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Easter Art, Crafts and Snacks

January 8, 2012 10:20 by Barbara Shelby

Page 1 Updated March 2013

ART...

 

JELLY BEAN PAINTING


Materials: Jellybeans, paint, paper, tape, a box
 
Directions: Place a piece of paper in a box. Take the tape and roll a piece over on itself; place it on the back of the paper to keep the paper secure in the box...

Add small amounts of paint in each corner. Place a few jellybeans in the box and have the children move the box so that the jellybeans will roll through the paint and create an abstract design "work of art..." 
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GLOSSY EGG DECORATIONS

Trace an 'Egg pattern template' onto white construction paper; have children cut them out. In four separate bowls divide a can of condensed milk; add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl--One color per bowl. Paint the eggs with the condensed milk paint. Let them dry.

When art is dry the eggs will have a glossy appearance. Use the eggs to decorate the room.
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AN 'AFTER-EASTER' EGG SHELL COLLAGE...

Ask all you know to save the dyed shells from the Easter eggs! When Easter is over, you'll have the most important material for this project!

Need: Egg shells, Glue, paper, and water-color paint.
Glue shells onto a piece of paper. When the glue dries, paint over it with water colors...
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MAKE WRAPPING PAPER and More...

PAPER #1
Place Easter shaped cookie cutters in paint.
Cover a blank piece of paper with the cookie cutter shapes.
Is is it an art project or wrapping paper? Your choice!

Paper #2

Mix a variety of food coloring with water in a spray bottles.
With the variety of colors, Spray water on a large sheet of paper.

There are several ways the dried paper can be used.
   • Wrapping paper
   • Trace egg shaped templates to make decorations or cards.
   •  Background on an Easter or Spring time display board.

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FOOTPRINT EASTER CARD

Make a print of each child's foot using yellow paint. With an orange marker, add an orange beak where the BALL OF THE FOOT is... Add brown stick feet where the toes are . Glue onto a piece of folded 8 1/2 x 11 paper or construction paper. Write "Happy Easter" on the front--with a message or poem on the inside.
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 PAINTING WITH "PEEPS"...

1. Cut out large "chick shapes" from white paper. Put tempera paint (white, yellow, orange, black) in containers and then use REAL candy "Peeps" to apply the paint---in a sponge like effect.

2. The head makes a good grip for the bottom when the chick's bottom is dipped in paint...

3. Extra fun! Have "Peeps" as a treat too! If you're concerned about younger children taking a bite during the painting, you can use vanilla pudding with food coloring to paint!
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TWO PROJECTS IN ONE!
COLOR AN EASTER EGG AND MAKE WINDOW ART

  • Put a sheet of wax paper in the bottom of a good size box. Add a few spoonfuls of various colors of paint (child's choice of color) 
  • Place hard-boiled egg(s) in box and roll--the same way as in marble painting. It's a fun way to color eggs... and...
the paint results on the wax paper look like a stained glass picture! You can frame the wax paper in construction paper and hang it in a window.
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CRACKED EGG SHELL EASTER CARD 
    • Colored pieces of egg shells 
    • Pink Construction paper  
    • White cardstock or construction paper 
    • Glue 
    • Pencil 
    • Scissors 
    • Markers, crayons, and colored pencils

1. Draw the shape of an egg on the colored construction paper.
2. Put a coating of glue on the construction paper egg.
3. Glue pieces of crushed egg shells on the paper, keeping the colored side up and let it dry.
4. Take the construction paper and cut a piece of it twice the width of the egg and slightly taller than the egg.
5. Fold up the paper in half and paste the mosaic egg on front of it.
Write an Easter message on the card.
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FACE PAINTING... PAINT A BUNNY FACE

  • Children love to have their faces painted. 
  • Here's an easy way to turn children into Peter Cottontail's helper: Draw an upside-down triangle on the child's nose with the brush from brown or black liquid eyeliner or face-paint.  Fill in completely. Rub a circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint three whiskers with the eyeliner or paint on each side of the face, starting from the nose and extending across the cheek. 
  • Allow to dry. 
  • This bunny face comes off in a flash using makeup remover pads or soap and water.
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'TIE DYE' EASTER EGGS
Materials: Paint or Washable Markers, Coffee Filters, Spray Bottles

1. Cut coffee filters in the shape of Easter eggs and give each child a spray bottle with different colors of water in them.
2. Have the children spray the coffee filter until it's completely soaked. Dry...
3. You can also have children decorate egg shaped filters with markers and spray with regular water.
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THUMB PRINT EASTER BASKETS
Materials: Picture of an Easter Basket, Paint, and children's thumbs.

Draw or down-load a simple picture of an empty Easter basket. Put a variety of paints in shallow dishes and let the kids dip there thumbs and make Easter eggs in the basket!
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CRAFTS...


BUNNY IN THE GRASS POT
Items Needed:
Grass seed, potting soil, pot or cup, wide craft stick, white paint, markers, pink felt, misc. craft items such as fishing line (whiskers) pipe cleaners, pom poms, press on eyes, or googly eyes.

1. Have children place the potting soil in the pot, and sprinkle with grass seed.
2. Place a little more soil to cover; water the soil.
3. Next have the children paint their craft sticks white; when they are dry, decorate them like bunnies. Cut the felt into ears, put on eyes, nose, and whiskers.
4. Insert the stick into the grass pot and place it in a sunny window.
5. In a few days your bunny will be sitting in the grass.


SECRET MESSAGE EASTER EGGS-A surprise Easter Gift!

   Secret Message Easter Eggs are easy, different and lots of fun for children and adults alike. Start with one blown egg (CLICK HERE - (directions are towards the bottom of the page) to learn how. After having a clean, blown-out egg, brush with a thin coating of craft glue. Sprinkle with clear, silver, gold or colored glitter and allow the egg to dry.

    • Cut out a 2-inch-by-2-inch square of airmail or tracing paper. Write a small fortune, note, poem or promise to perform a certain task or chore on the paper and roll up tightly. Slip into the larger hole at the bottom of the egg. Cover the hole with a sparkly sequin, sticker or bead. The recipient cracks the egg to discover the message.

   • Can't bear to crack your creation? When you insert the message, leave a little bit of it exposed so it can be pulled out without destroying the egg.


EASTER EGG SUN CATCHERS
Materials:
Clear contact paper
Pastel-colored tissue paper
Scissors
1. Cut out two small, rectangular pieces of contact paper.
2. Have children tear the tissue paper into small bits.
3. Peel off the backing of one of the pieces of contact paper. Have children stick pieces of tissue paper to it.
4. When it is filled, cover it with the second piece of contact paper.
5. Smooth it out, and then cut it into the shape of an egg. (Make a template pattern of an egg to trace) Hang them in the window...

