Make An Easter Garden With the Children to Remind Them What Easter is Really About
An Easter garden is more than just a pretty centre piece for your Easter lunch, it is a way to help teach children about Jesus and how he died for us and rose into Heaven. They were a big part of my church’s Good Friday and Easter Sunday services so this year I thought I would make one with my charges to help them understand Easter is not just about chocolate.
For your own garden you will need:
- A tray
- Grass seeds or moss
- Small stones
- A large stone
- A piece of small white cloth
- A small flower pot
- 6 sticks to make into 3 crosses
1. Place your flower pot on its side on the tray (this will be tomb) and cover half the tray (including over the side of the flower pot) with soil, this will make a hill side. On the other half put your small stones.
2. If you are doing this with over week before Easter you could always plant some grass seeds in the soil and watch them grown. If like us you don’t have that long find some moss that is growing on a wall and peel it off to cover the soil area. We also dug up some pansies that were growing between some paving stones in the garden to add some colour to our garden.
3. With your sticks use them to make three crosses and secure them with bits of string. Stick them into the top of the “hill”, if you have one cross that is bigger than the others, place it in the centre of the three crosses to represent the cross which Jesus was crucified on.
4. Finally with the piece of white cloth, fold it up and put it in the tomb and place the large stone in front of the entrance to the tomb. On Easter Sunday roll the stone away to show that Jesus has risen.
Even if you aren’t religious this is a simple activity to do to teach children about different cultures and religions.
Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Who doesn’t like an Easter Egg hunt? Well I love them, but I thought that what would be better than just a plain old egg hunt: a glow in the dark one! This is a great activity that young and old will enjoy, and what’s even better is that there is no chocolate involved so not only can you avoid any of the tears over how much chocolate they can have, but it also means that those who can’t have chocolate, due to allergies or diabetes, can join in the fun.
What you will need:
- Plastic eggs that you can open and close (available cheaply from any super market)
- Glow sticks
All you need to do is activate the glow sticks, coil them round and put them in the plastic eggs (you may need to tape the eggs shut to stop them from popping open). Then find a dark place to hide them. We did our hunt in the playroom in the middle of the afternoon with all the curtains shut, but for older children it would be fab outside when it is dark.
How to Make An Easter Sun Catcher
Although the weather is starting to improve we are still getting the odd day when it’s over cast and gloomy. This craft is the perfect way to brighten up a room and although we did as an Easter craft it is a great one to do any time of the year with any theme. This is also a great craft for younger children to get involved in as it will help with their fine motor skills.
You will need:
- Tissue paper
1. Cut your card into A5 size and then in the middle of that cut out your shape; we did eggs and crosses (some other ideas for eater could be a bunny or flower).
2. What ever shape you do make sure you cut the tissue paper into stripes so that it will fit across the width or height of the whole. You don’t want the tissue paper to stop in the middle of the shape. For ours we chose mainly pastel colours to reflect the spring colours.
3. To stick the tissue in place glue around the outside of your shape and place the tissue paper across the hole. Try to make sure that each strip slightly overlaps the previous so that you don’t get any gaps when you turn in over.
This also make a great card idea if you fold an A4 paper in half and then cut out the shape on the front. To finish the card idea place a cut out of the same shape on the back to hide the scruffy parts of the tissue paper.
How To Make A Homemade Tulip Card for Easter
Originally I had planned to make some nice springtime pictures to brighten up the playroom wall, but we ended up turning them into Mothering Sunday cards. As Mothering Sunday has now passed you could do them as they were intended or make them into a different type of card like a birthday, thank you or Happy Easter one. What ever you decide to do with them, they are guaranteed to brighten up any wall, fridge or shelf.
