Animals, crafts, Easter, Spring

Hatching Chick Craft

Hatching Chick Craft

With so many animal babies being born in the springtime, this hatching chick craft is a great way to incorporate some of that baby-cuteness into your preschooler’s activities. Use a brad to connect the top and bottom pieces of the plate to turn this into a moveable craft. Gently pull the top of your plate and watch your chick hatch!

Supplies Needed:

  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • yellow construction paper
  • glue stick
  • feathers
  • googly eyes
  • brad

How To:

First turn your paper plate into an egg by cutting a zig-zag line across your paper plate. Connect the two plate pieces with a brad on one side. This allows the plate to open and close so you can pretend the chick is hatching! Movable crafts are tons of fun and a great way to show “hatching.”

Next, cut an oval shape out of your yellow paper. This will be your baby chick. Glue feathers onto your chick. Our feathers were large and covered a lot of the chick so we didn’t need a beak. My son added two googly eyes and called his chick done.

Now that you chick as feathers and eyes, glue the bottom part of your chick onto the back of the bottom plate piece. Let your project dry before showing off your hatching chick craft.

For more fun spring crafts try:

Paper Plate Bunny— print off the free template, color and cut out the pieces, and glue them all onto a paper plate to make a bunny.

Mosaic Egg— use left over scraps of paper to make a beautiful mosaic egg.

Torn Paper Nest–tear up construction paper and use the pieces to make a nest.

Easter, Spring

Mosaic Egg Craft

Mosaic Egg Craft

Whether you want this to be cheerful spring egg or an Easter egg, this mosaic egg craft will be a hit with your preschooler. Use this project to help with color identification as you say the name of each color as your glue it on. You can also count how many sides the shapes have too.

Supplies Needed:

  • multiple colors of construction paper*
  • glue stick
  • scissors

*I have a sandwich bag filled with scraps of construction paper that we use for making mosaic crafts. So if you don’t already have small pieces of paper ready to go, cut some out in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.

How To:

First: Cut your egg shape— pick a color for your egg. We made ours out of white construction paper. The egg shape was large and took up most of the paper.

Second: Making the Mosaic — My son covered his egg in glue from his glue stick, a portion at a time, and added the mosaic paper pieces. He picked a variety of colored mosaic pieces. He had to really work on spatial awareness as he determined which pieces would fit next to each other. In a few instances, I helped trim some pieces for a better fit.

Third: Complete the Project — Once he was happy with the mosaic look of his egg, I flipped the egg over and cut off all of the edges that stuck off the sides of egg. This gave our egg a more rounded look to it.

Now you have an awesome mosaic egg! I think these mosaic eggs are cute decorations for spring and I want my son to make a whole bunch for me. Maybe he could even do one color per egg and I can have a rainbow of eggs 🙂

More Mosaics

If your preschooler enjoyed this mosaic craft and is looking to make more, check out my mosaic butterfly craft! It uses little scraps of paper just like this mosaic egg craft.

My son also made a smiley face out of yellow pieces of paper and a mosaic gingerbread man craft too! Mosaic crafts are a lot of fun and I love how different each one turns out!

Animals, Easter, Spring

Adorable Bunny Craft

Adorable Bunny Craft

There are so many cute bunnies pictures/crafts/decorations popping on my social media feeds this spring! I was inspired to make a bunny craft by a picture I saw of a rabbit with a flower crown. The flower crown turned a boring paper plate into an adorable bunny craft! I love how this turned out 🙂 Whether you are looking for an Easter craft or a spring activity, this bunny craft is fun and easy to make with your little one.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 paper plate
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • pompom
  • bunny craft template (free PDF)
  • glue stick
  • white school glue
  • scissors
  • crayons/markers
  • 2 googly eyes (optional)

How To:

Print the free bunny craft template. It includes the ears, flowers, and leaves that you will need.

Color the ears, flowers, and leaves. While I usually have my son use crayons, the bold color of the markers prompted us to use them instead. After you color everything, cut out your pieces. The designs are pretty intricate so an adult should do the cutting.

Flip your plate over so that the center is now raised. Using your glue stick, glue your ears on the underside of the top of the plate. Glue your flowers and leaves around the top of the plate, making a cute crown.

For the bunny face, you will need 2 googly eyes (or draw your own), 2 pipe cleaners, and a pompom for the nose. We started by gluing on the nose. We used the white school glue to make sure that the pompom is securely attached. Then we folded our pipe cleaners in half (makes a V shape) and glued them on either side of the nose. We put a small amount of white school glue on the pipe cleaners and held them down onto the plate for a few seconds. To finish the bunny face, draw a mouth.

Let your bunny craft dry before showing off how cute it is! While your project is drying, read some EASTER STORIES together 🙂

For more spring craft ideas, check out my SPRING CRAFTS page. Happy crafting!

Easter, Spring

Easter Picture Books

Easter Picture Books
Easter Picture Books

Easter is almost here and there are so many adorable books to read! My son and I made a list of our favorite Easter picture books. These books are filled with bunnies, eggs, chocolate, and Easter fun that’s perfect for preschoolers. There are a mix of old and new favorites here. Visit your library and check for these fun titles.

Easter Books:

Pete the Cat's Big Easter Adventure by James Dean

1. Pete the Cat’s Big Easter Adventure by James Dean —

The Easter Bunny calls on Pete the Cat to help deliver Easter eggs in this fun picture book. It’s up to Pete to get the eggs dyed and hidden for his friends to find. Along his way, Pete adds to his bunny costume. First the ears, then the nose and tail — a cat dressed like a bunny, that’s funny!

