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Fun Easter Crafts and Activities for Kids

Kids Easter Crafts

Peter Cottontail is coming to visit sooner than you think! I love spending this holiday with the littles in my family. Whether we are creating Easter crafts or dying eggs, I’m always reminded of when I was a kiddo … dressing up in my twirly Sunday dress, hunting for those bright hidden eggs and finding a chocolate bunny in my basket. So for this year, I’m rounding up inspiration for Easter activities and crafts. Take a peek at some of these fun ideas!

Carrot Headdress

Sparkly little carrots come together with ribbon to create a headdress that is fit for the Queen of the Bunny Rabbits. Maybe a Crocheted Bunny Headband is more your style?

Perler Egg

Test your eye-hand coordination with these cute Perler® Easter Eggs!

flower sandwich cookies

Making these Flower Sandwich Cookies is a fun activity to do with your kiddos. After you bake and cool the flower cookies, sandwich two with frosting and let your little one do the dipping in the sprinkles. And then lick the spoon … of course.

Bunny Mouth Pops

While we’re licking frosting off of spoons, let’s talk about these adorable Bunny Pops. Not only are they delicious, but they make great photo props too! What a perfect idea for an Easter party or just a tasty treat!

Easter Rainbow Loom Projects

Now for all you Loomers out there… have you attempted any Easter-themed Rainbow Loom creations? If you can recreate this Easter Egg or Bunny Charm share it with us using the hashtag #MichaelsRainbowLoom. We want to see your loom skills!

Do you have any Easter traditions with your kids? Let us know in the comments!

- Jillian

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The Rainbow Loom Craze: Kids Need Real World Engagement

One in three kids now learn to use a mobile phone or tablet before they can talk. And, 29% start using gadgets as toddlers and have likely mastered them by primary school.

While technological know-how has increased for these youngsters, basic life and motor skills have taken a backseat. It used to be a childhood right of passage to learn to ride your bike without training wheels. Over the last decade, this once-beloved childhood activity has seen a 20% decline in participation.

It is a curious thing, then, when something like the Rainbow Loom rubber band bracelet making kit hits the scene and becomes the hottest activity for kids all over the country. There is no touch screen. No USB port. No batteries, even.

Just the plastic loom with its rows of carefully calculated pegs, a hook and a few bags of colorful rubber bands.

rainbow loom

Kids are hungry for activities that will engage their minds and bodies in ways motion controllers and virtual worlds can’t. They don’t even realize it, but they are craving very elementary life skills childhood is supposed to teach. Basic motor skills. Social and emotional skills. First-hand, in-this-world engagement.

No tablet or smartphone can replace:

The nervous, excited and wobbly first bike rides after the training wheels have been taken off.  The overwhelming sense of independence as you zip down the street, wind in your hair, pedaling like a maniac.

Nor can they replace:

Feeling like a total creative genius after successfully completing a new bracelet on the Rainbow Loom. Blowing your own mind by creating a new pattern. Feeling your heart grow at least one size after seeing the smile on the loner kid’s face when you give him the bracelet you made.

Rainbow Loom Hands

Tech devices have their very important place and aren’t going anywhere. However, instead of altogether replacing real-world lessons from childhood, find ways to combine them with hands-on activities, like the Rainbow Loom. Use the computer or tablet to watch instructional videos to learn new techniques or share your new creations with the world using #michaelsrainbowloom.

Renee

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10 Rainbow Loom® Birthday Party Ideas

If you haven’t heard by now, the Rainbow Loom® is THE hottest new kid’s craze in town. I’ve seen Rainbow Loom – wearing children every place I go. Heck, I even see adults rocking the colorful rubber band bracelets.

Since looming is the all the rage right now, I’ve rounded up some colorful ideas on how to host a really rad Rainbow Loom Birthday Party.

#1 Invitations

Set the theme for your rainbow – inspired party with colorful invitations. Customize your own invites online to make them uniquely yours. Plus, who can resist chevrons and rainbows?rainbow invite

#2 Décor

Creating a backdrop really sets the scene for a party. They make a great focal point for the dessert table and are are an easy way to “decorate” without having to drape streamers, pom poms and balloons across your entire home. Gwynn over at Gwynn Wasson Designs has three ah-mazing rainbow backdrops. They’re all so fun; I’m not sure I could pick just one.rainbow backdrops

#3  Rainbow Loom Station

Set up a bracelet making station with bowls of rubber bands filled with every color of the rainbow. What a great idea from Mom of 6!

Rainbow Loom Station

#4 Rainbow Wearables

Encourage your friends to bring plain white t-shirts or sneakers and spray a rainbow onto them with Tulip® Fabric Spray.

Rainbow Sneakers

#5 Rainbow Popcorn Snacks

Everyone loves popcorn, but I think it’s even better with a little chocolate drizzled on top! Check out this delicious treat made by Wants & Wishes.

rainbow popcorn

#6 Rainbow Cookies

Sweet Sugar Belle designed these fun rainbow cookies that can be personalized with each guests name.

Sweet Sugar Belle Rainbow Cookies

#7 Rainbow Cake

How fun is this cake? It looks a little daunting to make, but it’s not. I made one last year and it was super simple!

rainbow cake

 #8 Custom Water Bottle Labels

Your guests will surely need to wash all of that popcorn and cake down with a nice cold beverage. Print these labels from Wants & Wishes and stick them on. What an easy way to incorporate your theme!

water bottle labels

#9 Rubber Band Party Favors

Kiddos are addicted to looming, so there’s no doubt that you’ll make their day with favor boxes full of extra rubber bands to take home. Get these fun favor printables from Mom of 6.

Party Favors

#10 Thank You Notes

It’s never too early to learn the importance of sending a thank you note. Make this card with your child to thank all of the guests that came to your party.

thank you note

 

Do you have a Rainbow Loom? Share your rainbow inspiration with us on Pinterest by tagging @MichaelsStores!

- Jillian

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Blogger Challenge Roundup: Craft Pumpkins

Few things help ring in fall quite like pumpkins (and pumpkin-spiced-everything). There’s something magical about how easily they can transform your décor when the season changes. We challenged some of our favorite bloggers to come up with unique ways to decorate craft pumpkins to help jump start your fall creativity.

Lil Luna Washi Tape Pumpkins A Night Owl Blog Neon Dipped Pumpkins The Paper Mama Pumpkin Terrarium

Flamingo Toes Fabric Wrapped Pumpkins Lil Blue Boo Pumpkin House Number

Clockwise from top left: Lil Luna: Washi Tape Pumpkins; A Night Owl Blog: Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins;  The Paper Mama: Spooky Halloween Terrarium; Lil Blue Boo: A Pumpkin House Number;  Flamingo Toes: Vintage Style Fabric-Wrapped Pumpkins

Craft pumpkins are a fantastic way to decorate for fall because they last year after year! If you’re pressed for time, we can even carve it for you. Want more pumpkin inspiration? View all of the blogger-created pumpkins on our Great Pumpkin Challenge Pinterest Board.

Craft Pumpkin In-Store Event

Get the whole family in the spirit of Halloween. Join us in all stores on Saturday, October 5, from 1p to 3p, for our Great Pumpkin Crafting Event. For just $5 you get a 9” craft pumpkin and the supplies to decorate it. Offer available while supplies last.

Happy Carving!

Jillian