Want to decorate eggs for Easter without all the mess? Try making an Easter egg collage instead! Preschoolers love paper and glue crafts, and all that drawing and cutting is a great way to strengthen little hands for better fine motor skills. Sneak in a lesson on shape recognition for an extra bit of learning.
What You Do:
- Ask your child to draw a large egg-shaped oval on a sheet of construction paper and cut it out.
- Glue the oval onto another sheet of construction paper of a different color.
- Have your child draw and cut out shapes from the remaining construction paper in different sizes and colors. Try making geometric shapes such as circles, squares, or triangles or free-form, organic shapes like clouds or amoebas.
- Help him create his collage by arranging the paper shapes in a pattern or random design on the egg. Have him name the shapes as he goes along.
- Once his collage is laid out, help your child glue the shapes down.
- If you're using glitter, have your child make designs on his egg with glue and sprinkle glitter on top. Tilt the collage and shake to remove the excess glitter.
- Set the collage aside to dry.
- Once it's dry, display it on the wall and enjoy!
Try making more egg collages using different colors, shapes, patterns, and lines. Hang them up around the house to get your home ready for Easter.
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.