You can make sun catchers to fit any theme you like: Hearts for Valentine's Day, flowers for spring, etc.
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RABBIT BAG
Need: White paper bag, tape, ribbon, wiggle eyes, and a pom pom
Directions: 
    • Take a paper bag (Preferably white). 
    • Tape the bag closed-- about one third of the way up. 
    • To make bunny ears, cut a slit down the middle of the bag to where you have it taped. 
    • Round the corners of the ears and poke 2 holes near the top of EACH ear. These are to put ribbon through to make the "inner ear". 
    • Decorate with 2 large pom poms for the cheeks and one for the nose. Use 2 large wiggle eyes. Use string or ribbon for the whiskers.
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BUNNY OR CHICK JARS Try this craft from Making Friends  It can be adaptd to just about any animal or holday theme!

1. Remove the label from a clean baby food jar.  Fill the jar with pompoms to match your animal's face. Put the lid on and turn it upside down.
2. Glue on wiggle eyes.
3. Cut ears (or beak) out of foam and glue in place.
4. Add pompoms if desired.
5. For whiskers, cut pieces of craft lace and glue one end under pompom nose.
6. Cut a strip of craft foam 1/4" wide and glue around edge of lid. Original idea from Lisa  Anniston, Alabama

 
RABBIT MASK
Materials:
Paper plate,
Pink or black paper(a small quantity for the nose and ears)
Cardboard
Cotton balls

1. To make the ears, cut out oval shapes from the cardboard. 
2. Next, cut out the nose from the colored paper. You can also cut triangles of pink paper to make the inside of the bunny's ear.
3. Cut two holes in the paper plate for eyes.
4. Paste on the ears,(you can put straws behind the ears to make them stay upright) eyes and nose.
5. Cover the face with glue cotton balls--to make the bunny look soft.
Bunny mask is now complete!
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RABBIT EARS
Materials: Constructions paper and straws 
    • Make rabbit-ear template shapes.
    • Have the children trace and cut them out of construction paper...(if children are young, pre-cut for them) 
    • Glue them to a paper head band. 
    • Add straws to the back of the ears so they will stay upright.
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'LUNCH BAG' BIRD NEST

1. Take a small brown lunch sack and roll it from the top all the way down to make a perfect birds nest.
2. Have children collect twigs, grass, etc. from the outside and put in their nests. OR...
3. You can put in Easter grass and jelly beans with a pipe cleaner handle to use it as a small Easter basket.
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MINI EASTER BASKETS
Materials:
Margarine container
Hole punch
Pipe cleaners
Glue
Fabric, and ribbon (Other decorations as desired)
Easter grass and goodies

Directions: Wash and dry a margarine container.
1. Punch a hole on both sides of container - near the top.
2. Wrap 2 pipe cleaners around each other and insert each end into a hole and twist the ends together for the handle.
3. Decorate the "basket" as desired.
4. Glue fabric, tissue paper, or wrapping paper and ribbon to outside of container.
5. Decorate the handle with ribbon and a bow. Add some Easter grass and fill the basket with treats!
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BERRY CONTAINER BASKET

  • Make a Easter basket from a plastic BERRY container...Weave pretty colored ribbon or yarn through the open spaces around the container and glue the ends together. 
  • Use pipe cleaners or heavy cardboard for the handles. 
  • Have the children put an egg that they colored themselves into the basket--along with some Easter grass and jelly beans.
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BABY FOOD JAR BUNNY  (Different than above)

You'll Need: Baby food jar, glue, cotton balls, Wiggly Eyes, one big pom-pom, one small pom-pom, white or pink pipe cleaner,
Acrylic paint - white or pink

  1. Paint the jar lid with acrylic paint and let it dry while you make the rest of the bunny.
  2. Cover the baby food jar with cotton balls.
  3. On the cotton-ball covered jar-attach the eyes, small pom pom for the nose and the big one for the tail.
  4. Shape the pipe cleaner into bunny ears and hot glue the ears to the lid.
  5.Place one last piece of cotton in between the ears.
  6. For a small gift or party favor, fill the jar with jelly beans.
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PAPER EASTER BUNNIES
Materials:
1 large white paper plate, 1 small white paper plate, white or pink construction paper, google eyes, 3 pink chenille stems, red or pink marker, 2 or 3 cotton balls, white glue, stapler

1. Staple the plates together, the small one as the head and the larger as the body.
2. Cut two large oval shaped ears from the construction paper.
3. Staple or glue them to the back of the small paper plate. Glue on the eyes and a small pink triangle makes the nose.
4. Cut the chenille stems in half and glue three to either side of the nose for whiskers.
5. Use the marker to draw on a mouth.
6. Attach two or three cotton balls to the back of the bunny to make a tail.
7. The children make want to add a hair bow or bow tie to dress up their bunny!

TIP: chenille stems can be difficult to secure with white glue, you can use a hole punch to insert the whiskers...
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COFFEE FILTER EGG
Need: Coffee Filter, Food Coloring, Straws 
    • Cut the coffee filter into an oval, egg shape. 
    • Measure  about 1/4 cup of water into a container.
Add a few drops of food coloring at a time into the water until you get the desired color. 
    • Repeat this for as many different colors you want. 
    • Once your colors are mixed, you can use the straw to add colors to your egg shape.

Dip a straw into the desired color. Cover the end of your straw with your finger so the colored water stays in it. Move the straw to your filter and hold it over the area you want colored. Remove your finger from the end of the straw and the colored water will run onto the egg! Repeat this for as many colors as you want to use.
When finished - dry the eggs...
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TWO EASTER HATS

#1 BONNET
You'll need: Poster Board, Tissue paper and other decorative items (buttons, lace, ribbon etc.)
  1. Cut a large circle from the poster board-about 18 inches in diameter.
  2. Cut another hole in the middle of the circle, big enough to fit around
the child's head. It should look like a donut.
  3. Next... Using craft glue or a glue gun, add decorations to the rim of the hat.
  4. Use a hole punch to add the ribbon tie.

#2 PAPER PLATE BONNET
You'll need: Paper plate, ribbon, hole punch, glue, supplies to decorate the hat such as lace, bows, ribbons, beads, costume jewelry, pipe cleaners, feathers, felt, crayons, poster paint
  1. Make two holes in the rim of the plate before decorating. The holes should be opposite one another.
  2. Lace 10" pieces of ribbon into the holes. When tied, these will secure the hat.
  3. Now have fun decorating the hats...
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EASTER EGG DOLL
Materials :
Blown out egg shell,(Direction Here) Paint, Paper cupcake liners, Wide ribbon, Cardboard tube, Tape or glue, Scissors
Paint the face of the doll in the in the blown out eggshell.
1. Fold the paper muffin cup in half -- to make the Easter bonnet for the doll.
2. Use the ribbon to tie the bonnet properly on the Easter egg face. You can also use glue or tape to attach the ribbon or yarn, to set the bonnet in its right position.
3. To make the body, take about 4 to 5 muffin cups and cut their centers.
4. Take the cardboard tube and use glue to place the cups upside down on it. To make the tiered skirt of the doll, let the muffin cups overlap the last one.
5. Glue the egg doll face on the topside of the cardboard tube to complete the Easter egg doll.

