Many times when I’m experimenting to create a project (which will hopefully turn out so I can share it on the blog!), I’ll make a sample project before inviting my kids to join so I can iron out the kinks, clarify the process, and have a visual example to show during the project instructions.
That was the case with this glittery cut-and-paste mosaic Easter egg craft, and since I often have a difficult time sitting through a movie without falling asleep (life of an exhausted mom!), I was experimenting with the project during our recent family pizza/movie night.
With one child on my lap, half my attention turned to the kids’ space ranger movie, and the other half toward the egg collaging, I didn’t notice until my husband leaned over and nudged: three of the kids had turned their backs to the movie and were eagerly engrossed in helping arrange and paste the Easter egg “puzzle.”
Now. While I’m not here to promise this Easter egg art will turn your kids away from TV, I can say that my kids loved it and created some gorgeous eggs to adorn our fridge for the season.
The mosaic Easter egg art works for a range of ages–satisfying the cut-and-paste obsession of little preschool hands (and keeping them busy for a long time!), or will challenge older kids to turn and twist the geometric shapes to arrange an intricate design.
- Colored Paper (we used glittered card stock)
- Glue stick
- Mosaic Easter Egg printable pattern
Creating a Cut-and-Paste Mosaic Easter Egg
First, cut the paper into small pieces. I gave my preschooler the strips of glittered card stock with the instructions to “cut away!” (keeping the pieces on the table). After kids have cut to their heart’s content, gather the pieces and save for another day, or continue on with the Cut-and-Paste Mosaic Easter Eggs.
Print the egg-shaped template and show the kids how to glue the scraps inside the template outline by “covering all the white spaces” and “trying to stay in the lines.”
My younger kids were happy to begin gluing haphazardly, but the older kids used a pencil to lightly draw simple lines, squiggles, and zig zags inside their egg shape to use as a guide for creating different patterns.
The results? Festive and gorgeous.
Easter Book Recommendation
Looking for a good book to read along with this Easter project? We read Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco.
It’s the sweet story of “Old Babushka” who is famous for her intricately painted Easter eggs. The vibrantly-detailed line illustrations capture a little piece of Russian culture as they tell about rescuing the injured goose, Rechenka; the miracle of the goose’s eggs; Old Babushka’s experience entering the eggs in the Easter Festival contest; and a fun surprise Rechenka shares after her wing has healed.
I’m a fan of everything Patricia Polacco and non-traditional Easter story is a beautiful one to add to your spring storytimes.
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