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Brown Bag Bunny

Fill one paper bag with crumpled up newspaper. Pull another bag over the filled one. Tie the yarn in a bow around both bags where the bunny's neck should be.

Cut the bottom feet out of cardboard, in the shape shown and glue to the bottom of the bag.

Cut the upper feet from the third lunch bag in the shape shown, and glue to the front of the bunny just under the yarn-tied bow for the bunny's neck.

Cut two ears from the third paper bag and glue them to the top back of the bunny's head.


Cut eyes and nose from black and white construction paper and glue in place. Or, you may glue large wiggly eyes on. Draw a mouth and whiskers with a black permanent marker. Glue the large cotton ball to the lower back of the bag for a tail and you're finished ! These little guys make a great way to wrap small Easter presents too. Take a wrapped present small enough to fit in the bag and nestle it inside the bag in colorful tissue paper. You can make a gift tag and use a hole punch in the corner to be able to tie it up in the bow.


Easter Sparkle Ornaments

Trace cookie cutter shapes onto paper. Place waxed paper over design. Outline design with glue. Coat surface with glue & fill with glitter. Let set. Shake off extra glitter. Let dry (may take several days).

Cut out and do the same to the reversed side.

Make hole in top with point of scissors and run a loop of thread or ribbon to use as hanger.
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How Many Eggs? Game

Supplies:
Large glass jar filled with chocolate eggs
Small pieces of paper
Easter basket
Pencil

How To Play: Have children write their name on a small piece of paper and their guess as to how many chocolate eggs are in the jar. The child who guesses the right number, or comes closest takes the jar of candy home to share with their family.


Easter Scramble

Supplies:
Index Cards
Paper Bags

How To Play: Choose an Easter word such as: Easter Bunny, Chocolate, Basket, Hippity-Hop.... Write the letters of the word on individual index cards. Do this two times, making two sets. Put each set in a brown paper bag.

Divide children into teams. Give each team a bag. The first team to decipher what the word in the bag is wins. A variation of the game would be to divide into teams with the same number of children as there are letters in the word. Each child get's a letter and they must hold onto the card and stand in the proper order to spell the word for all to see.
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Chicks in basket Centerpiece

MATERIALS:
Kitchen shears
Small basket
Yellow work glove
Craft glue
Scissors
Felt
Small googly eyes
Easter grass
Ribbon or flat braid (optional)

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Use the kitchen shears to cut a whole in the bottom of your basket that's big enough for your child to fit her hand through.

2. Stick the work glove up through the hole, leaving the cuff out.

3. Secure the cuff to the bottom with craft glue.

4. Tuck the thumb of the glove into the basket and glue it out of sight.

5. Cut four small triangular beaks out of the orange felt and four small combs out of the yellow felt.

6. Glue the combs to the tops of each gloved finger; glue the beaks -- slightly curved -- onto each "face."

7. Complete each face by gluing on a pair of googly eyes.

8. Add a small handful of Easter grass around the chicks in the basket.

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If desired, decorate the handle by wrapping it with pretty ribbon or braid.
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Jeweled Eggs


What You Need

Boiled Eggs
Glitter paint with tip (on bottle)
Flat sided jewels in multiple colors and sizes
Egg cartons, empty
Tweezers, optional



How To Make It


You will need for the eggs to dry once you decorate them. Use the ice pick to poke a hole in the parts of the egg carton that stick up (dividing the eggs). You can then place the stick through this hole to allow your decorative egg to dry.

If using boiled eggs:

You will need to decorate only one side of the egg at a time. Let dry either on egg cartons turned upside down or a cooling rack. Decorate other side when first side is dry.

At the top of the egg, make a scalloped circular design with the glitter paint, if desired. Make sure there is a "puddle" of paint on the top. Place a jewel on the top of the egg in the puddle of paint.

Make a "puddle" of paint on the side of the egg. Place a jewel in the "puddle". (Note: You can make the "puddles" as small or as large as you wish, just make sure it is large enough to hold the jewel in place.)

Repeat as many times as desired around the egg. (Reminder: If this egg is not on a stick, you will need to leave one side empty until it is dry.)

Let dry as described above.

Place on a decorative plate, an Easter basket, or make an arrangement for your table.
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Blowing Out Eggs

Making your own Easter eggs is a fun way to celebrate Easter. You can decorate your eggs as simple or fancy as you want! Create a tradition by decorating eggs every year. Before you can decorate the eggs, you need to get the inside of the egg out, without breaking the shell! It's really quite simple to do. How? You blow the egg out.