 

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EASTER PLACEMATS
Although one can shop for Easter placemats, self-made and personalized placemats can create an ambiance of warmth and hospitality.

Materials : 
• Cardboard/Card-stock paper or construction paper 
• Glue 
• Contact paper 
• Easter cards 
• Photos 
• Pictures

 
1. Take parts of Easter cards, photos or pictures and cut them into different shapes.
2. Using glue, paste the cut out pictures on the cardboard to create a collage.
3. Laminate the collage using contact paper.
4. Write an Easter greeting message to lend a personal touch to the placemat.

You could also make something like the above place mat at First Palette.

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GIANT BALLOON EGG

• Inflate and tie a small balloon for each child. 
• Make a thin glue and water mixture, and have the children "paint" sections of the balloon and then lay squares of tissue paper down flat onto the glue. 
• The tissue should overlap and cover the entire balloon. Let it dry on wax paper, or hang to dry from the knotted end of the balloon over newspaper. 
• When the balloon is completely dry, use scissors to cut a small slit in the balloon neck. The balloon will deflate, leaving a beautiful, hollow tissue paper "egg". 
• For a  gift, these may be filled with lightweight candies, and then sealed with one more square of tissue.
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DECORATED EGGS
Need: Legg's eggs, a plastic Easter egg, or small blown up balloon; Masking tape, Glue, Brushes, and Colored tissue paper.

Directions: Put tape around the seam of Legg's eggs or plastic egg.
1. Brush slightly watered-down glue all over the egg.
2. Place different colored tissue paper pieces onto the glue.
3. Have children dip their fingers into some glue to sure all paper edges are down.

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EASTER THEMED SNACKS!

CHICKEN EASTER FEED
Make a bowl of Chicken Feed by tossing together crisp, crunchy shoestring potatoes, salted corn nuts, shelled sunflower seeds and pistachios, dried blueberries and unsweetened coconut flakes for a crunchy, nutty treat.
(Leave out whatever you don't like)
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EASTER BASKET CUPCAKES

1. Prepare cupcakes and frost with cream cheese frosting, white or yellow colored frosting.
2. Create green Easter "grass" by placing shredded coconut and a few drops of liquid green food coloring in a re-sealable plastic bag.
3. Mix the food coloring into the coconut until it is evenly distributed and the coconut is green.
4. Sprinkle the coconut over the iced cupcakes.
5. Insert one end of a red licorice whip into the cupcake, then bend and insert the other end of the licorice into the opposite side of the cupcake to form a basket handle.
6. Top cupcake with a few jelly bean "eggs" and they're ready to serve.
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ANOTHER CUTE IDEA~ EASTER CHICK CUPCAKES

Make or purchase white frosted cucakes...Place coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add about 8 drops yellow liquid food color; seal bag and shake to mix. Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Top with yellow coconut. For eyes, add brown baking bits. Cut orange gumdrops to resemble beaks; place on cupcakes. Source: Betty Crocker.com

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PEBBLES CEREAL EASTER NESTS
Makes 12 nests
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups miniature marshmallows
4 cups Post Fruity Pebbles or Trix cereal
Coconut flakes
Assorted candies

   • Microwave butter in large microwavable bowl on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 minutes, stirring after 45 seconds. 
   • Add cereal; toss lightly to coat well. 
   • Press firmly into lightly greased muffin pans to form 12 nest; cool. 
   • Fill nest with coconut (you can tint coconut, if desired) and candies. 
   • Note: lightly spray your hands with no stick cooking spray to prevent cereal mixture from sticking and to make it easy to press the mixture into muffin pans.
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TWO EDIBLE BUNNY SALADS
#1 Ingredients:
Pear halves
Raisins
Miniature marshmallows or cottage cheese
Lettuce
Apple slices or Almonds

  • Place a lettuce leaf on a plate. 
  • Put the pear half on lettuce for the body. 
  • Insert raisins for the eyes and nose. 
  • The ears are made from apples slices or almonds;a miniature marshmallow or cottage cheese become the bushy tail.   Source: amazingmoms.com

EASTER BUNNY SALAD #2

Lettuce
Cottage cheese
1 can of pear halves
Celery stick
Raisins
1 Red Grapes

1. Place leaves of lettuce on a salad plate.
2. Use Ice cream scoop and place cottage cheese on top of the lettuce.
3. Use 1 canned pear half and place on top of cottage cheese.
4. Use thin slices of celery for whiskers.
5. Place the raisins where the eyes should be.
6. Use a grape for the nose.
7. Cut the remaining pear in half to create the ears.
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EASTER BIRD'S NESTS
1/3c. butterscotch morsels
1c.chow-mein noodles
Candy robin's eggs

1. Melt butterscotch morsels in a medium microwave safe bowl.
2. Add chow-mein noodles to melted morsels and mix.
3. Shape into a circle on wax paper. Use a large spoon  to make indention in center.
4. Let nests harden and then add jelly beans or chocolate eggs.

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#2 CHOCOLATE BIRD NESTS

Make the above version, but instead of butterscotch chips, use chocolate chips! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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NEST SNACK IDEA #3 
Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of brown sugar. Boil and stir for one minute. Add a 3 oz. can of chow mein noodles. Put the mixture in 12 paper baking cups in a muffin tin. Use your thumb to press noodles into the nest while still warm. DO NOT BAKE. Give children jelly bean eggs to put in their nests.

 

#4 COCONUT MACAROON NESTS

Ingredients:
 •16 ounces shredded coconut
 •1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
 •2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 •Jelly beans or candy Robin Eggs

Directions:
Mix first three ingredients together. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto generously greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes.
Cool coconut macaroons slightly; remove to rack. Once cooled, place candy Robin Eggs or jelly beans on top of coconut 'nests'. This makes about 4 dozen coconut macaroons.

Tip: Parchment paper or a well greased pan works best to put on the cookie tray. Then make very small roughly round balls and place on the tray. Press your thumb in the middle to make the “nest”.  These spread out in the oven, so don’t press too hard or make them too big.

Cooking time is dependent on the size of your “nests”. Bigger nests requite more time in the oven.
Annie at "No Fuss" recommends about that tablespoon size will fit 3  mini egg candies...or one large Cadbury egg.

Watch in the oven with the light on till coconut tips are barely golden.  ♥ This idea and photo is  courtey of No Fuss Fabulous

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PEANUT BUTTER RICE-KRISPY BUNNY CAKE
This recipe is from Jif Peanut Butter. The kids will love this for Easter!
Ingredients:
   • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
   • 2-10oz packages of marshmallows
   • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
   • 10 cups crisp rice cereal
   • Non-stick cooking spray
   • Jelly beans, licorice gum drops, or decorative candy
   • Glaze (optional)
   • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
   • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
   • 2 tablespoons milk
   • 1 teaspoon vanilla
   • 2 1/2 cups sifted powder sugar
   • Makes 16 servings.

