Easter will be here soon and below are some easter activities to keep your children entertained during these uncertain times of the Covid-19 virus.
1)BUBBLE WRAP EGGS (activity and photo sourced from notimeforflashcards.com)
- pen or pencil to draw the egg
- plain paper
- bubble wrap (they come in rolls from the post office)
- paint-different colours
- a tray or plate for paint (an empty egg carton is great)
- masking tape
- construction paper and glue (if you want to display the paintings)
Draw your egg using the pen or pencil. Then cut it out. Attach the bubble wrap to a table with the masking tape (The bubble wrap on it's own is a great fine motor activity for the children, as they pop the bubbles with their fingers or even the feet). Fill each egg cup (egg carton) with different coloured paint and then mix (This can be a great activity for learning colours. Mixing colours to create new ones for older children is great fun).
Invite the children to paint the bubble wrap with a paint brush. Then lay a sheet of plain paper over the paint. And viola! You have created your very own bubble wrap egg. If you want to make a nice effect with the painting, you can glue it to some different coloured construction paper.
(easy craft for all ages)
2)EGG AND SPOON RACE
This is a great way to expend some physical energy and is also lots of fun.
- hard boiled eggs (less messy)
- area cleared of furniture or a hallway or race outside
The participants can race against a stop watch; race each other or if you have a few participants have a relay race. Anyway you organise the race will create lots of laughter, while everyone tries to keep their egg on their spoon when running.
(photo accessed from familyeducation.com)
3)HEALTHY EASTER BUNNY PANCAKES (recipe and photo sourced from bbcgoodfood.com)
- 50g self-raising flour
- 50g wholemeal flour
- 2 small eggs separated
- 150ml skimmed milk
- oil, for frying
- a few raisins for bunny paws, to serve (optional)
- 30g banana sliced into rounds for the tails
- extra chopped fruit, to serve
Put both the flours into a large bowl and whisk to break up any lumps. Add the egg yolks and a little of the milk, whisking to a thick paste. Add the remaining milk, a splash at a time, to loosen the batter.
In a separate bowl and using a clean whisk, whisk the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula, trying to keep in as much air as possible.
Heat a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. Using a large spoon, add a generous dollop of batter to the pan in a round, for the bunny body. Add a smaller round for the head, two small ovals for feet, and two long thin strips for ears. Fit all the bunny components into the pan, or cook them in batches.
Flip the pancakes after a minute or two, once the edges are set, the base is golden brown and bubbles start to pop on the surface. Cook for another min until golden brown.
Put the bunny body in the middle of the plate, position the head, ears and feet just overlapping to look like the back of a bunny. Add a banana slice for the tail, and raisins (if using) for the feet pads.
Repeat with the remaining batter. Decorate with extra chopped fruit, if you like.
There are lots of craft you can create by using recyclables. Children just love using them and they don't cost anything. All you need is a pair of scissors, stapler, masking/sticky tape, coloured paper, textas or marker pens, paint, glue and anything to decorate like glitter, feathers, leaves, gum nuts etc. Some of the recyclable items you can use are: cereal boxes, plastic bottles, plastic containers, tins, plastic lids, milk bottles, paper towel/toilet rolls, shoe and other boxes etc. Below are the materials and instructions for an Easter Basket made from a cereal box.
4)EASTER BASKET (activity and photo sourced from crafty journal.com)
- Cereal Box
- Scrapbooking Paper
- Glue or Double Sided Tape
- Brad (two pronged paper fastener used in scrap booking)
1. Decide on the size of basket you would like.
My box was 8 inches x 12 inches, and 3 inches deep.
A 4 inch high basket allows plenty of room for grass, plus eggs, candy, toys or other items.
2. Measure the box 4 inches up from the bottom and draw a line all the way around the box.
To make the handle, mark the middle of the front of the box and then mark 1/2 inch to each side of the center.
4. Draw a line from the top of the basket all the way to the top of the box including the flap – on each 1/2 inch line.
5. Cut down each side of the handle to the line marking the top of the basket.
6. Cut on the basket top line all the way around the box – but do NOT cut off the handle.
7. Glue a small piece of leftover cardboard across the flap crease at the top of the handle. Let dry.
This will keep the handle from bending at the crease.
8. Cut a piece of scrapbooking paper into two 4 inch high pieces – so they are 4 inches high and 12 inches wide. Each piece of paper will cover the front and one side or the back and one side of the basket.
9. Starting at one corner, attach the paper across the front of the box and around one side to the back corner. Cut off the excess.
10. Starting at the corner where the first piece ended, attach the other piece of paper across the back of the basket and around the side to the last corner. Cut off the excess.
11. Cut a piece of scrapbooking paper just a little wider than the handle and attach it to the handle, from the top edge of the basket to the end of the handle.
12. On the opposite side of the basket from the handle, find the centre. Mark about 1/2 inch down from the top and punch a small hole. Punch another hole centred about 1/2 inch from the end of the handle. Push a brad through the basket and then through the handle end.
13. Embellish the basket with egg or bunny stickers, flowers, or other Spring decorations.
Now it’s ready to fill.