Thursday, March 26, 2009

Easter Crafts-Bunny Theme

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      Our first Easter craft was to make an Easter banner.  I found some Easter die-cuts at our local $1 store. I don’t know if Deals is nationwide or only found in this area.  Anyway, we simply strung some yarn through the cut outs on the Easter figures and voila, our Easter banner.  This was really simple way idea that is “beadwork-like”.  My main purpose in the Easter crafts is to introduce my daughter to some of the themes of Easter and this craft helps to reinforce this concept. 

These next 3 crafts are all courtesy of Ramblings of a Crazy Woman blog, who always has the best holiday crafts out there. 

First, we made a sponge painted bunny painting.  I used http://www.fun-with-pictures.com/rabbit-coloring-page.html as my bunny picture. Start by drawing the outline onto some construction paper. If you are decent at drawing, you probably wouldn’t need the coloring page if you want to save on your printer ink. Trace (or draw it) with a white crayon. Some tots may need mom/dad’s help with this task. Using white paint and a sponge, fill in the bunny. Add some poms for the nose and tail. You might want to add a carrot, grass, or etc. Here is the toddler version. For kiddos that are a little older, see the original post at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

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Next, we made a bunny out of an oatmeal box, inspired by Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. Ours isn’t exactly like her version but worked well for my short attention span tot.  Let your little one spread glue all over the outside, top, and bottom of an empty oatmeal container.  Then add white printing paper or construction paper to the outside. Also add paper to the ends.  Next, cut a hole out of the top of the container.  Add Easter grass into the top of this hole.  Bend some pipe cleaners into bunny ear shapes and staple them to the top.  Have your tot glue on some wiggle eyes, pom pom nose, and whiskers made out of pipe cleaners. 

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Finally, we made a footprint bunny. Start by covering your tots feet with paint. Have them step onto a large sheet of poster board.  Draw around the feet in the shape of bunny ears.  Have your little one make a large circle or guide her finger, using paint.  Next, simply add google eyes, pom pom for a nose, and paint on some whiskers. 

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My daughter always enjoys painting. I usually enjoy it as well but I’ll be spending the next few hours cleaning up after tonight's fun.  The pics below show she was covered in paint. Mommy had instructed her to stay put but of course that translated for her to “Run, run, really fast.”  So we now have footprints across our carpet. Thankfully, the paints are washable.  I would like to kiss the feet of whoever invented washable finger-paints. 

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If you’ve done an Easter craft this week, please send me a link! (I’m especially interested in crafts explaining Easter from a Christian perspective to tots because I have a hard time with this. I can explain bunny, eggs, and chicks…but how do you explain the death and resurrection of Jesus to a tot?

I plan on doing ALOT more Easter crafts over the next couple of weeks. Also I still have a giveaway I need to get up and SO much more. I spent way too much time on the Ultimate Blog Party this week.

15 comments:

Dana said...

How adorable! I have made a commitment to try to remember to do more crafts and projects with the children. They alays seem to fall away when we get behind, but it is important.

Suzanne said...

Thanks for stopping by my place.

Those crafts are super cute, but your little girl takes the cuteness prize. I can picture her running away with the paint covered tootsies!

Carla said...

Love this Candice. We have just made our first easter banner too (eggs though, not bunnies)! Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way.
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Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said...

Cute crafts...I especially like the bunny where you used her footprint for the ears :-).

jennwa said...

I love all the crafts, and how you changes them for your little one.

I really like that you used pipe stem cleaners for ears on the oatmeal container bunny. Great idea.


Have a great weekend.

Denise said...

Cute! Great pictures of your painted girl!

~Sara said...

I love the banner. Great job!

het lieveheersbeestje said...

Oh, this is great! I did the same craft (you can see it on my blog) and my tip to you; I always keep wet babytowels with me, so I can clean up any hands or feet inmedeatly! Great things when we are crafting! Your daughter looks so cute, I wish my youngest could play with her! He likes painting each day too...
I also have some troubles in finding nice crafts on christrian base for the little ones. I found some books in the library to explain, but he got a bit confused about the easterbunny, santa claus and Jezus... So, more reading and explaining for me to do.

Bernadete said...

Such cute ideas! MY LO looks just like that when we are done with paints as well!

Super Fun Mama said...

Dana, it is hard when life gets busy. I know what you mean but I bet you are doing other little things all the time. Some weeks we don't do projects at all and thats what we both need at that time.

Super Fun Mama said...

Oh Suzanne thank you!

Super Fun Mama said...

Thanks Corrie! I'm kinda addicted to feet and hand crafts because it is more of a chance to document how little they once were.

Super Fun Mama said...

jennwa, thanks. I love all your ideas so much!

Super Fun Mama said...

Sara it was so easy to make. My little one was super proud because all she had to do was put the yarn through the holes and it turned out cute.

Super Fun Mama said...

het, that is a good tip! I was talking to my mom about this and her advise was that when trying to explain to the little tots to focus on teaching the concept of love. Like when we were growing up she always said the Easter Bunny loved us so much. That love comes from God. I am going to take her advise because I think it lays a good foundation for when we can actually get into those concepts because really when you think about it "Easter is God's Way of Saying I Love You". I read this on a card once, lol, but it is true!