Easter Crafts for Young Children March 10 2009

This Easter, why not introduce some new Easter-themed crafts into your classroom? Easter and springtime themed crafts are a real pick-me-up for the winter blahs, and they can really energize your room. Consider the following ideas for implementation in your own classroom:

Pop Bottle Baskets

To make this Easter craft, you’ll need the following materials:

  • A two-liter pop bottle
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Craft paint (puffy paint works well)
  • Stickers
  1. Cut off the top two-thirds of the pop bottle and throw out the top part.
  2. Punch two holes near the top edge, one on either side, to string the handle.
  3. Attach a pipe cleaner, or braid or twist multiple cleaners to make a handle.
  4. Glue tissue paper pieces to the bottle to make a multicolored design.
  5. Have your students further embellish the baskets with paint or stickers after they dry.

Handprint Easter Lilies

To make this Easter craft, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  1. Have your students trace their hands on the construction paper and cut them out (with or without assistance as appropriate).
  2. Take the construction paper handprint and curl the fingers around a pencil. Make sure to curl all of them in the same direction.
  3. Then roll the handprint into a cone with the fingertips curling out at the top.
  4. Glue the cone together and staple it to the pipe cleaner.
  5. Cut out some leaf shapes and staple them to the bottom of the pipe cleaner.
  6. Have your students make multiple lilies and tie them together with ribbon to make a bouquet.

Little Easter Lamb

To make this Easter craft, you’ll need the following materials:

  • A popsicle stick
  • Two clothespins with springs
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls
  • A pair of wiggly eyes
  1. Paint the popsicle stick and the clothespins black and let them dry.
  2. Once dry, attach one clothespin to each end of the stick to form the lamb’s legs.
  3. Glue one large cotton ball to one end to form the head.
  4. Then glue cotton balls to the popsicle stick in between the clothespins to form the body.
  5. Glue a pair of wiggly eyes to the head. Depending on how tight the clothespins are, you may or may not want to glue them in place. Simply glue them in place on the paper.

Egg Magnets

To make this Easter craft, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Styrofoam eggs or Styrofoam ovals
  • Magnets
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • String, yarn or ribbon
  • Glitter
  1. If you have egg-shaped Styrofoam, you will need to cut it in half to give it a flat side to attach the magnet to. You can also avoid this problem by looking for flat oval shapes instead of eggs, or purchase one big flat piece and cut out the ovals in advance.
  2. Have the children glue the magnets to the back of their eggs and then decorate them. Some suggestions for decoration are to cut out Easter-themed shapes from construction paper and glue them to the eggs, make designs with string, yarn, or ribbon, or cover them with glitter.