Easter Easter crafts for children - tested by mums and MFM From bunny envelopes to marbled eggs and sweetie-filled chickens, MFM mums and staff put six fun Easter crafts to the test. Here's how you and your child can make them at home... 1 of Ad break Bunny EnvelopesEileen and her children Kieran, 4, and Caitlin, 2, made these fab Easter bunny envelopes. Eileen says, "These bunny envelopes were very easy to cut and fun for the kids to paste." You'll need: 4x6 envelopes - you need one for every bunny Three different colours of card or foam (pink, yellow, green worked for us) Pens, pencils or crayons What to do: To start with lick the envelope shut, then turn it to a portrait position. Most of the envelope will become the bunny's ears, but make sure you leave room for his face. Draw a pair of ears on the envelope and then carefully cut them out. Make the inner ears out of pink foam or card and glue into place on the ears. Make bunny's eyes from four circles of card or foam - two large circles in one colour for the iris and two smaller circles in another colour for the pupils. Glue the bigger circles to the envelope. Then glue the smaller circles on top. Cut out a little foam or card in a heart shape for bunny's nose. Use a pencil, crayon or pen to draw on his mouth. You can get creative and draw on whiskers or even give him some big goofy teeth - it's up to you! MFM's top tip: You can make the bunny look up, look down, look to one side or even cross-eyed by how you position the smaller eye circles. Easy Marbled EggDebbie and her 5-year-old son Adam made this funky marble-effect Easter Egg. Debbie says, "Making this marbled egg was really easy and good fun. I didn't think this craft would work as well as it did. Adam had a great time rolling the egg round and watching the pattern take shape." You'll need: An egg A saucepan Water Acrylic or poster paints A foil takeaway tray or tupperware box Greaseproof paper Egg cup (Thomas the Tank Engine design optional!) What to do: Start by boiling the egg in a saucepan for around 10 minutes until it is cooked right through. While you're waiting squeeze a few blobs of different coloured paints into the takeaway tray or tupperwear. Make sure you wait for the egg to cool before you get decorating. You don't want any little fingers getting scorched! Once the egg has cooled down, pop it in the tray/tupperwear and get rolling. Tip the tray from side to side or use your fingers to roll the egg around in the paint. Once the egg is completely covered in paint, leave it to dry on greaseproof paper, turning it if necessary, for a few hours or preferably overnight. Debbie's top tip: "We used acrylic paint that could've done with being watered down. It took a long time to dry as the coating was so thick!" Foam Easter CardsAngela and her 2-year-old son Albert made these great foam Easter cards. Angela says, "Albert really enjoyed making these Easter cards, repeatedly mentioning that he was 'Mr Maker' (too much CBeebies!)" Angela used an Easter card craft kit, but you can make your own with our step-by-step guide below. You'll need: A4 pieces of card - one piece will make one card Foam in different colours Glue Felt tip pens What to do: Take the A4 card and fold in half. To make the animal designs, drawn on the foam before attempting to cut out the individual shapes. To make a bunny design Using white foam, draw and cut out a circle (for the bunny's head) and two ears. Glue all three pieces onto the card. Using pink foam, make the inner ears by drawing and cutting out slightly smaller ear shapes. Glue these onto the white ears. Using the pink foam again, you can make the nose - cut out a little heart shape and glue it in the middle of the white foam bunny head. Finish off by drawing two little eyes with a felt tip pen. To make the chicken and egg design On yellow foam, draw an egg shape chicken with little wings on either side. Glue this onto the card. In blue foam (or a colour of your choice), draw an egg shape that's a similar size to your chicken. Cut off the top of the egg in a zig-zag. Stick the top of the egg on the chick's head and the bottom of the egg covering his body, up to the bottom of his wings. Chick's wings should be sticking out of the gap between the top and bottom. Use orange foam to make a small beak - draw and cut out a triangle shape. Glue this on the yellow foam. Draw on eyes with felt tip pen. To make the sheep design Using white or black foam, draw and cut out a fluffy cloud shape. This will be the sheep's body. Stick it on the card. Out of pink foam, draw and cut four rectangles for legs, one circle for the