We are at an age, now, with my oldest, where play dates are often structured activities. There is more to life than mums sitting around having cups of tea, while children preoccupy themselves with the toy basket. Luckily, I have industrious friends – well, one in particular – who is very good at preparing and engaging children in wholesome craft activities.

It’s Easter, nearly. Better make some dyed eggs.

We needed to blow the eggs. I did a hopeless job of it. Turns out you need a needle, rather than a skewer, to blow an egg with as little damage as possible. Exhibit A.

Blown eggs
Blown eggs

The children tore and tried to cut different coloured crêpe paper into pieces. We encouraged small, neat squares. The children thought little balls, or long strips would be more appropriate.

Pieces of crepe paper
Pieces of crêpe paper

We had six different colours in the end.

Crepe
Crepe

The best bit, from the three-year-olds’ perspective, was dipping the pieces into water and making coloured water.

Dip crepe in water
Dip crêpe in water

The objective of this step is to lay the wet crêpe paper on the egg.

Lay wet crepe on eggs
Lay wet crepe on eggs

We let the eggs stand for about an hour. The girls returned to the toy box and the mamas to their cups of tea. We then removed the paper.

Removing the paper
Removing the paper

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We weren’t sure if this activity was entirely suitable for three-year-olds, so strong was our urge to neatly lay actual square pieces of crêpe paper over the egg, to achieve a mosaic look.

But, beautiful, non?

The final result
The final result

We’ll try for natural dyed eggs this week, if the girls are eager.

Have you been doing any Easter craft activities?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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