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Handprint Easter Lily

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A creative and simple Easter project!

Goal:

  • To have children create an Easter Lily by using a cut-out of their hand

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: white construction paper, pencils, green foam sheets, scissors, glue and pipe cleaners.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Using a white heavyweight piece of construction paper, trace around the child’s open hand. Adult help will be needed to help young children draw around their hand and to cut it out.

Step 2.
Cut out the handprint, leaving a wide portion at the wrist.

Step 3.
Bring the two sides at the wrist together and glue. This should look like a cone at the bottom of the hand.

Step 4.
Use a yellow or gold pipe cleaner and glue it inside the flower.

Step 5.
Use a green straw as the stem and glue it inside the flower.

Step 6.
Cut out foam or paper leaves – using tacky glue, attach them to the straw.

Step 7.
When all children’s flowers are done, you can make a Easter lily bouquet.

Furthermore:
Easter lilies are known to have special significance for Easter. Talk with children about some of the different meanings and symbols that are associated with this flower and Easter.

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Egg Carton Bouquets

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Create a colorful and simple Spring bouquet using individual egg carton cups!

Goals:

  • To reuse and recycle egg cartons for a fun Spring craft
  • To encourage creativity and artistic expression
  • To introduce the primary colors and color mixing

Before You Start:
Have children bring clean, empty cardboard egg cartons from home (or provide cartons for those who do not have any). Set out small bowls with BioColor® or Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint, paintbrushes, a variety of pipe cleaners, pencils, Colorations® markers and glitter. Cut short pieces of ribbon or raffia for tying bouquets together.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Help children separate the tops of their egg cartons from the bottoms, and cut the bottom into individual egg carton sections/cups.

Step 2.
Talk to the children about the primary colors and introduce color mixing with a short demonstration.

Step 3.
Have children paint their egg carton cups. Encourage them to experiment in creating their own unique color combinations. Allow egg cups to dry completely.

Step 4.
Help children poke a small hole into the bottoms of each egg carton cup. Show them how to insert a pipe cleaner into one of the sections, and bend the end to secure inside.

Step 5.
Allow children to add detail to their egg cup flowers with markers and/or glitter.

Step 6.
Tie children’s “bouquets” together with ribbon or raffia and place around the classroom for a spring display that really blooms!

Furthermore:
Gather children at circle time and share a story about springtime and/or flowers, such as Flower Garden by Eve Bunting.

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Matching Fun!

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Submitted by: Teri Price

This is a fun matching game for any age.

Goals:

  • To help children match, categorize and have fun doing it
  • To match like objects and look for differences

Before You Start:
Get small wooden objects from a craft store. The flat ones can usually be bought in packs of 10. Paint them in pairs, making two the same. After they dry, place Hook & Loop Fastener on the back to use on a felt board – but you could also use magnets. This is a lot of fun to do with different seasons: *For Halloween, I made different faces on pumpkins. The children had to look for the different eye shapes and mouth expressions. *For Christmas, make different ornaments on the trees – make some look alike, just changing the color on a few ornaments. This makes it a little trickier for the children. *Easter eggs, leaves, beach balls, any shape would work.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place the 10 shapes on a felt board and have each child match a pair.

Step 2.
Explain what differences to look for between the objects.

Step 3.
They can do this for circle time, or just free time. My preschool kids are excited to see the new ones up when they come each week.

Furthermore:
This activity is just a fun learning game. It really helps the children look for differences and like objects. It is fun for the teacher to paint too. Children can learn to be more observant. Make the pictures harder for older children and more obvious for toddlers and younger.

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Collage Crosses

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The cross is a great symbol to talk about in any faith-based program. These collage crosses are a great activity to do around a holiday or virtually anytime you want a great open-ended activity for the children.

Goals:

  • To teach the children the meaning of the cross
  • To teach the children the bible verse “Christ died for our sins…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • To help develop their creativity and fine motor skills by designing their cross
  • To show pride in their work

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Peel & Stick Collage Crosses, a variety of collage material, colored sand, tissue paper, Inspirational Foam Shapes or any other items the children might like.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Ask the children if they know what the cross symbolizes. This would be a great activity to chart their answers.

Step 2.
If they didn’t know the answer, explain to them how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

Step 3.
Recite the bible verse “Christ died for our sins…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

Step 4.
Show the children how to use the peel and stick paper on the cross and how the items they choose will stick to it.

