by HEATHER MURPHY
When I think of Easter, I think of painting and decorating pretty eggs – so here is a super easy project to do at home.
- Finger paint (I use Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint – nontoxic and water-based!)
- Construction paper (Pastel colors, or any color that is a favorite.)
- Large egg-shaped pattern (Find templates online.)
Start by helping your little one choose two to four different paper color choices. Using the egg pattern, cut one egg shape from each piece of construction paper. To keep the project simple and fun, use a small paper plate as your paint palate. This makes for easy clean-up afterwards! No paintbrush needed. Just let them go at it with their fingers!
The possibilities for painting your Easter egg are endless.
If you want to get extra creative, use a pencil or marker to draw lines across the egg, or draw simple patterns for your child to follow as they paint. This is a great idea for the older kiddos, to keep them interested, too! My little one is just three years old, so honestly, he taught me a few things as we progressed through this project. I thought we would do fingerprints as “dots” all across his egg, but he was not interested. He had his creative juices flowing, and I just let him roll with it.
Like me, you may need to surrender to the idea that your child’s project won’t necessarily be the “Pinterest perfect” idea that you had in mind. But it’s OK. It will be fun and beautiful in the end!
On Easter Eve, here is another easy and fun craft, which I am sure you will agree is truly magical!
Magic Lollipop Flowers
- Small package of jelly beans (any flavor/colors)
- Handful of lollipops (any flavor/colors)
- Wilton Lollipop Sticks (available at most craft stores)
Gather a few of your favorite jelly beans and head out to the yard just before dark (optimal picture time, *wink*). Let your child sprinkle the jelly beans in the grass. Tell them they are seeds for the Easter Bunny to grow magical lollipops for when he comes to visit that night.
After your child is asleep, head back outside and “plant” the lollipops in the yard, making sure the jelly beans are no longer visible. In the morning they’ll be amazed to see the “sprouted” lollipops.
Tape lollipops around one end of each Wilton Lollipop Stick to create colorful “flowers” that will stand up tall even amid flower beds, decorative grasses or shrubbery. I like the look of bundling three smaller lollipops onto each stick, but you can use more or less for variety – or even use different kinds of lollipops!
Feel free to get creative and have fun with it! My favorite moments are the little gasps the kiddos make when they first see what magic has occurred over night, and the look of wonder on their faces. Truly priceless!