I was trying to think of ways to incorporate some of the work we’ve been doing exploring opposites with some Easter crafts. This Easter egg craft can also be made more challenging by turning the stripes into a patterning lesson for older children. Toddlers like my son can keep it simple, learning about hard and soft materials while making a cute holiday craft.
- Gather your materials. You will need 2 sheets of construction paper in different colors, some buttons, pom poms, pencil crayons or chalk, glue, and scissors.
- Cut one sheet of construction paper into a large oval.
- Have your child color the egg to their liking. Pencil crayons and chalk both make pretty light and muted marks that won’t overshadow the rest of the egg. But if you want to use markers go for it!
- While they are coloring, cut some strips of paper from the other sheet.
- When they are done, then introduce the buttons and pom poms. Ask your child to feel them, then tell you how they feel and if they are the same or different. With older children, this is a great time for them to make practice patterns before making them permanent.
- Hand them the stripes and glue.
- Add the collage materials one type at a time.
- Keep going until they are satisfied- I cut out 4 stripes but my son was done with 3.
- Let the stripes dry.
- Glue stripes onto the egg and trim the ends if needed. Your Easter egg craft is ready to display!
“The Golden Egg Book” by Margaret Wise Brown is one of those books I have clear memories of from childhood. Thing is I don’t really remember the story so much as the cover. In this case, it’s ok to judge a book by it’s cover because although the ending has always seemed tacked on to me, I enjoyed this simple and cute book about a bunny and the egg that he finds. My son liked it too, although he was much more into the illustrations of butterflies in the first and last few pages.