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Easter is a lovely time of year, the light nights are here, the weather is perking up and nature is alive with flowers, birds and bunnies. Why not celebrate by giving friends and family some pretty handmade gifts this year?
Chocolate is lovely but let’s face it, you can have too much of a good thing. Many people will appreciate a keepsake instead, especially if it’s been made by a niece, nephew or grandchild. Children adore cutting and sticking and it’s good for developing their fine motor skills and giving them a sense of achievement when they hand over the finished article. Now that the Easter holidays are coming, here are a few ideas to get little fingers busy and out of mischief.
Easter Cards are very simple and you can buy a variety of pretty pastel cards and fun embellishments. For a novelty look, little ones can use safety scissors to cut the cards into the shape of Easter eggs. Then they can simply colour them in or they can add glitter, sequins or fun foam shapes.
Windmills are great fun and educational too. They’re fairly simple to make from scratch using coloured card, dowelling and a drawing pin. Or you can buy kits that take the hard work out of it. For example, you could try a pretty daffodil windmill kit which is perfect for this time of year.
Tasty shortbread biscuits are ideal for children to make because the dough benefits from warm hands and plenty of kneading. You can cut them into fingers or make them extra-special by getting some cute Easter cookie cutters to make egg, chick and bunny shapes.
You can always put your biscuits into a box but to make your gift extra-festive why not make some little Easter baskets? Kids can make their own by weaving strips of coloured card or you can get foam basket kits which are kinder to small hands. Keep a couple of spare baskets handy in case you go to any Easter egg hunts.
Decorating eggs is a fun way to spend the afternoon and children can paint them, dress them and glue things on to their heart’s content. The only problem is that eggs crack and do go off. You can make life easier and prevent tears by buying polystyrene eggs so your children can create their own little Fabergé masterpieces.
Have a great Easter!