Guest Author - Kimberly Misra
Sure, plastic Easter eggs can be filled with candy and hidden around the house or tucked into Easter baskets. But they can also be the basis of many easy and fun Easter crafts. Here are a few ideas for using those plastic eggs.
Decorate Them. Toddlers and preschoolers may actually enjoy decorating plastic eggs more than the real thing. They can draw on them or stick little stickers all over them without fear of cracking the shells.
Make Glitter Eggs. Mix glue with a little water and use a paintbrush to apply it all over the egg. Then, let kids roll the eggs on a plate sprinkled with glitter. When the eggs are dry, pile them in a bowl for a pretty centerpiece or use them to decorate an Easter tree by gluing a loop of ribbon to the top of each egg.
Create an Easter Tree. You can often find Easter trees at craft stores, but it's easy to make your own using natural materials. Simply cut a few branches of a spring flowering shrub, such as forsythia. If your shrub isn't in bloom yet, start this project a couple of weeks early so you'll have time to force the branches into bloom. To force the cut branches, just place them in a vase of water in a sunny window. When the flowers open, hang your glittery eggs on the tree.
Imagine Egg Animals. Open up a plastic Easter egg and place something in the bottom to weight it down, such as a rock or a large piece of modeling clay. Cut feet, ears, eyes, and other features from construction paper and glue them to the egg. A fine-tip permanent marker works well for drawing small features such as whiskers, and a tiny wisp of cotton makes a perfect bunny tail. Kids will enjoy thinking up different animals and setting the finished eggs on a flat surface to watch them sway and wobble.
Play with Puppets. Use a permanent marker to draw silly features on a plastic egg. Attach a craft stick to the back of the egg with hot glue. Challenge the kids to come up with an Easter puppet show!
Make some Music. Fill half of a plastic egg with rice or dried beans and seal it up to create a mini-shaker. You may wish to glue or tape the egg halves together to prevent spillage. The shakers can be decorated with permanent markers or glitter. These make fun gifts to tuck into Easter baskets.