This is one Easter art project the kiddos are going to want to do again and again (and again)! While I think it’s perfect before Easter, it would also be a fun idea to try after Easter. It’s a great way to use up all those plastic eggs that seem to multiply this time of year.
This super simple Easter art project was inspired by Tinkerlab’s Egg Creative Challenge for children a few years ago. Every time we’ve tried this activity, it’s been a hit, no matter the age of the kiddos. It’s a great way to explore three-dimensional art, as well as process art, with the kids.
What you need for this simple Easter art project
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.
Making egg sculptures with the kids this Easter
How the Children Created
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!
Engineer helped me choose the plastic eggs, 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!
A few different ideas
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. This might make it so the kiddos don’t need quite as much adult assistance.
What Easter art projects are you planning to try this month? Don’t forget to stop by Tinkerlab’s Egg Creative Challenge!
Originally published April 1, 2014