sheep's head and two little circle for ears. Glue in place. Use the felt tip to draw on two eyes. For the nose/mouth, try drawing a "Y". Once the glue is dry, write your Easter message inside. MFM's top tip: To make the card easy for little ones, cut out all the shapes beforehand, then your child can have fun building and gluing the animal into place. Gummy Drop ChicksAngie and her sons Gabriel, 3, and Alex, 1, made these cute little Easter chicken treats. Angie says, “I prepared all the elements and put them on a tray, only getting the next pieces when we were ready to use them. It was too distracting for the little ones having all the bits and pieces right in front of them.” You’ll need: A bag of gummy drops or sweeties of your choice - try small sweets like Dolly Mixture or Jelly Tots Sandwich bags Orange or yellow pom poms Orange or yellow card or foam PVA glue Rubber bands or pipe cleaners Scissors Boggle eyes What to do: Start by pouring the sweeties into the sandwich bags and gather them into one corner of the bag. Tie with a rubber band or use a pipe cleaner around the opening – this will act as a little necktie for your gummy drop chick. Use scissors to trim the excess plastic bag, leaving about half an inch above the band or pipe cleaner. Fan out the top of the sandwich bag as if to open it and then squeeze a generous blob of PVA glue into the middle of the fan. Wait a few seconds for the glue to start drying and then pop a pom pom on top. This will be the chick’s head. Leave it to dry. To make wings and feet, draw three heart shapes on the card or foam. Cut out the three hearts and place two next to each other on the table – these will be your chick’s feet. Glue the gummy drop filled sandwich bag on top of the feet so that the rounded edges of the hearts are poking out from underneath the chick’s body. Cut the third heart in half – these two pieces will be your chick’s wings. Glue one to each side of the gummy drop bag. From the leftover foam or card cut a small triangle - this will be the beak. Glue the triangle onto the pom pom head. Stick on the boggle eyes. Angie's top tip: “Don’t water down the PVA glue – it needs to be sticky to keep the head on!” Continue slideshow > Painted Egg Place SettingsEileen and her children Kieran, 4, and Caitlin, 2, made these lovely painted eggs on ice lolly sticks. We think they'd make great place setting for your Easter lunch table, though Eileen has a word of warning, "This craft was very easy but very messy!" You'll need: Eggs Acrylic or poster paint Ice lolly stick - one for every egg Paint brush Kitchen roll What to do: Make a small hole at the bottom of the egg and drain out the egg - this is definitely a job for mum or dad! Rinse out with some water and dry off with kitchen roll. Decorate the eggs however you like with the paint. Paint the whole egg one colour or make your own patterns. Why not try drawing on a face to make your very own egg head? Poke the ice lolly sticks through the hole - be careful so you don't crack the shells - and leave to dry. Once dry write names on the eggs so they can be used as place settings. MFM top tip: Empty, wash and leave the eggs to dry for a while if you have time. You can sit the eggs in an old egg carton, with the hole at the bottom of the egg, so any water inside should be able to drain away. Finger Paint CardThe perk of working at MFM HQ is that fingerpainting is not a no-no in the office! Here's how we made our very own Easter cards, with chicken shapes and white clouds You'll need: A4 card - one piece will make one card Paint - yellow, green, blue, white and orange Crayons Pen Tissue or kitchen roll What to do: Start by folding the A4 card in half before getting messy. Each chick is made up of two circles - one for the body and one for the head. Dip an index finger in the yellow paint and dab the two circles, almost one on top of the other, onto the card. Dip your little finger in the orange paint. Dab the edge of your finger onto the top yellow circle (head) for the beak. Wait for the paint to dry before you draw on eyes, legs and wings. While you're waiting for the paint to dry use your fingers to paint the blue sky and green grass. While the blue sky is still wet, dip a bit of tissue or kitchen roll into some white paint and dab on the card to make clouds in the sky. Finally write your message across the front of the card. MFM's top tip: Make sure you've got lots of tissue handy or even a pack of baby wipes - this craft gets very messy. We've got lots more Easter crafts to make for and with your kids... 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