1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows. Stir until completely melted and remove from heat.
2. Stir in peanut butter and mix well to incorporate.
3. Add rice crisp cereal and stir until well coated.
4. Press into two 9-inch pans, well coated with cooking spray and allow to cool.
5. Cut ears and bow tie from one cake. This is done by cutting two football shaped ears from the top and bottom of one cake layer, leaving a bow tie-shaped piece in the middle.
6. Position two ears at top of whole round cake and place bow tie under face.
7. Apply optional glaze, if desired. Decorate with jelly beans, marshmallows, licorice, and gum drops or any of your favorite cake decorations.

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 RAW EGG ON TOAST (The egg is a peach half!)

 

Ingredients for one serving...
1 slice poundcake
1/2 peach
Reddi-Whip topping
Directions:
Put slice of pound cake on plate.
Place peach half on top-- round side up.
Add whip cream around peach and serve.
It looks like a raw egg on toast!

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 THE EASTER BUNNY'S CARROT

 This snack only takes two steps:
1. First take  Wilton's Disposable 12 inch Decorating Bags (or something simiar) and fill them with whole wheat gold fish or your favorite orange colored cheese crackers.
2.  Gather the top and tie with green ric-rac, ribbon, or yarn.

These crackers are much more nutritious than jellybeans, but the effect is just as cute! This is idea is great as a gift to take home or to make up ahead and serve then at your program Spring/Easter celebration! Photo and idea is thanks to No Fuss Fabulous!

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PEEP NEST PANCAKES

Make pancakes...

In the center of the pancakes make a nest shape with whipped cream.
Place a marshmallow chicken peep, jelly eggs or melon balls in the middle of the nest.

When these were served, KidActivities poured a little warm syrup on the pancake before putting on the nest of whipped cream. Optional 'sprinkles' were also added. All thought they were not only fun but tasted great! ( Image by KidActivities.net)

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Click here for complete Easter Themed Art, Crafts, Snacks, Games, Jokes, Easter Egg Ideas and more...

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Easter Games and Songs

January 7, 2012 10:27 by Barbara Shelby

 

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GAMES...

JELLY BEAN GAME
Required: Container, 2-3 pkgs. of JELLY BEANS (depending on number of kids and tables playing), score sheet, paper and pencil
Players: Small to large groups

1. Find a deep, clean, non-see-through container to pour in several bags of JELLY BEANS.

2. Make a point chart on paper or blackboard for the different colored jelly-beans. An example is- 
     •Purple 5 pts
     •Green 10 pts
     •Yellow 20 pts
     •Orange 25 pts
     •Red 30 pts

3. Divide into teams and have one person at a time from each team, draw out a jelly-bean. The team is awarded the points for the color that is pulled out.

4. The drawer gets to eat the jelly-bean. The first team to reach 500 pts is the winner.

TIPS:
You can use any kind of candy that has MANY COLORS
(Skittles, etc.) this is also a great transition activity or to get the group to quiet down!

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BUNNY BUZZ GAME
To Play:
  1. All players sit in a circle.
  2. Players take turns quickly counting off numbers in turn: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7... 
  3. When the number seven is reached, that player must say, "I love the Easter Bunny", instead of seven. 
  4. When the child fails to do so and says seven, the child is out of the game.
  5. The game continues until only one player is left to be declared the winner.

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EGG ROLLING 
    •For an egg roll, you must have some sort of incline, preferable a hill. 
    •The Egg Roll is basically a race,the eggs are rolled down the hill and the one that reaches the bottom first, wins. 
    •Steep hills make great races, but slow climbing.

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EGG AND SPOON RACES 
    •Eggs (real or plastic), spoons and an area to run are all you need for this game. 
    •Variations could include relays and obstacle courses. 
    •To make it easy for younger kids, place something on the spoon to make the egg stick. 
    •YOU CAN ALSO USE MARSHMALLOW CHICKS...

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NOSY EGG ROLL
The kids roll the eggs (PLASTIC OR REAL) using only their noses. The first one over the finish line wins...

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EASTER BUNNY TAG
Played the same way as tag except that everyone must hop (if you do anything but hop then you're automatically it.

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EASTER EGG MATCH UP
    •Gather a large amount of different colored plastic eggs. 
    •Separate the eggs and hide each half in a different place. 
    •The children must match up their egg half to the hidden half to play the game. When children have found their half--encourage them to help those that are still searching. All get a prize for playing. 
    •If you have more kids than colors-number the egg halves. Example-If you have 10 blue eggs-write egg 1, egg 2, egg 3, etc. on BOTH halves...

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CARDBOARD EGG HOP
    •Draw and cut out two large cardboard eggs for each team. 
    •Decorate them with paint, markers, or crayons. 
    •Have each player choose a partner and give each pair of players two eggs.

To play:
1. In each pair, there is a hopper and a helper. Starting at one end of the room, the helper places an egg on the floor in front 2. of the hopper, who hops onto it with both feet.
3. The helper then places the other egg a little way ahead and the hopper jumps onto it.
4. This continues until the pair gets to the end of the room. Now players change roles. The first pair back to the starting line wins.

This can be played as a relay. When one couple returns, the next two people in line continue! Also when young children play this-----just play and hop! Forget the competition!

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BUNNY'S EGG GAME
Draw a good-sized rabbit. (The  Easter bunny standing on his hind legs, and holding his paws as if it was carrying an egg.)

1. Put the bunny drawing on the wall.
2. Cut egg shapes out of different colored construction paper to represent Easter eggs.
3. The eggs should be as large as the space between the rabbit's paws.
 
•Blindfold the children in turn -- and give each an egg, which is to be taped on the drawing. The child who tapes their egg closest in the Bunny's paws is the winner.

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HOPPING CHALLENGE
This can be played in a circle, a line, or as a "Bunny Says____" game.
Give children a variety of "hopping" commands such as: 

    •Hop in one place 
    •Hop and turn in a circle at the same time 
    •Hop on left/right foot 
    •Hop backwards, sideways, make a square or circle 
    •Hop over a line 
    •Hop with a partner 
    •Hop to different rhythms (clap hands, use drum, music, etc...)

This could also be used as a transition activity where the LAST direction would be, 'Hop and line up!'

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ALPHABET EGG HUNT (WORD GAME)
Have children use their detective skills to find the "eggs" and then, once the eggs are collected, find the hidden words. (They'll try to create words from the letters on the alphabet eggs.) The winner is the team who can make the most words. But first ... you'll need to create the eggs.

