I was searching for "Easy Easter Crafts" on Pinterest and I found this adorable idea! It was SO easy and it came out beautifully, if I do say so myself. I was by myself the other day (no para, me and 22 kids) and was kind of traumatized at the idea of doing a messy art project without any help. I hemmed and hawed and finally just decided to go for it.
Anyway, here's how to make the world's easiest Easter craft.
1. Cut out tons of eggs using white construction or art paper. Mine were about 10 inches tall and 7 inches wide (almost the size of a sheet of paper).
2. Put tons of shaving cream in a tray or other shallow container.
3. Sprinkle the top with a few colors of liquid watercolor. (I let the kids pick 3 colors). You could also use food coloring or acrylic paint, but I happened to have watercolor lying around and it made the colors so pretty and vibrant.
4. Have each little one stick one finger in and swirl it around. Don't swirl TOO much, or it will turn out all brown/gray/yucky.
5. Press an egg shape face down into the shaving cream paint mess. Of course, I forgot to take a photo of this step. I had the kids lightly tap it for about 15 seconds. Then we pulled it out of the shaving cream and placed it on the table. I had them smush shaving cream onto any places that were left bare (and yes, smush is the official shaving cream art term), then waited another 10 - 15 seconds for the paint to sink into the paper.
6. Use a squeegee or other item to scrape the shaving cream off. In our "we are so not fancy" case we used a thick piece of cardboard. I held the egg and the kids scraped.
Voila! A gorgeous Easter Egg! The kids literally thought it was magic. The other great thing about this is that one tray of shaving cream made about 10 eggs! I did freshen up the paint after about 5. Then we refilled the tray and did the next 10 with different colors. Loved it!
We also made some adorable bunnies, but of course I forgot to snap a picture. We didn't use cottonballs on the face. We did similar ears, a pink triangle nose and googly eyes. They drew on their own mouth and whiskers. We did do a little cottonball tail on the back of the plate, which they loved.