Easy Easter Basketsby Amy McMahon
This creative activity will allow your child to celebrate a season with her own artwork.
Age: Preschool through elementary
Time: 30 minutes or more
Type of activity: Arts and Crafts
- One large, round margarine container (empty)
- Construction paper (at least two colors)
- Elmer's glue
- Easter egg grass
- Jelly beans, chocolate eggs, or other Easter candy
- Cut a piece of construction paper into a rectangle that will fit around the outside of the margarine tub (approximately 4" x 10").
- Fold the rectangle in half (widthwise) in order to "weave" your basket.
- Draw a line (lengthwise) an inch from the top of the open edge of the paper (opposite the folded edge). This is your "stop cutting" line.
- Measure and mark lines an inch apart starting at the folded edge and ending at the "stop cutting" line.
- Cut along the lines you just drew, up to the "stop cutting" line. Then unfold the rectangle.
- Cut 10 four-inch strips of different colored construction paper (1/2" x 4").
- Weave the strips (from top to bottom) in and out of the cuts you made in the rectangle. To hold each strip in place, add a drop of glue at the top and bottom of each woven strip.
- Wrap the woven rectangle around the outside of the margarine tub and glue it in place.
- Cut another strip of paper approximately 8 inches long (1-inch wide) for the basket's handle. Glue the handle over top of margarine tub.
- Your child can decorate her basket with artificial or construction paper flowers. Fill it with Easter grass, candies, and jelly beans.