Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – fun Easter chicks and eggs to make.
I may not be able to answer that age old question, what came first – the chicken or the egg? But I can tell you that the decoration of eggs for Easter is believed to date back to the 13th century.
According to some, decorating eggs was a celebration of the end of the Lent period (the 40 days before Easter) when fasting meant certain foods, such as milk and eggs, were not consumed.
In some countries, such as Romania and Hungary, wooden eggs were painted with beautiful and elaborate patterns that helped to tell the story of Easter.
Russian rulers enjoyed the beauty of intricately designed eggs made by jeweller Carl Faberge.
These exquisite creations were made from precious materials such as silver, gold and gems.
The Wacky Workshops eggs are not quite so precious, made from recyclables and paper, but they are cute and easy for kids to make.
4 FUN EASTER CHICKS AND EGGS TO MAKE – THE PAPER HATCHLING
- Paper – various colours
- Cut some egg shapes from the coloured paper.
- Cut each egg in half in a zigzag pattern.
- Add a pushpin to the bottom half of the egg in the top left-hand corner.
- Connect the top part of the egg to this by pushing the pin through the bottom left-hand corner.
- Draw and cut out a simple chicken shape.
- Glue the bottom part of the chick to the back of the bottom part of the egg, so that just its neck and face are visible at the front of the egg.
Now the egg can close and open to reveal the chick inside.
You could add some double-sided tape (or glue) to the back of the bottom part of the egg to attach it to a homemade card.
4 FUN EASTER CHICKS AND EGGS TO MAKE – THE EGG CARTON HATCHLING
This is a fun way to recycle egg cartons and makes a great toy for little ones.
- Egg carton
- Large yellow pompom
- Google eyes
- Orange paper
- Cut two cup portions from the egg carton.
- Cut a zigzag pattern on the tops of the cups
- Glue google eyes to the pompom
- Cut out a small triangular beak from the orange paper and glue it onto the chick.
- Place the chick in one of the cups and cover it with the other cup.
4 FUN EASTER CHICKS AND EGGS TO MAKE – THE MOSAIC EGG
This is great for fine motor and scissors skills and a good way to use paper offcuts.
It’s lots of fun for little ones too.
- Paper, cut into egg shapes
- Paper scraps, various colours.
- Have the child cut the paper into small shapes.
- Have them glue the pieces onto the egg shapes. They can do this randomly or try to make patterns by creating lines of the same coloured paper.
4 FUN EASTER CHICKS AND EGGS TO MAKE – THE LID CHICK
This is another fun way to use recyclables. You could make a bunch of them to decorate an Easter tree.
- Plastic bottle lids – 4 for each chick
- Coloured paper
- Black marker
- Cut the feathers to they are in proportion to the lid size.
- Place glue along the rim of the open side of a lid and add some feathers and some string (for hanging) to one section.
- Glue another lid on top so that the open sides of both lids are facing inwards.
- Repeat with the other lids, adding the feathers to one section first.
- Place glue on the rim side of one of the double lids, opposite the feathers and string (these will be at the top of the head).
- Glue the other double lids to it, with the feathers on the right side – to represent the tail.
- Cut tiny beak shapes from the paper and glue into place.
- Use the marker to draw on eyes.
Check out these easiest Easter crafts ever for more creative fun.
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Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria