Kid-Craft Jamboree #1

Spring is such a great time of year with children and presents so many opportunities for having fun together! We all seem to be eager to escape our Winter cocoons, so I wasn't terribly surprised that Chrissie and I got so many entries for this, our first Kid-Craft Jamboree!

Kate at Picklebums shares instructions for putting together some lovely Easter Egg biscuits. "Loads of fun for little fingers to decorate and pretty good to eat too!"

Kat from Slugs on the Refrigerator posted about a mural she and her children created. "Harnessing a toddler's intense desire to paint with their whole body, this spring scene uses feet prints for bluebells and tulips, hands for tree leaves and a re-purposed painting for a kite." Fun!

Suzanne from Reverend Artist Mother offers up a Spring printable project. "I created nature and spring lacing cards for my preschooler. These are hand drawn images, 3 per sheet, which can be colored and created for sewing. The nature cards he's already told and re-told the transformation story of the butterfly. You can add the egg to the leaf drawn, and create your own chrysalis."

Jennifer at The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman created a funny little bunny out of an oatmeal container. Great for keeping your eggs safe!

Anjeanette from Roots and Wings Co offers a simple home decorating project to whip up with your little ones "A super easy and messy fun craft for you to do with your kids. Use paper plates and paint to create a bunny, chick and flower for Easter."

Karen For Your Inspiration This is a really easy craft/decoration for Easter. My daughter decorated craft foam-shaped eggs with foam stickers. I attached them to ribbon and hung as a garland on the mantel.

Mama King from 4 Crazy Kings Is Easter crazy with all the fun Spring crafts at her blog this month. I just love the bunny napkin rings, though! "A fun craft you and your kiddios can make to dress up the Easter table. Make bunny napkin rings using paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls, felt, scissors and some glue."

Caryn over at Smooch Designs shares a PDF downloadable "tutorial to make an Easter Bunny Chenille Softie out of scraps of fabric. An Easter Treat without the Calories!"

Karen at For Your Inspiration and her daughter dressed up their mantel with a great egg garland made from craft foam. Simple and cute!

Lynley with Save the Phillips offers up a great Easter painting craft for the youngest crafters! "My post details a craft where one can make and paint Easter eggs using paper plates, condensed milk, and food coloring."

Basia United Teaching is ready for Spring ! "In preparation for my theme on flowers and gardening, I have created a simple post on how to make scented home made play dough with essential oils."

Kira, who blogs over at the wonderful Tangarang, shares a pattern for a lovely Easter cone. "I wanted to create an easy alternative to an Easter basket; something that would work in multiples for favors for an Easter Brunch/Egg Hunt and could do double duty later as a little play purse for my daughter."

Chrissie offers up a fun project at flipflops and applesauce: Plant a paper garden on top of your head!

Jenn with Hostess with the Mostess makes the most of Spring themes with her "super easy terra cotta "Easter Baskets". Fun for an Easter table centerpiece! :)"

Katie at Katie's Nesting Spot shares a fun craft to go with the book Little Quack! They read together and created a book-inspired collage. "My 2.5 year old glued paper strips on independently and we made a handprint duck shape together." Thanks Katie :)

Jo, a good friend of kiddio, from A Bit Of This And A Bit Of That is sharing a sweet little downloadable PDF pattern to stitch up some easter chicks!

Michelle at Her Cup Overfloweth and her little one put together a "Spring chick collage using contruction paper, scissors, googlie eyes, and feathers (that's what spring chicks are made of, right?)"

Kendra from My Insanity Shares a favorite Spring treat of mine: "Edible Easter nests! Simple project for Easter dinner or decor."

Sarah from In Need of Chocolate posted about "the violet cupcakes we made to celebrate the first day of spring. I give recipes for the cupcakes and icing and directions for making them with icing flowers or real flowers on top." Such a lovely treat!

Liz at Kelley Family Blog shares a great way to upcycle: "spruce up your old plastic Easter eggs with Mod Podge and fabric scraps!" I loves me some Mod Podge!

Agnes from 3 O'clock Walk offers a technique for covering Eggs with beautiful paper. "In Japan, where the eggs originated from they are covered with thin Washi paper, but origami paper works just as well, which is what I used for the tutorial. Washi eggs are quite beautiful and an unexpected touch of Japanese culture for the Easter season!"

Lisa at Franny Kate's Creative State has been busy making "yummy Easter basket cupcakes using waffle cone bowls" and sharing a "tutorial for how to blow out Easter eggs to decorate for an Easter Egg Tree."

Deanna from Garnish, Deanna, Garnish! and her little one had fun strawberry picking, making jam, and strawberry fruit leather. What fun!

Becca and Bethany at Kids to Parents share a project for making "Spring daffodils using paper plates and egg cartons" with the little ones.

Chica and Jo over at Chica and Jo created "felt Easter egg sachets to hold small candies." I love these!

Colleen from CraftPad shares her picks for favorite bunny books for kids, including my favorite: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward, plus a pattern for "simple Easter felt finger puppets. Perfect for Easter baskets or just for fun!"

Valerie at the Frugal Family Fun Blog offers her technique to "make sunflower prints with potato stampers!" I love the way that this turned out :)

Lynn with Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile offers up an awesome post with "a list of 75 recommended Easter books for children. It was compiled by asking readers for their kids' favorite Easter books." Oh, how I love Gossie and Gertie!

Jen over at Creative and Curious Kids! shares a guest post at Parenting Pink on crafts to share with your daughter. She focuses on "the following crafts: Peek-a-boo chicks, Spring finger puppets, and Tissue Paper flower gardens."

Sarah at Create Studio has been spending a little extra time inside and made her "little guy his first Easter Basket. (Complete with a cotton tail!) I've posted a tutorial so you can make one for your little one too!" She also put together a little playhouse to entertain him on those Spring rainy days--I love the mail!

Patrizzia at iCreate has started a new Easter tradition with her daughter: Ressurection rolls! I love the story that goes with the recipe :)

Jedda at This Little Project shares her clever technique for making the cutest little "birds and nests to make for fun!"

Stephanie Dusty Bottom Acres - Stitch Ewe & Mike's Smite Shares a printable PDF pattern to whip up some felt Peeps! "My new obsession is felt food for my daughter to play with. I love marshmallow Peeps and really wanted to share the fun chicks with my baby."

Catherine at Gingham Cherry and her not-too-little daughter shares a tutorial for an AMAZING "Easter basket which I think gives great results and is relatively easy to do. A good craft for time together with the not so littlies."

Erica at Un rincón más del mundo virtual and her daughters created Easter baskets from empty cereal boxes and painted eggs in preparation for their Easter egg hunt!

Se7en and her brood have been busy, and they're sharing "a list of se7en easter craft ideas we did: all eggs and nests, some edible and some gift-able. All kid friendly!"

Katherine at OneInchWorld solved her disdain for plastic eggs by creating a pattern for "fillable fabric Easter eggs - less plastic in your life!" ...and I love the button!

Wow, I'm feeling so inspired, and excited about all of the fun new blogs I've found! Thanks to all the participants for sharing their posts and opening up their blogs to us, and make sure to pay a visit and leave a comment--tell them that you came from the Jamboree :)

Happy Easter!
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