Inside: 75 fun and incredibly easy Easter crafts for 3-year-olds and other young children of the toddler and preschooler age
What’s more exciting? The arrival of Spring or Easter around the corner? Well, the answers are plain and simple, depending on your age.
For me it’s all about the chocolate, for my kids, 3 and 4, they can’t wait to see daffodils bloom.
Anyway, so at this age, kids have firmly grasped that the Easter Holiday means an Easter egg hunt, then stashing and gorging on chocolate and other delightful teeth-rotting candies. Because I’m a mean mom (to some), my two aren’t allowed to eat all their stash in one go or whenever takes their fancy, so we do at least avoid too much of the sugar-induced pandemonium and meltdowns, but that’s a completely different topic altogether.
So, the one issue with starting on any Easter craft for a 3-year-old is the endless “how long”, “how many days” until it’s Easter Sunday…Of course, for most 3-year-olds, the concept of time is very limited, so it’s an entirely fruitless conversation.
Start on the Easter chick crafts, I say! Easter chicks have a strong association with Easter for good reason: the hatching chick signifies new life as well as re-birth, the egg symbolizing the tomb from which Christ was resurrected. It’s never too early to understand the meaning behind the festivities, is it? I admit, I haven’t yet tried to explain that to my two, but if I’m feeling the need for an extra challenge this year, I’ll give it a shot.
So other than Easter chick crafts there are Sunday School/ religious Easter crafts as well as Easter egg crafts, Easter card ideas, Easter basket crafts and, of course, plenty of Easter bunnies. This list of easy Easter crafts for 3-year-olds is split into those categories.
But first, my favorite Easter crafts: the simplest Easter crafts. Yes, all of them are easy, but these are the simplest of the lot. With simple supplies that don’t include paint or that horribly-sticky-and-gets-everywhere-in-the-hands-of-a-3-year-old white glue, type supplies.
These are the ones to choose when you find your limited in time, sanity or patience you have. Or a combination of any of those. There’s nothing worse than having to abort mission halfway through.
Pick, chose, enjoy!
Getting older or younger siblings involved
This post is written specifically with 3-year-olds in mind but many will interest kids of all ages, particularly older children. Older kids can help prepare the craft, the supplies or you can simply give them more autonomy. For example, crafts with printables may need cutting out. That’s a job for older kids who can perfect their fine motor skills.
Younger kids will probably need more help – perhaps pick something from the simplest Easter crafts section at the beginning. Or head to this post of 29+ simple Easter crafts for toddlers, for even easier ones. You can never go too simple when it comes to kids, can you?
The SIMPLEST Easter crafts for 3-year-olds (no prep, minimal mess)
These ones are the ones to start with if you’re after super easy Easter crafts for your 3-year-old. They use basic craft supplies, require little prep (often have free printables) and should be minimal mess. There are plenty to chose from in this category as I’ve nabbed a few from this Easter craft post aimed at younger toddlers . Simple is always best, whatever the age, right?!
You can’t get simpler than hard-boiling some eggs and having your 3 year old “decorate” them with sharpies. Use white eggs to make those pretty scribbles stand out and place in a basket for a festive decoration.
An easy Easter craft and a perfect way for a 3-year old to start experimenting with patterns. This might just mean scribbling, but hey. Simply wrap an oval-shaped pice of card with tin foil and decorate with sharpies.
How cute is this hatching Easter chick craft? Good scissor skills practice for a 3 year old and a minimal-mess glue stick to stick it all together. Click the link above for the free template.
Another minimal mess Easter egg craft for toddlers and preschoolers that like to cut and stick (that’s most, right?) Cut some cardstock into an egg shape or let older kids take charge and then grab some washi tape, pompoms and any other funky paper, ribbon, buttons etc you have to hand and get crafting.
Let your preschooler loose with some paint (well, a little loose…) and once dry, cut out bunny shapes and stick onto blank cards. How’s that for an easy Easter craft for a 3 year old?
A lovely nature-inspired hatching Easter chick craft that’s bright and colorful and just what we all need after a long, bleak winter (only me?!)
Cute cheeping Easter chicks! Definitely stock up on some yellow paper plates so you can forget about paint and make it a super easy Easter craft to do with your 3 year old.
Young children of all ages love getting lost in little fantasy worlds so dressing up is a great way to entertain them. Your 3 year old is going to love this cute bunny headband.
A very easy Easter craft which upcyles toilet paper rolls into little Easter bunnies. You could simplify further by leaving them unpainted.
