Easter Art And Craft Ideas
Who says carol syrup is just for cooking? Mix a little tempera paint with it and children can paint Easter Eggs cut outs, Shamrocks…anything, anytime, any holiday. Can also be used to make handprint flowers, rainbows and much more! Just paint and let dry…Your artwork will shine! And the kids love it!
I purchased bow tie macaroni and then dyed them with food coloring to make yellow, green, red, orange and blue. (I dyed them by putting some of the macaroni in a plastic bag, added a splash of rubbing alcohol, and a splash of food color – shake the bag well). Then I placed them on newspaper to dry overnight. I then used the dyed macaroni to collage with pastel colored cello paper (Easter basket paper). The bowtie macaroni looks like butterflies and the paper looks like flowers. It makes a nice combination for a spring art project.
A variation on the crayon resist idea: Use oil pastels to decorate paper eggs, then wash with pastel colors. The pastels create a brighter color, and using pale yellow, pink or mauve to do the wash really creates a great Easter look.
How about painting with *Peeps*?!?!? First, cut out fairly large *chick* shapes out of white paper. Put tempera paint (white, yellow, orange, black) in muffin tins (we use the aluminum ones) and then use REAL candy *Peeps* for the applicator! The head makes a perfect grip for small hands, and the bottom of the peep dipped in paint, gives a sponge-like effect. Of course, you should have Peeps for snacks, too! If you’re concerned about someone taking a bite during the painting, you could always use vanilla pudding with food coloring to paint with!
Great for an Easter or Springtime unit!
Use different sizes of plastic eggs and several colors of paint. Let children dip halves of eggs in the paint and it makes very colorful circles.
Colored water droplets – I got one of the soap holders with the little suction cups, 2 eye dropper bottles with one having red food colored water and the other with blue colored water and white paper towels cut into flower or rabbit shapes. The child drops either red or blue water onto the suction cups, one drop per cup. When the paper towel shape is placed on the top of the water droplet covered soap holder, the colors blend to make purple.
Instead of using marbles or balls to paint in a container, use hard-boiled eggs. The eggs get decorated and the paper gets decorated too.
Cut out the shape of a jellybean for each child. Give each child 2 real jellybeans each and have them put it in the same color paint as the jelly beans are (yellow bean yellow paint). Put the paper jellybean on a tray and the 2 paint covered beans on top and let the children roll the beans to make a design.
When the forsythia begins to bloom, we pretend we have cut some branches to bring into our class. We design our own vases to display the flowers. We show them some suggestions on shapes, decorations, etc. Then when each child has drawn their vase and colored it, they take brown paint and paint the long stems coming out of the vase. Yellow paint is dotted on for the flowers. They are so beautiful and colorful.
For spring, when we talk about birds nesting, we go outside and gather twigs, dry grass, like birds do, to make a bird’s nest. We glue the gathered items on a paper in the shape of a bird’s nest and cut out some eggs to glue in the nest.