Easter can be so much fun with Toddlers. Here are some hands on egg and chick crafts to celebrate Easter.
Tot School - 28 months Easter Crafts and Activities
This week, I brought out our collage tray that I made in January, cut an egg shape out, handed my 2 year old a glue bottle and let him go! This is what he made! I enjoy open ended crafts that allow for kids to make choices, but yet are still cute to hang up!
We also rotated our bookshelf into our Easter Themed selections. I ADORE and I mean ADORE the days when our bookshelves are first rotated. My kids spent at least 3 hours reading (not all at one time) all the new books in one day!!!
Here is what is on our shelf. I was a little worried that I didn't have many books for this theme. What was I thinking? We have been picking up books at garage sales for 5 years, ordering from Scholastic and buying books to stuff Easter Baskets with and slowly adding to the collection! My mom is also really great about sending the kids little surprise mail packages with books too. Surprisingly, one of the kids favorites is the large bunny book called Ralph. I got it at a baby shower for my oldest (now 5 1/2) and thought - "What am I going to do with a book this big?" The kids really enjoy it and it has been well loved and read for over 5 years now. It also brings back great memories of my daughter as a baby. It has simple rhyming sentences on each page. I just looked for it on the web and of course, it seems like they are not selling it anymore. =( Here are some of the other books on our shelf!
This next little craft is less open ended, more crafty and working on following directions. Just takes some paper, their hands to trace and a couple brads to make the hands move! If you wanted, you could have the kids cut our their own eggs for some extra cutting practice (I just cut mine for time and sanity - but my kids do cut a LOT, so I am not worried they missed out on some extra fine motor practice) Both my kids had a go at it. I always encourage them to add their own details to the picture to make it their own. My oldest added the bow to hers and the bow tie to her toddler brothers! I loved the creativity!
Another craft that is easily adaptable is the stain glass window! We used contact paper and put the shape of a tag board egg (with the inside cut out) on top of the contact paper. I set out tissue paper squares and let him add what colors and how many he wanted. It was funny because he added a few and said, "I'm done." There was no convincing him to add any more. My daughter on the other hand, filled up her entire egg. After he was done, I put another piece of contact paper over, so the sticky sides were together, cut around the egg shape leaving a small boarder of contact paper, punched a hole
and tied a ribbon at the top to hand on our window.
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