This is such a pretty and fun craft and will be right up the street of my flower-loving 3-year-old. First, collect some spring flowers with your preschooler and allow them to dry for a few days. Once dry, they can be stuck onto contact paper or into a laminating pouch and finally hung in the window for all the family to enjoy.
A fun Easter craft that turns your 3-year old into a bunny. What more could you want than a giant-sized bunny galavanting around the place?! They’re sure to have lots of fun, while mom sips a nice cup of coffee perhaps?
This is another very simple and effective Easter card idea for little kids; using an oval-shaped cookie cutter or slightly squished TP roll and some yellow paint, print the chick outlines onto a blank card. Add eyes, beak and feet and you’re done.
This easy basket craft uses the bottom half of a plastic container, covered in white duct tape. Simply add cardboard ears, eyes, nose and rosy cheeks and you’re done.
An easy Easter craft for your 3 year old to make and give to a loved one. They’ll make a lovely keepsake.
#15 Loose parts Easter egg collage
Simply draw some wavy and zigzag lines onto an egg shape which your 3-year-old can then embellish with beads, pompoms and other loose parts. You can then trace a line of glue over the top so everything sticks or omit this part and keep it a mess-free fun activity.
Fun easy Easter PAPER PLATE crafts
What would moms of toddlers and preschoolers do without the humble paper plate?! Not only do they mean we can skip the washing up whenever we need to (not, me, never) but it opens up a whole world of crafting opportunities. There’s sure to be an Easter craft or two among this lot that you’re 3 year old is going to love.
How cute are these fluffy chicks with real feathers?! It’s hard not to love with this easy Easter craft: little accuracy is needed, making it perfect for a 3-year-old.
A daddy chicken and a baby – too sweet! My 3-year-old is going to love this easy Easter craft.
This time a fluffy cotton wool ball Easter chick – another one for my daughter who’s all about cute and fluffy). I can see this one hanging in our kitchen this Easter.
More make-believe opportunities here for your 3-year-old with these fun and easy Easter bunny masks.
Unless your 3-year-old has pretty advanced scissor skills you’re probably going to be doing most of the cutting, but they’re sure to enjoy sticking it all together.
These might be my favorite of all the bunny paper plate crafts – I just love their floral fringes! I’m sure my 3-year-old will love them too.
Last but not least in this section is another fluffy pompom chick – I love it’s little pipe cleaner beak and feet.
Fun & easy EASTER EGG crafts & ideas
From plastic, wooden and real eggs to shaping an egg out of salt dough or simply drawing an egg shape, here are some of the best ideas for fun Easter egg crafts for 3-year-olds.
This pretty Easter craft and decoration needs some contact paper and tissue paper (buy it pre-cut into squares for next to no prep), plus your eager 3-year-old.
A pretty decorated Easter egg craft, using pompoms held with clothespins instead of paintbrushes. Not only is this a fun and interesting way to hone fine motor skills, but patterning is an important pre-maths skill. (If your 3 year old wants to paint and smudge their own creations that’s also fine.)
There are quite a few egg-dying techniques around but I particularly like this one which uses tissue paper. What’s more, once the eggs are hard-boiled, anything goes when it comes to the decorating and dying part.
Your 3-year-old can spray the eggs with water using a spray bottle (also good for those finger muscles), then cut and shred the tissue paper and stick all over. Spray again and allow to dry. Peel off and voila! Dyed and decorated. Great process art with such an effective end result, making it a must-do Easter craft in my book.
Note: unfortunately you do need to use “bleeding tissue paper” rather than the normal stuff.
My two loved the melted crayon rocks we did earlier in the year – what a clever idea to do it with real eggs, hot hard-boiled ones. Simply hold a crayon onto the hot egg and let all the colors drip and run down the sides, then allow to dry. Obviously, be careful of little fingers burning – a strong grip of the crayon is needed and a preschooler who is moderately good at listening to your warning!
The last time I tried marbling with my two was a complete disaster! Never mind about the lack of anything pretty like above, it was the sheer amount of colored shaving cream that was all over most of their bodies as well as all over the table. While it was a great sensory experience for them, it’s rather scarred me for life. That was when they were 1 and just 2 years old… so maybe at 3 and 4, we might all do better, but it’s definitely one I will take outside just in case… As you can see from the Easter egg craft above, the finished product can be rather lovely. Worth a try if you’re feeling brave, perhaps?
