With the accumulation of little Easter gifts we’ve been receiving at our many Easter celebrations over the last week, we’ve gathered a nice little collection of baby chicks. The kids loved seeing a little yellow chick nesting in amongst a basket of colourfully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs.
We popped loads onto our DIY Easter hats for the parade. and decorated the house with them. But after the initial excitement of a “cute little yellow fluffy” thing wore off and they moved on to the appeal of chocolate, I began to think about what I could do to repurpose these little yellow chicks.
Even though here in Australia we’re welcoming Autumn, I’m not one to pass up a learning opportunity. So we channelled some Spring vibes for an afternoon and made these paper bag birds nests using simple craft supplies. From there, we had an instant learning opportunity about the seasons and spring baby-animals.
Brown Paper Bag Egg Carton Easter Egg Nests
Time: prep – 5 minutes, assembling – 25 minutes
Ages: 4+ (STEM learning)
An egg carton
Brown paper bags
A paint brush (for gluing)
1. Cut and separate the ‘cups’ from the egg carton.
2. Cut the brown paper bag into lots of strips, about 1 cm wide.
3. Place strips onto the egg carton and using the paintbrush, spread glue all over the strips. Similar to a decoupage or papier-mâché style.
4. Arrange your strips artfully as though resembling a messy twiggy birds nest and cover completely in glue. Then leave to dry.
Once dry, pop in some decorated eggs like these lovely decoupage eggs or some yummy chocolate eggs, and a little yellow fluffy spring chick or two.
Once we made these egg carton easter egg nests, the kids were so into the spring theme that we even popped out to the garden to plant our apple-core sees. Not sure if they’ll survive the winter but it was the teachable moment that counts!
>>> Do your children get excited about spring-time and the arrival of baby animals?
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