You know what’s fun? Turning things over to the girls and letting them invent, create, and have fun. When we found out that Tinkerlab was having another Creative Challenge for kids, we were all in. The challenge this month, eggs. What can you do with eggs?
I began by pulling out our (way too) large collection of plastic eggs. I asked them what they would like to make with the eggs. They could turn them into something. They could use them to make art. They could even make a game. The first thing they wanted to do was have an egg hunt. They love egg hunts. But, I wanted them to think beyond the typical use. I nudged them past that idea and promised them lots of egg hunts up until Easter. Now that that was settled, they moved on to bigger things. In the end, Miss First Grader wanted to make egg girls and Miss Preschooler wanted to make bunnies.
We talked about the items we needed and ended up with yarn, ribbon, and Sharpies. I got out the glue gun so we could attach the ribbon and yarn to the eggs. The girls started creating. I was in charge of the glue gun. We only have a high heat glue gun and the girls really don’t like to use it. They ended up telling me where to put the glue and they did the rest.
Once they were satisfied with their hair (or ears, or collars), they used the Sharpies to draw faces. The process was very simple, but the process was their own. They laughed. They tried drawing the “cutest bunnies ever.” They got creative. And, they had fun. Who knows, maybe one of these days they’ll have their own crafty column here at Creative Family Fun!
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Make it a family adventure!
Cost: Under $5. Plastic eggs are very inexpensive to buy if you don’t already have some extras.
Planning time: 5 – 10 minutes to gather supplies and set up an area for creating.
Ages: 5 and up. Make sure you have a grown-up helper or two if you’re using a glue gun.
Time needed: At least 30 minutes. Have extra time available if everyone gets in a creative groove.
To help move things along smoothly, set up creation stations. Have the loose parts in one area, the glue gun in another, and the markers in another. Have a grown-up sitting next to the glue gun to help the kids.
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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.
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