By TMoM Team Member Sydney D. Richardson, Ph. D.
April showers bring May flowers, but April also brings Easter! Easter will arrive in just a few weeks, yet hayrides and Easter egg hunts are already being planned. Easter basket items are in stores now. That means that a house filled with little ones needs constant activities, like an Easter craft!
When I look for activities and crafts, I gravitate towards low-cost or, if possible, free things. I often look for items already in my house that can be used. Each year, I try something different. Puppet shows, Easter bunny paper plates, acting out an Easter story, have graced my house one too many times. This year, I came across a cute activity for the kids and they loved it! Now my children are ten and eight, but this will definitely work on children of multiple ages. Are you ready? Let’s make Sock Bunnies!
For this activity, you need five items:
- One sock (grab a sock that’s lost it’s buddy)
- String or ribbon
- Uncooked rice
- A marker (to draw the face)
Let each child fill its sock with uncooked rice, until the rice meets the ankle of the sock. Leave about 1-2 inches at the top of EACH sock. They don’t need to over fill it. Next, tie a bow around the top of the rice filled sock. Next, tie another bow around the middle of the rice filled sock. This will create two body parts: a top half and a bottom half.
Now for the next part. Remember the 1-2 inches left at the top of the sock? Cut that vertically in half to create two floppy ears. Each ear will fall to the side.
Now, allow each child to draw a face on the top half of the sock. My children did two dots for eyes and then they drew a mouth. When you are finished, you’ll have a rice filled bunny.
The children loved their creation, but I had them put them away until after dinner for a reason. Later that evening, each child had their bunny and I read them The Velveteen Rabbit. The kids took to the story very well and I was the only one in tears. It was a great way to end the day.
There are so many activities to complete in time for Easter and children of all ages really enjoy taking part (including adults). Your job, as the parent, is to make it fun for the kids and allow their creativity to soar.
More Easter Ideas to To Do at Home
For more fun ideas for Easter – including more crafts, recipes and games – revisit TMoM’s blog “Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter.”
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