Easter Scene: make a scene/collection including all the things that this time of year means to you. We include little chicks in baskets, spring flowers from the garden, some pussy willows, and little cardboard bunnies the kids made years ago. You could also use an old baking tray or tin and include real moss, earth, twigs and a wee pond too.
Make chocolate Eggs: you can make your own eggs using moulds, takes a bit of practice and is a little messy but hugely rewarding and fun.
Paint Eggs: blown or hard-boiled, you can dye them, use wax crayons and paint, let your imagination lead you.
Decorate blown eggs: My friend Sophie shared this idea with me:
My daughter and I enjoyed turning an egg into a ballet dancer (pipe cleaner limbs, fancy ribbon skirt etc) and made her a toy theatre (a shoe box) to dance in as a puppet. We called her ‘Prima Eggerlina’!
We were quite out of puff after blowing the insides of the egg out through the pierced holes, but Nina enjoyed this part of the activity especially. She started thinking up ideas of what egg character she could make next year. This made my day because she was initially reluctant to get started on the activity.
Spring Treasure Hunt: Make up clues that for a journey around what’s sprung i.e.. pussy willows, daffodils or other flowers, wild garlic, wood sorrel, whatever it is you have around you.
Design an Easter Egg Hunt: We do this with some mini chocolate eggs hidden around the garden. The pleasure is in the hunt, finding and the size, amount and type of find is less important.
Wild Garlic Pesto: wild garlic leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper, whiz up and add to anything you fancy.
Easter Wreath: use twigs with new shoots and whatever else you find that to create a hanging for your door or give away as present.
Plant Pots: plant up pots with herbs, or whatever else takes your fancy.
Wild Tea: make tea with dandelions and nettles.
Decorate Boxes: find some little tins or boxes (charity shops are a good place for this) that can be decorated and re-used, add a few sweets or send children to shop with a few pennies to fill it themselves.
Easter Bonnets: create wonderful, head-gear to celebrate this time of year.
More: check out:
netmums for loads of fantastic craft ideas.
Home Made Simple (Procter & Gamble site so loath to include, but as long as you don’t get drawn into any advertising there are lots of interesting ideas here)
Share: tell each other what shoots of new ideas are growing in you, what you are planning and hoping for this year.
Stop: pause for a moment and acknowledge and give thanks for the beginning of new life, new growth, the heralding of bounty to come.