One the best things about Easter in the northern hemisphere is that it happens in spring.
The main theme behind the religious celebration is rebirth, and spring is the one season where we see rebirth all around, in plant and animal life. Try these fabulous crafts and get them egg-cited about Easter!
Egg-cellent ESL Easter Crafts You Should Try
Easter Eggs with Tons of Texture and Color!
Try making these Easter eggs for a true burst of color! You’ll need:
- Materials in an assortment of colors, for example, colored cotton balls, painted macaroni, buttons, pipe cleaners, or anything really that provides a great deal of texture. Tip: to color your cotton balls, place them in a plastic bag (but fluff them out and make them wispy, first), then add some drops of food coloring and one capful of rubbing alcohol. Seal the bag and massage the cotton balls till they’re evenly colored. Open to bag to dry. Repeat with as many colors as you like. To paint macaroni or any small pasta, place them in a bowl and add some tempera paint. Mix till all of the pasta is evenly colored, then scoop it all out into a cookie sheet, previously lined with aluminum foil. Spread out the pasta as much as you can so the pieces don't get stuck to each other as the paint dries. Repeat with as many colors as you like.
- Construction paper
- Double sided tape
Give your students an egg template and show them how to cut out an egg out of construction paper. They apply double sided tape or glue. They stick the colored cotton balls, painted macaroni, or your materials of choice, arranged as stripes across the egg, polka dots, or any way they like!
Chicks with Handprint Wings
This is a very original way to put some wings on chicks. You’ll need:
- Construction paper in white, black, orange and yellow
- Black marker
- Paint brush
- Yellow finger paint
Have your students cut out an oval-shaped body for the chick out of yellow paper and glue onto another sheet of paper. They cut out the beak, head feathers and legs out of orange paper and glue everything onto the chick. They cut out two circles for the eyes out of white paper and two smaller ones out of black paper for the pupils. You paint your students’ palms yellow and have them stamp them onto the sides of the chicks' bodies for the wings.
Paper Cup Bunny Treat Holders
The kids make them and YOU fill them up with treats or small chocolate eggs! You'll need:
- White paper cups
- White pipe cleaners
- Pink pompoms
- White, black and pink construction paper
Have your students cut out large bunny ears out of white construction paper, and pink inner ears to glue on those. Stick them on the back of the paper cup. Show them how to make the eyes out of white circles and smaller black circles for the pupils. Have the children glue two pipe cleaners for the whiskers and a pink pompom for the nose.
This is another easy but very colorful Easter craft that allows children to get as creative as they like. You will need:
- White construction paper
- Tissue paper in a variety of colors
- Hole puncher
- Paper fasteners
Ask your students to draw and cut out an egg from the white construction paper. You may wish to give them a template. Then, give them some tissue paper they can either cut up or roll up into little balls that they can glue to decorate their eggs. With their scissors they cut the egg across in a zigzag pattern. Punch a hole through both ends on the same side and use a paper fastener so the children can open and close the hatched egg. Have your students cut out a chick with the template, color it, and glue it to the back of the egg.
Cotton Ball Bunny
As cuddly and soft as a real bunny, your students will love taking this fuzzy friend home with them. You will need:
- White and pink construction paper
- White cotton balls
- Pink pompoms
- White and pink pipe cleaners
Children cut out a big circle for the bunny face and large bunny ears out of white construction paper. They cut out the smaller inner ears out of pink construction paper. They glue the ears to the back of the circle. Have your students put glue all over the circle and add the cotton balls, one next to the other till the whole face is filled with them. Then they add eyes out of white and black construction paper, and whiskers and a mouth out of pipe cleaners.
There is no question your students will be thrilled to take these crafts home and show them off to their families.
Claudia has been an ESL teacher for 20 years and has taught a wide variety of students from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, complete beginners to advanced students. This vast teaching experience has helped her write over 100 articles for BusyTeacher.org. When she is not teaching, she is also a freelance travel writer contributing reviews for V!VA Travel Guides' upcoming Uruguay edition, as well as travel articles and blog posts for a variety of online publications. She is currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her spunky 7-year old daughter and crabby 10-year old cat, Ulysses. Google +.
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