Well, this is definitely not something we expected, to be on lockdown at home for the Easter weekend. Most schools were supposed to be closing this week for school holidays but instead, we’ve already been home for a few weeks.
Easter is normally a weekend full of fun events, outings, social gatherings and lots of kids running around consuming copious amounts of chocolate eggs. Things will certainly be different this year, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still have the most epic Easter weekend ahead at home with our family.
I believe that we have a choice to make the most out of each and every situation that we’re given, and this weekend and lockdown are no exception.
In fact, I am still super excited for the Easter weekend ahead, it’s my little ones first Easter and although he can’t eat any of the eggs that I’ve brought him, I certainly can. We can still have a great time together.
Here are a couple of fun craft ideas that you can do over Easter to keep the whole family busy.
There are so many different Easter crafts that you can do with your kids dependent on what you have available at home. I use the website “Twinkl” as they have fabulous ideas and are offering free downloads during this time. Here are some craft ideas that you can all do at home.
Easter Egg Potato Printing.
Attached is a video of Bernadette one of our Dipeo Nursery School teachers doing potato stamping. It’s very simple, just cut a potato in half and carve patterns into it. Dip into some paint and stamp away.
Make An Easter Bonnet
Find an old hat/cap/beanie or make a headband of your own. Get crafty and decorate it with whatever you can think of. This is great for the whole family.
We’ve always done an Easter bonnet parade at school each year and I’m so sad not to be having one this term. The ideas that we see are so creative and it’s awesome to see what children and parents come up with.
Get the template of the chick and instructions from Twinkl here. We also have one of our Peo Heads, Kerry Ann, doing a demo video below.
If you don’t have googley eyes at home, you can either cut eyes out from paper or use a white bean from your pantry and draw a black dot on it. Also, use feathers from your feather duster if you don’t have colourful feathers at home.
Decorate Your Own Easter Egg
This is one to let your kid’s imagination run wild. You can get out some macaroni, glitter, paint, stones, jewels, stickers or whatever else you have at home. Set up an area with some glue and let your children decorate their eggs. Cut these out and stick up around your house.
Simply print one of the colours or the blank one. Cut it out and stick together as per the instructions. One for the slightly older kids. There are loads more on www.TheCraftTrain.com
This is a cute craft to do and give as an Easter gift. Below is the template of the bunny and a video on how to do it. All you need is the printed template, some pink paint, cotton wool, a photo of your child and your kiddies 🙂
Dip your child’s feet in pink paint and print onto plain paper. Paint the inside of the bunny ears pink. Adults, please cut out or assist with cutting out of the bunny ears, circle and feet prints. Attach the bunny ears to a photo of your child and then attach to the circle. Get your child to glue cotton wool around the ears, face and body. Glue the pink feet on top. Done.
Family Egg Decorating
Boil some eggs and let them cool down. Once they have cooled down, decorate like crazy. Bring out some paint, coloured markers, glitter, stickers and whatever else you have at home and decorate some eggs. You can then have races with these eggs by rolling them across the lawns or other soft areas.
I read about a great idea where you boil an egg for each of your children, let it cool down and then give it to them to keep. They can decorate it and name it if they wish, but it becomes their “baby” and they must look after their egg.
This is a great activity to teach children routines and help them to complete tasks during the lockdown period. Set rewards for them too, so if they complete all their tasks and look after their eggs all weekend, they get special chocolate on Sunday.
Here is an easy homemade paint recipe for those who don’t have paint at home:
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter. I hope you all enjoy this quality time together and make the most of being locked up with your loved ones!
If you’re looking for a few extra ideas to make Sunday special have a look at this.