Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Easter!

Today I introduced Buffy the Hen and her amazing colorful chicks. Buffy is made from fleece and felt, and has a tube that runs from a hole in her back down to her bottom, so she can lay eggs.

I got the pattern from If you are into sewing, this blog has a host of ingenious tutorials and patterns, some free and some for sale. The chicken pattern is one that you have to buy.

It's a bit tricky, getting that tube in, but the resulting magic chicken is a delight. The little chicks are pretty easy to make---my 10-year-old granddaughter wants to try making one.

Our books today were all old Easter favorites: Max's Chocolate Chicken, by Rosemary Wells, Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs, by Janet Morgan Stoeke, and The Golden Egg Book, by Margaret Wise Brown. Here's our craft:

Ester Egg Magnets:

The eggs are cut out of foam sheets, and are about 6 inches high, although they could be any size you like. Cut out some eggs, and use the scraps to cut stripes.

You might want to put an adhesive magnet on the back before you start. That way the front won't be all gluey sticky when you go to put the magnet on.

Start by squeezing out some glitter glue and smearing it around with your finger. Then add stripes, stickers, and anything else you want to decorate with. Let it dry and then stick it on the fridge.  Happy Easter!

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