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Twin Tuesday – Celebration Guide Part 2 – Easter

| April 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Click here to go to TwinTuesday Celebration Part 1 on Passover!

Easter

Well, decorating Easter eggs is probably the first thing that comes to mind for celebrating. It can be really fun – simply purchasing one of the kids from Paas (found at CVS, Walgreens, or your local drugstore or grocery store) can entertain little ones for awhile, although it does require adult supervision.

You may remember the simple egg-dyeing kit from your youth, but did you know how much more advanced the kits have become over the years?  New designs this year include “Retro Splatter” and “Deggorating Doodles”. There are also designs featuring temporary tattoos, chrome and neon paint effects, and tons more:

Plus, they’ve also made a FREE APP this year! Share your designs online, and their website says “From now until 4/8/12 we’ll donate $1* to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each egg shared.” 

If you want to go beyond the standard egg decorating, Martha Stewart has some great tips on making Marbleized Eggs, and Wax-Dyed Eggs (pictured below). These are crafts that can decorate your home all year round, plus happen to be kid-friendly (although adult supervision will be required):

 

Once you’re done decorating, you can play the game of Egg Shell Crack:

See whose egg doesn’t crack. Give each kid a hard-boiled egg, then divide into pairs. At the starting signal, kids smash the eggs’ small ends together. The kids with unbroken shells advance to the next round. Whoever has the last uncracked egg wins.

Of course, you can always eat the eggs when you’re done!

Finally if you are having an Egg Race, follow these tips from Martha Stewart Online:

Think beyond the Easter egg hunt and set up fun kids’ activities, like an Egg Relay Race. First, turn your backyard into a racetrack. Divide kids into two teams. At one end of the yard, mark a starting line for each team with a set of balloons tied to a stake that you have driven into the ground. At the other end, drive a stake with another set of balloons into the ground for each team. Have the teams stand behind their starting lines, and give every kid a plastic spoon and each team only one egg. The kids who are first in line should place the team’s egg in their spoon and hold the handle in their teeth. At the blow of a whistle, they must race to their team’s other set of balloons, around it, and back, passing off the egg to the next teammate in line (it’s okay to use hands for this). If an egg falls to the ground, it can be picked up and placed back in the spoon. The first team to have all of its members finish the course wins the game.

But, if you’re over egg-decorating, you aren’t alone. Twiniversity thought beyond-the-egg this Easter, and rounded up a few Easter craft ideas for you to enjoy, including Friendship blossoms (from Family Fun) and a Peeking Bunny (from Busy Bee Crafts)

If you like Homemade Craft Ideas (and if you’re anything like us, you’re addicted to Pinterest as well!) Then check out these 101 Handmade Easter Crafts From EverythingEtsy. A note to parents, some of these crafts may require lots of adult help – but we couldn’t help be inspired to share some Easter fun crafts for the parents too! They include:

  1. Ribbon Bunny Bows – Ten Cow Chick
  2. Crepe Paper Carrots – Martha Stewart
  3. Vintage Easter Treat Bags {Printables} – Funkytime
  4. Egg T-Shirt – iCandy Handmade (pictured below!)

For more kid-friendly crafts, Martha Stewart has plenty more, including Bunny Ears, Egg Creatures, and Envelope Bunnies:

Tools and Materials
Child-size headband
8-by-16-inch piece of pink felt
6-by-6-inch piece of white felt scissors
pinking or scalloped shears (optional)
hot-glue gun
hot-glue sticks

To Cover the Headband
1. Measure the width and length of the top of the headband, add 1/2 inch to all sides, and cut a strip of pink felt to cover.

2. Glue the felt strip onto the top of the headband, wrapping the extra material around the headband’s edges.

3. Measure the underside of the headband, and cut a strip of pink felt to fit.

4. Glue the strip to the underside, creating a backing that covers the edges of the top felt.

To Make the Ears
1. Print out our bunny-ears template, and cut out both shapes.

2. Trace the outer-ear shape onto pink felt twice, and cut along scalloped edge (or cut out with pinking or scalloped shears).

3. Trace the inner-ear shape onto white felt twice, and cut out with regular scissors.

 

1. Seal the flap of an envelope, and draw bunny ears on the sealed side, as shown below. You can draw your own or use our bunny ear template

2. Cut along the line through both layers of the envelope. 

3. Flip the envelope over; what was the side of the envelope becomes the bottom of your treat holder. 

4. Cut pink construction paper to make eyes and insides of ears, and glue them on the front of the envelope. Use colored pencil for mouth; glue on a pom-pom nose. Fill with yummy Easter sweets.

 

 

 

 

 

When making egg creatures, note these preparation tips. You can make a pig, a ladybug, a chick, a bunny – let your kids come up with their own creatures and ideas! Animal how-to’s can be found on the website:

Blowing

Emptying eggs lets you save your creations. An adult should pierce egg at both ends with a utility knife, widening one hole a bit. Poke a straightened paper clip through wide hole; stir yolk. Place ear syringe in smaller hole; squeeze. Contents will pour out. (Wash hands well.)

Dyeing

It’s easy to make dye: Cover the work area with paper towels. In a jar, mix 1 teaspoon vinegar, 20 drops food coloring, and 1 cup warm water. Submerge the egg (keep it down with a paper cup containing water). Soak 5 minutes for light colors and 10 minutes for darker shades. Remove the egg with tongs. A homemade rack of pins and foam board makes for even drying and quick cleanup.

Decorating

Dye or paint should be fully dry before beginning. Affix features with white glue (on crepe paper, use tiny dots of glue); let dry at least 20 minutes. Glue on feet or legs first so egg will stand. For ears and combs, dab glue on edge of felt or crepe paper, affix piece, let dry, then fold up. Add small details like eyes with tempera paint or a marker.

 

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