We had a rainy day here – and I must say it was lovely! Rain is a sure sign of spring … and it was melting some of our snow – which put me in a pretty chipper mood. A cheery Mama and a rainy day are the perfect ingredients for a fun craft day.
We started our craft day with some painting (which turned into super cool trees that I will share with you soon). Then there was some cutting and gluing. Pretty soon a shape similar to a bunny emerged, which made me tell my little ones it was going to be Easter soon. So, of course, an Easter craft came to be.
For this Easter craft:
A bunny cut out of construction paper
The process (and this craft was all about the process!):
We mixed up some shaving cream and white glue (which I just mix roughly one part glue to three parts shaving cream) for painting the bunny. By mixing a bit of glue into the shaving cream, it helps the shaving cream stick to the page when dried, and also keep it’s fluffy consistency. Sam (who is almost 4) went through a period of being unsure of messy art, so I was unsure how he would like this Easter craft. I offered him a paint brush, but to my surprise he decided to do some finger painting.
He dipped his finger tentatively into the shaving cream/glue mixture and dotted it onto the bunny. It didn’t take long before his whole hand was in the art … though just one hand – the other remained impeccably clean!
We happened to have some watery paint left out from a previous craft, which was sitting a bit too close to be ignored. It wasn’t long before his little hand dipped into that paint bowl to add just a splash of color to his bunny. It actually turned out cute – though rather watery. Next time, I would likely add the color right into the shaving cream/glue – to keep the texture a bit puffier – you know, to look like a real bunny and all 🙂
The result was a rather cute pastel Easter bunny – our very first Easter craft of the year. The process was such a great one for my Sam. Doing process art like this is very important for preschoolers learning. It has so many learning benefits, but the one I saw most today was the development of language. The words he used to describe the textures were wonderful! Wet, fluffy, sticky, (“too sticky actually, I need a cloth”) …
This was also a great way for him to experiment with his art – he decided to add some watery paint, and he was able to see and feel how that would change the consistency of the shaving cream. So much learning from one cute little bunny craft!