How to Catch the Easter Bunny

2. How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace —

The Easter Bunny has to keep its identity a secret because there are kids out there who want to catch it! E.B., as the bunny known, has gotten really good at avoiding traps when he delivers and hides the Easter eggs. This rhyming story shows just clever E.B. is. There are lots of traps made by kids; some are pretty clever. Will E.B. get caught this year? With a little bit of magic, he gets all of the eggs delivered and heads safely home.

Peter Easter Frog

3. Peter Easter Frog by Erin Dealy —

This is a funny story about a frog who thinks he could be the Easter Bunny too because frogs hop just like a rabbit. Along his way, he meets an assortment of other animals who all want to lend a hand and help Peter spread Easter cheer. Preschoolers will love this silly rhyming story. Just wait until Peter and friends meet the real Easter Bunny!

Happy Easter, Biscuit!

4. Happy Easter, Biscuit! by Alyssa Capucilli —

Meet Biscuit, a cute a little puppy, who is excited for Easter! It’s Biscuit’s first Easter and there are so many eggs to be found. Help Biscuit find all of the hidden eggs by lifting the flaps throughout the book. This sparsely worded, interactive book will be a hit with wiggly preschoolers!

Max Counts His Chickens

5. Max Counts His Chickens by Rosemary Wells —

My son loves this story! I can’t even count how many times we have read this. In this Easter counting story, Max and his sister search their home for marshmallow chicks left by the Easter Bunny. Ruby is really good at finding at the hidden treats, while all Max manages to do is make a mess. Max looks in the toothpaste container, the cereal, and in the juice, but no chicks. Ruby finds all of the chicks and poor Max doesn’t have any treats. Grandma makes a quick phone call and the Easter Bunny comes back to give Max some marshmallow chicks of his own.

Mater and the Easter Buggy

6. Mater and the Easter Buggy by Kirsten Larsen —

Welcome to Easter in Radiator Springs! The cars are busy decorating and preparing for the Easter Buggy to come. Mater is so excited! He plans to wait up and see the Easter Buggy this year. Lightning McQueen doesn’t believe in the Easter Buggy. However, not wanting his friend to be disappointed, Lightning decides to give Mater a basket of treats and pretend its from the Easter Buggy. While trying to be sneaky, Lighting makes a lot of noise and wakes up Mater! Now Lighting has to wait for Mater to fall asleep again, only this time, Lightning falls asleep too. When they awake, they both find the real Easter Buggy visited them after all.

Ollie's Easter Eggs

7. Ollie’s Easter Eggs by Oliver Dunrea —

Gossie and her gosling friends are dying Eater eggs! Little Ollie wants some eggs too. He devised a plan to get his wings on the eggs by secretly taking them from his friends. Ollie, wearing cute bunny ears, then creates his own fun egg hunt for the goslings! Preschoolers will love the pictures and sympathize with Ollie’s impatience for the fun to begin.

Happy Easter, Curious George

8. Happy Easter, Curious George by RP Anderson —

George, a curious monkey, is enjoying an outdoor Easter celebration with his friend, the man in the yellow hat. Everything is so exciting. There’s a cute, fluffy bunny to pet, eggs to decorate, and fun to be had! While everyone is busy dying the eggs, the Easter bunny escapes from its pen. George see a man leaving a bunch of eggs in odd places. Thinking the man dropped the eggs on accident, George collects them all. Meanwhile, the kids notice that the bunny is missing. Oh-no! George sees a white egg under a bush and goes to grab it. That’s not an egg, but a bunny tail! With the Easter bunny safely returned to its pen, George re-hides the eggs for the kids to find!

Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish

9. Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen —

This short Pout-Pout Fish board book is great for young children with short attention spans. The rhyming text and cute illustrations help keep preschoolers interested in this Easter story. Mr. Fish, donning a pair of bunny ears, brings Easter fun to all of his ocean friends. Each friend has a special egg to find. Can you help them find their eggs?

Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs by Stan and Jan Berenstain

10. Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs by Stan and Jan Berenstain —

The Berenstain Bear family is excited for the town Easter egg hunt! The cubs are determined to find the most eggs and win the egg hunt. They get so wrapped up in the idea of winning that they are missing out in the joy and fun of spring. When the cubs find a nest with real eggs, they realize that stopping and enjoying the beauty of nature is more important than winning.

The Bunny Hop

11. The Bunny Hop by Sarah Albee—

This book is perfect for little Elmo fans! On Easter morning Elmo and his friends find cute little bunnies all over Sesame Street. The bunnies are appearing in the most unusual places. Where did all of these bunnies come from? Elmo sets out to solve the mystery.

Max's Chocolate Chicken

12. Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells —

On Easter morning Max and his sister, Ruby, hunt for hidden eggs. The one to find the most eggs wins the chocolate chicken. Ruby is great at finding eggs while Max gets distracted by the great outdoors. Max find mud and makes mud pancakes while his sister collects eggs. Realizing Ruby us going to win the egg hunt, Max steals the chocolate chicken. While in his secret hiding spot, he eats all of the chocolate! Fortunately the Eater Bunny was watching and gives Ruby her own chocolate.

Count on the Easter Pups

13. Count on the Easter Pups

Preschoolers love Paw Patrol! My son was obsessed with Paw Patrol at ages 3-4, so we had to read about the pups saving Easter. Filled with Easter fun and my son’s favorite Paw Patrol friends, made this board book a fun read.

Happy Easter, Little Critter

14. Happy Easter, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer —

My son loves Little Critter stories! In this story, Little Critter and Little Sister enjoy a fun Easter with their family and friends. They awake to Easter baskets filled with toys and yummy treats! Then they go to church, where after the service, they get to decorate Easter eggs. Now it’s time for the parents to hide all of the eggs for the kids to find. Your preschooler will have fun pointing all of the eggs!

Easter Eggs

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