Another marbling one but this time with “marbling paint”. Like the shaving foam marbling, this one definitely has the potential to be horribly messy so may be best saving for when your 3 year old is a little older. The end result looks simply stunning though so I couldn’t not include it… What’s more, if you use wooden craft eggs, as they did in the photo above, this will make a lovely decoration for many Easters to come.
Simple EASTER CHICK crafts for 3-year-olds
Loads of fun and easy chick crafts for preschoolers and toddlers alike here – not only for Easter, there’s nothing like a spring chick to brighten the day.
It will be a little bit of a fiddle to cut the bits and bobs out of felt, but once that is done, get your preschooler to stick and you’re done! A cute Easter chick craft which a practical purpose, for the 3-year old that loves boiled eggs.
A blown egg and the delicate hands of your 3-year-old are the main ingredients to this Easter chick craft. Haha I hear you say! Yes, I agree, this one may be suited to older kids a little better, just depends a little on the skills and mood of your preschooler – my daughter, will love giving the little chicks a home, and may even have the gentle touch this requires…(Or am I being naive?!)
This is an easy Easter craft that makes good use of things that would otherwise end up in the trash which I’m all for. Then once complete I reckon any 3-year old will have loads of fun playing with them afterward – I’m sure they will keep my two busy for ages.
In this Easter craft, blown eggs are modge podged with tissue paper and then decorated with feathers, felt beaks and googly eyes. (So prepare for lots of stickiness!) Once dry the modge podge will become hard so the colorful little chicks should make a pretty decoration for many Easters to come. If the thought of blown eggs is too much with a 3-year-old in tow, why not try this with wooden eggs or these plastic eggs.
The best EASTER BUNNY crafts
Lots of fun Easter bunnies, crafts and ideas for 3-year-olds here, all sorts of upcycling and some nature-inspired bunny crafts too. But for even MORE crafts in the fluffy and hoppy type, check out: 45 Easy Easter Bunny Arts & Crafts Ideas For Toddlers
#32 Spin Art Bunnies
This is process art at it’s best – paint is flung onto pre-cut bunnies using a salad spinner, leaving fun, modern art-like paint streaks. This is sure to be a hit with my 3-year-old. (Click the link above for the tutorial.)
Another Easter craft that should keep a preschooler or toddler entertained. Pushing down on the top cup should make the bunny jump, due to some elastic bands you can just see on the edges. Click the link above for the tutorial.
This toilet paper roll Easter Bunny looks like it could just hop right across the table! That or waddle (it could definitely be easily converted to a penguin…) The template makes this a nice easy Easter craft for 3-year-olds.
These salt dough bunnies look like they’re sitting rather than hopping, but they’re rather adorable all the same! A cute Easter craft and activity to do with your 3-year old that should make a lovely keepsake for years to come.
An Easter Craft for 3-year-olds that brings the outside in, bright and colorful and full of the signs of Spring. Not only that, but the results could be quite amusing depending on where eyes and nose end up; we did something similar with parts of the face cut out of magazines and my daughter’s was quite funny and a little freaky. Can’t wait to see how this Easter bunny will turn out.
More upcycled toilet paper bunnies, but these ones with hand-drawn faces and ears cut out of the top of the cardboard.
Another nature-inspired Easter craft for preschoolers: a wearable Easter bunny mask decorated with small flowers, petals, leaves as the fluffy ears plus twigs and a flower for nose and whiskers… Great to get your 3-year-old outside and foraging for all the bits and pieces.
Once this fun Easter craft is complete, your 3-year-old is going to love playing with these hopping bunny rabbits.
More opportunity for small-world play for your 3-year-old with these cute pipe cleaner bunny finger puppets. They’ll be so much fun.
The cutest Easter HAND & FOOTPRINT crafts to do with your 3-year-old
These Easter crafts will make lovely keepsakes – if you can grin and bear the potential stress of getting a decent hand or footprint off your 3-year-old or all that fiddly cutting out of their prints, they’re sure to be worth it.
This handprint craft looks fairly easy and your 3-year-old will have fun drawing the face and feet on.
An adorable Easter craft to do with your 3-year-old and, if it comes out as well as in the photo above, a keeper for many years to come.
Lots of paint, lots of handprints and lots of cutting out for all involved, but definitely worth the effort if the end result is as cute as above!
Draw on whiskers and ears plus cotton ball tail and transform your 3-year-olds feet into bunnies. What a great idea to do this on canvas.
