What's more fun than receiving a basket of candy and treats for Easter? Making your own, of course! Inspire your little artist to construct her own woven Easter basket with this fun craft idea. It may look two-dimensional, but don't be fooled: this little basket opens to reveal a colorful assortment of fun Easter shapes! Heavy on the cutting and gluing, this activity is a great way to build up strong hand muscles.
What You Do:
- Have your child cut the ribbon into two sets. For the first set, cut 6 8-inch pieces of ribbon. For the second set, make 8 6-inch pieces. The long ribbons will make up the horizontal part of the basket and the short ribbons will form the vertical part.
- Now have her start the weaving. Have your child place the longer ribbons horizontally in front of her, arranging them one on top of the other, edge to edge (but not overlapping). Carefully tape them together, laying the tape along the far left edge of the ribbons.
- Hand her the shorter set of ribbons, and help her weave each one in between the horizontal ribbons.
- Once all the ribbons are woven together, carefully glue the whole thing onto a sheet of construction paper.
- Let the glue dry.
- Invite your child to draw the outline of a basket around the ribbons with marker, complete with handle.
- Now that her basket picture is complete, it's time to add a pocket to the back to make it just like a real basket! Have her cut a slit in the paper right over the top edge of the basket to create the basket's opening.
- Help her cut out a piece of construction paper that's the same size and shape of the basket. This will form a pocket for the basket.
- Flip the basket picture over and glue the pocket piece on the back. Apply a line of glue above the slit in the paper and place the pocket over it. The pocket should cover the slit, but make sure you don't glue the slit closed! Add glue around the remaining edges of the pocket and press into the paper. Let dry.
- Your basket is almost done! Finish by making things to put in the basket. Encourage her to cut flowers, Easter eggs, grass, and even baby chicks out of construction paper and place them inside her basket.
Change the look of your Easter basket each day by making lots of different construction paper shapes and filling the basket with a different assortment each morning.
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.