I love Easter baskets! And while I adore all those cute crafty ones (and I've done them!), these days I love them to be as open ended as possible. I want each to show the personality of the child. Yes, even in an Easter basket!
We started with a simple white lunch sack. (Good ol' Target!)
This year I set out portion cups and various bottles of watercolors. I let the children choose what colors they wanted their bags to be. I also had a bottle of silver shimmer tempera paint. Most of the 3's decided they wanted a dollop of that mixed in their watercolors. The effects were beautiful!
What I love most is that after they were dry, the 3's knew exactly which bags were theirs, without looking at the names on the bottoms. They remembered the colors they used, the patterns they created. THAT is what I love most about these types of projects. No two look alike. This is not cookie cutter art.
Yesterday we had a parent helper, so I put her to work with the paper shredder. I remembered Kristin over at Preschool Daze had her preschoolers shred their own paper for an activity. This in itself was a hit!
They chose which color paper they wanted, put it through the shredder, and filled their bags.
They brought their bags to me and I helped them add a sturdy handle.
They are ready for our Easter egg hunt when we return from spring break!