These Easter chicks are lovely, aren’t they? Pretty cute to have them hanging around the house so it’ll be well worth the effort of cutting around all those fingers and thumbs…
This hand and footprint crafts is hard to resist isn’t it?! The eyes and beak are part of an egg box and yellow tissue paper become feathers…Such a cute Easter chick craft to do with your 3-year-old.
#47 Easter Chick handprint art
This simple handprint chick is definitely achievable for kids younger than 3 years old. My baby neice, who’s just turned one, was the “artist” for the one pictured above.
I’m just loving these Easter bunnies with hands for ears – perfect for toddlers and preschoolers alike.
#49 Easter egg thumbprint art activity
If you can manage to get some neat thumb or fingerprints from your 3-year-old you can quickly turn them into Easter eggs with a bit of creativity. They’d make a lovely Easter card too.
More finger and thumb prints – this time turned into a bunny and chicks. Should be simple enough to try with a 3-year-old.
This handprint chick is the perfect way to get a cute handprint keepsake with minimal effort. You gotta love a free printable. ( Knowing how hard it is to get a decent handprint from a 3-year-old, I’d print a few off…)
In this one, your 3 year olds footprint becomes the bunny’s feet. Other than grappling a footprint off your kiddo, this one looks an easy Easter craft.
What a great idea to do an Easter bunny handprint on a tile? You can never have enough coasters, that’s for sure, and this will make great gifts for grandparents too.
The best Easter BASKET & TREAT HOLDER crafts
No list of Easter crafts would be complete without some Easter basket crafts and ideas for Easter treat holders – these crafts are probably the most important on the list for your sweet-toothed 3-year-old.
This Easter bunny craft is not only easy and cute but practical too; all those Easter treasures and candies will be happily transported around in these paper plate bunny treat bags. My 3-year-old will use it way beyond Easter though, she just loves bags…
For some reason, it’s never occurred to me to make an Easter basket out of something that’s actually designed to carry eggs. Seems so obvious now… Paint an egg box and attach a ribbon handle – if you’re looking for an easy Easter basket craft for your 3-year-old then look no further.
This is an easy Easter craft, but more for mum to take control of; although it doesn’t require any sewing, you do need to use a hot glue gun. Your toddler or preschooler will love to direct you I’m sure! And will certainly love carrying it around and collecting their Easter candies in it and if your 3-year-old is anything like mine and big into bags, they’re going to be using it well beyond Easter.
What a great idea to turn a cone of paper into a carrot that can hold small candies like gummy bears and mini eggs. A few of these carrots would look super cute in an Easter basket, or what about hiding them around the garden?
Paper mache paste and a 3-year-old aren’t my favorite combination so this Easter basket craft is one I’d make outside… Click the link above for a great tutorial.
This one’s a little more time-consuming so ideal to keep an older preschooler engaged, perhaps asking a bit much of a 3-year-old? I guess it depends a little on their personality and their mood.
These tissue paper Easter baskets are so pretty yet so functional and made a little like the paper mache baskets above. Using a plastic bowl as a mold, cover in tissue paper and stick together with modge podge. (For a more detailed how-to, click the link above).
What better way to present some Easter treats than in a brightly colored pillow box? It looks a perfect size for toddlers and preschoolers as you can’t fit too many candies in.
Easy EASTER CARDS for 3-year-olds to make
My family love it when they receive homemade cards from my two, and Easter is another good excuse for card-making. Here are a few Easter card ideas for little kids to make, particularly well suited to 3-year-olds.
This Easter chick card is my favorite – simple enough for a 3-year-old to do with very little help.
Help your 3-year-old preschooler carve out some Easter egg potato stamps for some fun printing, lovely for the front of an Easter card.
More tissue paper scrunching involved in this easy Easter craft for toddlers and preschoolers. I love the idea of having the Easter egg inside the card with the cutout window, for a slightly different look.
Quite a bit more involved in this Easter craft and card with a few different materials and skills involved. Should keep a 3 year old busy for some time and a grandparent very happy.
In this easy Easter craft, which could easily be turned into an Easter card, 3 TP rolls glued together become the bunny face and ears. Simple, cute and effective.
Last and by no means least in this section, is this potato-stamped Easter bunny card – isn’t it just adorable?
This could be a great opportunity to make good use of all your 3-year-olds paint smudges and scribbles that you can’t bare to throw away but don’t know what to do with…. Cut some ovals out of these and just stick them onto a card. Hey presto, a fun and easy Easter card.
Sunday School & religious Easter crafts
Celebrate and help your 3 year old understand the true meaning of Easter with some easy religious Easter crafts, great for Sunday School too.
