Egg Carton Chicken (filled with chocolate eggs)

Egg Carton Chicky Chocolate Holder

Today, Bec, mum of 3, is sharing a cute Easter gift idea to make with kids using a recycled egg carton.

Materials

Egg carton
Paint (or you can use texta)
Stapler
Felt scraps (if you don’t have felt scraps, you can use cardboard)
Craft glue
Permanent Marker
Solid eggs (to fill)

Egg Carton Chicky - materials you need

What to do

1. Cut two cups from the egg carton. Be sure to cut deep up into the V on one side as this will make the tail on the base cup. (See picture above)

2. Let the kids paint and decorate! I used yellow but any paint colour or even texta (felt pen) can be used.

3. Staple the two egg carton cups together at the base of the tail where it connects to the rest of the carton cup (allowing the tail to stick out) to form the head and body.

4. Cut out a beak, wings and feet from the felt. Glue onto the body and allow to dry. Tip: if you don’t have felt that readily available, cut beak/wing sized pieces out of cardboard.

5. Draw eyes and other details with a marking texter.

My kids played with the Easter chicks just as they were, but we decided to fill ours up with Easter eggs and gift them. 

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Different ways to use egg cartons

Easter Craft and Activities

Easter Craft: Decorate Eggs With Permanent Marker

Permanent Marker

I sometimes decorate hard boiled eggs with faces for the children’s lunch box. Around Easter, it’s fun to decorate eggs as an activity by using permanent markers or even regular textas.  It’s easy and relative mess free.

Decorate Eggs with Permanent Marker

Materials

Permanent Marker or crayons

Boiled eggs

Instructions

1. Decorate the egg however you like!

–> Tip! Egg & Spoon Game!

Play an egg and spoon race with the colourful eggs in the backyard!  The fun thing is the eggs will crack if you drop them which makes the game more dramatic!

Keeping and Storing

Hard boiled eggs (to eat) need to need to stored in the refrigerator (and shouldn’t be out of the fridge for more than two hours).  If kept in their shells, the eggs will keep in the fridge for a week. *according to eatbydate.com

If you don’t plan on eating the decorated hard boiled eggs, display them somewhere in the house at room temperature for a few days before throwing out.

Another Idea

Decorate boiled eggs with temporary tattoos

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Easter Craft & Activity Ideas

Easter Craft: Hatched Egg Chicky (template)

Easter Craft: hatched egg chicky template

A cute Easter paper craft my girls enjoyed making. Love, love their designs!

Easter Craft - hatched egg template

Materials

Paddle Pop Stick

Craft glue

Hatched Egg Template

Light cardboard or paper (optional: laminate for added strength)

Drawing materials

{Download PDF}

Easter Craft: cracked egg template

Instructions

1. Print the template.

2. Colour in. (I laminated the designs…but I’ve done this activity before with just paper and it works well too).

3. Cut out the two pieces using scissors

4. I marked a dotted line on the base piece.  Using scissors or a craft knife, make a slit.

Easter Craft - hatched egg template

 5.  On the top section, I marked a small dot mark as an indicator where to glue the paddle pop stick.  Glue on the back and allow to dry.

Easter Craft - hatched egg template

6. Insert the paddle pop stick into the cut section and you have an egg that hatches.

Easter Craft - hatched egg template

Easter Craft - hatched egg template

Easter Craft - hatched egg template

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Easter Crafts

Decorating Eggs: With a Temporary Tattoo

I did this with my children last year and they loved it! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.  Easter is a little while away, but I wanted to share this idea now because it’s an easy way to decorate eggs around Easter time (or any time really) and the end result is fan-tastic!  I usually look out for a packet of temporary tattoos in my everyday travels and stick them in the cupboard ready for an opportune moment closer to Easter. It’s about being prepared for spontaneous fun.  See what I did there?

Take a heap of these pretty eggs on a picnic, add to the lunch box or have an egg decorating afternoon, just because it’s fun.

