Get crafty with the kids

Easter is approaching, and it only seems like half term was just over. I’m not sure how I’m going to occupy my three over the holidays when I still have to work and go to uni, but I know that they will be getting out crafts, pens, glue and paper. Easter is a great time to start crafting: start simple and order foam eggs to decorate. You can use anything from paint, sticky shapes, glitter or patterned paper applied in small pieces. We will definitely be doing this as the boys have to bring in a decorated egg for their school fair.

Easter bonnets are a fun craft to do with kids, particularly if you can enter your little one’s bonnet in  a competition or parade: our school has done that in previous years. You can buy hats ready to decorate, but a disc of card with a circle cut out for your child’s head is also a good start. Decide if you want to have a full out Easter theme: you can buy chicks and mini bonnets and bunnies. Alternatively, how about making paper flowers to decorate it. Think laterally: does your child love butterflies? They can make a beautiful decoration.

Easter crafts can also be chocolate themed. Pop into the supermarket for a few bars of chocolate and look out online for Easter chocolate moulds. Making your own chocolates can be easy and fun. We’ve also used modelling chocolate which is soft and ideal for children who love plasticine or play dough. Search on the net for moldable chocolate, or look for recipes to make your own. Chocolate bunnies and chicks can make great gifts, espcialy if you pop them in  a basket lined with tissue paper.

There’s free delivery and money off for orders of craft materials from the Works over £20 right now, and they have lots of Easter craft ideas plus an Easter bonnet competition. There are individual bonnets to decorate on sale, or packs of 40, ideal if you want to do an activity for the whole class, as well as decorating kits and bunny ears.

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