Put a little Japanese flare into Easter by
making an origami bunny
Origami is the Japanese art of
folding paper. Here's a twist on the Origami frog...it's an Origami bunny
that the kids will really enjoy making this time of the year. All it takes
is a 3 x 5 card and you're ready to begin the project. Just follow each of
these folding steps and glue on a couple of bunny ears at the end, and you're
finished with the project. Should take just a few minutes to make the
Place the card in a "portrait" mode.
At the top of the card, take a corner, and fold it down until the top edge
and the side edge meet.
Open card flat
Repeat with the other corner. Now you have an "X".
There should be two creases on the top of your card
If you did these steps correctly, they should form an "X" at the
top of the card.
Make a crease that runs through the middle of the "X"
Mountain fold (fold 'back') the top right through the middle of the
Collapse the paper on the pre-made creases.
Fold the outer corners of the triangle to the top.
Fold the sides to the middle.
Fold the bottom edge to the top
Fold top edge of the front layer to the bottom edge.
Glue (or tape) two bunny ears to the top.
To Make Bunny Hop:
Loosen the front and back legs so that the bunny is
not flat. Tap at the back--and the bunny will jump.
1-inch pieces newspaper, newsprint or paper toweling
colored tissue paper (optional)
Paper mache recipe
1 cup water
Mix in 1/4 cup flour until thin and runny
Stir this mixture into 5 cups lightly boiling water. Gently boil for 2-3
minutes. Cool until you can dip paper into mixture without burning yourself.
Make paper mache paste as above. When cool pour into pie tin. Blow up a balloon
and tape to a table. Dip strips of newspaper in paste and place carefully on
balloon. Continue overlapping pieces of newspaper on balloon. Cover balloon
completely and let dry. It may take overnight to dry, particularly if you've
used lots of paste. Once dry decorate the dried balloon with paint or colored
tissue in pretty pastel Easter colors. Finish with shellac for a shiny, glazed
1 large Easter basket
1 lb wheat seed
1 lb vermiculite
plastic wrap or clear plastic bag
Grow a miniature meadow in an Easter basket - it's real simple. A week before
Easter line a large Easter basket with plastic wrap and fill with vermiculite
(about 2-inches deep). Sprinkle wheat seed on top of the vermiculite. Put the
basket in the sink and add water until the seed bed is damp. You shouldn't have
to water it again before Easter.
Set the basket in a pan and place in filtered sunlight. Cover loosely with
plastic wrap or a clear plastic bag to keep moist. Remove the plastic after two
days. The wheat should begin to sprout during the next few days. By Easter
morning you would have real Easter grass to hide your eggs in.
pink construction paper
pink and/or white pipe cleaners
Using the paper plate, cut out eyes and nose in the plate. Cut out bunny ears
from pink paper and glue to the plate. Use pipe cleaners to make whiskers,
attach to plate by poking through and knotting at back, or glue on. Use yarn to
tie to either side of plate to tie on head.
yellow food dye
shredded paper (optional)
bits of orange paper
Dip one large cotton ball in yellow dye diluted with water. Let dry. Cut egg
carton so you have one section. Place a bit of shredded paper (color optional)
in bottom of section. When yellow cotton ball is dry draw eyes on top to make
eyes. Cut out very small triangle of orange paper and glue on yellow cotton ball
to make chicks beak. Sit chick in carton section to make the chick in the