Easter is the perfect time to get crafty with your little ones. Not only will it keep them entertained and away from all the chocolate (and the inevitable sugar high!), but it will also bring out their creative side. Belle About Town asked Tanja Soeter, Creative Director at HEMA, for her top Easter craft ideas.
Trees aren’t just for decorating at Christmas; they also make the perfect Easter focal point which your children will absolutely love decorating. I go into the garden with the kids and cut some branches off a tree. We then put the branches in a vase and decorate them with painted eggs (see below), clip on chicks, pretty wooden decorations and pieces of colourful ribbon.
Egg painting is one of our favourite family traditions. Every year I take the yolk out of some eggs by using a needle to pierce both ends of the shell, making one end larger by wigging the needle around in a circular motion, then blowing into the large opening at one end of the egg to force out the yolk. My kids will then decorate them with brightly coloured paint – try this egg painting machine or egg paint for best results. We then tie the painted eggs onto the aforementioned tree!
Family and friends will love receiving a handmade card from your little one just as much as your little one will enjoy making it. Fold a piece of A4 coloured card and decorate with spring-themed stamps, ribbonand stickers, alongside your little one’s drawings. You could even clip some Easter chicks to the card for eggs-tra effect.
Paper Mâché Eggs
A messy but fun craft activity that kids of all ages will love. Blow up a balloon until it’s the size that you want, cover it with glue-soaked newspaper and let it harden overnight. Next, let your little ones paint and decorate the egg. Once the paint is dry, carefully insert a pin to pop the balloon. Try cutting the egg in half like a broken shell and storing their chocolate eggs inside for a fun twist.
Easter Tea Party
If your children are having friends over during the holidays, why not throw an Easter themed tea party and get them involved in the baking. My children adore making biscuits and cakes – especially when they can get involved with decorating them. Serve the baked goods on an etagere to add a sense of occasion and make it feel like a real tea party!