Easter Art and Craft for Toddlers

We know Easter is going to be a bit different this year and we are super sad we can’t run our fantastic Easter art class for children in Teddington but we can still get the decorations up and get crafty with our little ones! We have a couple of activities for you to do at home: all using basic art supplies.

Easter Egg Bunting

First up is this simple Bunting activity which you can do at home really easily. You’ll need the following:

  • thick paper or card
  • scissors
  • a couple of different colours of paint
  • a baking tin or tray
  • a bouncy ball or golf ball
  • ribbon or string to hang.
bouncy ball painting equipment

First print out a number of egg shapes onto thick paper/card using this template https://www.artventurers.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Printable-Easter-Egg.pdf

Next get your scissors and cut around the outline – if your child is familiar with scissors then this is a perfect opportunity to practice their scissor skills with some child friendly ones but if not then mum or dad should do this.

Get some colours ready on a palette for your little one. Light pale colours work brilliantly for Easter – you can always add some white paint into more vibrant colours to make them look more of a pastel shade.

Place the Easter egg shape into the tray and get your little one to dip the ball into the paint and then pop in the tray and move it around – it will leave a lovely pattern on the egg.

rolling a ball in a tray with paint on it

Repeat with other colours on other eggs then using a hole punch when dry – put a hole at the top of each egg. Grab your string or ribbon and thread the shapes through and hang where desired, your little artist will be so proud of their home made bunting!

Door with Easter Bunting hanging from the top

Easter Egg Potato Prints

We loved this activity using potatoes! Mum or Dad cut a good size potato in half and cut some patterns into it. We did stripes and then holes (I used the smallest end of a medicine syringe to make them). It’s a good idea to let the potato dry out a bit so that the paint doesn’t thin too much and become too watery.

potatoe printing tools including paper, paint and paint brush and potatoes

When ready hand to your little one with some paint on a plate and get them to dip the potato in it and then stamp down onto some paper. They could even use a paintbrush to paint different colours on the same potato for fun!

Fluffy Easter Chicks

How cute are these little chicks! These are so easy to do. You’ll need the following:

  • white paper or card
  • yellow and black paint
  • orange card
  • scissors
  • pva glue and glue spreader
  • paintbrush
  • cotton wool ball

Pre-cut a beak shape from your orange card then put your yellow paint in a dish and get your little one to dab their cotton wool ball into it to make a fluffy circle shape. They can probably fit a couple onto an a4 size piece of paper.

child dipping cotton wool in paint and dabbing it on paper

Then get them to glue on the beak using glue and a glue spreader. Add some black dots of paint for eyes and if they can add some straight lines for legs perfect! Makes a really cute Easter card too.

child painting eyes onto a painted chick on paper

We hope you enjoy these activities at home and we can’t wait to see you back in our art classes in Teddington after the Easter holiday! Have a fantastic Easter.

My BABY ARTventurer at HOME

My little boy is at the age now where he’d be able to attend BABY ARTventurers classes; they are the art classes for babies in Teddington aged from 6 months to 16/18 months that we are running from September, all being well.

With no classes to go to in lockdown, I decided to run a few sensory activities from our BABY ARTventurers classes (pre-Covid) at home. The benefits of sensory play for babies is manifold and you can read more about it in this great article HERE. I thought of sharing these activities with you in case you’re looking to add some creative and sensory play into your little one’s day!

Some of these activities were quite messy so I’d suggest waiting for a sunny day to do them outside. If you don’t have a tray then you can always use the bath or an empty paddling pool outside works equally as well!

COLOURED RICE

This is one of my favourite activities to do and works really well with both toddlers and babies. It’s really quick to make – you just need some uncooked rice, vinegar and some food colouring. I use a tablespoon of white wine vinegar for each two cups of rice. Put the rice in a ziplock bag and add the food colouring (I use gel food colouring), then add the vinegar and mix it all together in the bag so it’s coloured. Spread it out on some foil or backing parchment to dry (it doesn’t take long on a hot day).

Playing with rice is a fantastic way for babies to develop their fine motor skills; they will have a lot of fun trying to pick up the grains. It’s also really calming for them. For toddlers, if you add some tools into the mix they can have fun scooping and pouring. They will also love putting the rice in different containers, we used some different sized boxes which went down a hit! The rice will keep if you put in in an air tight container, so you can bring it out again for another day of fun.

RAINBOW SPAGHETTI

This one is slightly more messy but babies love it! My toddler also had loads of fun with it and even wanted to take the ‘worms’ to bed with her that night! Just cook the spaghetti as normal, drain the water and then place the spaghetti in a ziplock bag with some food colouring and a little water. Mix it all around so the spaghetti absorbs the colour and then rinse under the tap in a colander so the dye doesn’t stain as much (there will still be a little transfer so I suggest putting the baby in something which doesn’t matter if it gets a little stained). The Rainbow Spaghetti is then ready to play with!

Spaghetti play is a great sensory activity for babies, who will love the slippery feel of it on their hands and feet. Try hiding toys in the spaghetti for them to discover. For toddlers you can add utensils like tongs so they can practice picking it up. You could even add some child friendly scissors so they can practice cutting if they are at the age where you think they are ready for scissor practice!

CLOUD DOUGH

CLOUD DOUGH is a brilliant sensory play activity for babies and toddlers alike. It’s basically a sand texture made of flour and oil. It can be compressed and moulded and will provide hours of entertainment. It is pretty messy so it might be advisable to get some towels underneath the tray you’re using and don’t be wearing your best party dress for this one!

There are various variations of Cloud Dough out there but I use 8 cups of flour for 1 cup of vegetable oil and mix it all up so it provides a nice crumbly texture that will mould in your hand if you squeeze it but fall apart easily if you break it up. You can make it brown and pretend it’s soil or mud by substituting the flour for hot chocolate powder. Make sure you have some tools they can shape the sand with if they are a little older such as buckets and cookie cutters. My toddler loved making sandcastles with this one!

BABY ARTventurers

The Artventurers team are currently working on adapting our art classes so we can resume our classes safely with the social distancing measures currently in place. So for now these activities are best done at home and I hope you have fun if you try them! We are still going to be able to have heaps of creative fun in our art classes for babies in Teddington when they start. Don’t forget to sign up to the WAITING LIST so you can be the first to be able to book our classes! Click HERE to get on it!

Can’t wait to see you and your little one in class soon! xx Sidonie