Temporary Tattoo Egg

 Easter: Decorating eggs - use a temporary tattoo

Materials

Temporary Tattoos

Hard Boiled Egg (cooled)

Wet washer

Scissors

Instructions

Easter: Decorating eggs - use a temporary tattoo  

1. Cut the tattoo to size.  Keep in mind the tattoo will need to be small enough to fit on the front of an egg.

2. Peel off the protective clear layer on top of the tattoo.

3. Press the tattoo face down on to the egg.

4. Carefully place a wet washer over the back of the tattoo and hold firm for about 10 seconds. Then gently press the washer down over the entire area to transfer the tattoo on the egg shell.

5. Remove the wet backing paper and you’re done!

Lunchbox Fun

A fun surprise in the lunchbox:

  • Tinned corn
  • Apple muffin
  • Cheese sandwich on brown bread
  • Red grape
  • Decorated Easter Boiled Egg

Easter: Decorating eggs - use a temporary tattoo

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Easter Craft & Activity Ideas

Easter Chicky Jars

I’m into easy, I’m into quick, and this Easter activity satisfies both of these requirements.  I made cute mini Chicky Jars to gift to my children this Easter. The good thing about them, is they look cute…AND they are small, so the amount of chocolate is portioned nicely.

My children are at the age now where they can use these little jars (when all the chocolate is gone) in their room for things like shell collections, trinkets and pocket money.  So the jars in themselves, become a bit of a gift too.

All up, the chocolate filled jars cost me about $3.50 each.

Materials

Easter Craft -- Chicky Jars

Chocolate eggs (I used m & m’s Speckled eggs)

Craft glue (for even stronger result, use a glue gun)

Yellow chickies

Mini jars (found at discount stores and supermarkets)

Ribbon (optional)

Easter Chicky Jars

Glue the chicky to the top of the jar and allow to dry. Then fill with chocolate eggs and finish off with a ribbon!

Easter Craft -- Chicky Jars

Easter Craft -- Chicky Jars

Variation

  • Use different coloured chickies to mix it up.
  • Add a gift tag.
  • Place a little shredded paper in the base of the jar.

I love when readers send in their own versions of the craft.  Jayne sent in this picture of the chicky jars she made with her son for teacher gifts.  CUTE!!

Easter craft for kids -- easter chicky jars

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Easter Craft

Easter Craft: Lollipop Bunnies

Guest Post from Kristie

Kristie is a mum who loves making treats and she is sharing how to make cute Bunny Lollipops, perfect for Easter craft.

easter lollipop bunny

What you need

Lollipops (sphere shape)

Foam Eggs Balls (bags available from discount stores or craft shops)

Double-sided Tape

Pom Poms (For tail)

Pipe Cleaner (Cut each into 3 equal pieces)

Cardboard (cut out in small squares for the feet)

Permanent Marker (To draw face)

Instructions

1. Twist a foam egg on to lollipop stick (twisting carefully not to damage foam ball)

2. Using double-sided tape fix bunny to cardboard and draw on feet with permanent marker

3. Use 1/3 of pipe cleaner and twist around the lollipop stick between the foam head and the lollipop body.  This will make arms. Tip: You can use a ribbon instead to make the arms.

easter craft -- lollipop bunny

4.  Use 1/3 of pipe cleaner, bend in half and push the ends into one side of the foam egg to create and ear. Repeat for the other ear.

5. Draw a bunny face on the foam egg with a marker.

6. Use double-sided tape to fix a pom pom tail

You can make a bunch of these to give to friends as gifts and use the cardboard feet to write a message.

easter craft -- lollipop bunny

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

A glow in the dark Easter egg hunt: How brilliant is that!? I saw the idea here and it looked easy to organise, so tonight we did a glow in the dark Easter Egg Hunt Road test. SO. MUCH. FUN!

Easter Activities : glow in the dark Easter eggs

Materials

Plastic Easter Eggs

Glow bangles

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

I gave each of my kids a bangle to hold (this helped them to see where they were going for the hunt) and put them in a room while I hid the eggs.

easter activities -- glow in the dark Easter egg hunt

I hid the eggs in all sorts of fun places.

Easter Activities -- glow in the dark easter eggs

The kids looked for the eggs, found them, and then we did it all over again…and again.

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Easter Activities & Craft

Easter Craft: Egg Carton Chicky

This Easter Egg Carton Chicky is easy and cheap to make, relatively mess free and so cute!

