Coffee Filter Sun Catcher

 

In the past we’ve had fun with coffee filter crafts.  This week we used some coffee filters and our liquid watercolor paints to create beautiful coffee filter sun catchers.

 

cross sun catcher - great for Easter!

 

Making a sun catcher from coffee filters is really quite simple.

We used eye droppers to drip a rainbow of liquid watercolors onto coffee filters.   If you don’t have liquid watercolors, you could also use a bit of food coloring in water.  (To minimize the mess we placed our coffee filters on several layers of paper towels.)

Once our coffee filters dried they looked like this.

coffee filter sun catcher

 

Because Easter is coming up, we decided to make our sun catchers into crosses.

We folded pieces of black construction paper in half to cut out simple crosses from the center.

Then we used clear tape to secure the colorful coffee filter to one side.

They look beautiful hanging in our kitchen window!

 

cross sun catcher craft

 

 

 

If you like sun catcher crafts, be sure to check out our colorful water bottle sun catchers, and hot air balloons!

Wax Drip Easter Eggs

 

We had so much fun making our melted crayon Easter eggs, that I decided to try using our crayons to decorate a few eggs in a more dramatic way.  

 

Drip Eggs -- using old crayons to decorate Easter eggs

 

The wax drip designs that resulted were a great contrast of color, even on the brown eggs we so often have!

While this method of decorating eggs is not recommended for young children, older tweens and teens who find dying eggs too “childish” will have fun creating them!

To create your own wax drip eggs:

Start by peeling the paper from several crayons.  (I have found that Crayola brand works best for crafts involving melting.)

To get the crayon wax to melt and drip on the eggs I held a lighter to one tip of the crayon.  You could also use a lit candle for this.

As the crayon wax starts to melt and drip, move the crayon over the egg to scatter the wax in different spots.  It will harden on the egg almost immediately.

To give it a layered look, use several different crayon colors per egg.

The result is a colorful 3-dimensional design.

melted crayon drip eggs

 

 

Like our previous melted crayon eggs, you could place the eggs into dye once the wax is dry.  I opted to skip this step since we used brown eggs.

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Looking for more Easter fun?   Check out some of our other Easter crafts!

Plastic Egg Learning Activity: Contractions

 

My seven year-old has been working on contractions lately.  To reinforce what she has been learning, I came up with this simple learning activity using plastic eggs.

 

using plastic eggs to work on contraction skills

 

To set up the activity, I used a black permanent marker to write the two words that form a contraction on some of our plastic eggs.  (You could also use masking tape on the eggs if you don’t want to write on them, but I have found hand sanitizer cleans the marker right off afterwards.)

Then I cut strips of paper and wrote the matching contraction for each egg.

 

learning activity with plastic eggs

 

 

How we worked on contractions with our plastic eggs:

We did several activities with our eggs.

To begin with, I had her read each plastic egg and then put the corresponding contraction inside the right egg.  This helped reinforce what each contraction stands for.

The next time we played, the contractions were already tucked inside the eggs.  Again I had her read each egg.  This time she guessed what the contraction would be aloud.  Then she opened the egg to see if she was correct.  Finally, she wrote the contraction down on her paper.  This reinforced not only what the correct contractions were, but also helped her work on spelling them correctly.

 

learning contractions with plastic eggs

 

Finally, I put all our eggs in a container.  When I called out a contraction, she had to choose the right egg.  When she opened it up she found the strip of paper to check and see if she had chosen the right egg.

 

game to work on contractions using plastic eggs

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Interested in other ways to learn with plastic eggs?

Check out our plastic egg sight words sensory bin and our super fun plastic egg submarines

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

 

Looking for a new way to decorate those Easter eggs?  Want something unique and with vivid color?  This week we had fun decorating eggs with melted crayon!

 

Melted crayon eggs -- Create vivid and unique Easter eggs!

 

Want to create your own melted crayon Easter eggs?

While your eggs are boiling, use a cheese grater to carefully grate the colors of crayon you wish to use.  This is a great use for those old, broken crayons!   I used the smallest sized holes on my grater, but larger pieces would work, too.

crayon shavings for melted crayon craft

 

Once your eggs are cooked, and while they are still hot, place them on a paper towel and sprinkle your crayon shavings over the eggs.  The wax pieces will start to melt almost immediately!  (Kids will love watching this happen!)

You can get almost the entire egg covered this way.  If you really want to get the bottom of the egg, you can nudge it onto some of the shavings that fall onto the paper towel.  (The eggs will be super hot, so be careful!)

 

How to decorate Easter eggs with melted crayons

 

Let your eggs cool completely.  To cool the wax even faster, we put ours in the refrigerator.

The eggs have a vivid, colorful tie-dye look to them when finished.

decorating eggs with melted crayon

 

If you want to go a step further, you can then dye your Easter eggs.  We placed ours into small cups of water and food coloring.

The wax from the crayons leaves a white border between the crayon colors and the dye.  So fun!

melted crayon Easter eggs

 

 

Tips for better melted crayon decorated eggs:

  • We found that Crayola crayons worked best when dyeing the eggs afterwards.  Lower quality crayons (like ones we’ve gotten from restaurants) cover the egg with more of that colorless wax so the dye doesn’t stick to the egg.
  • Keep the colors of your crayon shavings separated when sprinkling them on the eggs.  The first time we did this we had quite a few eggs with brown/black streaks instead of the pretty colors we really wanted.
  • Don’t try to melt the wax with a hair dryer…  Let’s just say I have lots of rainbow wax pieces all over the kitchen right now…
  • To easily remove the crayon from the cheese grater, I used a small lighter and heated the wax up for a few seconds.  It wiped right off with a paper towel afterwards.

 

Have you seen our crayon-resist egg hunt for toddlers/preschoolers?