Childcare Tip of the week# Easter and Passover Crafts

As we start Pass over and are getting ready for Easter this weekend It is a good time to think about different  family and Au pair traditions. Below are some Great Craft Ideas for both holidays that you could  share with your au pair or your host children.

Remember that your Au pair/host family may have different traditions than you so use this as opportunity to learn from each other.

Whatever it is you celebrate remember to have a fun and safe Holiday…

Easter Craft Egg-stravaganza


Easter Basket Made from a Milk Carton or Juice Carton

click here to get directions on how to make this cute recycled Easter basket

Leaf-Dyed Egg

Click here to find out how to use natural dyes.

Click here to get the recipe to this fun birds nest treat

Click here to find out how to make this cute Easter bonnet

BEDKAT CHAMETZ

What you’ll need:

  • 8 ½” x 11” piece of cardboard
  • 1 sheet felt in a light and matching dark color (lt. green and dk. green, lt. blue and dk. blue, etc)
  • Felt: goldenrod, orange, cream, tan and off white
  • Feather
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue

How to make it:

  1. Glue light colored sheet of felt to cardboard, trim if needed.
  2. Cut a candle from the off-white felt.
  3. Cut a flame shape for the candle from the orange felt, and cut a smaller flame shape from the goldenrod felt.
  4. Cut a rectangle from the tan felt for the paper bag. Cut a jagged edge at one end of the rectangle for the opening of the bag. Cut another piece, same width as the bag, about 1/3 the height, this is the folded pleat at the bottom of the bag.
  5. Cut a wooden spoon from the cream colored felt.
  6. Glue all pieces onto the light colored felt. Start with the candle and flame (goldenrod goes on top of the orange), then glue the feather on next. The paper bag is glued on next and lastly, the wooden spoon is put into place.
  7. Cut a border from the dark colored felt and glue around the edges as a frame.

Tips:

  • Add a hanger by taping a piece of yarn to the back of your creation.
  • Use this fun project as a teaching aid for temple.
  • Have children use the finished craft project to tell their story of how to search for the chametz.
CARDBOARD TUBE MOSES

Teach children the story of Moses and have fun while creating this cute figure from recycled materials like the tubes from toilet paper or paper towels.

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard tube
  • Brown and peach felt
  • 2- 3” x 2” scraps of cardboard
  • Acrylic paint in peach and pink
  • White doll hair or yarn
  • Brown chenille stem
  • 4-5 cotton balls
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • Paintbrush

How to make it:

  1. Paint the top portion of the cardboard tube peach. No need to paint the back or anywhere else as the rest will be covered with felt. Use a cotton swab or your fingertip to pick up some pink paint. Blot most of it off with paper towel so that it’s almost dry. Dot on the cheeks.
  2. Glue doll hair or white yarn around the peach area (face). Glue on for hair and beard.
  3. From a sheet of brown felt, cut a large half circle.
  4. Insert cotton balls inside the cardboard tube. There should be enough that they will provide roundness for the top of the head, but not too many that the tube cannot stand on its own. Glue inside to secure.
  5. Wrap the brown felt around the tube, starting at the top and back of the head and wrapping around both sides, meeting in the front. Trim if needed to fit and glue in place.
  6. Trim cardboard rectangles to give them rounded top edges. Glue one behind the other, allowing it to be shown from the back. Use black marker to write some of the commandments on the front tablet (i.e. thou shalt not steal, honor thy mother and father, etc)
  7. Glue tablets to the left side of the robe.
  8. Bend the top of brown chenille stem into a cane shape. Glue to the other side of the robe.
  9. Cut out two small circles from peach felt. Glue one on to the chenille cane (hands) and the other to the left side of the tablets.
  10. Use black marker to add dots for eyes and draw on eyebrows.

Tips:

  • The word Passover refers to the exemption of Israelites from the death of their first born. Homes that were marked with lamb’s blood (indicating Jews) were “passed over” when the wrath was brought down.
  • Save cardboard tube from toilet tissue rolls and paper towels for craft projects such as these.
  • White yarn and doll hair are both available from your local craft supply store.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 12:21 PM

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