Between Easter around the corner and my son’s new love of eating raw carrots ( I pray this isn’t a short phase) I knew I had to do a carrot craft. I like using ripped paper because it adds some fine motor practice in but if your child isn’t into it , you can rip what you need in seconds.
- Gather your materials. You will need some orange paper and tissue paper, some heavy paper or a discarded cereal box, a marker, scissors, glue and a handful of green Easter grass.
- Start by drawing a basic carrot on your cardboard/ heavy paper with the marker.
- Next hand the paper already ripped in long strips to your child to rip into smaller pieces. my son needed some guidance here but got it after a few tries. He wanted to ball them up first.
- While they are ripping, cut some orange tissue paper into small squares.
- Time to add the glue. If you are apprehensive about allowing your little ones to handle the glue this is a great project to let them try since they don’t need to be precise at all.
- Add the paper and tissue paper.
- Add more glue if needed
- Add more paper.
- Glue the Easter grass on the top , let dry.
- Cut out and enjoy. We’ve been feeding a stuffed bunny our finished carrot all day.
“The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss is a rare gem, it has been in print for over 60 years and has delighted generations . If you aren’t familiar with the story, a little boy plants a carrot seed and everyone tells him “It won’t come up.” this doesn’t stop the little boy from patiently taking care of this little seed, that eventually grows into a giant carrot. The message is a universal one of sticking to your guns even when everyone tells you you should give up. My son loved the story the simple pictures that will bring you back to your own childhood, at least they did for me. A true classic.