You'll Need:
  •Construction paper
  •Pencil
  •Scissors
  •Markers

1. Draw lots of eggs on colorful construction paper. You can make them different sizes, anywhere from 2 to 6 inches long. Cut them off the paper.

2. Decorate one side of the eggs with interesting patterns. Write a letter on the other side.

3. Make enough eggs to use all the letters of the alphabet, and then make at least three more eggs for each vowel
(Example: three for A, three for I, etc.).
Make some extra blank eggs. These will be used as "wild" eggs, which means players can decide which letter they want the egg to be.

4. When you are done creating, ask someone to hide the eggs inside your class, house, or yard.
Source: howstuffworks.com

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WALKING THE EASTER EGG
Materials:
2 hard boiled Easter eggs
1 spoon for every child that is playing

1. To play this game all you need to do is divide the kids into teams, and have them form a line.
2. The first child at the beginning of the line takes the Easter egg and puts it in his/her spoon.
3. This child then passes the Easter egg to the next one in line, until the egg has traveled to the end of the line, and all the way back to the beginning of the line.
4. The first team to get the Easter egg back to the front of the line is the winner.

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EGG BOWLING

•When coloring boiled eggs, leave one white for this game which is very similar to Italian Boccie Ball. 
•Place the white egg in the center of an open space and take turns to see who can roll their dyed egg closest to the white egg without touching or moving it. 
•YOU CAN ALSO PLAY THIS WITH PLASTIC EGGS!

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FLUFFY NEEDS A TAIL 
Make a Rabbit on poster board without a tail. (The Rabbit should be turned sideways)
Children will take turns "Pinning the Tail" on the bunny, using Large Cotton balls and tape.

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DUCK WALK RACE 
    •Have the kids line up at the Start Line, squat down and grasp their ankles with each hand from behind. 
    •On GO, they waddle to a designated Finish Line. 
    •They can't let go of their ankles or they're disqualified. 
    •The first child over the Finish Line is the winner.
    •This would be fun to play "waddle music"...

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BUNNY HOP FOLLOW THE LEADER 
Play Follow the Leader with an Easter theme...Start hopping and then add other movements as well.

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EASTER GUESS THE NUMBER

1. Take a jar and fill it with Easter eggs, jelly beans, etc. Count the candies as you put them in the jar.
2. Leave a piece of paper and a pencil next to the jar and have all the children guess how many candies are in the jar.
3. Be sure they write their name on the paper beside their guess.
4. The child who is the closest without going over wins the jar! 
    • IDEA: Also give each child an Easter goodie for being a good sport and guessing!
    • A BETTER IDEA: Have the child that won-divide the candy for the entire group.

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SWINGING BASKET GAME

•Use a piece of rope to hang a basket from the branch of a tree or playground bar. Fill plastic Easter eggs  with popcorn kernels for weight and tape them shut. 
•Have the children line up behind the basket and take turns throwing eggs into the basket. 
•They can also just throw or keep score... 
•Once the children can to this with ease, try swinging basket.

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FIND YOUR NAME EASTER HUNT 
    •Write the name of each child on one of the plastic easter eggs you hide. 
    •They all get an Easter treat when they bring you the egg they found. They can put the candy in their egg...

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FAMILAR GAMES WITH AN EASTER TWIST

1. Play the "EASTER BUNNY SAYS", instead of "Simon Says."..
Or---

2. EGGS OUT
    HOT EGG!  Play a version of 'Hot Potato' using a plastic egg.
Play Easter music such as "Easter Parade" or "Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail" for the stop and go of the egg pass...

3. EASTER BUNNY, EASTER BUNNY, WHERE'S YOUR EGG?
For Pre-K and K

    •Cut-out a large paper egg. 
    •The players form a circle with one child in the middle as "the Bunny." 
    •The Bunny covers their eyes while a player is selected TO SIT on the egg. Then the Children say...

Easter Bunny, Easter Bunny, where's your egg?
Somebody stole it from your home!

•The Easter bunny has three guesses to find the child who is sitting on the paper egg. That child then becomes
the new bunny in the middle.

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BUNNY HOP (Pre-K to Gr.1)
1. Use pieces of masking tape to make Bunny foot-prints all over the floor.
2. Start playing some Easter music.
3. Have children pretend to be Bunnies and hop around the room.
4. When you stop the music, have the bunnies find footprints to stand on (one Bunny to a paw-print).
5. When you start the music again, have the bunnies continue hopping around the room.

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BUNNY WALK (Pre-K to Gr.1)
Play music of your choice and encourage the children to move such as:

    • BIG Bunnies 
    • Little bunnies 
    • Tired Bunnies 
    • Happy Bunnies 
    • Scared Bunnies, Etc.

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EGG TOSS
1. You’ll need one, hard-boiled egg for each pair of children.
2. Have the children stand across from a partner. They should stand one foot apart.
3. When the leader says, “Go” the children should toss the eggs to their partners.
4. With hard-boiled eggs, everyone can play the whole game because the eggs won’t crack.
5. With each toss, the children should back up one step. Play until the eggs are destroyed and before the kids get bored.

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THE EGG-A-THON
This can be played as a race or relay…
1. Use a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg or plastic Easter egg and plastic spoon.
2. Children try to walk fast holding the egg in the spoon to the finish line.
3. It can also be done as a relay and have one child in the middle of the race line waiting.
4. The children transfer the egg to their relay partner's spoon and go!

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FOLLOW THE LEADER… 
1. Give each child a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg.
2. The children form a line and one is the leader.
3. Each one holds the spoon with the egg in its bowl at arm's length and hops on one foot, following wherever the leader leads them.
4. To drop the egg or rest on both feet prevents one from continuing in the game. They stay out until the next round.

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ROLLING EGGS GAME

Use  hard boiled eggs o plastic eggs...
1. On a table, the pavement outside, or inside on the floor, mark four parallel lines, eight to ten feet long.
If you're playing on a table, it may need to be shorter. Space lines four or five inches apart. There should now be three narrow spaces.
 
2. At the END of each space, make a circle, numbering the middle one 10, and the other two, 5.
In the middle of the spaces---mark the middle one ”, and the other two, 1.
 
3. The object of the game is to have each child roll five eggs, one at a time, down the middle space to the circles at the ends.

4. If the egg goes into the middle circle, it counts 10, but if it stops in the middle space, it counts  3, and so on. Count the number of each place where the egg stops.
 
5. Tally is kept for each child; the one scoring the most points wins the game.
Adapted from: Games for Everybody 

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EASTER EGG BLOW
1. Divide the children into two teams.
2. Place each team on one side of a table opposite of each other.
3. Place a colored cotton ball on the table and pretend it is a Easter egg.
4. The object of the game is to blow the egg off the opposing teams side of table. Players can not use their hands in any way. 

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 NEW!!!

THE WOLF AND THE EASTER EGGS

 

This is a version of an "IT GAME".
"It" is the Wolf.
All other players are "Easter Eggs."
 
