11 Easter Crafts and Activities for Kids
These Easter crafts will put a spring in your little one's step. From basket stuffers to crafts, egg hunt ideas and easy decorating projects, here are some great ideas that kids will love to pitch in on—not to mention, a few surprises to sneak into their baskets.
There's so much about spring for little ones to love, from picking freshly blooming flowers to jumping through puddles caused by April's showers. Not always as fun? Waiting oh-so-patiently for the Easter bunny to arrive. Luckily, we've rounded up our all-time favorite kids' crafts and spring-themed activities to keep them busy and hoppily entertained until the big egg hunt.
Let them decorate this charming gardener's basket, perfect for stashing candy, colored eggs, and miniature toys. Or, have kids help assemble a basket full of these envelope bunnies by gluing on pom-pom noses, then filling them up with chocolate-wrapped eggs and other fun goodies. Little hands will even adore helping out with our kid-friendly egg-decorating techniques, from these coloring book eggs (they choose the clip art, you do the at-home printing) to our painted wooden eggs, which open to a few treasures tucked away within. These sticker eggs—a cinch to embellish—really shine when nestled among the grass or hidden in natural nooks. A cute party idea everyone will love? Surprise bunnies! Made out of crepe paper streamers plus cutesy facial features and floppy ears, these favors are sure to delight guests of ages when filled with candies and other small treats.
And the fun doesn't have to stop once the eggs have been found. Invite kids to learn about seed-starting and feed their budding green thumbs with our eggshell flower pots how-to. All you'll need are a few coffee-stirrers for labeling the seedlings, and an empty egg carton to reuse as the potholders.
However you decide to get crafty with the kids this holiday, these ideas and activities are guaranteed to be eggcellent fun.
Treat Yourselves to Daffodil Candy Cups
Everyone will love these sweet daffodils made from baking cups and a printable flower template. Use them as place cards, and kids can help you set the Easter table by writing names on the petals and setting one to each seat (albeit, missing a candy or two).
Bake Salt-Dough Easter Eggs
Paint Dot and Stripe Painted Treat Bags
Kids can keep their Easter egg finds, or simply stash their candy haul, in these simple painted treat bags. Easy enough for a kids' craft, it makes for a fun Easter DIY.
Wear Easter Bunny Headbands
This is how you dress in your Sunday best: Help kids craft their own headband—by shaping flowers, leaves, and spring vegetables from felt—with a floppy pair of rabbit ears. Then, all that's left for them to do is hippity hop!
Paint Wooden Easter Eggs
If they can make strokes with a paintbrush, they're up to the task. These hollowed linden wood eggs are easy to customize with color—in one tone or two-toned as we've done here. Best of all, the kids will be able to treasure their creations for years to come.
Grow a Miniature Gnome Garden in Their Easter Basket
With much talk about fairies and elves, a child's world is always filled with wonder. This Easter, help them build a basket that's spark their imaginations: charming gnome eggs, miniaturized details, and a candy-laden garden of vegetables like corn, beets, cabbages, and the holiday must—bundled carrots.
Concoct Phyllo Nests
With some adult assistance, kids can craft their own Easter egg nests. Phyllo dough is used to create the nest, while the jelly beans are the eggs.
Hatch Egg Chickens
This brood is all smiles, er, beaks as they pose for a family portrait to welcome their latest addition. Simply paint eggs and cut and glue felt to mimic beaks. Draw on eyes with a black permanent marker.
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Plant Eggshell Flower Pots
Young gardeners can use eggshells as pots to start seeds and coffee-stirrer tags to foretell what will pop up where. Plant seeds according to package instructions, and nestle planters in an egg carton on a sunny windowsill, where they can be watered easily. The first leaves to sprout will be the cotyledons or seed leaves, which supply nutrients to the young plant until the first true leaves (resembling those of the parent plant) appear. When plants have grown to about three inches and have at least two sets of true leaves, they are ready to be transplanted to the garden. Just be sure to remove them from the eggshells first.
Make Crepe Paper Carrots
A kids craft that the Easter bunny will love? These crepe paper carrots are sure to please. To make them, loosely wrap an orange streamer to form the carrot shape, making it thicker at the top. Tuck in gifts as you work. Press the end of the paper down into the top. Then, fold the green crepe paper in half across its grain. Download leaf template, and trace onto the folded paper. Cut out and bunch up. Finally, tuck the leaves into the carrot top then secure with a dab of hot glue.
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Have an Easter Egg Hunt
Hosting kids? Take them out to the backyard, baskets in hand for egg hunts, as well as themed games like egg bocce, shell crack, or even a relay race.