Step 5.
Play some music for the children as they work.

Furthermore:
Display the crosses in the classroom or hallway for all to see. Make sure each child’s name is under their cross on a small card so that it will be recognized. Let each child take home a wooden cross bead as a reminder of their lesson for the day.

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Colorations® Tissue Easter Egg

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These colorful eggs are an easy Spring activity to include in any arts and crafts curriculum!

Goals:

  • To promote tactile exploration
  • To help develop fine motor skills while encouraging creativity
  • To have fun making a simple craft and Spring or Easter holiday decoration

Before You Start:
Gather Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper in a variety of pastel and springtime colors and cut into large egg shapes. Prepare small pieces of Colorations® Premium Art Tissue and small paint cups or bowl of Colorations® Washable School Glue. Set out a variety of Colorations® markers, crayons and colored pencils.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child one or more egg shapes you’ve cut out of construction paper, or consider allowing the children to cut out their own “egg” shape.

Step 2.
Demonstrate to children how to wad a tissue paper square and dip into glue, and stick on their eggs.

Step 3.
Encourage the children to use different colors of tissue to decorate their eggs any way they like.

Step 4.
Have them experiment drawing on the eggs with the crayons and markers to finish their unique decorations. Eggs can be displayed in the classroom for the Easter holiday or given as a special gift to loved ones.

Furthermore:
These decorations can also easily be made into ornaments that can be displayed by hanging in the classroom or outside on a tree, fence, etc.

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Peek-a-Boo Hatching Chicks

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Submitted by: Kathryn Fournie

A simple, yet fun craft to celebrate the coming of spring!

Goals:

  • To celebrate spring through creative arts
  • To develop fine motor skills
  • To encourage creativity

Before You Start:
You will need cardstock in an assortment of bright colors, crayons, scissors, metallic markers, Liquid Watercolor™ paint, paint brushes, tape, brads, a hole punch, wiggly eyes and chick cut outs made by the children.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have the children each draw a chick on yellow construction paper, then help them cut out their chick shapes. (Give them a general guideline by showing them a chick cut out that you have made beforehand, but allow them to be creative with their chick creations.)

Step 2.
Have each child draw a large oval shape on a piece of cardstock (big enough to cover the size of your chick cut outs), then ask them to decorate inside of their ovals with lines, swirls, dots (or with whatever patterns they would like) with markers. Then, paint on top of the colored area.

Step 3.
When the watercolor dries, have the children cut out their oval shapes, then cut the shapes in half across the middle.

Step 4.
Take the two egg pieces and punch a hole in the corner. Then, help the kids insert a brad through the hole (or do this yourself), and tape the chicks to the unpainted side of the egg.

Step 5.
Finally, have each child glue wiggly eyes onto their chicks. Now the egg can open and close, and each chick can hatch out of its shell!

Furthermore:
These make for a great springtime display for your center!

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“Hoppy” Easter Bunny Mask

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These easy-to-make bunny masks are a unique and fun way to use paper plates and celebrate spring!

Goals:

  • To encourage children’s creativity and build fine motor skills
  • To create a unique mask for dramatic and imaginative play

Before You Start:
Collect paper plates for masks, pink Colorations® construction paper, jumbo size craft sticks and pink or white pipe cleaners. Set out Colorations® markers and crayons, glitter, scissors, and prepare bowls or small cups of glue the children can use to decorate their masks.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child their own paper plate “mask.” Demonstrate how to cut eyes and nose shapes into the plates. Help the children cut holes in their plates as needed.

Step 2.
Have the children use the construction paper to cut two bunny ears any way they like (the shape of the ears is not as important as creative expression) and glue the “ears” on the back of their masks. (Ears should stick up from behind the plate.)

Step 3.
Show the children how to punch two holes on each side of their “bunny mask” nose. Thread a pipe cleaner into one of the holes on one side of the nose and out the other, repeating with another set of holes and another pipe cleaner. (The result should be two whiskers on each side of the bunny’s nose.)

Step 4.
Give each a child a craft stick and help them glue the sticks to the back of their plates. This will be the handle to hold the masks when playing with them.

Step 5.
Encourage the children to experiment with colors and designs as they decorate their masks with the glitter and drawing materials any way they wish.

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