The "Easter Eggs" group up and decide what color Easter egg they want to be.
When everyone has picked their color, they turn around and line up facing the wolf from a agreed upon line.

The wolf then starts to guess colors. As the wolf guesses, the player with that color steps forward one step and spell out their color.
Example: If the color is 'brown' they spell out B-R-O-W-N before the wolf tags them.

As soon as the player spells their color, they run a pre-determined "Obstacle Course" or circle. The run must be completed before they are tagged by the wolf.
 
When the run is completed, the eggs run back to their "Basket"(or home base) with the rest of the eggs

(If the eggs makes  it back to the "basket" with the other eggs they group again and the one that ran chooses another color.

The game goes on until the wolf tags someone, and that person is then the new wolf.

Variation for a small group: This game can also be played by eliminating players as they are caught. When one person is left-- that person is it.

This is a great game for younger children to learn how to spell their colors. Be sure to instruct younger children to choose a shorter color name (red) and one they KNOW how to spell.

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MUSIC, SONG, MOVEMENT, POEMS

EASTER'S COMING...DANCE! DO THE BUNNY POKEY!

Sung to: "Hokey Pokey"
You put your bunny ears in
(Place hands on head to make ears)
You put your bunny ears out.
You put your bunny ears in.
And you shake them all about.
You do the Bunny Pokey
And hop yourself around,
That's what it's all about!

Additional verses:
You put your bunny nose in...
You put your bunny tail in...
You put your bunny paws in...

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HERE  COMES PETER COTTONTAIL...

 

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Easter's on its way

Bringin' ev'ry girl and boy
A basketful of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter
Bright and gay

He's got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There's an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too. Oh!

Here' comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity
Happy Easter Day

Look at him hop and listen to him say,
"Try to do the things you should"
Maybe if you're extra good
He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way

You'll wake up on Easter morning
And you'll know that he was there
When you find those choc'late bunnies That he's hiding ev'rywhere, Oh!

Here' comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity
Happy Easter Day.

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HOT CROSS BUNS...

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!

If you have no daughters
Give them to your sons
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

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I LOVE EGGS
Sing to tune of Frere Jacques

I love eggs, I love eggs...
Yum, yum, yum, in my tum.

Scrambled, boiled, or fried...
Any way I've tried.

Yum, yum, yum...
yum, yum, yum.

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FIVE BABY BUNIES (Finger Play) 

Five baby bunnies hopping out to play,
Hopping in the forest on Easter Day. (Move fingers in a hopping motion)

The first baby bunny carried his new cane,
He twirled it as he came hopping down the lane.(Hold up one finger as the cane--and twirl it in the air)
 
The second baby bunny came to the river's brink,
Tasted the cool water and took a long, long drink. (Bending over, do a drinking motion)

The third baby bunny tied her bonnet so new,
Under her chin, a bow of pink, white, and blue. (Tie a bow under your chin)

The fourth baby bunny skipped down the shady lane,
He opened his umbrella just in case of rain. (Open a pretend umbrella)
 
The fifth baby bunny said, Look what I see!
Lots and lots of colored eggs hiding near the tree! (Put hands together to simulate a 'binocular” and look peer through them to see the eggs!)

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EASTER PARADE...

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade.
I'll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter Parade.

On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
And of the girl I'm taking to the Easter Parade.
     Written by Irving Berlin

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Poems are nice to put on hand-made cards...

SOME THINGS THAT EASTER BRINGS
Easter duck and Easter chick,
Easter eggs with chocolate thick...

Easter hats for one and all...
Easter Bunny makes a call!

Happy Easter always brings
Such a lot of pleasant things...
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EASTER EVERYWHERE
Rabbits soft and cuddly
Baby chickens, too...

Easter eggs for baskets
White and pink and blue.

Easter cards of greeting,
Music in the air,
Lilies just to tell us-
It's Easter everywhere.
 

HAPPY EASTER DAY...

The tulips in the garden
Are wearing yellow hats;
The pussy willows by the brook
Have fur like any cats'.
The bee is honey hunting;
The robin's chirp is gay;
And all the world is singing,
"Oh, happy Easter Day!"

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OTHER EASTER CATEGORIES: Click here for all Easter Themed Art, Crafts, Snacks, Games, Jokes, Easter Egg Ideas and more...

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Decorating Eggs and More!

January 7, 2012 09:01 by Barbara Shelby

Page 3... Updated March 2013

EGGCEPTIONAL FUN!

Have you made and decorated eggs with your kids? If not here are some wonderful ideas to create fantastic eggs! ... Maybe some new traditions in your "egging" will be started with one of these ideas!

•Marbleized Swirled Eggs
Crayon Resist Easter Eggs
Toothpick Painting
Sponge Painted Eggs
Tissue Paper Transfers
Decoupage Eggs
Collage Easter Eggs
Stickers
Sponge Painting
Rubber Banded Eggs
Natural Easter Egg Dye
Face Eggs
Waxing Easter Eggs
Water Colors and Brushes
Easter Bunny Eggs
...........AND MORE!!! (What to do with eggs AFTER Easter is here!)

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TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT HARD BOILED EGGS--visit the 'Egg Theme page". Boiling Eggs and how to tell if they are fresh is follows the few crafts...

 

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MAKING FOOD COLOR DYE

  • Combine 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon of food coloring with 2 tsp. vinegar in a cup that is deep enough for the eggs.
  • Add water approximately to the half way mark.
  • Carefully place the eggs into the cups.
  • To avoid cracking you can use a soup spoon to place eggs. 
  • The longer the egg is left in the dye, the darker the color. Experiment with different color combinations. Gently pat the egg dry with paper towel the egg and place it in a holder.

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 METHODS TO "NATURAL"  EGG DYE

 

METHOD #1
You can make natural dyes by combining the below dye source with 1/2 Tablespoon of vinegar with some cold water in a saucepan.

COLOR SOURCE CHART:

•Pale Yellow: Use orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seeds, or ground cumin
•Yellow: Ground turmeric
•Pinkish red: Fresh beets, cranberries, radishes or frozen raspberries
•Orange: Yellow onion skins
•Beige to brown: Strong brewed coffee
•Brown-gold: Dill seeds
•Brown-orange: Chili Powder
•Green-gold: Yellow Delicious apple peels
•Pale Green: Spinach leaves
•Blue: Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves 
 

Put uncooked eggs and dye source in water that covers the eggs. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer the eggs 9 to 15 minutes. The longer you simmer, the darker the color will be. Eggs must be simmered the minimum of 8 minutes to cook. You can’t always predict the results. But, it’s fun to see what happens.

