YOU GUYS, I totally let Easter sneak up on me and didn’t prep amazing crafts and activities for my kiddo to do this weekend!! But hey, this happens to most of us at some point. Honestly, it happens to me quite often and I’m okay with that. Because, ladies, we are creative, flexible thinkers. Whether we like it or not 😉 Here are some simple, on-the-fly-but -super-fun Easter activities to do with your kids when you didn’t plan in advance…
Make “bunny rabbit tails” by blowing bubbles. Try to catch 2 bubbles on the bubble wand…those are bunny ears!
Take construction paper and draw egg shapes or crosses. Next, cut out strips of different colored construction paper. If you have a hole punch, use it to make tiny dots from colored paper. If you have decorative paper punches or craft scissors with wavy lines, score! If the kids are old enough, let them draw, cut, and use the punches. They are having fun with an Easter craft while you are sneaking in hand strengthening and visual motor coordination.
Use sidewalk chalk in the driveway or yard to draw Easter eggs, crosses, an angel, or the tomb with a stone rolled away. You can work on simple patterns as well (example: 1 pink zig zag, 1 green zig zag, 2 polka dots, repeat).
If you have plastic eggs, use them to make an awesome Easter activity. Write a variety of directions (mostly movement activities) on strips of paper and place 1 into each egg. For example, you could write, “Hop like a bunny rabbit”, “walk and cheep like a baby chick”, “roll like an Easter egg”. You could also include things like, “Draw a carrot in the dirt. Draw it with your eyes closed” (did you know you just worked on awareness of the body in space?). You are rockin’ it momma!
Use sidewalk chalk to draw a picture of a bunny head with ears but leave out a few body parts (maybe 1 ear and half the whiskers). Have your kids fill in the missing parts (this addresses visual perceptual skills).
If you forgot to buy the egg coloring kits at the store, no worries. If you have food coloring, eggs, vinegar, and a spoon & cup at home, you’re good to go. (Just like when we were kids, am I right?) You can also draw or write on the eggs with a white crayon before dying. The dye won’t cling to the white crayon…it’s like magic to little kids! You can use this as a way to work on writing their name or words.
If you have plastic eggs (or the ones you dyed are dry), you are all set to hide Easter eggs. This will entertain the kids for a long time! And no, you do not have to put candy in those eggs. There is a joy in finding the eggs just as they are.
And that’s all there is to it. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t plan ahead. You are creating wonderful memories with your kiddos while having a blast!
— Kristen Rodgers