board (kind of like a wreath).  Then I took different types and colors of scrapbook paper...you could even get a packet of scrapbook paper with different textures...and then cut egg shapes out of all of the paper...as big or small as you want.  Put all of the paper out in the floor and have the kids pick out a certain number of eggs in whatever color they like.  Then, parents could use glue and glue them around the wreath.  The parents could even use glitter or what not and decorate even more if they want.  The kinders that I did it with thought these were super cute and they could put them on the fridge or door at home. 

Lindsay Wilson

aidensmomma508
by on Feb. 25, 2009 at 1:57 PM

they have little wooden bunnies and eggs at AC MOORE you can buy for like 25 cents each and have the kids paint or finger paint them?I'm doing this with my son.

you could cut out a egg shape of construnction paper and do a collage on it with easter grass  or egg shapes or stickers, or paint, draw with crayons or makers,   or stampers.


farrah
by on Feb. 28, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Okay I actually did this in elementary school but my mom kept it all these years and it was so much fun that the kids could do one but moms could also make one.

We had a large peice of construction paper the longest you can find in bright colors then the teacher printed off a bunny cut out that we traced on whatever color paper we wanted, and then the children added eyes, a cotton tail and painted/colored around it. We used them as placemats for Easter party later that day. You could offer eggs as an option as well, or even spring flowers, and let them decorate early when they first get there and can either use for snack as a placemat or take home and use at a later date.

You could also get butcher paper and let the kids trace themselves and then have ear cut out they can add to their tracing to make them look like large bunnies and let them color them. You could have carrots cut out for the "kid bunny" to hold and this would be pretty easy.

You could also do a mini book with a story, you would bind it before the play date  with either ribbon and then let the kids color pictures to go along with the story.

CrazyDaisy123
by on Mar. 7, 2009 at 11:39 PM

I do daycare with kids varying from 6 mos. to 10 yrs.  We do crafts and parties for every holiday and birthdays.

One project  we have done: 

"Peek Aboo Easter Egg"

I drew an egg shape about 4 - 5" on a sheet of paper.  Then copied it on card stock with my printer.  For each kid, I gave 2 copies and had them cut it out.  I cut out the ones for the littler ones ahead of time.  So now you have 2 exact same egg shapes.  Take one and make a zig zag cut across, cut it completely in half.  Have the kids color, glue sequins, ribbons, glitter glue (whatever you have available) to decorate the top egg (the one that you cut in half).  Prior to this I had taken a picture of each child and printed them out.  Cut a small oval shape, like an egg around the childs pic.  Then glue it to the 2nd egg shape.  Center it so that is in line with the zig zag cut.  Then glue the tips of the top and bottom of the egg you cut in half to the bottom one.  So that you have an egg over another egg with the picture inside.  When you open the egg from the "crack", you are looking at the picture inside.  I hope I explained it clearly.  It really is a cute and easy project.  You can then add a magnet onto the back for mom and dads refrigerators!

"Lil Chickie In It's Shell"

Another simpler project is using egg carton (cardboard or plastic), raw eggs, pom poms, wiggly eyes and a bag of small colored feathers (craft stores or even the dollar store).   Ahead of time, crack as many eggs as you have kids.  Actually, one egg will go for 2 kids.  All you need is 1/2 of the egg shell per child.  Make sure it's clean of course.  Then have them glue a small size yellow pom pom to a med. one.  and glue them inside the egg shell half.  Glue on wiggly eyes, cut a small (very small) triangle from a piece of orange foam or construction paper for the beak.  Glue 2 contrasting colored feathers on for wings and you have a baby chick inside an egg shell.  To keep it from tipping over, glue and place in one egg carton well.  You can cut them apart ahead of time.  Deb

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