Easter Craft Ideas: A Last Minute Guide For Teachers Teacher Network
Whether you’re covering eggs with a coat or two of paint, making handmade cards, or decorating beanies, Easter is a great time for arts and crafts at school. Putting glue and glitter all over the place – and filling your classroom with chicks and bunnies – is a must-have this season.
But for teachers and parents, getting everything in place on time can be stressful. The holiday weekend starts on Good Friday (April 3), so we’ve put together a last minute guide for teachers planning their class party. Below are some fun ideas to try with your students. Follow our tips to give your Easter lessons a boost:
What do you need:
2 sheets of white A4 card
1 piece of pink card
First make the headband by cutting two strips (2.5 inches wide) from the white A4 card. Glue the ends of the bands together to make a ring-shaped headband. This will fit an adult’s head, so cut shorter strips for a child. If you need extra support, use staples to hold it all together. Cover the sharp edges of the staples with clear tape.
Use the rest of the first sheet of cardboard for the nose and cheeks. Cut out a Y shape and two bubbles. These will be glued together to form the nose and cheek section. Don’t forget to cut out some rabbit teeth.
For the ears, fold the second piece of white cardboard in half and cut a large teardrop shape lengthwise. Do the same with the pink card, but make the tears slightly smaller so that they are inside the white ones. For the nose, cut out a heart or a circle from the pink card.
Glue it all together. The nose should be the last thing you put on to cover the rough edges of the cheeks and teeth. Once dried, use a pen to draw on the whiskers. Eyes can also be added for a more cartoonish look.
TWIST: Replace the ear inserts and nose of the card with pink felt and use pipe cleaners for the whiskers.
Animal egg painting
An old sponge
Add the eggs to a pot of water (an adult will have to do this). When it starts to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. When the time is up, place the eggs in a bowl of cold water.
Once the eggs are cool to the touch, start painting. For ease, lay them on Blu-Tack (or an old egg cup, but remember to let the top half dry before turning it over to paint the bottom) to prevent them from falling out.
A fun activity of Arkive involves students decorating the egg with the face of their favorite endangered animal. Students can present their egg to the class and explain why they chose this species.
Painting eggs with a brush can be quite tricky. Cutting out shapes from an old sponge and dabbing paint on the surface of the egg is much easier and creates a nice marbled look.
TIP: Use food coloring instead of paint to dye your eggs.
Easter egg hunt basket
Brown plastic mushroom tray
A4 card in different colors (four different sheets is enough)
Yellow tissue paper
Cut a one-inch-wide strip of A4 card lengthwise to make a handle for your tray. Decorate it with paint. When dry, staple each end of the strip to the long inside edge of the tray.
Using green cardboard and scissors, make grass fringes and glue them inside the tray (covering the sharp edges with the staples). Use the rest of the card to make flowers, which should be glued to the outside of the tray.
Finally, shred the tissue paper and use it to make a hay bed for your painted eggs, chicks, sheep, and chocolate eggs.
Chicks made from paper cups
Take a cup and wrap it in a yellow tissue so that it is completely covered. You can stick it with scotch tape or glue. Next, make your chick’s eyes by cutting out a thick white card and drawing the pupils with a black marker. Glue them with glue then cut a triangle out of orange cardboard for the nose. For the feet, cut out Y shapes and then make small notches for the toes. Once you’ve done that, place some fabric on top to create a feather effect.
This makes a great card for your students to take home. Cut an egg template twice using two different pieces of cardboard. Cut one of your egg shapes in half. Glue them onto the whole egg model, using one at the top and one at the bottom. This should make the egg look half open (as shown in the picture). In space, draw a chick. Add some decoration with flowers.