After the heavy bouts of snow and biting cold, the beautifully long, Spring-filled Easter weekend (we’re staying optimistic!) is going to be very, very welcome. Between the egg hunt and overindulgence on chocolate, it can be difficult to find things to keep the kids busy. They will mostly be powered by sugar, too. So we dreamed up three fantastic craft ideas so you can spend some quality time together making, baking and creating. Slight word of warning, though: we’re not going to be helping towards the amount of chocolate consumed, oh no. It’s Easter, after all.
Start the great egg hunt with a hop in your step! What classier way to collect all that chocolate in your very own handmade carrot basket.
1 If you are creating a larger bag, glue the two sheets of orange paper together to make a giant sheet. Go on, be optimistic about how much chocolate you might find. Draw around a plate and cut out to create an orange circle.
2 Fold the circle in half. Add glue to one quarter, fold, and glue again to make a cone.
3 Use a black pen to add lines onto both sides of the cone to make it look like a carrot.
4 From the green paper, cut a strip and a zigzag shape.
5 Add the zigzag shape to complete the carrot. Glue the strip of paper inside the cone to make a handle.
Why not make your egg ahead of time so you can use your treat-filled egg to decorate your house too!
1 Mix ⅔ PVA with ⅓ water in a small bowl.
2 Inflate your balloon and hang it up over some newspaper. Making sure to leave a small gap at the knot end. Cover with 2 layers of glue and strips of torn newspaper. Leave to dry, then remove the balloon.
3 Decorate the egg using your hand inside to keep its shape. Stand on top of a bottle to dry.
4 Use masking tape to attach a long piece of string to the inside of the top of the egg.
Turn the decorated egg upside down to sit on top of a short bottle to stop it blowing over.
Fill your piñata with treats and ask a grown-up to hang the piñata from the ceiling. Take it in turns with friends or family to hit the egg and win the treats inside!
If you’re feeling a little full of chocolate, this might not be the antidote. But go on, anyway; it is delicious.
1 Break the cake up into small chunks and squash in the bottom of the bowl.
2 Ask an adult to melt some chocolate for you in a separate bowl.
3 Spoon a thick layer of melted chocolate over the pieces of cake.
4 Place the biscuits in a bag or wrapped in the tea-towel, and crush using a rolling pin. Spoon a thick layer of crushed biscuit over the chocolate layer.
5 Draw and decorate some flowers on a piece of card. Cut them out. Glue the flowers to the top of the lolly sticks, and pop them in the soil.