Gather together these things:
eggs
a needle
a bowl

Using the needle, poke a small hole in the narrow end of the egg, and a slightly larger hole in the other end. Move the pin around to make sure you tear the membrane around the yolk. Now, holding the egg over the bowl, blow through the small hole. The egg will be forced out the larger hole and into the bowl. Make sure you rinse the egg well with water - I'll leave it up to you to work out a way, but if you get stuck, email me! Oh! What to do with the egg-innards? If it is for yourself, you can make the eggs into a nice omlete or quiche. If doing this with a class, you might not want to use the eggs for reasons of health regulations. Your eggs are now ready to decorate. Let your imagination run wild!

You can use any of these things to decorate your eggs:
paints
ribbons
sequins
glitter
lace
colored foil
felt tip pens
fabric scraps
tassels
dye kit

Marble Eggs

Large glass jar
Crayon stubs
Vegetable grater
Hot water
Waxed paper or newspaper
Empty egg carton
Clear acrylic spray (optional)

Grate peeled crayons over waxed paper. Fill jar with very hot water. Drop bits of grated crayon into water. Add hard boiled or blown egg as soon as crayon begins to melt. Twirl egg in water with spoon. the wax should make a design on the egg. Carefully remove egg and set upside-down in egg carton to dry. Once dry spray with clear acrylic to seal.
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Clothespin Easter Bunnies
Supply List:

clothespins (or clothespegs ...)

craft paint in white, blue, and yellow for a boy bunny; white and pink for a girl bunny

3-1/2" white pipe cleaner or chenille stem

small pieces of craft fun foam, felt or construction paper in white, pink and orange

craft glue




Instructions:
1. Paint clothespin in a base coat of white.

2. For the boy bunny, paint the upper half yellow, and the legs blue (refer to photo), leaving the head and feet white. Apply a second coat of white to head and feet.

3. For the long earred girl bunny, apply a second coat of white all over.

4. For either bunny: apply facial features, using markers, paint markers or paint (using a fine tipped brush). The eyes are black, inverted commas, with a small dot of white at the bottom. Paint a small pink heart for the nose, with a wiggly line of pink whiskers on either side (see photo). The mouth is a thin black line in an elongated "w" shape.

For the long earred rabbit, paint pink half moon insets to the ears -- and you're done! (Now, wasn't that one a cinch?)

5. Finish the boy rabbit by cutting out ears, bow tie and carrot from fun foam, felt or construction paper.

The ears are two pieces, the white tear drop shape of the main ear, and a smaller piece of pink in the same shape glued on top. Once you have these assembled, glue to the top of the rabbit's head.

Cut a thin triangular shape to make the carrot. This is so small it is little more than a sliver! Glue to either hand -- or to the body area, as I did, before gluing down one hand to "hold" it. If you add it to the body area, finish off by painting on a few green leaves to top the carrot.

The perky bow tie can be painted on - or cut, from whatever material you choose to use. Either way, shape the bow tie in a very tiny hourglass shape. If gluing, attach at the neckline with craft glue or hot glue.

Cut a length of pipe cleaner to make the arms (approx. 3.5 inches) and bend to fit before gluing in place at the back of the neck.

Suggestions:

Get creative! Make several bunnies in different colours. Skip the carrot, and give him a tiny Easter basket or posy of flowers to hold. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination.


Paintbrush Bunnies

Supply List:
2 inch paint brushes with wooden handles

white craft paint

google eyes

plastic scoop (i.e. recycled kool-aid or small laundry detergent scoop)

scraps of felt or craft fun foam in red and light blue

ribbon

ribbon roses or other small floral decorationtiny pink pom pom

2 small brown or tan pom poms

artificial animal whiskers, string...or pull a few bristles from the paint brushes before you start this project!



Instructions:
1. Begin by painting the brushes - even the bristles - with white paint. Let dry and repeat if the coverage is a little thin.

2. Use paint or a permanent marker to make a broken line (a line broken by spaces) down the center of the handle.

3. Check the photo for details, then paint the inside of the bunny's ear on either side of the painted center line. Use pink paint for the girl bunny's ears and blue for the boy bunny.

4. Assemble the bunny's face on the metal part of the brush, above the bristles. First, glue whiskers in the middle, followed by the tiny pink pompom. Under the pink nose, glue on the two brown or tan pom poms.

5. Cut a small oval from red felt or fun foam, and glue on beneath the brown or tan pom poms.

6. For the girl bunny, glue on a bow and a small ribbon rose, just below the tongue.

7. Next, glue on the google eyes, where the metal meets the wooden handle. For the girl, add another small bow just below the ears.

8. Make the boy bunny as you did the girl, but leave off the bows and roses. Instead, take a piece of square felt and cut a triangle out of two opposite sides to make a bow tie. Glue the bow tie under the tongue.

9. For the boy's hat, cut a plastic scoop in half and cover it with two coats of light blue paint. When the paint is dry, glue the hat above the eyes, as shown in the photo. And enjoy!
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Our Easter tradition: Throw out old Easter candy. Buy new. Eat some. Save some to throw away following year.

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