These easy Easter crafts for kids include salt dough, wine cork stamps and pin poking and will keep your kids busy for a while. They’re also great to do in preschool and kindergarten.
Have you been spending a LOT of time with your kids at home these days? Yeah, same here: my kids’ school is closed for obvious reasons and now I’m homeschooling a kindergartener and a preschooler with a baby in tow. I have no trouble whatsoever keeping busy 😉
I wanted to share some easy crafts with you that have saved quite a few rainy afternoons around here. Best of all, they don’t involve a ton of materials and you’ll likely already have them in your house.
I’m sure you’ve done crafts with your kids where YOU spend 30 minutes gathering material and cutting out cute bunny ears and faceS. All they have to do is glue them on and after 5 minutes: “Mom, I’m done. What’s next?”
This isn’t what we’re gonna do here. Naha. Nooo, mam! We’re doing minimal work and let THEM work with it.
So here it goes:
Easy Easter Crafts for Kids in Preschool and Beyond
1. Pin Poke Easter Eggs or Bunnies
This is a craft I borrowed from the Montessori classroom. It improves fine motor skills, strengthens hand muscles and builds concentration. Kids as young as 3 years old have fun with this.
What you need:
- craft paper
- small cork board
- crayons or markers
- stickers or other type of decorations (optional)
- Draw or have them draw the shape of an Easter egg on a piece of craft paper
- Place paper on cork board and have your child pin poke the outline placing wholes very close together
- When complete gently rip along the pin poked line to detach motiv from paper
- Decorate as desired
2. Wine Cork Stamping
It doesn’t take much during these quarantine times to acquire a couple of used wine corks, emma right? Why not put them to good use and give you some much needed quiet time (to drink more wine…just kidding!).
What you need:
- white piece of cardboard paper
- 3-4 used wine corks
- Draw the outline of an Easter egg on a white piece of cardboard paper
- You can outline a striped pattern to give a little guidance
- Squeeze colors on to a food container lid
- Using one cork per color dip cork in color so that bottom is covered
- Press onto paper and let dry.
3. Salt Dough Easter Figurines And Ornaments
This salt dough recipe is very smooth and pleasant to work with. My kids enjoyed simply squeezing and pulling the salt dough for a while. It’s easy and cheap to make and is used similarly as model clay.
You can have your kids model their own shapes (like Easter eggs or bunnies) or flatten the dough with a rolling pin and use cookie cutter shapes.
What you’ll need:
- medium sized bowl for mixing
- rolling pin (optional)
- cookie cutter shapes (optional)
- string (optional) – tooth pick (optional)
- Acrylic paint (or water colors)
- Paint brushes
Super Smooth Salt Dough Recipe:
- Flour: 3/4 cup
- Salt: 1/2 cup
- Water: 1/2 cup
- Cornstarch: 1/4 cup
- Vegetable Oil: 1 Tbsp
Note: If you don’t have cornstarch on hand, you can make a 3-Ingredient Salt Dough with a flour/salt/water ratio of 2/1/1.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl
- Knead until ingredients are combined. If dough sticks to your hands add a little more flour.
- Model dough into desired shapes or roll dough flat using a rolling pin and use cookie cutter shape to cut out ornament
- If you want to hang ornament poke while using a drinking straw
- Let air dry overnight or bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 170℉
- When dry paint and let dry
- Thread string through whole
Until next time. Happy Tinkering!
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