This year, I thought it would be lovely for Jemima to create some Easter cards to send to her relatives. As she is not yet two years old, I wanted to create cards she could decorate by herself. The instructions for each of the three designs are written below, so please feel free to try them out with your toddler. All are simple to set up and quick to make.
1. Potato Print Easter Eggs
Cut two potatoes in half. Turn them over and carve little handles to make them easier for your toddler to pick up and hold.
Create different designs for each ‘egg’. To make the lines thicker, I first cut them with a knife, then went over them with the point of a potato peeler.
Once you have made your potato Easter egg designs, pour four different colours of paint onto paper plates, one for each different design. Fold a piece of A4 white card in half and let your toddler print the egg designs onto the card.
2. Tissue Paper Collage Easter Egg
This card is super simple to create. Begin by folding a piece of A4 paper in half and then draw an oval shape along the fold.
Cut it out and then unfold the paper to reveal your egg shape. We made two of these.
Next, tear various colours of tissue paper into little pieces and put into a paper bowl.
Allow your toddler to cover the egg shape in glue and then stick the multicolour tissue paper onto the egg.
Fold an A4 piece of white card in half and stick your Easter egg collage onto the front.
3. Baby Chick Easter Card
This card is very quick to make. Begin by folding a piece of yellow card in half. Take a large glass or a bowl and draw around it, ensuring that part of it overlaps the fold.
Cut out around the shape to create a circular card.
If your toddler is old enough (mine isn’t!) give them a pair of toddler scissors and allow them to make small cuts around the outside of the card to give the illusion of feathers. You may wish to do this step yourself.
Finally, your toddler can stick goggly eyes and an orange beak in the middle of the yellow circle. Alternatively, these could be drawn or painted. We used an orange piece of sticky foam for the beak.
Jemima managed to make these cards while her three-week-old brother was peacefully napping!
We hope you enjoy making these designs and would love to hear how you got on. Wishing you all a happy and restful Easter!