In addition to my attempts to keep my children happy and occupied, we regularly attend a playgroup for children ages 0-5. Each week, a mom volunteers to lead activities for the group, and my turn is up–just in time for Easter! Fueled by my Pinterest addiction, I’ve put together a list of fun and easy craft activities for the toddler/preschool bunch. Some require parents to pre-cut and prepare, but most are very simple and can be completed by preschool-aged children with minimal parental intervention (yay!).
1. Coloring Pages and Other Free Printables
Sometimes, something as simple as a printout can keep your kids happy! My kids love to draw and color, and it’s also something that my 2 year old can do with her big brothers, so I keep coloring pages, paper and crayons available at all times. Helps me get through dinner prep without a 2 year old attached to my leg.
2. Bunny Ears
Who doesn’t love bunny ears? All you really need is construction paper and tape, but if free-hand drawing bunny ears seems a bit daunting, then check out these links for DIY bunny ears that include templates!
3. Textured Easter Egg Art
This is a great activity for tiny little preschool hands. It combines a sensory activity with dexterity practice, and the best part is, it can be made with any number of items leftover from other craft activities–pipe cleaners, pom poms, buttons, tissue paper, macaroni/pasta, cotton balls…
4. Pom Pom Painting
Almost as fun as finger painting! Or if your kids, like mine, don’t like getting their hands dirty, they’ll love this more than finger painting. 😉
5. Easter Egg Potato Stamping
Another painting activity that keeps paint off of little hands (to a certain extent) AND gets rid of those potatoes growing roots in your kitchen!
6. Paper Plate Easter Chick
Simple and adorable! All you need for this easy craft is a paper plate, construction paper, googly eyes and glue! The feathers are a nice touch, but you could easily cut “wings” out of construction paper if you don’t have feathers on hand.
7. Easter Suncatcher Craft
I love this craft–so colorful and fun. It can be made with cellophane, tissue paper, or even scrapbooking paper or construction paper. Whatever you have on hand!
8. Yarn Easter Eggs
This one is a little on the messy side, but your kids will LOVE it! Especially the balloon-popping part. 😉 And a hint–you don’t have to use expensive Modge Podge for this project. Regular white school glue mixed with water works great (1 part glue, 2 parts water).
9. Tissue Paper Easter Eggs
This is truly an ingenious way for little hands to decorate Easter eggs–no messy dyes, no spills, no crying children… 😉 And they look beautiful too!
10. Bunny and Chick Easter Party Hats
This is a great project for a party or group of kids to work on. The best part is the free template, and your kiddos can decorate it however they’d like–big ears, little ears, feathers, button eyes… Let them get creative and have a crazy hat fashion show!
So now… My only problem is… which activities to choose for play group this week??
You can see more of my obsessive Easter pinning on Pinterest! 😉 Happy Crafting!