Five fun Easter crafts and activities for kids

Easter biscuits by Waitrose and Partners
Maggie Westhead,-Digital editor

From chick biscuits to bunny bunting, here are five fun expert ideas to keep the kids occupied

The longer, brighter days of spring are here at last. If you are looking for ways to keep the kids busy this Easter, these easy-to-follow crafts and activities, devised by experts, are perfect. Get creative at the kitchen table and there are hours of fun to be had. Enjoy!

Pompom bunny bunting by The Make Arcade

Make a modern Easter bonnet

Creating your own Easter hat or bonnet is a great way for the whole family to express their creative side.

‘You can make your own Easter headpiece using materials found around the house and in the recycling bin, including foil wrappers, cardboard, cereal boxes and magazines,’ says Millie Butler-Hiorns, manager and tutor at The Fashion School, which runs creative workshops for kids and teens. All you need is glue and scissors to complete Millie’s design: 

1. Find a hat that you would like to add your ears onto (a stiff hat is best). 

2. Find a length of ribbon or make a narrow strip out of card (about half an inch to 1 inch wide).

3. Fold that in half and place at the front, then tie it around your hat. Mark the spot on the ribbon or paper band where you want your ears to end up. Set the band to one side.

4. Draw two ear shapes on a piece of cardboard and cut them out. 

5. Decorate the ears with magazine scraps. Find colours and textures you like and collage them onto the cardboard. Consider collaging the front and back. Tidy up the edges with scissors. 

6. Now glue the ears into place onto the spots on the band that you marked earlier and attach the band to the hat.

When it’s done, get the kids to show off their handiwork to family and friends on a video call.

Boy at home with Easter eggs. Image by Getty.

Have an Easter Egg hunt

Easter Egg hunts are a joy for children of all ages. The traditional ingredients? A basket and a big bag of chocolate treats. Hide them the night before while the children are asleep and if you want to make it a little harder for older children, create a treasure hunt with clues. This year John Lewis & Partners have a downloadable Easter Egg colouring sheet and cut-out Easter Eggs, perfect for egg hunts, which you can print out at home. If your child doesn’t like chocolate or is allergic, opt for sweets, wrapped biscuits or a small gift they can use and enjoy once Easter has passed. 

‘A fun idea for an Easter Egg hunt at home could be a bigger treasure hunt,’ says Molly Baker, Partner & Assistant Buyer, Toys. ‘Children could spend time the week before making an Easter basket to collect their treasure in, an Easter hat (see above) or cape to wear to complete the mission. For younger children, try a teddy bears’ picnic where the children can make invitations, party decorations and costumes for their toys.’

Pompom bunny bunting by The Make Arcade

Create a pompom bunny garland

Pompoms are not only easy to make but can be used for a multitude of things, from rabbit tails to chick bodies, or just for decoration. Expert crafter Ruth Oliver from The Make Arcade, which sells ingenious craft sets here at John Lewis & Partners, talks us through how to make pompoms with just a fork and yarn. 

You will need: yarn, fork, scissors, card (a cereal box is ideal), glue, paints/colouring pencils. 

1. Take the fork and wrap the yarn around the outside of the prongs. Make sure you leave a gap between the prongs at the top and bottom. Go round about 15-20 times. 

2. Cut a length of yarn and thread it through the middle gap of the fork prongs at the top and bottom of the wrapped yarn and tie it tightly around the middle of the wrapped yarn.

3. Slide the wrapped yarn off the prongs and snip through the loops to create a pompom.

4. Draw a bunny shape on the card and cut it out. Colour in or paint to decorate and glue on the pompom for the tail.

5. Make a few bunnies, punch some holes around their neck area and thread on the yarn to make a garland.

Happy Easter biscuits by Waitrose and Partners

Bake Happy Easter biscuits

Kids will love making these joyful chick biscuits – they’re a fun alternative to decorating chocolate eggs. And if you'd like a bit more inspiration and step-by-step guidance with cooking and baking this Easter, don't miss Waitrose's online Easter Cookery school. See a full list of cookery tutorials here. 

CHICK BISCUITS

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 9-10 minutes
Makes: 24

Ingredients
250g plain flour
½ tsp Cook’s Homebaking Bicarbonate Of Soda
2 tsp ground ginger
100g Stork vegetable spread
1 Waitrose British Blacktail Medium Free Range Egg
2 tbsp golden syrup
300g icing sugar
Yellow, orange and black gel food colouring 

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.

2. Place the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger in a large bowl. Add the Stork and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.

3. Mix the egg and syrup, pour this into the flour and mix to a soft dough. Place onto a floured surface and roll out to 0.5cm thick. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut out 24 rounds and place on the trays leaving space between them. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

4. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl and add 2-3 tbsp water until you get a smooth icing mixture that is thick but just pourable. Reserve 2 tbsp of the icing in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl put ½ tbsp of the icing and add a little black colouring. Finally, reserve 1 tbsp of the icing in another bowl and add a little orange colouring. Transfer these last three from their bowls and put in separate plastic piping bags until required. Add yellow colouring to the remaining icing.

5. Spread the yellow icing over the biscuits up to the edge and allow to dry completely. Pipe pea-sized circles for eyes with the white icing. Using the orange icing, pipe beaks and feet then allow to dry. Make dots in the centre for the eyeballs with the black icing to finish.

Crochet a cuddly rabbit

With sustainability at the forefront, independent label Wool And The Gang has helped bring knitting and crochet back in fashion in recent years. Now is a great time to get the kids involved– the process of knitting and crochet will encourage them to slow down and focus, in turn reducing stress and improving dexterity. The Wool And The Gang team have given us a free Ruby the Rabbit pattern for you to make. This one is a little more involved than the other crafting ideas above so is probably best undertaken if you have some experience of crochet already. 

You will need:
Ball of Shiny Happy Cotton yarn
Ruby the Rabbit pattern
4.5mm crochet hook
Sewing needle

Time to make
4 hours

1 ball of yarn makes two rabbits

Completed this kit will help you to master:
Magic loop, chain stitch, single crochet increasing, single crochet decrease, slip stitch and whip stitch.

Shiny Happy Yarn is made from hand-picked Pima cotton from Peru. Soft and sleek with beautiful drape, it is available in a rainbow of colours. The eyes in our example are made with a ball of Shiny Happy Yarn in colour B. You can stuff your rabbit with some leftover yarn. For more free tutorials check out Wool and the Gang

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