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NATURAL METHOD 2

  • For a marbled effect, wrap the uncooked eggs in white and purple onion skins, spinach, and/or fresh saffron.
  • Secure and wrap the eggs with white string and then place the eggs in the foot of a clean and recycled nylon stocking; tie the stocking in a knot.
  • Gently boil the egg-filled stocking---using the same cooking time and vinegar /water mixture directions as above.
  • After you remove the cooked eggs--leave them in the wraps awhile to deepen colors.

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MEHOD 3
To use this method, start with either hard-cooked eggs or blown-out eggs
. Choose a dye-source. Some possible color sources for eggshells are listed above. Use judgment to how much of each source to use.

  • Except for spices, place a handful – or two or three handfuls – of a dye-source in a saucepan.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dyestuff. This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of ingredient.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color.
  • Remember that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.

With a very fine strainer (or cheesecloth) strain the dye mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoonful of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a small bowl that’s deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye. Use a slotted spoon or a wire egg holder from a dyeing kit to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. If you’re using emptied eggshells, stir or rotate them to help the color reach all the shell parts evenly. Lift the eggs out with the spoon or holder. Let them dry on a rack or drainer.

Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy.
After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
Adapted from: aeb.org

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DECORATING  EGGS!

TIP TO REMEMBER WHEN PAINTING EGGS ...For a sturdy stand to hold the egg while you paint it, use an empty toilet paper tube. Prop the egg on top and decorate.

TOOTHBRUSH SPLATTERED EGGS
Scrub an old toothbrush in watercolor or poster paints... aim it at the egg...then strum your thumb over the bristles. The paint will splatter a fine mist like spray paint on the eggs. Have fun layering different colors...

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RUBBERBAND DESIGN EGGS
Wrap elastic rubber bands around hard cooked eggs, then drop them in food-coloring dye. Remove the eggs; pat dry with paper towel; remove the rubber bands when eggs are dry.

The parts of the egg covered with rubber bands will not be colored.
You can STOP at this point or----once the rubber bands are removed, you can drop the egg into a different color dye.
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EGGS WITH PERFECT CIRCLE DESIGNS
Take the hard-boiled egg and apply re-enforcement circles on it. (the kind you put on loose-leaf paper so the holes don't tear)
Dip your egg in the color; when it's dry, remove the re-enforcement.
You have a perfectly designed egg!
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ALUMINUM FOIL EGGS
Crumple and uncrumple a sheet of aluminum foil. Coat the foil with acrylic paint, then set the egg in the center of the foil and loosely wrap it. Gently press the foil against the egg, then remove the egg and let it dry. (DO NOT EAT EGGS WITH ACRYLIC PAINT)
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SHINY EASTER EGGS
Mix SWEETENED condensed milk (such as Eagle Brand) with food coloring; paint with brushes or Q-tips.

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TOOTHPICK PAINTING
Using acrylic paint, use a toothpick to paint on small, detailed designs such as flowers, stars, swirls, butterflies, and other designs. (Do not eat eggs that have paint on them)
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BUBBLE WRAP EGGS
Coat bubble wrap with acrylic paint, then roll the egg over it.
(Do not eat eggs colored with acrylic paint — these are just for show)

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ABSTRACT EGGS
A jar of rubber cement can help make beautiful Easter eggs! This design is very simple to accomplish, even for children -- with a some supervision.....Fun part! No two eggs are exactly alike.

  • Need: Hard boiled eggs, basic egg dyes in desired colors, a jar of rubber cement
  • These eggs are really simple to make. The basic principle is that you drizzle rubber cement over the egg, let it dry, then color the egg.
  • Naturally, the egg dye won't stick to the parts that are painted with the glue. After the egg is colored to the desired shade, let it dry completely, then carefully peel off the rubber cement.
  • You can paint the rubber cement on plain white eggs...or dye the egg with a base color, then apply the rubber cement and re-dip in a contrasting color. The most important tip is to dry the eggs completely between colors and or coats of rubber cement.
    Source: fabulousfoods.com

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DINOSAUR EGGS
The reptilian-like designs on these eggs are intricate; they look like they would be difficult to make. Not so...With a bit of help, even young children can get fabulous results. The best part is--no two eggs are ever alike.
Materials:
Hard boiled eggs, 6" square of cheesecloth for each egg, rubber bands or twist ties, small paint brushes or cotton swabs, basic egg dyes in desired shades

  • Wrap a piece of cheesecloth tightly around a dry egg, bundling the edges together and fastening them at the top with a rubber band or twist ties.
  • Dip your paint brush or cotton swab and dip it into the egg dye, then dab this onto the cloth covered eggs.
  • Repeat, painting the eggs with various shades in various places, use your imagination.
  •  Overlap some colors for special effects, or keep it monochrome.
  • When you're finished painting, set the egg aside to dry.

The more patient you are and the more the egg dries, the better. When you unwrap the egg, you'll be left with a design that resembles armadillo skin. You can use this technique over plain white eggs, over a base base coat of color or even over marble colored eggs.

Another technique, which will give a subtle textured effect to a solid colored egg is to wrap the egg in cheesecloth, as per the instructions above, then dip the whole thing in the cup of egg dye. Let it sit until done to desired shade. Let dry (it doesn't have to be bone dry, but the drier the better) before carefully removing cheesecloth.
Source: fabulousfoods.com

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FACE EGGS

Use craft supplies such as yarn, ribbon and fabric scraps to create members of your family (or member's of your students' families) Attach with craft glue.

Add facial features using permanent markers for the mouth, nose and eyes. Cut a paper towel tube into different heights for Mom, Dad, sister etc. Decorate the tube with construction paper for clothing. Place the painted egg onto the holder. You can also add the individual's name to the tube. Sample photographs show one plain face drawing and one with short tube. (Which are also fun!)

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WAXING EASTER EGGS
Drip wax from a lit taper candle onto the egg.
After the wax is set, drop the egg into food coloring dye.
Remove the egg from the dye and paper-towel pat it dry.
You can scrape the wax off the egg and dip into another dye...or leave the wax on...

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COLLAGE YOUR EASTER EGGS
After eggs are boiled and cooled--decorate them with a variety of craft supplies. Using white or craft glue, attach the materials. Use markers, stickers, sequins, glitter, buttons, rick rack, ribbons, beads, etc. Let your imagination go wild...

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SPONGE PAINTED EASTER EGGS
Sponge Painted Eggs (Do NOT eat eggs that have been painted!)

  • Cut a sponge (natural if possible) into small pieces.
  • Pour acrylic paint into a shallow dish or onto wax paper.
  • Secure the sponge pieces onto clip type clothes pins--you need one for each color of paint.
  • Dip the sponge into the paint and dab the egg with it---Start with darker colors first for best effect.
  • Place egg in an egg cup to dry.

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MARBLEIZED SWIRLED EGGS

  • Mix 1 tablespoon food coloring with 1 tablespoon vinegar in a cup.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup cool water. If necessary, add a little more water, so the liquid will completely cover an egg when placed in the cup.
  • Make different swirled colors in different cups.
  • Gently lower an egg into a cup using a spoon until the egg is completely covered by the liquid.
  • Remove the egg immediately and pat dry with a paper towel. Your egg will have a marbleized look.
  • FYI: The pictured eggs have a coat of clear nail polish on them to give a gloss.

