In the increasingly concerning climate, more and more of you are staying home to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. And to those of you doing this with young kids - hats off to you!
Our new series 'Kids Crafts' is designed to hopefully help you out with some fun and easy activities you can do with children of all ages, and with things you'll already have lying around the house!
Today we're sticking to the Easter theme! As an adult, Easter doesn't really phase me that much, it's just a day that pops along once a year. But as a kid, I remember the build up being so exciting. Weeks of school lessons would be suspended for arts and crafts, we'd take a school trip to the local church and belt out songs no one really knew the words to, and my Mum would make the best roast dinner with PROPER Yorkshire puds.
So this post is hopefully a little reminiscent of the good ol' days, and can bring some normality to the kids as well. You only need things you've already got kicking about the house, you don't even need a sewing machine!
These adorable no-sew sock bunnies are pretty versatile. You could add name tags and use them as place holders for Easter Dinner. You could use light coloured socks and draw on them like Doodle Bears (ah, the 90s), or just use them as a new toy to keep the little ones occupied for a few hours.
For this activity you will need:
Socks (you can use those annoying unmatched ones)
Elastic Bands (thin hair bobbles work too)
Ribbon (you can also use twine or excess material from the socks)
Dried rice (most dried pulses work fine)
Cotton wool (Optional)
1. Place the sock over a glass so it's easier to pour the dried pulses into - we used red lentils. Fill the cup about 3/4 full.
2. Tie the sock right at the top of the pulses with an elastic band.
3. To make the head and body shape, squeeze the ball part of the sock to create a slightly smaller ball shape on top, and tie off with another elastic band.
Tip: You can use another elastic band here at the base to make the bunny tail if you're not using cotton wool.
4. To make the ears, cut off any excess sock leaving a few centimetres for the ears. Then, cut down the middle to separate the ears.
If you used a bobble like me, you can hide it by using some of the excess from cutting the ear shapes.
Tip: You can use a pen to draw out the shape you want to help here.
5. Use the pen to draw a face on your bunny. Take a piece of ribbon and tie a bow around the neck.
If you're using cotton wool to make the tail, just blob a little bit of glue on here and add a fluffy little tail.
Tip: You probably have ribbon in the house even if you think you don't. Gift-wrap ribbon, odd bits of Christmas ribbon - I used some we have leftover from Halloween decorations. However, if you're making more than one bunny, you can use the 'excess ears' to get different colours around the neck.
And you're done!
I hope you liked this little Easter Craft idea! If you try anything out from our Kids Crafts blog posts, be sure to snap a picture and tag us on Instagram @thepalettenewcastle, or share to our facebook page!