Have you tried painting an egg with a toddler? I have and it was not that easy, at least for us. Today’s Easter craft is a fun and easy one, even for toddlers. In our household the simplest way to paint an egg with a toddler is by creating an eggshell mosaic. We have a blown egg Easter craft coming up, but for today the kids created beautiful mosaics.
The first step in this Easter craft was the best part for them. I have been collecting a few eggs shells over a period of 2 weeks. I placed a few eggs shells in front of them along with a toy hammer. Their eyes sparkled with the question ” really mom?” and it ended with a ” thank you thank you mom” . The 4 year old squealed to her sister” Can you believe it ? We can crack the eggs with our hammer”!
Since we failed at painting eggs with my toddler, we let our toddler smash her eggs first and we collected the bits. I just roughly hand drew a supposedly egg shape on a white sheet of paper and the kids generously applied glue on the sheets. Note: Given a toddler’s attention span I would do a much smaller egg outline ( half a white sheet )
Later they stuck the egg shell bits to the paper. – <fine motor skills alter>
You can either let the egg shell bits dry for 10 minutes or continue to paint like my kids did.
We used acrylic colors and painted on the shells. My older one completed the gluing and painting all by herself. In the last month or so she has become very interested in art projects.
My toddler needed a bit of help to complete her and I guess it was because I went over zealous with the size of the egg outline. Take care to print out a smaller egg to keep the initial interest in the art activity.
It was once again a great opportunity to reinforce color recognition. I’d like to state that my toddler now can recognize her basic color and she is able to do this only (stress only) because of painting and crayons. Even the book of colors did not do any good for her. Just letting her run wild with paint and allowing her to mix and explore the colors has only finally led her to recognizer her basic colors. She is so much different from her older sister.
After our color recognition exercise, we set our eggs to dry. Here are our completed mosaics.
I’d cut them out and string the eggs and turn the Easter Craft into a cute mantle display.
What Easter craft are you into lately? Share!
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