Easter Craft: Egg Carton Easter Egg Chicky

Materials

Egg Carton

Yellow, Orange and Black Texter

Scissors

Feather

Instructions

You can find the instruction on this video, presented by my daughter, Flossie (no that is not her real name).

 

Easter Craft - Egg carton easter egg chicky

1. Cut around one egg space in the bottom of the egg carton.

2. Trim the bottom so the chick will sit evenly.

3. Colour the cardboard with yellow texter.

4. Draw a triangle beak with orange texter.

5. Draw eyes using a black texter.

6. Puncture a hold in the top of the chick and insert a feather.

Play

Make an entire clutch of chicks!

Easter Craft: Egg Carton Easter Egg Chicky

Draw a pond on a piece of paper and play. This is my 6-year-old’s pond.

Easter Play -- Chicks in a pond

Kids with Egg Allergies

Tip from Katrina: For kids with egg allergies, you can use fruit trays. They are a similar shape and you can find them at most fruit shops.

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Easter Advent Calendar

Easter Crafts, Food & Activities

Here are six Easter Crafts you and your children may enjoy this week. 

1. Easter Story

I’m telling my children the Easter story in 12 parts in the lead up to Easter.  My kids love opening our homemade eggs everyday and reading the daily story in the Easter Advent Calendar printout.

{Easter Advent Calendar}

Easter Advent Calendar

2. Easter Egg Wand

This is a an easy craft that has the potential for imaginative play.

how to make a Easter Egg Wand

Materials: Kebab stick (or paddle pop for younger children), foam egg shape, paint or glue and glitter, ribbon

1.Press a kebab stick (or paddle pop stick) into the base of the foam egg. It’s a good idea to but a little glue on the end of the stick before inserting so it stays in place.

2. Decorate the egg with your choice or permanent markers, paint or glitter.

3. Tie a ribbon just underneath the egg.  To keep the bow in place, use a little glue.

4. Place in a pot plant to dry.

(You can use the wands as a table centrepiece too)

3. Easter Egg Chocolate Centrepiece

Jordan from Polkadot Prints demonstrates how easy it is to make this gorgeous chocolate Easter egg centrepiece. There’s a free template to download too.

{Polkadot Prints Easter Egg Chocolate Centrepiece Template}

easter egg chocolate centrepiece

 4. Easter Bunny, Easter Chicken & Carrot Template

If you love funky stationery, Rock + Paper + Siccsors  is the place to be! They have free Easter Buddies templates you can download. They are adorable and fairly mess free. All you need to do is print, cut and stick. Click the picture for the templates.

{Easter Buddies Template}

Easter Bunny Template Easter Chicken Template

 

5. Cracked Egg Craft

Last Easter, I made this Cracked Easter Egg Craft. Click the picture for the free template.

{Cracked Egg Easter Egg Craft}

Cracked Egg Craft

6. Easter Bunny Biscuits

I made these simple Easter Bunny Biscuits with milk arrowroot biscuits, icing, sultanas, liquorice and marshmallows.  You can read the detailed instruction in the Connect2Mums Ezine.

{Connect2Mums Ezine}

Easter Bunny Biscuits

Have a Blessed Easter with your family.

Easter Advent Calendar

This Easter, our family is doing an Easter Advent Calendar to the lead up to Easter Sunday, similar to the one we did at Christmas.  

The idea of the Easter Advent Calendar is to tell the story of Easter in a tangible way. It’s also a fun way to get kids involved in the lead-up to Easter.  You can follow along with my template (below), follow this similar system or make up your own.  This calendar can be done in conjunction with the April Love the Moment Challenge.

Easter is a special time for our family. While the story of Jesus’ death can seem very sad, it’s actually a story of hope, truth and freedom and I love sharing it with my children. I’ve based this Easter Advent Calendar around the Biblical account of Jesus’ death and resurrection. You’re welcome to join our family as we count down to Easter Sunday. 

{click picture for free PDF}

Easter Advent Calendar Free PDF

I have three Easter Advent Calendar options you can make. You can also purchase a Resurrection Eggs set (different system to my template) from Word Bookstore.

1. Arty Easter Advent Calendar: If you want to get the kids involved and don’t mind a bit of mess, you may like this option.

