With Easter fast approaching, what better way to entertain the kiddies than with their very own Easter bunny? This is one of my favourite easy Easter crafts for kids and, is a fun activity that the whole family can participate in. It also has the added bonus of keeping the kids engaged and entertained for a little while.
Why the Bunny?
We all know that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus but, what does the Easter Bunny represent and how did he come to be?
In ancient times, a very long time ago, before the invention of chocolate and egg hunts, the rabbit was worshipped as a symbol of hope and new life. This kind of makes sense, being how quick rabbits reproduce. I don’t think they’ve ever heard of Horlicks.
In spring, we see the arrival of all the baby animals. Every field you pass there are little lambs and cute calves. It is the season of new life. So, all joking aside, the rabbit is the perfect representation for Easter.
He seems to have first originated as the bunny we know and love in 1682, just over 300 years ago. As the tradition has moulded and changed, the concept appears to have remained the same. Every Easter he hops from house to house leaving little presents for children, a bit like Santa Claus. In fact, the concepts are exactly the same. Both represent Christian holidays, both leave gifts for kids and both make parents sweat cash.
So, on that note, let’s discuss how to make the first of my easy Easter crafts for kids.
What you’ll need:
- My Easter Bunny Template (download below, instructions included)
- Empty toilet roll holder (this will be the body of your bunny)
- A cotton wool ball (this will be the tail)
- Colouring supplies (paint, paint brush, pens or crayons)
1. Fetch the Colouring Supplies
The first thing you should do is to colour in, or paint, the body of your bunny. Last time we made these we used crayons to add colour to the toilet roll holder. It was a little awkward and didn’t work too well so, this time round, I thought I’d throw caution to the wind and let the boys loose with the paint. Has anyone tried those mess free paints by the way? I’ve just ordered some to give them a go, save on the cleaning up that is always inevitable after painting. I’ll keep you posted on how they work out.
2. Sticky Fingers
Once your body is dry, you should cut out your shapes from the template, if you’ve not already done so. You are now going to glue these onto your bunny’s body. If you wish to do so you can colour them in first. Tink has decided to create a Flash Bunny, taking inspiration from his favourite superheroes.
I had the ingenious idea to print my shapes out on coloured card, mainly because we had none in white. You can use paper but it may be a tad flimsy. Although saying that, when we made these bunnies last year, Tink kept his in his room for quite some time. It seemed to hold up pretty well, until an unfortunate event with a mummy sized foot. Why do kids forever leave things lying on the floor?
3. A Tall Tail
Now comes the time to find some cotton wool. If you don’t have any, I’ve included a little fluffy tail on the template which can be used instead.
Alternatively, you can use a cotton pad. I never had cotton balls so pulled one of these apart and took the fluff out the inside. It worked just the same. One handy tip I would suggest though is, if you have it, use PVA Glue instead of Pritt Stick. It works better with the tail. Pritt Stick seems to get EVERYWHERE.
4. Personality Time
Lastly you need to give your bunny a personality, i.e. draw on a face. Personally, I think our bunnies look like they have had a few too many boozy flavoured Easter eggs or, took a swim in some radioactive waste.
If you enjoyed this easy Easter Bunny then please check out my other post. These easy Easter crafts for kids are perfect for a rainy afternoon and will certainly get your child excited for the approach of Easter. You can also find a full video demonstration on my YouTube channel below.