Pom-pom bunny bunting
Use a glue stick to paste oddments of pretty wrapping paper onto cardboard – old cereal boxes are perfect for this. Then, carefully cut out bunny shapes. Stick fluffy poms-poms on as bunny tails – you can either buy these or make your own using leftover yarn. Using Blu Tack, stick the shapes at even intervals on a length of string. Now hang in the window and tell the kids that the bunting will help the Easter bunny find your house when they deliver chocolate eggs!
Easy Easter wreath
For an easy-peasy wreath cut 10 egg shapes out of pastel-coloured card and one larger egg out of white card. Overlap the eggs slightly and paste them together in alternate colours in a circle, with the white egg in the middle at the bottom. Younger children may need help with this bit to get the wreath shape right. Now, let the kids go crazy with their felt tips, decorating the coloured eggs. To turn the white egg shape into a bunny, stick on ears and a pink triangle for a nose, then draw on whiskers and eyes. Using a sharp pencil, make a hole at the top of the wreath and thread pink ribbon through – tie in a bow to hang. Finish off by tying another length of pink ribbon in a bow and stick at the bottom as the bunny’s bowtie.
Chicken or eggs?
These cute chicks will delight little ones. To avoid breakages, first hard boil the eggs (set your timer for eight minutes). Plunge into iced water and leave to cool. Cut a small diamond shape out of yellow felt and fold – glue to the cooled eggs as little beaks. Snip crests out of red felt and stick to the top of the eggs, then add eyes with a black felt-tip pen. Paint the carton in a bright colour and put your eggs back in. Perfect to pack on an Easter picnic to your local park!
Did you know that the tradition of wearing bonnets springs from the Christian idea that Easter is a time of renewal, which led to churchgoers wearing their new clothes – including fancy hats – to seasonal services? The trend really took off in the 1870s thanks to the New York City Easter Parade, where ladies would dress up and parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan wearing their new bonnets. Honour the tradition by crafting your own Easter crowns. Using a tape measure, measure the circumference of your child’s head. Cut strips of card about 10cm deep and slightly longer than the circumference and stick the ends together. The kids can now let their imaginations run wild, applying bunny and chick stickers, sparkly pipe cleaners and bright Easter shapes to the crown. Why not have your own Easter bonnet parade around the garden? The best bonnet wins (what else?) a chocolate egg!