Paper Plate Sheep Mask

Veronika recently made a woolly sheep from cotton balls, to celebrate March “going out like a lamb”. She loved the fluffy cotton balls so much that we followed up with another sheep craft today. This time, she got to be the sheep at the end!

To start, I cut the center from a paper plate and then added lots of glue around the rim. Veronika immediately began to place cotton balls all over the glue, and loved playing with extras, too!

We let the mask dry, then I cut two ears from sturdy white paper and attached with tape.

Baa baa,” said my little sheep. If you’re able, follow up with a visit to a local farm to see spring’s lambs!


Easter Egg Necklace

Veronika loves accessorizing, so we made this pretty little necklace for her to wear to Easter brunch this weekend!

To start, we needed to decorate the “beads”, in this case Easter egg shapes cut from construction paper. I chose a few different springtime shades like purple, green, and pink. She loved decorating with markers, telling me very specifically which ones needed dots, lines, or sometimes silly drawings like “slippers”, and took her work quite seriously!

Of course there’s no need to stop at markers. Use crayons, add stickers or sequins, or embellish with whatever else is in your craft bin. To add some sparkle to her jewelry, we squirted a little glue onto each egg and sprinkled with purple glitter. This made the craft significantly more messy, but this girl loves glitter these days.

For some fine motor skills, encourage your child to thread the egg “beads” ribbon to finish the necklace. I punched a hole near the top of each egg, and gave Veronika a yellow ribbon. (Note: You can wrap a bit of tape around the end of a ribbon to make it more like the aglet of a shoelace, for easier threading).

She needed some assistance, but soon was proudly modeling her creation.

“Bunny!” she said with a smile, without any prompting at all.