Easter Bunny Basket

This year for Easter I decided I would make an Easter bunny basket with the kids as Abigail is starting to understand some holidays exist like birthdays, Christmas and of course Easter. They are both still small so I only brought a small packet of Easter eggs for Abigail to hunt using her basket and I also got them a book each. My sister in law made them each cute little soap bunnies out of facecloths. We stayed at an Airbnb so I just hid the eggs around the living room as I did not want Abigail rifling through the belongings of the owners. Plus she is a two year old so her hunting skills are still developing.

Equipment:
– scrap paper/newsprint
– a few sheets of plain white paper
– homemade paste (1 part flour : 1 part water e.g. 1 cup flour and 1 cup water mixed)
– 1 balloon
– paint (your choice of colour)
– ribbon
– 1 pompom
– 2 googly eyes
– coloured pencils/felts
– scissors

Method:
1. Tear up scrap paper/newsprint into smaller pieces and place in ice cream container (see picture above).
2. Prepare paste by adding 1 cup of flour to 1 cup of water in an ice cream container.
3. Blow up balloon.
4. Now the fun begins, help the kids to dip each piece of paper into the glue then place onto the balloon overlapping each piece to be sure there are no gaps.
5. After they have done a couple of layers, leave to dry before repeating this process until desired thickness is achieved.
6. Trim the edges of the paper mache to get a straight edge on the basket.
7. Next get the children to paint the basket.
8. Once dry glue on two googly eyes and a pompom for a nose. I drew a mouth on with a vivid marker.
9. I cut out two ear shapes out of white paper and used a felt to outline them and a coloured pencil to shade them in. I then glued them to the front of the basket.
10. Finally I made two small holes, one on either side of the basket and tied the ribbon on as a handle.