Easter Crafts & Activities with Nicola Friend

Mum of two Nicola shares her tips for creative crafts to keep little fingers busy this Easter. Follow her on Instagram for more children’s activities and outfit inspiration @nicolagfriend.

Bunny Bunting

Bunny bunting is such fun to make, I shared this idea on the @jojomamanbebe Instagram feed last year and loved how many children made their own. Using two different sized cups for the body and head and a spoon handle for the ears and feet you can cut out as many as you like for your child to decorate, hang them with string and add a pom pom tail to each bunny. My little girl feels so proud to see her bunting hanging up at Easter.

Tip 1: Draw and cut your shapes in advance so that children have everything they need to get crafty, waiting around is when mischief is made in my house!

Tip 2: Cotton wool makes an excellent tail if you don’t have any pom poms!

Activity Books

Activity books are a fantastic quick and easy mess-free activity to keep little ones occupied when out and about or at home. My daughter loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Nature Sticker & Colouring Book, it’s full of fun activities to practice fine motor skills and lots of reusable stickers, it’s great to spark conversations about nature.

Tip: Pull out the sticker pages from the centre so that your child doesn’t have to flip back and forth between pages to find the correct stickers.

Hidden Crayon Easter Egg Hunt

Use white wax crayons on white cartridge paper to draw Easter eggs and ask your child to use watercolours to ‘hunt’ for the hidden eggs. As they paint on to the paper the wax will repel the paint and reveal the hidden drawing. They could even have a go at creating their own secret message for a friend or sibling to reveal!

Tip 1: These overalls are brilliant for messy activities, they’ve saved many an outfit from paint, food and playdoh in our house!

Tip 2: For younger children and toddlers it helps to use tape to attach their paper to the table so it doesn’t slip as they paint.

Finger Print Cards

Personalised post is appreciated more than ever right now, fingerprint cards are so easy to make and little ones will be proud to post them to family and friends, even the littlest ones can get involved. Simply ask your child to put their finger into the paint and decorate the card, once it is dry you can use a black pen to transform the prints into bunnies, eggs or chicks. Alphabet stampers are great for lettering but you could also write an Easter message or print one off.

Tip: Prepare the area with water and a cloth to wipe little fingers before dipping into the next colour!

Personalised Presents

Fun DIY sets are a great alternative to chocolate gifts this Easter and little ones love making personal presents to give to friends and family. This Djeco Jewellery Workshop Wooden Beads & Rainbows set is a perfect opportunity for early maths as they start to make patterns and count out beads too!

Tip: Why not make beaded keyrings or bag charms as an alternative to jewellery?

Creative Chalks

Children (and adults!) of all ages love to express themselves with jumbo chalks - it’s a great way for toddlers to experiment with early mark making without creating too much mess. They are so easy to wash off that we use them indoors but love to take them on walks to add some colour to the pavement too! These Bigjigs Chalk Eggs are perfect for adding to the Easter excitement.

Tip: Why not create a hopscotch with twelve squares, ask your child to throw two dice, add them together and bunny hop to the correct number. It’s a great way to keep them active while introducing simple maths.

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