This is a religious Easter craft for kids of all ages who can learn the story of The Resurrection. Rather like a nativity set, use the free printables to create your very own set of angles, St Mary Magdalen, Jesus, soldiers and so on. Part of the set includes a tomb, which cleverly uses an old tissue box in conjunction with the printable.
The Jelly Bean Prayer is a great way to help little ones learn about Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday). Each color is symbolic of some part of the Resurrection which has been put together into a poem:
Red is for the blood he gave
Green is for the grass he made
Yellow is for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night
Black is for the sins we made
White is for the grace He gave
Purple is for the hour of sorrow
Pink is for a new tomorrow
A bag full of jelly beans, colorful and sweet, is a prayer, is a promise, is an Easter treat!
You place the prayer with the jelly beans with a bag and hand out to your kids on Easter Sunday. Grab the free printable from Down Redbud Drive.
The cross is not only symbolic of all Christian followers; it plays a pivotal role at Easter so this fun coloring activity, suiting toddlers and preschoolers alike, is a must.
Fun Easter ACTIVITIES to do with 3-year-olds
While it’s lovely to create some cute Easter crafts, often 3-year-olds just want to just “do” and simply play which is, of course, totally normal and to be encouraged. So providing them with opportunities to explore new materials and textures, with sensory activities and messy play, as well as play games and leave them to their own creative devices is essential, whatever the time of year.
So this section has the emphasis on the doing. You might end up with something cute and worthy of a picture at the end but that’s not necessarily the aim. What’s nice about doing activities rather than a “craft”, is that your 3 year old may want to come back to them time and time again. What’s more, often they don’t require your help, meaning time for a cuppa or more…
This activity will offer your 3-year-old the opportunity to explore a sensory bin with an Easter theme. Not only will they enjoy new textures and the bright colors, but I can see a lot of small world play going on… That Easter bunny will definitely be laying some eggs I reckon!
Squishing, rolling, squeezing and smushing playdough is such a great sensory experience for toddlers and preschoolers. It helps strengthen hand and finger muscles and is also relaxing and sure to calm down most the over-excited of toddlers and preschoolers. Some Easter-shaped cookie cutters are all you need to turn playdough into a fun festive activity for your 3-year-old.
If you did want to make a more permanent craft, you could do this activity with salt dough instead. My two loved making these salt dough Christmas decorations – the concept is the same, just with different shaped cookie cutters.
#74 Textured eggs
You can make “textured eggs” by filling balloons, with the help of a funnel, with different cupboard staples like flour, rice and dried beans etc. The flour-filled one was the most popular with my 3-year-old and I loved it too – feels just like one of those squishy stress balls. These are great for little kids of all ages – the twins, at 8 months old, enjoyed simply holding them and squeezing them while my older 2 played a game of lay the egg, look after the egg, hatch the egg, hide the egg…. it was pretty endless!
#75 Decorate, play with, scoop and poor with, hide, hunt plastic eggs
Basically, anything with plastic eggs is sure to keep a 3 year old entertained! They’re great for hiding things in, scooping and pouring water, decorating with stickers… there are countless possibilities. You could even just give your toddler or preschooler some plastic eggs and see what they come up with. – their imagination is often a lot better than ours.
Why not encourage your 3-year-old to draw the Easter bunny a picture of their favorite treat they’d like him to bring? Or something they’ve enjoyed doing this year. Older toddlers and preschoolers may be able to write some words or their name, but drawing a picture is a good place for a 3-year-old to start. Grab the free printable Easter Stationery from Mom Skoop here.
Why not try a STEM activity with your 3 year old this Easter – Team Cartwright shows you how to launch bunny peeps into the air in this simple lever experiment. Sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.
I’ll be the first to admit that baking with a 3-year-old can be challenging and beyond messy! And in this one, unlike most of the other activities, you are heading for a decent finished product. But if you’re having any visitors over the Easter holidays and you’d plan to bake, making these bunny sugar cookies will kill two birds with one stone. Click the link above for a gluten-free recipe.
Kids love scavenger hunts – even better when there are treats involved, but with a scavenger hunt like the one above, you could limit the candy to a single “egg with chocolate”. Some of those brightly colored plastic eggs will come in handy here and with a few stickers and washi tape you can make up the other eggs on the list. Or simply print a scavenger hunt template omitting the text and make up your own list – you’ll find all the templates via the link above.
Which of these easy Easter crafts for 3-year-olds are you going to pick first?
Let me know in the comments!