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March 19, 2013

Easter Egg Craft for Kids {Absorption Art}

Easter Egg Craft - Art for Kids

Simple Easter egg craft for kids - absorption art

Absorption art is one of our favorite ways to create.  It is such a simple way to let kids explore with art, and only a few supplies are needed.  The other day I set up an invitation to create Easter eggs with absorption art, and all four of my boys loved creating.

How to Make Absorption Art Easter Eggs

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JZ (5) squirted the liquid watercolors into the containers.  As you can see we only used a small amount of watercolors then filled the containers with water.  Liquid watercolors are a bit pricey, but they can be diluted quite a bit while still providing gorgeous results.  We have had this set for over a year, and they are still half full.

Prepare the invitation to create with absorption art, then invite your children to begin making glue designs.  Encourage them to use a decent amount of glue, so more salt sticks and the color spreads farther.  I free handed egg shapes on white cardstock, so our finished projects would look like decorated Easter eggs.

J-Bug (3) was content with a small amount of glue.  I think he was eager to dump the salt.  Please note I used measuring spoons for no reason other than they were the closest spoons to me when I was setting up the invitation.  We did not measure the salt before dumping it on our eggs.

Shake off any excess salt then drop colored water onto the glue and salt mixture.  The idea is to drop the colored water right onto the salt covered glue and watch it absorb and "run" through the salt.  J-Bug and my toddler twins mostly just squirted a ton of water onto their eggs and watched the colors blend.

Using pipettes or eye droppers is a great exercise for developing fine motor skills.

JZ made it a personal goal to see how much colored water he could suck up into the pipette.

fine motor Easter egg process art for kids

Tank and Peanut (20 months) have shown a lot of interest in our art projects lately.  They have been listening to instructions very well and treat our supplies with respect.  I keep rules to a minimum and focus on what is most important like keeping the containers of water on the table.  

I expect a mess when crafting with toddlers, but I do my best to establish good habits.  If they dumped the water the art session would be ruined for everyone.  While JZ and J-Bug know that accidents are part of having little brothers, I also want to respect their work and space.

Easter egg process art for kids

By choosing what is most important to me for each project I avoid overwhelming them with too many rules.  Spilled salt can easily be shaken off big brother's artwork, but a liquid cannot.  I use positive phrases like, "Keep the water on the table," and avoid negative phrases like, "Don't spill the water."  In addition to making our time positive and uplifting, using positive phrases tells toddlers what to do instead of what not to do.

Please note that if there was an accidental water spill it would be met with a calm reaction.  Toddlers are curious little people, and they can also be clumsy.  I kept paper towels nearby just in case.  Here are tips for messy playas well as laundry tips to avoid stains and keep clothes bright.  These early introductions to art can shape the way toddlers view art.  I am doing my best to Raise Creative Kids, and I want their experiences to be positive.

For best results allow the paper to dry.  I find that using a cooling rack works best, so the paper doesn't sit in excess watercolors and smudge the colors.

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  1. Hey, those are very lovely eggs. So crafty. That would make the little ones so happy doing those.

  2. Ooh, I did some absorption art for a winter project, but I love with you did with it for this Easter themed project. I bet your kids had a ton of fun with this!

  3. Really neat! Just added this to the Hameray Publishing Pinterest Board "Holiday Fun".
    - Bernard, Hameray Publishing

  4. That sounds like a lot of fun! I probably won't make an Easter egg since Easter's over, but I could do different shapes!

  5. Hi,

    Nice Post....Great craft for Easter eggs.

  6. Awesome and such great helpful toddler-tips too!! :D Great job! Thanks for sharing


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