The boys and I had a wonderful lesson in world customs and traditions over the weekend when we had some European friends come over and share their Easter customs.
We learnt that in Switzerland, it is a cuckoo that brings Easter eggs to children instead of a bunny. The cuckoo is thought to be bearers of luck and hope and is therefore an important symbol of Easter. Easter is celebrated with chocolate bunnies, coloured eggs and a special Easter cake called Osterfladen which is a cross between a cake and a custard tart.
Our Dutch friends told us that Easter is celebrated in the Netherlands by decorating a tree branch hung with tiny wooden eggs and bows. With growing commercialisation, the ornaments have become more elaborate and soon they will resemble Christmas trees! It is also traditional in Dutch primary schools that children gift each other an Easter breakfast box which is usually a beautifully decorated Dutch clog filled with breakfast treats like croissants, cheese and off course chocolate!
We were inspired to make something different with our Easter eggs after hearing of different customs from around the world. These wobbly egg monsters are great fun with so much scope to be creative with the monsters. You can use any craft supplies that you have on hand and each child will enjoy making their own unique monster. Make sure to source plastic eggs that can be opened (they are readily available at discount stores and are inexpensive) so that they can be made to wobble.
Children get to rip tissue paper with this craft which is a popular past time at our place and it is a great fine motor activity thankfully! Younger children can glue on the monster eyes and mouth while older children will enjoy painting a variety of expressions on their monsters.
Have fun making something different with your Easter eggs and let’s hope the Easter bunny doesn’t leave behind any monster eggs!WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE WOBBLY EGG MONSTERS:
- Plastic eggs that can be opened
- Assorted coloured tissue paper
- Googly eyes
- Small pebbles or other weights
- Scraps of coloured paper (optional)
- Open the plastic eggs and hot glue a small pebble inside the egg. This should cause the egg to wobble and come upright again.
- Rip bits of coloured tissue paper and glue all over the plastic egg.
- Glue on googly eyes and paint the monster’s mouth and teeth.
- Cut out ears or horns from scraps of coloured paper and glue onto monster’s head.
* This post and all associated images have been supplied by the lovely Rossa from Curious Little People. Follow her on Instagram for more creative inspirations!