This is one Easter art project the kiddos are going to want to do again and again (and again)! It’s a great addition for your list of spring activities for preschoolers.
The abstract Easter egg sculptures are such a fun preschool activity. And the activity is full of so many opportunities for learning. The egg sculptures are really a STEM activity disguised as art projects. Through trial and error, the children will build a 3d sculpture in a way that it will stand on its own.
The Easter art project is a great way to reuse all of those plastic Easter eggs that would otherwise be used only once a year. So grab the colorful Easter eggs and a hot glue gun (yes, that’s all you’ll need!) and start creating unique egg sculptures with your students.
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While these sculptures do end up being super cool, the act of creating them is what we’re focusing on with this activity. Process art is such a fun, low-stress activity to do with the kids because they aren’t so worried about the final product.
One thing to consider when doing this activity with the kids is safety. Since it requires the use of a hot glue gun, it needs to be done with very close supervision. You may have to be the one to place the glue (with student guidance) and just allow the kids to place the eggs where they want them. It’s important to keep safety at the forefront.
Easter Art Project with Plastic Eggs
As I mentioned above, this is a pretty versatile art project to try with your students. It’s perfect during a preschool Easter theme!
It is also PERFECT for after Spring Break, in my opinion. That way you can grab a ton of plastic eggs at super discounted prices after Easter. Even better, ask the parents for donations, as I am sure they’re looking to get rid of their leftover plastic eggs.
Plastic Egg Sculpture Materials
Surprise, surprise. This Easter art project doesn’t really require many materials! I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.
Setting up the Easter Art Invitation
Set out the materials and get the glue gun heated up. Make sure to go over the rules beforehand so the children know what to expect!
I placed a variety of plastic Easter eggs on one of my classroom tables, along with a glue gun.
Each time I’ve done this, I didn’t even have to call the children over – as soon as they saw the materials, they swarmed me! 🙂 I explained that they could create whatever they wanted to using the eggs.
Our glue gun rules were also reviewed before the project began – our hands stay away from the tip, Miss Mary Catherine supervises/helps, and we keep our fingers out of the hot glue.
The kids tend to do an amazing job following these rules. Can you guess the person most likely to not adhere to them? Yes, you’re right. It’s me.
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Easter Art Project Creation
Some of the children approached this project with a plan already in place. Others just created on the fly, changing things up as they went along.
It’s always interesting to observe how children use materials to create, and this time was no different!
We had a “bunny rabbit egg” sculpture that was created in a very particular order.
Another child thought it would be great to make a rocket ship.
She didn’t mind that it couldn’t stand up, especially since “it’s going to float in space anyway.”
One of my boys spent days adding egg pieces to his free form sculpture.
In fact, I don’t think it’s “done” just yet. I bet he’ll ask to add more to it tomorrow!
My son helped me choose the plastic eggs for this Easter art project, so he knew we would be creating with them in preschool. He wanted in on the fun, of course!
He’s currently working on a robotic egg. His plans keep changing, so he’s been adding more and more to it each day.
I’m concerned the robot sculpture will be taller than me by the time Easter rolls around!
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Ideas for Extending this Easter Art Project
This activity was 100% child-led, but I did serve as an assistant. Basically, I oversaw the glue gun usage, and I put hot glue wherever kids asked me to. As such, I was pretty involved in the process.
As an alternative to the hot glue gun, try using glue dots. Or place play dough out with the plastic eggs. This might make it so the kiddos don’t need quite as much adult assistance.
Do you have a favorite Easter art project that you just LOVE making with your students? Feel free to share them in the comments below, or over on Fun-A-Day’s Facebook page.
Originally published April 1, 2014
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