Easter Crafts:: Eggs, Bunnies and Slimy Fun

Easter Crafts:: Eggs, Bunnies and Slimy Fun

Spring has sprung, and that means eggs and bunnies are everywhere! We’ve got some great Easter crafts that both adults and kids alike will love to create!

The Egg and I

Did you know that coloring eggs at Easter first began in the 13th century? Some believe that because eggs were forbidden during the season of Lent, they were colored and decorated to be enjoyed after the period of penance and fasting. Others believe that the egg is a representation of Jesus’ emergence from the tomb. Still others believe the Easter activity pre-dates Christianity as a pagan symbol as a celebration of Spring.

Whatever the history, it’s become a fun family tradition for hundreds of years. At our house we’ve tried literally dozens of novel decorating techniques {notably, some more fun and successful than others}.

Probably the most popular technique is color-dying the hard boiled egg {HBE}. This can be easily achieved by purchasing the kit at the store {or Amazon} and dropping the HBE into the colored solution. You can mix and match colors, add writing, stickers, etc. You can also make your own color-dye eggs by using natural ingredients such as beets, onion skins or spices. Last year {during our 3rd week of COVID quarantine} we attempted dying our HBE’s using the silk scarf technique; no joke, it was more fun for me than it was for the impatient tween. The {probably} more fun way to color HBE’s {especially with littles} is with the magic-marker egg spinner kits. These marker kits are fast, easy and a lot less-messy.

If you have older kids, artistic kids or extremely patient kids; my favorite egg decorating technique is emptying out the contents of the egg before coloring it {obviously this is using a raw egg vs. an HBE}. Not only are they reusable, they’re also great for decorating!

For the busy mom; brown eggs, a permanent marker, a few felt strips, a few cotton balls and a glue stick will also work in a pinch! No pressure or judgement here, just have fun!

Easter Crafts:: Eggs, Bunnies and Slimy FunThe Bunny Hop

No one really knows why the bunny is such a popular Easter symbol either. Some say it’s because rabbits are known to…well…multiply; that makes for good symbolism with rebirth, fertility and new life. Others believe it stems from a German folktale of a colored-egg laying hare, fondly known as ‘Osterhase’. For our family {and as a kid who was actually born on Easter Sunday}, it’s all about Peter Cottontail!

There are literally hundreds of crafting ideas for making bunnies. I’ve mentioned just a few that are quick, easy and collectible {if you’re into that}. I love all things made from kids’ handprints and/or footprints. These quick and easy handprint bunnies are super fun for littles.

Follow this link to find dozens of quick and simple Easter crafts utilizing paper plates, glue sticks, construction paper and washable markers.

Easter Crafts:: Eggs, Bunnies and Slimy FunSlimetastic

Believe it or not, making slime at home can be easy, fun and educational! For the parents with creative kids, curious kids and kids that love all things science; I promise, this Easter activity will be a big hit!

Although slime gets a bad rap in most households, it is a most unique substance. Not quite a liquid and not quite a solid, it’s the perfect gooey substance that all kids love to mix, make and squeeze {in chemistry vernacular, we refer to these substances as non-Newtonian Fluids}. It’s also the perfect science experiment which demonstrates a totally safe (and relatively instant) chemical reaction. Slime is made from several normal household products:: glue, baking soda and borax {you can also use contact solution or shaving cream}. Upon mixture, the ions of each ingredient interact to create this strangely unique polymeric substance. This link contains a host of different Easter slime recipes, activities and more. Just remember, your homemade slime should not be runny, sticky or messy. If you follow the recipe it should feel slimy, but leave no residue; keep mixing it in the bowl until it reaches this consistency.

Easter crafts are a fun way to kick off our entrance into the Spring season. It’s a fun time for families to connect, enjoy the warmer weather, celebrate family and reflect on all things to be thankful for. Whatever your family traditions are at Easter, take time to enjoy them.

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Kelly S
Kelly grew up in small town Ohio and attended Ohio State University. She holds bachelors degrees in finance and chemistry. She moved to Houston in the mid-1980’s where she started work in Oil and Gas. In 1988, she began her 30-year career with Shell Oil Company and later obtained an Exec-MBA from University of Houston, specializing in Operational Excellence and Leadership. During her career with Shell she worked in a variety of technical and senior management positions across Houston and Port Arthur. She met her husband, Bruce, at Shell in 1995 but they didn’t {finally} marry until 10-10-2010 on a private beach in Hawaii. Collectively, they worked for Shell for over sixty years! Bruce {aka Pops} has two grown sons; he and Kelly {aka Mimzy} enjoy four beautiful grandchildren. Together over the years, Kelly and Bruce opened their home to several teenage nieces and nephews who needed guidance, consistent structure and support. In 2018 they became legal guardians for their 11-year old niece, Zoe {June 2007}. Kelly officially retired from Shell in July 2018 but that hasn’t slowed her down much! Between keeping up with Zoe in middle school, Kelly teaches Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace at River Pointe Church in the Spring & Fall semesters. Kelly and Bruce also own a home-crafting business where they “up-cycle” discarded wine barrels into unique and creative household novelties. Bruce is the wood-working craftsman while Kelly manages the creativity {and the books}! You can check them out on Facebook @Showbird Handcrafted Designs. Kelly and Bruce are fitness enthusiasts, cyclists, paddle-boarders, avid hikers and annual visitors of America’s amazing National Parks; but they are also beer, wine and beach enthusiasts - quite the contrast! Kelly is an animal lover and supports many local rescue organizations. Along with their personal ‘failed-foster’ menagerie, it’s likely you’ll find a nursing mom with kittens or a senior dog anxiously awaiting a permanent home. If you’re looking for a new, furry friend, just give her a call!


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