van Gogh Easter Eggs

easter craft This post was supposed to be about monogrammed eggs. We were going to use a white crayon to make our initials on the egg and then paint. Totally didn’t work. The painted wood eggs we got simply were too smooth for the crayon wax to stick well, I should have grabbed the unfinished ones. So we’ll try that again next year, instead this post evolved from our failure.  As I told my son to just paint them however he wanted he said ” Look I am making swirls like van Gogh!”  So we grabbed one of the few art books that is not already in storage while we sell the house and looked at some of his art. After talking about the colors and how ” Gloppy” his paint was on the canvas we added more paint to the eggs and made a few more swirls.  This was so much fun to do and you could easily adapt it to various artists. Paint small dots for George Seurat, splatter paint them for Jackson Pollack,  do large color blocks for Mark Rothko or even cut some collage paper and modge podge it on for Matisse!  The variations are endless. I think I am going to make this a Easter tradition grabbing a few eggs every year and choosing an artist to use as inspiration. After a few years we will have our own collection of masterpiece eggs.

For this project we used pre painted white wood eggs from Micheal’s , acrylic paint and paint brushes. Ignore the crayons that was a big old flop!

Easter Relief Painting

I love Easter crafts and we usually make a ton for weeks before the holiday but this is our first Easter activity this year.  We were both so excited with how easy it was to make and how beautiful it turned out to be .  All week I will have even more Easter egg crafts over on FamilyEducation.com .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a canvas ( the tape pulls off it like a dream! ), a roller sponge brush, painters tape, scissors, a plate, and paint.
  2. Start by making a frame in tape. Press hard.
  3. Now make the outline of the egg.  I did these steps, elementary aged kids should be encouraged to try though.
  4. Invite your child to come add the flair! Rip small pieces of painters tape and press them onto the canvas inside the egg.
  5. The ripping is fun and great for fine motor skills.
  6. When they have added all the tape pour some paint on the plate and roll!
  7. Add new colors as the mood strikes!
  8. Get the edges too.
  9. Set aside to dry. 
  10. When dry pull the tape off.

Easter Books

What Is Easter? by Michelle Medlock Adams was a bit disappointing for us. I love her What is Christmas book and vaguely remember liking this the first time I read it ( and gave it a good but not detailed review) so I grabbed this for my daughter’s Easter basket before re reading it.  Ooops. Live and learn sometimes authors you love make books you won’t. This book  takes a Christian viewpoint vs the many secular Easter books focusing on egg hunts and the Easter bunny. The book explains the facts about Easter and how it’s the celebration of Jesus’s death and resurrection . It starts out noting all the secular aspects of the holiday and how they are fun but are not the real reason you celebrate. Where it lost my son and I was when it said that Jesus was crucified on a tree. You don’t have to be Christian for that to make you say WHAT? My son interrupted my reading and said ” You are tricking, No he died on a cross!” ( glad he listens in church!) So discussed I it on twitter and while the poetry of it is apparent as a mom and former Sunday School teacher let’s give the kids the basics and then branch out into discussions about interpretations etc… later. If you have this book I’d love to hear your take. * Interestingly as I said  I reviewed this book years ago and gave it a positive review and didn’t mention the tree, nor do I remember it being an issue. My only explanation is I read it as poetic language and as an adult it didn’t phase me, and as a toddler my son didn’t stop me reading it like he did today at 4.

Ollie’s Easter Eggs (a Gossie & Friends book) by Olivier Durea is a cute book about friends working hard to dye their Easter eggs, well all but one Ollie who is playing and looking incredibly adorable in bunny ears while the others work hard.  However Ollie may have missed out on dyeing the eggs but he makes up for it by masterminding a true egg hunt!  My 4 year old son loved this book and how sneaky Ollie was as he snachted the hidden dyed eggs and re hid them! Cute addition to this popular series.

Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz is a great way of having an Easter egg hunt while reading a story. If you aren’t familiar with the ” Where are  Baby’s …” series of life the flap books, they are simple books where the reader searches for an item finding other things first before finally finding the title object, in this case Easter eggs. My daughter loves these books and plays with them even when we aren’t reading them together. I love the bright illustrations and the simple holiday theme.

The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry was the text I was expecting and hoping What is Easter would have. I am just glad it will be added to our family library soon.  This book does a fantastic job at explaining the holiday of Easter, it’s origins and traditions on the level of kids still young enough to read a board book.  It doesn’t hurt that the church in it looks identical to ours and my son was so excited that our church was in the book! I also appreciated the diversity in the illustrations .

Our Best Easter Egg Crafts For Kids

I love Easter.  Here are our best Easter egg crafts for kids of years past. We have a few fun new ones planned for this year too so sit tight, but until then check out these old faves.

Marshmallow Egg

Yarn Egg

Paint and Eat Easter Waffles

Polka Dot Eggs

Hard and Soft Texture Egg

Easter Cupcakes

easy easter desserts

I love making fun treats for holidays but I am completely useless when it comes to decorating cakes. Icing is supposed to be eaten out of the tubs with your fingers right? Maybe that’s just me! These were fun to make and I made a complete fool of myself in Walmart when I realized I could use wafer cookies for the carrot I gasped and high tailed it to the cookie aisle. The poor people in the candy aisle must of thought I was nuts. If only the could have seen these awesome Easter treats!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need cupcakes, icing ( any type will do) , orange wafer cookies ( vanilla) , and edible Easter grass.
  2. Start by making your cupcakes. I am so not a baker, mine come from a box more often than not. Have your kids help .
  3. Cut your wafers in half and cut the corners off.
  4. Carefully slide edible Easter grass into the top of the wafer.
  5. Bake and cool the cupcakes.
  6. Ice.
  7. Press a carrot in the middle.
  8. Enjoy!

Need a healthier treat? Try these Frozen Smoothie Easter Eggs

Book

Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes by Pablo Cartaya and Martin Howard I hate writing bad reviews because I think even bad books can be some child’s favorite. This just might be my daughter’s but it doesn’t mean it’s well written. This book had great intentions , creating characters who are cupcakes and our heroine Tina is one without a topping. This is only an issue because she wants to compete in a topping pageant. You might guess by the title that she wins it. I was hoping that there was some twist or depth but no she finds her topping and wins. That’s it.  The writers were too ambitious and the book just didn’t work. The art work by Kristen Richards was marvelous, scrumptious even and I think it was the super cute illustrations that prompted my daughter to crawl to the book ( yes crawl for the 1st time ever). So I hate giving it a bad review but other than making me really really hungry for cupcakes it just didn’t do it for me or my son.  I am going to copy the recipes in the back for cupcakes and icing before returning it to the library.