Hop Into Spring - Activities, Arts And Crafts

Hop into Spring - Activities, Arts and Crafts

Date: 08 Apr 2015

Hop into Spring - Activities, Arts and Crafts

At Bright Horizons, we appreciate the holidays are a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to get together and have fun.
With activities, inspiration and handy tips and ideas, we have specially created an Easter holiday guide to provide you with easy things to explore and discover with your child this spring – whatever the weather!

Egg Heads

This is a really fun activity for budding gardeners and explorers!

What you will need:

Hollow egg shells (these can be hen or duck eggs)
Paint
Felt tip pens or markers
Googly eyes
Cotton wool
Cress seeds

Method:

1. After enjoying soft boiled eggs for breakfast, hollow out the eggs shells – being careful not to crack the remaining shell.
2. Carefully wash the empty shells using water and a little washing-up liquid.
3. Decorate your eggs in the shape of a face with paint, googly eyes and a big smile! Make sure your egghead is dry before starting the next step.
4. Fill the empty shells 2/3 full with fluffy cotton wool.
5. Add a little water to the cotton wool.
6. Sprinkle the cress seeds on top of the wool and place the filled shells in an egg cup.
7. Water your eggs each day and you will start to see hair growing in 2-3 days!

Easter Arts and Crafts

If the weather keeps you indoors, arts and crafts are a great activity and can be adapted for even the smallest of hands.

Egg Decorating

Egg decorating is a simple but fun craft for children, nurturing their creative talents and also developing their mark making and writing skills.
What you’ll need:
Hard-boiled eggs
Empty egg carton
Newspaper
Old clothes or an apron
White crayons
Vinegar
Food colouring
Optional:
Elastic bands
Stickers
To make the colour dye:
For each colour you want to use, fill cups halfway with hot water and add 1tsp of vinegar and 1tsp of food colouring.

Designing and Decorating

This is the egg-citing part! Once the dyes are mixed and the eggs are hard-boiled and ready, different patterns and messages can be created on each shell. Once you have finished your design, simply immerse the egg in the dye for 5 minutes before lifting out to dry.

Just to get you started, we have included a few designs and ideas below:
• Using the white crayon, simply draw on to the egg and create a pretty pattern or Easter message. Once you have dipped the egg in the dye, the wax will protect the egg and your message will be clear against the bright, colourful background.
• Elastic bands are a great tool for creating a stripey egg! Just place your band around the egg and once you have dipped in the dye, your egg will have lots of stripes where the elastic was.
• Stickers also work in an identical way to elastic bands, creating the perfect silhouette which will stand out against the dye.

Finish

Once your eggs are decorated and dipped in the dye, carefully place them in to the empty egg carton and leave them to dry. Once they’re dry, they will look fantastic in an Easter basket or you can hide them for an egg hunt.

Easter Baking

For budding bakers and chefs, we have included a couple of recipes below which are great for the outdoors and picnics.

Chocolate Egg Nests

Children will love creating our Chocolate Egg Nests and crunching into them once they’re cool.

What you’ll need:

• 85g Rice Krispies (or wholegrains if you prefer!)
• 75g milk chocolate
• 75g plain chocolate
• 50g butter
• 2 tbsp golden syrup
• Mini candy coated eggs

Method:

1. Place the Rice Krispies in a bowl
2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a saucepan, together with the butter and golden syrup. Melt the ingredients over a gentle heat.
3. Carefully line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper or parchment.
4. Stir the Rice Krispies in to the lovely chocolate mixture before spooning in to mounds on to the baking sheets. Try to create a round shape with a dip in the centre.
5. Chill the nests in the fridge for several hours until set before peeling the nests off carefully and filling with the mini eggs. Once you're happy with your nests, enjoy!

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter egg hunts are an exciting and thrilling activity for all the family and can be very simple and easy to prepare. We have included a few top tips below which will help to make the day even more special!

Try hiding clues around the house too, with lots of riddles and rhymes that will lead them to their prize! Children will love to follow a trail or even just collect as many eggs as they can find.
Head in to the garden or even further afield to make the Easter egg hunt even more exciting. With lots to see, feel and hear, your child will love roaming and collecting their prizes.
Fancy dress is a great addition to every Easter egg hunt, creating a theme and a sense of adventure. Bunny ears, fluffy tails and teeth are a few simple ideas; perfect for children with big imaginations.
Adding a golden egg, or eggs, will make the hunt even more exciting – with a special golden prize for the winners!
If your little ones are different ages, try including a colour code so even the smallest feet can join the race and collect their fair share of eggs.