2. Crafty Easter Advent Calendar: If you like pretty things and doing craft, you may like this gorgeous hanging Easter Advent using a free template from Li’l Magoolie.

3. Plastic Egg Easter Advent Calendar: If you don’t have time (or are not inclined) to make anything, plastic egg shells are brilliant.  They can be purchased from discount shops and shops like Kmart, Target and Big W.

4. Resurrection Eggs: You can purchase a set of Resurrection Eggs from Word Bookstore. My version differs from this one but I’ve used this one too in the past and it’s a great teaching tool.

1. Arty Easter Advent Calendar

Easter Advent Calendar

Materials: Egg carton, 12 toilet rolls, felt pens

Instructions:

1. Cut toilet roll as per video {below} 2. Allow child to decorate with felt pens or permanent markers

3. Fill the egg with story template and favour 4. Place point side down in the egg carton

5. Make number labels for the flat side of the egg.  I used 2 small pieces of cardboard and number stickers or simply use a permanent marker and paper.

How to make and Easter Advent Calendar: Toilet Roll Easter Egg

    

2. Crafty Easter Advent Calendar

Easter advent calendar

Materials: Li’l Magoolie No Glue Treat Box Template, Ribbon or wool

1.Li’l Magoolie has these ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLY CUTE treat boxes {pictured above}. These make for very cute hanging boxes and come in two different colours.  All you need to is press the print button. Click here for the template: Li’l Magoolie No Glue Treat Box Template

2. Follow the instructions on  the template  3. Fill the box with the Easter story and favour

4. Number the boxes from 1 to 12    5. Tie box to a piece of string

3. Plastic Egg Easter Advent Calendar

Easter Advent Calendar

Materials: Egg carton, Plastic Easter eggs

Instructions:

1. With a permanent marker or number stickers, label each egg from 1 to 12.

2. Fill the plastic Easter eggs with Easter Story and favour.

3. Place plastic Easter eggs in egg carton.

4. Resurrection Eggs

This Resurrection Eggs set can be purchased from Word Booksstore for $24.95. Click HERE for more details.

Resurrection Eggs

Be A Fun Mum Easter Crafts

Cracked Egg Craft

Article Connect2Mums Ezine: Easter Activities (page 36 – 41)

External Links

Bible Questions Answered for Kids

Who were the Pharisees and Sadducees and why didn’t they like Jesus?

Online Easter Story 

Free Easter Colouring Pages

Celebrating Easter: Resurrection Eggs

Easy Easter Bonnet Ideas

easter bonnets

Feather Hat

Materials:

A3 Cardboard

Feathers

Ribbon

Glue

Stapler

  1. Curl a piece of cardboard into a cone shape the size of your child’s head.
  2. Staple a piece of ribbon to either side of the hat.
  3. Using a glue stick or craft glue, attach feathers to cover the hat.

Flower Hat

Materials:

20cm metal ring (you can guy this from Spotlight)

Ribbon

Fake flowers

  1. Purchase a 20 cm ring. These are available from craft shops.
  2. Cut the fake flowers off the stem and wind around the ring ensuring there are no sharp edges with will poke into the child’s head. Repeat until the entire ring is covered.
  3. Tie ribbon on each side of the hat.

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Easter Advent Calendar

Easter Egg Craft : New Life

New Life

Around Easter time, Jesus’ death and resurrection is especially remembered and the symbol of the egg represents new life.

This cracked egg craft is easy and fun.

Materials required

Paddle pop sticks

New Life Egg Template (click here, New Life Egg Template, for printable template)

Sticky tape

Drawing materials

Feathers (optional)

Instructions

1. Print out the New Life Egg Template.

2. Colour (or glue feathers) over egg and chick.

3. Cut out top cracked egg.

4. Sticky tape two paddle pop sticks together to make a long stick.

5. Cut along dotted line. Tip: to avoid ripping, place sticky tape over line on the front and back before cutting.

6. Sticky tape the long paddle pop stick at the back of the top cracked egg. Tip: I’ve placed a dot on the template as a guide.

7. Insert the long paddle pop stick into the cut section.

8. Done!

Links

Click here for a simple lesson you can do with your own children to enrich this craft and put it into context.