Easter is just around the corner. In my house, that means its time for Easter themed messy play, decorating my mantle and walls with my kid’s artwork, and making delicious treats! Here’s a run down of my favourite ideas for Easter fun with babies, toddlers, and older kids:
Easter Potato Prints!
Here’s a great one to do with kids of all ages, in the tuff spot, highchair, or outside in the sunshine (if we ever get any this year 🙄). I cut out potatoes into easter eggs and bunny rabbits. I’m no great artist, but thankfully it’s easy! potatoes are already pretty much egg shaped, so for the Easter eggs all you have to do is cut out a few zig zags, stripes and circles and you’re good to go. This can be teamed up with my Edible Paint to make a baby-safe craft.
Tissue paper ‘Spring’ bunnies bunting!
This one is great for encouraging older kids to get creative. My daughter and her friends really enjoyed making this bunting. First I cut up some white card into flag shapes, then we tore up pieces of tissue paper and rolled them into tiny little balls. I went for pastel colored tissue paper on a white background and it looks lovely! I then traced out the letters onto the card, and the kids filled in the letters by gluing the tissue paper on. I decided to use the word ‘spring’ rather than ‘Easter’, because then I could keep it up for longer!
For the bunnies at either end, we cut out rabbit shapes using a template on google images, then glued on a cotton ball for the tail. So cute!
Paper plate crafts!
These are great for toddlers and older kids!
We made baskets of Easter eggs by cutting out a hole in the paper plates then cutting out some egg shapes out of coloured card and sticking them to the back so that they were poking out the top of the basket. We finished it off by adding shredded tissue paper and lace.
We made lambs by covering the whole plate in cotton balls, then adding a head and ears cut from black card, finished off with some googly eyes. My daughter added sequins to one, because according to her this makes it ‘sparkly like Easter’…
For the chicks, we painted the plates yellow (or you could use felt tip!) then cut out legs, wings and a beak from yellow card and added eyes.
Fruity Easter Egg!
In all honesty, me and my kids eat way more chocolate over the Easter period than could be deemed healthy. So to alleviate the mum-guilt and get us some much needed vitamins, we made this gorgeous (and delicious) fruity Easter egg. In there we have clementine segments, pineapple chunks, kiwi slices, blueberries, peach slices, and red and green grapes (cut in half to stop them rolling off. If you’re giving them to kids under 5, cut them in quarters length ways to reduce the risk of choking). You and your kids can have a play around with the design and make it as decorative as you like. Ours didn’t last 5 minutes, I think they actually scoffed this quicker than their chocolate!
Bunnies and Daffodils Bunting!
Another fantastic Idea for toddlers and older kids. For the daffodils, cut out flower shapes in yellow card and add cupcake cases for the trumpet and a lollipop stick for the stem. For the bunnies, just add cotton balls for the tail. String them all together and you’re done! This one is a lot quicker than the ‘spring’ bunting above, so it’s great for kids who tend to lose interest after a few minutes!
Deviled Easter Eggs!
turn boring old deviled eggs into Easter treats! Boil up your eggs until they’re cooked throughout with a hard yolk, which usually takes about 8-10 minutes. Remove the shells and cool them down in cold water. Scoop out the yolks and mix them up in a bowl with mustard and mayo to make your filling. Now comes the fun bit! Fill some cups up with cold water and a few drops of food colouring, We went for yellow, blue and red (to make pink). Then place your egg whites in the cups and let them sit for ten minutes or so to soak up the colour. When the soaking is done, drain them off and pipe or spoon in your filling, finish with a sprinkling of paprika.
If you’re not sure how to make deviled eggs, a recipe can be found here.
Rice Krispie Mini-Egg Nests!
This is a classic which I think most people probably already know how to make, but I’ll give a little instruction just in case! These ones are made with marshmallow, but you can use chocolate instead. Melt the marshmallows in a bowl over a pan of hot water, stir in your rice krispies, shredded wheat, or other cereal, then spoon them into cupcake cases. Top with mini eggs and pop in the fridge for a few hours to set.