Plastic Easter eggs are great for hunting on Easter morning but I like using them for learning. These 7 easy learning activities all use plastic eggs and can be done before or after Easter. If you recycle your eggs year to year many of these activities will still work although you might need to wipe paint off a few . Do you have a plastic egg idea not listed? Add your link or idea in comments.
Painting rocks is a classic craft and a family favorite around here. When my daughter and I gathered rocks outside I didn’t tell her what they were for knowing if I asked her what she wanted to do with them she’d say ” Let’s paint!” and she did. We used Martha Stewart paints that I got for this post last spring. I love these paints for adult crafts but they are not at all washable. Have wet sponges on hand for anything that might get paint on it like little boots that trail across your deck… for example. You could do this with more kid friendly paint but I just love the colors that this paint comes in and frankly it’s what I had on hand.
- Gather your materials. You will need some rocks , paint ( this is all weather so the eggs can be put outside) , brushes, a drop cloth like a paper grocery bag and sponges or a wet rag to clean up spills.
- After some pink she decided like many of her favorite clothes this egg needed to have polka dots.
- While she made the dots I made a striped egg.
- She helped me choose a few of the colors for the other eggs but after her big polka dot one she was ready to move on to playing in our garden while I had a blast painting in the sun. She came back a few times to observe and give me tips like ” Make it polka dots!” . Toddlers aren’t made to sit for a long time carefully working on projects so don’t take it personally if they have enough way before you thought they would.
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 .
- 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.
- Start by making a frame in tape. Press hard.
- Now make the outline of the egg. I did these steps, elementary aged kids should be encouraged to try though.
- Invite your child to come add the flair! Rip small pieces of painters tape and press them onto the canvas inside the egg.
- The ripping is fun and great for fine motor skills.
- When they have added all the tape pour some paint on the plate and roll!
- Add new colors as the mood strikes!
- Get the edges too.
- Set aside to dry.
- When dry pull the tape off.
- Gather your materials. You will need glue, yarn , a balloon and some ribbon.
- Blow up your balloon a little ways and tie it.
- Cut some yarn in about 12 inch pieces. For this craft I used about 20 , 12″ pieces total.
- Mix your glue with a tiny bit of water if you want, this made it easier to soak the yarn but it took longer to dry. Either way works- just don’t dilute it too much.
- Start drenching the yarn in the glue
- Laying it on the balloon. Criss cross it over the whole thing.
- Keep going…and going.
- When you feel it’s done let it dry , I prefer to let it dry by hanging it from a rack with a clothes pin. That way it’s not touching anything and won’t get stuck.
- When it’s dry carefully pop the balloon, and fish it out of the egg.
- Add your ribbon!