This kid-friendly Easter craft also offers a lesson

The English poet Christina Rossetti once wrote: "There is no time like Spring,/When life’s alive in everything." After the long winter ache for warmth, color and rejuvenation, spring offers new beginnings for plants, insects and animals. Spring is a time to celebrate life and rebirth. Perhaps this is why eggs are associated with Easter — an egg is a symbol of new life.
Encourage children in the home or classroom to welcome spring with a fun craft. One simple and budget-friendly craft is an Easter egg chick. Pass out plastic Easter eggs to children. Give the kids twine, felt, yarn and scissors to create their chicks. Help younger children wrap and glue twine around each egg. If safety scissors aren't available, help small kids cut the eyes, beak and feet from felt.
- Roll of jute twine
- Hot glue gun
- Glue stick
- Black felt
- Scissors
- Yellow felt
- Yellow yarn
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1. Squeeze a dollop of hot glue on the top of a plastic Easter egg.
2. Place one end of the jute twine on the glue. Allow the glue to dry.
3. Squeeze another dollop of glue beside the secured piece of jute twine.
4. Wrap the jute twine around itself, creating a spiral pattern. Press the twine firmly to secure it to the glue.
5. Continue the spiral pattern, wrapping the twine around the entire egg. Secure the twine to the egg with hot glue.
6. Snip the twine with scissors at the bottom of the egg.
7. Adhere the loose end of twine to the egg with hot glue.
8. Cut two small circles out of black felt. These circles will serve as chick's eyes.
9. Cut a small triangle out of yellow felt. The triangle will be the chick's beak.
10. Cut two small, tulip-like shapes out of yellow felt. These will serve as feet for the chick. When considering the shape, imagine three petals on the silhouette of a tulip.
11. Secure the eyes, beak and feet to the chick with hot glue. Allow the glue to dry.
12. Snip about one inch of yellow yarn from a ball or skein.
13. Fold the yarn in half so it makes the shape of a "V."
14. Apply hot glue to the top of the chick's head.
15. Secure the bottom of the "V" shape to the glue. The loose ends of the yarn serve as chick hair.
16. Gently loosen the free ends of yarn so it resembles hair.
17. Squeeze a small amount of glue to the center of the "V" shape.
18. Squeeze the two pieces of yarn together to create a single tuft of hair.
19. Trim yarn with scissors, if necessary, to create realistic-looking chick hair.

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