To make your own tulip pictures you will need:
- Tulip template
- Coloured paper
- Popsicle sticks
1. Cut out your tulip template and then draw round it onto your coloured card, then cut out.
2. Glue your popsicle stick to your paper and then glue the tulip centre on top.
3. Add the two petals.
I did this on an afternoon when my eldest charge was unfortunately unwell and off school, this craft turned out to be a good quiet one for him to do. So if you have a poorly little one at home, and they are fed up, then this maybe the activity to help keep them entertained, without them having to exert too much energy.
Easter Egg Decorating Fun
You can pretty much guarantee that if you search Easter crafts you will come up with some form of egg decorating activity. Well, after trawling through Pinterest and my dim memories of doing it as a child I have come up with a few ideas for you.
First of all you have to decide if you want to blow the egg yolk out or hard boil it. For the dying type I would blow the egg yolk out as it gives you the option of hanging the delicate eggs up. However, if you have young children I would hard boil them to avoid any disappointment off smushed eggs.
Melted Crayon Decorated Eggs – you will need:
- Water bottle top
- Oven gloves
1. Hard boil your egg then carefully take it out and dry it on a paper towel. Either place the egg on an upside down water bottle top or hold it in an oven glove. I highly recommend using the bottle top as it makes it easier to decorate the egg.
2. Carefully press the crayon onto the egg and watch it melt. We experimented with different ways, you could either draw patterns on using the crayon or hold it in one spot and see it melt and spread. Try using more than one colour to get different effects.
Be careful of little fingers, you need to do it immediately after taking it out of the boiling water so there is the potential for burnt fingers.
Tye Dyed Eggs – you will need:
- Food colouring
- For this one you could either hard boil or blow out the egg yolk
1. Place the eggs in a colander in the sink and splash with vinegar.
2. Taking your first food colouring pour some over the eggs and give the colander a shake.
3. Wait for around 30 seconds to let it set then use a second colour to create your tye dyed effect.
4. Leave it to dry before touching them.
We did have some problems with this but it may be the type of food colouring we used so we actually used marbling inks which worked really nicely, but the ink never fully dries.
DIY Noah’s Ark Craft
One of my favourite past times with children is to read and at the moment I am reading some Bible stories to my little ones. I don’t think you need to be religious to enjoy Bible stories; they are great stories by themselves. I mean just look at Noah – he managed to fit two of every animal onto a boat; that is pretty amazing! You don’t have to believe it to enjoy it.
To help my little ones remember the jist of the story we decided to make our own picture, not any ordinary picture – a MASSIVE picture. I happened to have a big roll of white paper that needed to be used up, so we decided to kick this craft up a gear and super size it. If you don’t happen to have a giant roll of paper at the ready, these can be done on normal A4 sized paper.
To make your own Noah’s Ark you will need:
- Animal print outs
- Coloured paper
1. Either draw your own or you can download some animals on the link above. Colour them in and then cut them out.
2. Make your ark – we cut ours out of brown paper, but if you don’t have any brown paper you can draw it onto the white paper and paint it.
3. Stick on your animals.
4. Paint your water and your rainbow.
My little ones loved the fact that this project was done on such a large scale; we are still trying to figure out what to do with our picture, it truly is massive. The only problem we encountered was where to put the animals, and we ended up with a few tears when my youngest charge decided to move my eldest charge’s deer so she could put her crocodile in its place.
This craft may help development of:
- Understanding of different religious beliefs
- Fine Motor skills
How To Make Your Own Blossom to Celebrate Spring
I love it when the blossom starts to come out, so in honour of the start of spring we decided to make our very own blossom that will last and last and last.
You will need:
- Some sticks – the longer the better with branches.
- Tissue paper – that’s 1 or 2in square (we did white and pink).
- Glue – like Elma’s blue glue
- Blunt pencil
1. To make the buds place the end blunt pencil in the middle of one of your squares and roll the tissue paper round it until you get a bud shape. It can be a bit fiddle and may take a few attempts until you find the perfect way to do it.
2. When you have the bud wind the end up so you have a kind of stalk. I would make all your buds first as the glueing will get very messy.
