With the kids set to be at home throughout most of Easter, there’s no better time than now to get crafty and creative with the whole family. Get them away from the games consoles and iPads for the afternoon with projects that will send their imaginations wild, and get them excited for Easter with plenty of crafts, baking, activities and games for every age.
Dying eggs is fun and simple – a great way to make some DIY Easter decor! All you’ll need is a carton of eggs, some vinegar and food dye. If you want to go even further, you can doodle on them with Sharpies or create Easter-themed features like rabbit ears using coloured paper.
- Place eggs in a large saucepan and add enough cold water so that the eggs are fully immersed. Cover and bring just to the boil on a high heat then remove. Allow the eggs to stand in the water for 12 minutes. Cool eggs by running them under cold water or placing them in ice water.
- While the eggs are cooling, mix 150ml of boiling water, a teaspoon of vinegar and 10 – 20 drops of food colouring in a cup, using one cup for each colour you need. Once the eggs are completely cool, leave the eggs to soak in the dye for five minutes then allow eggs to dry outside the cup.
- Voila! Admire your beautifully dyed eggs and add some finishing touches if you want to.
There are plenty of friends or family members that your kids haven’t been able to see much of this year – or, in some cases, at all. Sending them handmade cards in the post is a sure way to make them smile. With the scissors, glue and coloured cardboard at the ready, the kids can either design the cards completely from scratch or you can print out text and images for them to affix to the front, leaving a bit of room for artistic interpretation.
If your little ones have been inspired by The Great British Bake Off, they’ll love conjuring up some delicious treats to share among the family. There are a whole host of recipes online for different ability levels, ranging from basic beginners baking, and intermediate cooking skills, to those whose kids would be up for the challenge.
Certainly a craft for the older kids, cross-stitching Easter-themed patterns is a great way to get their heads down for a couple of hours. Patterns don’t need to be ornate or complex: just a few thread shades are required to introduce the fun of stitching to total beginners. It’s a chance for them to learn an important life skill – the fun way!
Easter egg hunt – with a twist!
Add an exciting dimension to your typical Easter egg hunt with an egg rescue. A life-sized version of the classic Operation game, this is a bit of DIY for the parent. Get a large plastic box (you could even do this somewhere like the bathtub!), some fun-coloured tape, ribbon or even string to zig zag across the open area, chocolate eggs and something to fish them out with (think mini saucepans, wooden spoons, etc.) The aim of the game is to not touch the edges or drop the egg!
Easter egg bowling
We love this imaginative way to keep the kids occupied all throughout the holidays! You can bunny-fy the bowling pins from any recycled tubes – be it Pringles containers or shampoo bottles – and try different balls you have lying around to act as the bowling ball. Use swimming noodles as the buffers, wrapping paper as the alley and accentuate with loads of super cute Easter decor.
Want more kids craft ideas for Easter? Craft bloggers Laura and Tia from Little Button Diaries have provided us with plenty of inspiration in their guest article!