Easter nature crafts: four easy easter crafts for kids
Are you searching for some fun Easter crafts? These Easter nature crafts will help little ones to explore nature and create some lovely Easter decorations and games.
This is such a fantastic time of year to craft and play with nature. Everything is growing, there’s loads of colours and textures to experience, and we’re heading into longer days and warmer weather. Add in the fact that the kids are usually off school over Easter, and there’s lots of scope to get them busy with some nature-based crafts. The added bonus is that you can bring a little bit of nature into your home with some gorgeous Easter decorations 🙂
Great Easter nature crafts for kids
Here are four fab Easter nature crafts to try with the kids.
Each of these kids Easter crafts uses items that are easily found in nature at this time of year, so they’re perfect for combining some outdoor play with indoor crafting.
Nature decorated Easter eggs
Decorating hard-boiled eggs is a firm favourite at Easter, and this is an easy way to decorate them naturally.
Gather some nature treasures such as small twigs, leaves and flowers, then use glue or *Mod Podge to stick them to your eggs.
Flat items are easier to stick to the egg, so it’s a good idea to pop your nature treasures between paper and place them in the middle of a heavy book for a few hours before you use them.
You could make a pattern, create cute faces, or just decorate your eggs randomly. There are no rules!
When you’ve finished, apply a thin layer of glue or Mod Podge over the top of your egg to seal it, and leave it to dry.
This is just one of the fun Easter activities from my book *A Year of Nature Craft & Play which I’ve co-written with Becky from Simple Parenting. Designed to get kids busy exploring and engaging with nature, it’s packed with ideas for nature crafts, gardening projects, art activities, science experiments and outdoor games. Each of the 52 nature activities is low-cost and eco-friendly, with easy-to-follow instructions and colourful photos to grab kids’ interest.
You can find out more about A Year of Nature Craft & Play in my nature play blog post.
Natural Easter egg dyes
Dyeing eggs is another Easter crafts tradition, but did you know there are lots of ways to dye them using natural ingredients?
Dyes made with natural materials tend to be paler and more muted than artificial dyes, but that makes them all the more lovely in my opinion.
Here are some ideas for things you can use to make natural dyes.
- Paprika or yellow onion skins: orange dye
- Turmeric: yellow or gold dye
- Tea bags, loose leaf tea or coffee: brown dye
- Chopped up beetroot: pink or red dye
- Red onion skins: red dye
- Chopped up red cabbage: pale blue dye
- Red wine: purple dye
- Spinach leaves: green dye
Start by making a solution of about 1 litre of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a saucepan. Bring this to the boil (this is definitely a stage of the process for the grow-ups to tackle), then add your dye ingredient and simmer for about half an hour.
Let the solution cool down, then strain it. Add your hard-boiled eggs and leave them to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes. If you’d like the colour of your eggs to be stronger, you will probably need to soak them for longer.
When you’re happy with the colour of your eggs, remove them from the liquid using a slotted spoon or tongs, and pop them on a piece of kitchen roll to dry.
You can also experiment with sticking natural materials such as leaves and petals onto your eggs before you soak them. If you stick things down really well you can create lovely prints.
Nature collage Easter tree
A collage is the perfect nature craft for even very young children. They can gather some fallen nature treasures when you go for a walk or play in the park, and turn them into a rustic natural Easter decoration once you get home.
Cut some egg shapes out of card, and punch a hole near the top edge. Then use *double sided sticky tape or *glue to attach your nature treasures. Thread them with string and hang them up. You could use a painted twig tree, or just arrange some sticks in a jug or vase.
A nice variation on this Easter nature craft is to make cardboard Easter bunting. Cut triangles of card and punch two holes at each end of the top edge, then decorate and thread them all together with a length of string or ribbon.
Painted stones egg hunt
This is a brilliant way to combine some nature crafting with an Easter tradition. A painted rocks egg hunt is also a great option for vegans and anyone with an egg allergy, or if you’d just like to keep a limit on the chocolate!
Use paint pens, acrylic paint or permanent markers to decorate stones with easter-themed designs. If you’d like the designs to last, paint over each stone with a layer of varnish when everything is dry.
Once your easter stones are finished you can hide them around the garden to create a fun, reusable egg hunt game.
Sharing your Easter nature crafts on social media?
I hope you have lots of fun with these Easter nature craft projects. If you like sharing your creations on social media, make sure you save yourself some time with my nature hashtags copy and paste lists.
More brilliant nature play ideas and nature crafts for kids
If you’d like some more ideas on natural crafts for kids and nature play, take a look at these resources.
There are lots of easy crafts for kids to explore in my spring nature crafts and Earth Day activities for kids posts.
My big roundup of easy nature crafts is full of brilliant projects and suggestions for crafting with nature.
I’ve also got a selection of Mother’s Day nature crafts that include homemade gifts and cards.
Still on the homemade theme, my heart nature crafts are a cute way to show you care at any time of year.
For nature-themed giggles and inspiration, head over to my lists of nature quotes, flower jokes, sunflower jokes, bee jokes, plant puns and bird jokes.
And finally, for a whole host of ideas for outdoor play, download my free printable Spring bucket list of kids outdoor activities.
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