Whether it’s covering eggs with a coat or two of paint, making handmade cards or decorating hats, Easter is a time for arts and crafts in school. Getting glue and glitter everywhere — and filling your classroom with chicks and bunnies — is a must-have this season.
But for teachers and parents, putting everything together in time can be stressful. The bank 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 for things to try with your students. Follow our clever tips to give your Easter lessons a boost:
What do you need:
2 sheets of A4 white cardboard
1 piece of pink card
First make the headband by cutting two strips (2.5 inches wide) from A4 white card stock. Glue the ends of the strips 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 everything 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 make the nose and cheek section. Don’t forget to cut out bunny teeth.
For the ears, fold the second piece of white cardboard in half and cut out a large teardrop shape lengthwise. Do the same with the pink card, but make the tears slightly smaller so they fit inside the white ones. For the nose, cut a heart or circle from the pink card.
Glue it all together. The nose should be the last thing you put on so that it covers the rough edges of the cheeks and teeth. Once dried, use a pen to draw over the whiskers. Eyes can also be added for a more cartoonish look.
TWIST: Replace the cardboard ear inserts and nose with pink felt and use pipe cleaners for the whiskers.
Animal egg painting
An old sponge
Add the eggs to a pan of water (an adult will need to do this). When it begins 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. To make it easier, sit them on some Blu-Tack (or an old egg cup, but remember to let the top half dry before turning it over to paint the bottom) to keep them from falling off.
A fun Arkive activity 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 that species.
Painting eggs with a brush can be quite tricky. Cutting shapes from an old sponge and dabbing paint onto the surface of the egg is much easier and creates a nice marbled look.
TWIST: 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 are enough)
yellow tissue paper
Cut a strip of A4 card one inch wide lengthwise to make a handle for your tray. Decorate it with paint. Once 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 to the inside of the tray (covering the sharp edges of 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 bed of hay for your painted eggs, chicks, sheep, and chocolate eggs.
Chicks made from paper cups
Take a cup and wrap it in a yellow handkerchief so that it is completely covered. You can glue it with tape or glue. Next, make your chick’s eyes by cutting out thick white card and drawing in the pupils with a black marker. Stick them with glue and then cut a triangle out of orange cardboard for the nose. For the feet, cut Ys then make small incisions for the toes. Once you’ve done this, place some fabric across the top to create a feather effect.
This makes a great map for your students to take home. Cut out an egg template twice, using two different pieces of cardboard. Cut one of your egg shapes in half. Glue them to the whole egg model, using one on top and one on 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.