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Paper Mosaic Easter Eggs

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These paper mosaic Easter eggs are cute and easy to make and great for practicing scissors skills.

My daughter loves to cut. It is a very normal occurrence to see her sitting at her craft table cutting construction paper into little pieces. I have bowls of cut paper all over the house. This is one of the reasons that we love to make paper mosaics. Easter is only a few weeks away. If you are looking for a simple craft for Easter for the kids, these mosaic Easter eggs are perfect.Construction paper Mosaic Easter Eggs - spring and Easter arts and crafts for preschoolers and kids.

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Leaf Bunny Nature Craft

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This adorable leaf bunny nature craft is perfect for the springtime and Easter.

We have a rhododendron bush in our front yard. I love the leaves from that bush and pick them off often to use for arts and crafts projects with my daughter. The last time we worked with them, my brother-in-law stopped over and suggested that we could make Easter bunnies with them because the leaves looked like bunny ears. Brilliant! Now why didn’t I think of that? Either way, I used his great idea and made this adorable leaf bunny.

Leaf Easter Bunny Craft. Easy spring nature arts & crafts for kids

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Plastic Easter Egg Cars

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A great way to use up those left over- make Easter Plastic Egg Cars - the kids will love these

Easter will be here & then over before we know it. Many homes will be dealing with the aftermath of Easter grass, jelly beans & all of those left-over plastic Easter eggs. I for one love those left-over plastic eggs because there are so many fun things that you can do with them.

Check out a few other ideas:

Plastic Egg Floating Fish

Teletubbies Weeble Wobbles

Plastic Egg Daddy Long Legs

A great way to use up those left over- make Easter Plastic Egg Cars - the kids will love these

We decided to make little egg cars. Here is how.

What you will need:

Extra large plastic eggs

Toothpicks

Buttons

Sharpie

Glue gun (As always use caution with a glue gun.)

Optional: small beads or Ditalini pasta pieces

Directions:

Draw a simple car design on the egg with a Sharpie.

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You can do this next step in a few different ways.

  1. Use a hot glue gun to glue 2 small beads to each end of a toothpick or (in our case we used painted Ditalini pasta because we use them as beads often). Make sure to leave room to slide the button on.                                              OR
  2.  You can just use a dab of glue, instead of a bead, on either end. This will keep the button from sliding around.

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Slide in a button on each side & put a dab of hot glue on the end to keep the button from sliding off. Do not glue the button though, let it spin loose. Repeat with another toothpick.

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Glue both sets of button wheels to the bottom of the plastic egg. Let the glue dry.

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My daughter could not wait to get her hands on these.

She quickly started cutting up paper to make roads & I jumped in to help. We used chalk to draw the street lines.

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We glued paper down for the grass around the roads too.

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My daughter wanted to have races with our cars.

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For some reason, she always won & she waved her victory flag every time.

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Our little egg mobiles turned into a fun project day as she wanted to add in houses & schools and make a whole city to go with our cars.

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Paper Plate Easter Egg Changer

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Paper plate Easter Egg kid's craft - spin the plates to change your designs,

My daughter is getting into the Easter spirit. We made some Easter printables a couple of weeks ago & she loved coloring & painting them, especially the eggs. She has been drawing up a storm lately & her main subject has been Easter eggs.

I thought that we could keep the egg theme going with this cute paper plate craft.

Paper plate Easter Egg kid's craft - spin the plates to change your designs,

All you will need is 2 paper plates, paints, crayons or markers & a split pin.

Draw & cut a couple of egg shapes out of one of the paper plates.

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Draw or paint an Easter message or design on the front of that plate.

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You can do the next part one of two ways.

  1. You can paint or color on the back of the 2nd paper plate with random designs.

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Paper Plate Easter Egg Spinner & Changer - fun craft for kids

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2. You can use a split pin to join the other paper plate to the back of the first & decorate the eggs through the egg-shaped opening in different positions.

My daughter opted for the second option.

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She did a great job & was very excited to show me her beautiful eggs.

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If you liked this Easter craft, take a look at some of our others.

Dixie Cup Mini Easter Baskets

Paper Plate Easter Bonnets

Craft Stick Easter Baskets

Pasta Shell Bunnies

Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets

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Craft Stick Easter Basket

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Why buy an Easter basket? If you have craft sticks and a glue gun, you can make your own craft stick Easter basket.

My daughter must be getting just as excited for the spring as I am. She has been laying out picnics on our living room floor for the past couple of weeks. I was impressed when she made herself a picnic basket out of a tissue box and pipe cleaners to carrying her food in. I was very proud of her for being so inventive.

Popsicle Craft Stick Easter Basket Craft - a pretty project that you can make with your kids

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Seeing her clever tissue box project inspired another basket creation. This is sweet basket craft for a spring picnic or for Easter.

Popsicle Craft Stick Easter Basket Craft - a pretty project that you can make with your kids

What you will need:

Jumbo craft sticks

Hot glue gun

Ribbon

Optional: buttons, foam & pipe cleaners

Directions:

Lay 5 Popsicle sticks down.

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Lay 5 more Popsicle sticks perpendicular over the top of the other 5.

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Build 3 more exactly like this. Use the the original to line up the sticks so that all sides are identical.

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Construct the bottom by gluing 8 sticks together side by side. Glue two sticks on the two perpendicular edges like shown.

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Glue your pre-formed sides to each side. Make sure to glue at the corners as well.

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Use ribbon to weave in & out of the square openings formed by the sticks. Glue the ends in place.

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Glue 3 sticks together to form your handle. Add flowers or another design of your choosing to add a finishing touch to your basket.

