I am always trying to find activities that can be part of a holiday we celebrate but aren’t so targeted that readers who do not celebrate it can’t use it either today or another time in the year. So this Letter C craft was born, carrots can be part of a unit on gardening, healthy eating or for us something we make in preparation for the Easter bunny.
- Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( paper will do but cardboard just makes it more substantial), a marker, a small dish, scissors, 3 or more green pipe cleaners, a sponge, hole punch, orange paint, a sheet of construction paper and glue if you are going to display it. Ours is resting on the blue paper in the picture but we didn’t glue it on, it’s part of our Easter craft mish mash on our table!
- Start by writing a C on the cardboard, I tried to make mine thicker at the top and thinner at the bottom to make it resemble a carrot.
- Pour some orange paint into a dish.
- Paint! My son loves this glass sponge and how it paints. I love that the sponges make the paint go thinner which makes it dry faster.
- Let it dry, cut out.
- Punch 3 holes in the top. My son was able to do this with help, the cardboard was too thick for his hand strength to do it alone.
- Chase your son around the kitchen when he runs off with the pipe cleaners pretending to conduct an orchestra. Try to decide if it’s brilliant or if you are just too tired and frustrated ( and pregnant) to indulge him when he says” No mama you need to play the Bassoon, I’ll be the trombone!” give in for a bit then consider bribing him with Easter candy just as he decides to come back on his own. Thread the pipe cleaners through the holes.
- Twist together.
- If you are gluing to the paper add glue to the back of the carrot , press onto the paper and let dry.
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