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FOOD COLORING PAINTED EGGS
Use undiluted food coloring and a cotton swab to paint on hard boiled eggs. Let the eggs sit in egg cups until dry.

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EGGS PAINTED USING ACRYLIC PAINT
Use acrylic paints and a cotton swab to paint on hard boiled eggs. Let the eggs sit in egg cups until dry. Do NOT eat eggs that have been colored with paint!

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CRAYON RESIST EGGS
With crayons, draw dots, lines shapes and swirls on the Easter eggs before placing them in the dye.The wax will resist the dye and your picture will show through. If you are dying Easter eggs with young children and do not want to use dye...The children can stop after coloring the eggs with crayons.

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NO DYE EGGS WITH TISSUE TRANFER...

Eggs (white work best)
CRAFT tissue Paper & Scissors 
Water

  • Hard boil the eggs and let cool.
  • Have children cut or tear diferent color of tissue paper into small pieces.
    Use water to stick the tissue paper to the eggs. Allow to dry.
  • When dry, the children can remove the tissue paper to see the colors and patterns on their Easter eggs.
    Note - tissue paper for gift wrapping will not work in this project. The coloring in craft tissue paper transfers easily to the egg.

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EASTER BUNNY EGGS
Dye eggs in solid colors.
Dry them with a paper towel. For each bunny egg, cut two oval shaped ears from colored paper. Glue the ears to the top of the egg.
Add plastic "google" eyes. Use markers to add a small triangle for
a nose and some whiskers. Glue on a cotton ball for a tail.

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DECOUPAGE EGGS
You Need:
Empty eggshell mounted on a 1/8-inch-diameter dowel ...
Image to decorate the surface of the egg: greeting card, wrapping paper, stationery, or a photocopy of a photograph
All-purpose glue
Toothpick
Damp paper towel or cloth
Acrylic paint in colors for the background (optional)
Sponge brush
Mod Podge, Royal Coat, or any decoupage medium
6-inch square of Styrofoam
Small paintbrush
Brush-on glitter paint (optional)
1/2-inch-diameter gold findings

Instructions:
1. Using scissors, carefully cut out the image and paste it on the egg using all-purpose glue, cutting into the image to help it lie flat. Press out any wrinkles by gently rolling a round toothpick over the image. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp paper towel or cloth.
2. If desired, paint the background of the image with a wash of acrylic paint; let the paint dry.
3. Using a sponge brush, dab decoupage medium onto the egg. Let the medium dry. Repeat this step twice. Place one end of the dowel into the square of Styrofoam as a base to hold the egg while it dries.
4. If desired, embellish the egg with brush-on glitter paint, using a small paintbrush.
5. When the egg is dry, add finishing touches: Carefully cut off the masking tape, slide the egg off the dowel, and glue a gold finding at each end of the egg to cover the holes.
Source: Ladies Home Journal

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WATER COLOR & BRUSHES
Get out your water colors and fine paintbrushes and paint some pastel designs on your eggs.
TIP: For a sturdy stand to hold the egg while you paint it, use an empty toilet paper tube. Prop the egg on top and decorate. Use different brushes for different techniques

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*Idea:  You can buy EASTER STICKERS, and have the kids cover the eggs with those. How easy can it get!

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EMPTYING EGGS NEW & OLD WAYS
Whether you dye, paint, or decoupage your egg masterpieces, they'll last longer if you blow out the contents and remove the white and yolk, leaving only the shell to decorate.

What You Need:
Egg
Drill with 1/8-inch bit
Sharp cuticle scissors
Bowl
Ear syringe
Soap and water
Bleach
1/8-inch-diameter dowel
Masking tape

Instructions:
1. Remove the contents of the egg. Make a hole as small as 1/8 inch in each end of a hen's egg. A mini drill and sharp-pointed cuticle scissors are good tools for keeping the holes small. Work over a bowl. The insides may start draining when you pierce the second opening.

2. Keeping the egg over a bowl or the sink, use an ear syringe to blow air into the egg and force the contents out the opposite hole. Rinse the egg with mild soap, water, and a small amount of bleach.

3. Slip empty eggshell onto a dowel. For decoupage, you want to avoid getting fingerprints on the eggshell, so slide it onto a 1/8-inch-diameter dowel. To prevent the egg from sliding, wrap a small piece of masking tape around the dowel just above and below the egg.
From: Ladies Home Journal

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BLOWING OUT EGGS THE OLD FASHIONED WAY!
Wash your egg well.
Carefully poke a small hole in each end of the raw egg. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow into one of the holes. The egg liquid should slowly come out the other hole. Sometimes this is a big job, and children will need an adult’s help. Once the egg shell is empty, rinse it off and set it aside to dry

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This idea is also fun at Easter! It's not an egg to eat~ but still an egg! "Cascaron" is the Spanish word for eggshell. They are used in many celebrations including Easter, Christmas, Birthdays and Cinco de Mayo.

MAKE CONFETTI (CASCARON) EGGS (Egg Craft and Game in one!)

 Materials
Uncooked chicken eggs--large or jumbo size
Food color, dyes and/or markers
Scotch tape OR Glue and Tissue paper
Paper confetti (Two cups per dozen eggs)

1. Make about a half inch hole--or the size of a dime-- in the bottom or top of an egg. Remove the egg contents. (Either prop over a bowl and let the eggs drain---or See directions for blowing out eggs on Egg Decorating Page)
2. Rinse out the inside of the egg. When it is completely dry-- decorate it using your favorite method.
3. Fully fill the dry egg with paper confetti.
4. Once finished, place a small piece of scotch tape over the opening of the egg...or glue on a small piece of tissue paper that matches the egg.

What to do with them?
Surprise a ' someone by 'cracking' and egg over their head
Hide cascarones as part of an Easter-egg hunt. When a cascarón is found, it can be cracked over someone's head. Make a wish when you crack the cascarón. According to tradition, a confetti shower brings good luck to both the one who breaks the cascarón and the one above whose head it is broken. 
 

Cascarones are a traditional part of the Easter season in  Texas. In San Antonio, the “confetti-filled eggs,” are sold in stores and is a basic part of Fiesta.
ORIGIN...
According to latinworksco.com, many people believe Cascarones were first brought from Asia to Italy by the explorer Marco Polo. He would give the eggs — often filled with perfumed powder — as gifts.
The custom traveled from Italy to Spain and was brought to Mexico in the mid-1800s by the wife of Emperor Maximilian. In Mexico, the powder was replaced with confetti, and cascarones became a part of holiday celebrations, including Easter, New Year's Eve and birthday parties.

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CUTE!!!

 

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