Popsicle Craft Stick Easter Basket Craft - a pretty project that you can make with your kids

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Warhol Inspired Easter Art

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Andy Warhol Inspired Easter arts & crafts projects for kids with free printables for coloring or painting

A funny thing happened at my daughter’s preschool last week. One of the teachers mentioned to me that my daughter talks to her about all of the crafts that we do at home. She said to me in a very puzzled voice that my daughter was telling her about Kandinsky. This made me smile. I gave her a little lesson on Kandinsky last month and then did an art project with her inspired by his works. She remembered it well and when she sees circles now, she observes that they look like a Kandinsky. We did the same with Jackson Pollock last month & this weekend we learned about one of my personal favorites, Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol Inspired Easter arts & crafts projects for kids with free printables for coloring or painting .

Here is me and my buddy Andy at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York.

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As usual, I explained to her a little about Mr. Warhol’s work and showed her some of his famous works. With Easter coming I used his inspiration to make a couple of printable sheets for painting or coloring.

Easter Egg Printable                                    Easter Bunny Printable

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I showed my daughter how bright and colorful his art was & that each section was painted in different colors. She was excited to dive in.

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She did a fantastic job and was very excited about how bright & pretty it came out.

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Andy Warhol Inspired Easter arts & crafts projects for kids with free printables for coloring or painting.

White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pretzel Bunnies

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Easter is quickly approaching and with the holiday comes all of its delicious sweet treats.  White chocolate & peanut butter pretzel stick Easter bunnies recipe. These bunny treats were a huge hit & my kid loved to decorate them.

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Last year I had experimented with pretzel bunnies. They were a big hit with my family, so I wanted to try them again with a little help from my favorite little helper. We had recently purchased a set of food markers & we both could not wait to use them.

White chocolate & peanut butter pretzel stick Easter bunnies recipe. These bunny treats were a huge hit & my kid loved to decorate them.

What you will need:

White chocolate melts

Pretzel sticks

Peanut butter

Confectioners sugar

Butter

Vanilla

Food markers

Directions:

Melt 3 Tbsp of butter. Mix it with 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1 cup of confectioners sugar & 1 tsp of vanilla. Mix it well. Scoop a heaping tsp of peanut butter mixture and roll into a ball. Place on a sheet of wax paper & use a spoon to flatten into a disc. Put them into the freezer for about a half hour or until they are slightly hardened.

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Melt the chocolate according to package directions.

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Lay out another sheet of wax paper. Dip the pretzel sticks, two at a time into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip off & place them on the wax paper in a V shape.

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Remove the peanut butter discs from the freezer a few at a time. Dip them one at a time making sure to cover the top, bottoms & sides & place over the pretzel, just covering about 1/4 of the bottom. Use a rubber spatula to fill in any empty space. Let the chocolate cool & harden.

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Then comes the fun part. Use your food markers to draw in the bunny faces. My daughter couldn’t wait to draw on her bunnies.

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Here was her favorite bunny that she made, complete with hair bow & scarf.

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They were a huge hit again with my family and my friends at work.

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Paper Bag & Washi Tape Easter Basket

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Paper Bag & Washi Tape Easter Basket
Paper Bag & Washi Tape Easter Egg Craft For Kids

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My daughter loves to play with tape. We have many decorative rolls of masking tape & washi tape and Mai loves to get her hands on them.

Unfortunately, she likes to tape it to our walls. We needed to find a fun project for her so that she could use that tape in a better place. Easter is on its way & we decided to make some cute little Easter baskets. Our tape would be perfect for creating the weaving pattern.

What you will need:

Brown paper lunch bag

Washi tape or decorative tape

Pipe cleaners

Directions:

Roll the top of a brown paper bag down.

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Tear off a bunch of pieces of tape to make it easier to grab.

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Take the pieces of tape & press them onto the bag in a diagonal criss-cross pattern.

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Twist a few pipe cleaners together to form your handle.

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Staple the pipe cleaners to the paper bag.

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We stuffed our baskets with Easter grass & then stuffed a few Easter eggs with jelly beans to go into them.

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My daughter was very proud of her Easter basket & was pretty excited about the jelly beans too.

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Paper Bag & Washi Tape Kid's Easter Basket Craft

Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets

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Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A cute & fun fine motor craft & activity for kids

We had a lot of plans for this weekend. My daughter had a birthday party for one of her best friends & we were throwing a Super Bowl party at our own house. Unfortunately, a case of the sniffles changed things a bit. Mai had a nasty cough & a runny nose, so we stayed in our jammies all weekend. She may have been a little under the weather, but it did not slow her down any. She was still running around like crazy. I wanted to get her to sit down & relax, so we sat down & did a quiet & simple activity together.

We cut the center of a paper plate out.

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Mai loves using the paper hole punch, so she was excited when I gave it to her & let her punch around the inside & outside of the paper plate. I started it & showed her where to punch so that it didn’t clip just the edges.

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I punched the outer edge of a paper bowl because that was a bit too tricky for her & then poked the bowl through the center of the plate and glued it into place.

We used a yarn needle to sew the bowl & plate together with yarn & then to sew lacing around the edge of the plate. I showed my daughter how to use the needle under & over, under & over. She skipped some holes at first & would ask me for help when it would tangle, but eventually she got into the groove & was able to do it perfectly without any help.

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We had so much fun with our project that we made several.

She enjoyed the sewing so much that I wanted to see if she would enjoy weaving as well.

I took a paper bowl & cut around the edges like shown.

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The weaving was similar. It weaved over & under, over & under between sections.

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My daughter was not interested in weaving. I finished the weave myself. We glued the woven bowl into the center of another paper plate & then punched more holes around the plate for sewing.

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She liked this hat the best of all. We had fun sewing our hats, sniffles and all.

Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A cute & fun fine motor craft & activity for kids

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Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A fun & adorable fine motor craft & activity for the kids