Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fun stuff to do with kids at Easter time

vintage postcard

"When I grow up
I want to be a little boy."

- Joseph Heller, Something Happened, 1974

Easter/Spring is the perfect time
to remind ourselves
that seeing life through
child-like eyes
is still okay!

kids photography tips by natgeo

"The reluctance to put away childish things
may be a requirement
of genius."

- Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

Remember when wanting to do 
was fun?

Well, let's do some fun things
this week!

...and don't be afraid to get a little messy!

This is a simple paper craft idea 
from Martha Stewart:

Ways to tailor this for different age groups:
If your child is comfortable with scissors, let her pick out the paper and help her draw the pattern for her to cut out. Making a 'master pattern' from the inside of cereal boxes helps guide the pencil lines.
Tiny tots?
Give them a sheet of card stock and those
wonderful 'dot' Bingo markers.
Let them make colorful dots all over the card stock for you to then cut into the shaped flower petals.

Just about any age group can help put a dot of glue in the center, and press the paper candy cup in place.  For those who can write,
let them add the name of each person at your holiday table and use these as place cards!

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Pastel Jelly Bean Topiary

You can find the tutorial at the above listed website address. My philosophy? 
Anything you do with jelly beans
is listed under
"fun activities"!!

Just try to remember:
the goal is NOT to see how many jelly beans you can eat in one sitting...
but how many jelly beans you can 
actually craft with!

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Pretty Spring Bunny Garland

Check out the link above for 'directions', but mostly it is a look at the photo and make your own!
The bunnies are drawn freehand.
Use a hold punch at the top of each ear to thread ribbon through.
You small children will have fun dipping cotton balls in craft glue, and sticking the tail on the bunny.
you can put a dot of glue on the bunny
and have your child squish a cotton ball on top of it.

Remember to save all the little punched holes
and add them to your 
Easter confetti egg decorations.

Bead Bunnies
found at FamilyFunMagazine:

You can check out their website,
or just look at the photo and make your own.

You will need:
pipe cleaners to match paint
wood beads in 2 different sizes
fine tip black marking pen for face
desired colors of acrylic paint to paint beads

I would suggest you put the wood beads onto a bamboo skewer to paint. You can then put the skewer over an open bowl/container for the paint to dry evenly.

How can your little ones help?
Have them stick themed stickers 
on the tummies of each bunny!
You can smooth over with a dab of Modge Podge if you want.

Have little ones thread the beads with a piece of pipe cleaner.
You can then bend them into ears and feet.

Older kids?
Have them use the permanent, fine point black marker
and add the name of each holiday guest.
Use bunnies as cute, you-can-take-them-home
place cards!

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Washi Tape eggs by Linda Gardner:

Go to the above link to find directions.
Or just look at the photo and say
"I can do that!"

The wrapped candies egg stands can be hot glued to the bottom of the egg if this is something you want to keep for display.

If not, I would skip the stands and just place in a pretty basket.

Don't forget, these eggs can be filled with small candy,
small toys, little animals or...

Little hands can practice fine motor skills by helping to fill each egg. Also, let them practice snapping the eggs together.

Older kids can easily tear off a strip of washi tape
and wrap around each egg.

I think I would add stickers, 
just because I think it would look festive!

Kenzo Kids fashion wear 2013

Let's not forget how fun paper dolls are!
I think, really, paper dolls are for
both boys and girls.

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Want to send this to someone other than a Grand daughter?
Place a sticky note over the desired words on the front.
Photocopy, and download.
You can then add any words you want in Paint program,
or stamp your own saying to layer over the words.
You can also 'erase' areas with Paint too.

Too complicated?
Ok, just stick a big ole' Holiday sticker over the words!

the Easter Egg Cart, part of the Easter Egg mural by Jan Brett

the Pavilion for the Easter Egg mural by Jan Brett

Are we having fun yet?!!

That's it for today!
'til next time,
and on pinterest: K.Kloberdans

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