3. On your stick find the perfect places for your buds and put a generous amount of glue. Place the stalk of you bud on the glue and smooth it over until it sticks, you may need to hold it in place for a few seconds until it holds.
6 Little Ducks DIY Craft For Kids to Sing Along To
I love it when my charges come up to me and ask to do make something specific, and that is exactly what happened with this one. My youngest charge and I were upstairs reading together with my iTunes playing in the background, when the song ‘6 Little Ducks That I Once Knew’ came on. In case you haven’t heard of the song it goes:
Six little ducks that I once knew,
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too,
But the one little duck with the feathers on his back,
He ruled the others with his quack, quack, quack.
My charge seemed fascinated with this song and wanted to listen to it over and over again; she then suddenly turned round to me and asked if we could make a duck! So we did.
To make your own little duck you will need:
- Paper plate
- Yellow paint
1. Paint the paper plate and fold it in half.
2. While it is drying cut out the head of the duck and paint it yellow. Then stick it onto the paper plate. Once dry draw on your ducks face.
3. Glue feathers onto your ducks back.
4. Cut your straws to their desired length and then, using the tape, stick them on the inside of your duck.
This activity may help development of:
- Interest in songs and rhymes
- Attention and concentration
- Fine Motor Skills
- Scissor skills
Birdie Number Match
The sun is shinning and spring is just around the corner! Hurray! In honour of the changing of the seasons I choose to do this weeks maths activity on matching the correct number of eggs to the mummy bird. I think after making it and doing it with my youngest charge that this has to be one of my favourite maths games that I have done. When I was making it I wasn’t sure if I wanted it to be a one time activity, and get my little one to stick the eggs down, but I made up my mind that it would be a great one to have in our numbers and letters box that we could pull out when ever she wanted to do it. Obviously it can be done as a one time only activity as well.
To make your own birdie number match you will need:
- Twine (optional)
1. Cut out a nest and stick the edges down to another piece of paper, you don’t want to stick the whole thing down as you need to be able to slot your bird and eggs inside. I decorated the out side of the nest with twine for added dimension, but it is totally optional.
2. Draw and cut out your birds. I did 5 birds and wrote on both sides of them. On each of them write a number.
3. Cut out your eggs, if you are going to reuse the activity then you will only need 10, if you are going to stick down every bird into a nest with the matching number of eggs then you will need a grand total of 55 eggs (along with 10 birds and 10 nests!).
Now that you have everything it is time for the activity. I laid out all the eggs for my youngest charge and then put one of the birds into the nest. She then had to tell me what the number was and place the correct number of eggs into the nest. When she done one, we removed everything from the nest and used a new number.
It does take quite a while to set this activity up, but it was worth it just to see her matching the numbers correctly and then being so careful with them as if they were really birds and eggs. I only hope your little ones enjoy this number match as much as we did.
5 Little Ducks Maths Activities to Make Your Child Go ‘Ahh’
Every child knows the song about 5 little ducks who went swimming one day, well I used this song to create a maths activity using rocks for the ducks.
To make your little ducks you will need:
- 6 stones
- Black Marker Pen
Before painting your stones give them a wash to remove any dirt.
Paint your stones, you will properly have to give the a few coats, but let them dry in between. – I did 5 of them yellow and 1 white (for the Mummy duck).
Draw on the faces.
On the little ducks write the numbers 1-5 somewhere that they can be seen.
I use this as a mini activity with my charges to help with number recognition. We sing the song together and then when one of the ducks doesn’t come back she has to find the correct number on the duck e.g. so if only 4 ducks come back then we have to find the one with number 5 on and hide him away. My youngest charge particularly likes this activity and quacks away at those naughty little ducks.
This activity may help development of:
- Familiarisation of songs
- Recognition of numbers 1-5
- Understanding that a group of things changes in quantity when something is taken away.
- Counting objects accurately