Easter is upon us and if you’re anything like my family we are looking for any excuse to get into the spirit of things and make it fun for the kids!

This year we have decided to decorate our home ‘Easter’ style with a few fun art activities

Bunny Ears…

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Glitter/textas/sparkly things!
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wool/string

Method:

  • Cut out two bunny ear shapes and one long thin rectangle
  • Let your child paint on the glue
  • Decorate to hearts content (use anything! We used glitter (much to Daddy’s dismay as he had cleaned the floors the day before)
  • Let dry
  •  Use glue gun to stick the ears onto the rectangle (watch out it’s hot!)
  • Get an adult to pierce holes in each side and tie on wool or string
  • GET HOPPING!

Old School Spud Stamps

You will need:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Thick paper or cardboard
  • Kitchen knife

Method:

Get and adult to cut out some simple shapes into a halved potato. Your child will love painting the stamp and pressing it onto the paper. Wait until the paint has dried and then cut out the egg shapes to decorate the house with!

We used fluro paint and decided to decorate our back doors! They glow in the blue light of our fish tank at night

SPLATTER EGG…

You will need:

  • A tray with edges (I used an old cardboard box)
  • Paint
  • Something to move the paint with (we used a straw, you could use marbles, toy cars or a ball)
  • Painting tape or strips of paper
  • Thick paper
  • Scissors

Method:

Cut out a large egg shape and lay in the tray. I used painters tape to create shapes on our egg. You could use strips of paper to form the patterns and stick it down on either side (this would avoid ripping your egg when it’s time to remove!)

Pop some blobs of paint straight onto the egg shape. Use your straw or other object to move the paint around. Children love to see the colours combining and creating patterns.

When the egg is completely covered, carefully remove the pattern paper or tape to expose the egg decoration!

Extension idea: Make two with larger edges and staple together when dry. Leave a space and stuff with tissue paper. Use to decorate your dining table or mantle piece! Or a lovely Easter present for Grandma if you pop a few eggs inside

ALFOIL EASTER EGGS…

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Alfoil
  • Sharpie textas

Method:

  • Cut out cardboard eggs.
  • Tear off your tin foil and lay your egg on top!
  • Fold the edges so the front of the egg is completely covered.
  • Leaving the lid on the texta, have your child draw designs all over the egg.
  • When they are finished they can use the Sharpie markers to trace over their designs and add more detail.

Easter Egg Sun Catcher

You will need:

  • Clear Contact
  • Confetti/shredded colourful paper/easter egg wrappers
  • Sticky tape

Method:

  • Cut contact into an oval shape
  • Carefully peel back the contact halfway and stick the top sticky side up on a table, then peel off the rest and stick the other end down too!
  • Let your child decorate the egg by sticking colourful confetti or tissue paper down on the egg
  • Shake off excess
  • Cut a rectangular piece of contact and place it on top, sandwiching the decorated egg and leaving a sticky border so that you can attach it to a window or door!

Fork Chick

A really simple painting for children aged 2+ to achieve! You could even paint a few and place them around the house!

You will Need:

  • Plastic fork
  • Yellow paint
  • Paper
  • Black Texta/Crayon
  • Red piece of paper or scrap
  • Googly Eyes!

Method:

  • Draw a circle for your child in yellow pencil
  • Dip the fork into the paint and guide your child to paint inside the circle!
  • Add the red beak and googly eyes
  • Draw on chicken legs and feet!!!

Toilet Roll Bunnies

Another great use for all those toilet rolls everyone would have at the moment!
Use them to print bunnies! So quick and fun!

You will need:

  • White paint
  • Green paint or crayon
  • Cotton buds
  • Black texta/pencil/charcoal
  • Pink pencil/crayon/paint
  • Glue
  • 3 toilet rolls
  • Coloured paper (we only had blue but pink would look great!)

Method:

  • Start by squashing two of the toilet rolls together to make ears!
  • Tape or glue them to the other round roll
  • Dip your bunny stamp into the white paint
  • Start stamping
  • Get your child to add green grass for the bunnies to jump in with the cotton buds
  • Add bunny faces with the black
  • Add a bit of pink in the ears

*You could also add easter eggs in the grass by doing thumb prints in different coloured paint!

B is for Bunny

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Pencil or white charcoal
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (you can draw eyes too!)
  • Cotton buds for gluing

Method:

  • Draw a B!
  • Demonstrate how to use the cotton bud to put glue on the lines of the B!
  • Pop on a cotton ball!
  • Cover the whole thing!
  • Add a cute face

*We made ears by tracing little hands and adding some pink, but you could also make regular shaped bunny ears and glue them to the top!

Some other ideas!

*In keeping with a hopping theme, how about drawing a chalk hop scotch game on the driveway!
*Make a cardboard cut out of bunny feet and use the good old powder to create some bunny magic!
*Take the top off a real egg, empty it out, refill with flowers or confetti, food colouring and water. Stand upright and freeze. When frozen, take off the shell to reveal a beautiful painting egg! Pop some paper in an oven tray and let it slither and slide, creating a beautiful Easter egg painting!

Happy Easter from our family to yours!