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6 Easter craft ideas for early years

Chicks, chocs, bunnies and a pastel palette, what's not to love about Easter art projects?

  • 6 Easter craft ideas for early years

Spring festivities are fast approaching, and this colourful time of the year is perfect for getting creative in class and making treats that can be treasured for years to come as mementos of children’s school days.

So here are some nice crafting ideas to try with your class this Easter.

1 | Paper Mache Eggs

Example from handimania.com

These simple and fun treat eggs are great to be given as presents, or for children to enjoy themselves.

Start with some small individually wrapped chocolates and insert a small handful into a balloon (this can be a bit tricky, so do this part for them), then inflate and tie them.

Hand these out to your students and have them paper mache them, and then decorate them once they are dry, with paints, sequins, glitter and such.

Once the finished products are dry, pop the balloons with a pin and pull the scraps of rubber out.

2 | Easter egg cookies

Another easy idea that is fun and very creative. If you have the facilities at school to allow children to bake as well as decorate their cookies then fantastic – if not, you could always pre-bake egg-shaped cookies and bring them in for your students to make pretty and later take home.

Provide plenty of nice vibrant ingredients for them to decorate with, like icing tubes, sprinkles, edible glitter and chocolate chips.

Once the cookies are finished and the decorations dried, put each one in a cellophane bag and tie with a curl of coloured ribbon, ready to take home.

3 | Footprint bunny picture

Example from ssww.com

This one is a sentimental treasure for the family. Paint each child’s feet and have them do two sets of footprints on paper – these will form the ears and feet of the bunny.

Then take a photo of each child’s face. Give each child a card bunny shape which they can then coat with cotton wool balls, scraps of wool or faux fur fabric.

Once these are dry, stick the child’s photo on the face of the bunny shape, one set of footprints to the head for ears, and the other set at the bottom of the bunny to make its feet.

4 | Carrot footprint decorations

Example from brisbanekids.com.au

You won’t need many materials for this idea, and they are such sweet and easy things to make. Paint each child’s feet with orange paint and have them do a pair of footprints on a piece of card or paper.

Cut out once dry. Then have the children cut some strips or fringes of green paper, which they should then stick to the top of their orange footprints. Attach a loop of ribbon to make it a hanging decoration or write a nice Happy Easter message on the other side. There you have it!

5 | Easter egg picture

Example from 2createincolor.com

Here children can have collage fun that will end up Easter-shaped.

Get lots of different coloured paper, with patterns if possible, and cut into strips. Then give each child a sheet of card and let them go wild with sticking, and invite them to make the brightest pattern they can think of with the variety of prints and colours.

Once the whole surface is covered and the glue has dried, take another sheet of card the same size with an egg-shaped hole cut into the middle. Use it as the frame and mount it on top of the collage, which will produce a vibrant collage Easter egg.

6 | Salt dough decorations

Example from thedesperatecraftwives.blogspot.co.uk

Prepare a batch of salt dough and use cookie cutters to stamp out some egg shapes, and remember to pierce a hole near the top.

Once they have dried, hand them out to your students and provide them with a bunch of decorating materials, like paints and glitter.

Allow them to dry and thread a loop of coloured ribbon through the hole to complete your egg decorations.

This is just the start of Easter crafting. There are so many ways in which you can have fun with art and make some lovely keepsakes for children to share with their families and friend.

Look around at this time of year for other inspirations – shop windows and displays are great places to look for crafting ideas that children will enjoy making and enjoy taking home.

Operations Manager, Charlotte Baldwin, works at IQ Cards, a company which enables schools to fundraise by printing their pupil’s artwork on a variety of products such as cards, gift wraps and labels for Easter and other seasonal holidays.

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