The thought of coloring any more eggs makes you want to scream, but you still have to come up with cute, easy Easter favors for your preschooler's play group. For the craft-savvy parents out there, this may be no big deal, but even those without an artsy bone in their bodies can create colorful, inexpensive and simple Easter goodies for the little ones. Best of all, you can make these favors without spending a lot of time or money, and still come out of it with your sanity intact.
Make flower candy-holders out of small green plastic cups and construction paper. Cut out a 6-inch paper flower, then trace the open end of the cup in the center. Cut out the center circle. Insert the bottom of the cup into the circle and carefully slide it up to the top edge of the cup. Fill the cup two-thirds full with artificial Easter grass, then fill with small candies or kid-safe treats.
Make cute bunny favors for your little one's playmates from small white eggs made of wood or Styrofoam. Use colored markers to draw on eyes, a little pink bunny nose and a friendly smile, or use small scraps of felt and craft googly eyes for the face. Cut two white bunny ears from felt or white construction paper and glue or tack these onto the sides of the bunny's head. If you're feeling particularly creative, add a little hat or a bow tie made from felt or construction paper. Display the finished bunnies in a miniature muffin tin or inexpensive egg cups.
Bag up a simple but tasty Easter favor based on a favorite campfire treat. For each favor, you'll need four square graham cracker halves, one thin chocolate bar, broken in half, and two marshmallow Peeps. Layer the ingredients in a small cellophane treat bag, then tie off with ribbons in cheerful Easter colors. Cut out small rectangles of card stock and write instructions to prepare the treat on each one: Place one half of the chocolate bar on one graham cracker half, then top with a Peep. Place on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 10 to 15 seconds. Gently press a second graham cracker on top and enjoy your Easter s'more.
Create a bunny finger puppet from an empty toilet paper roll. Use a sheet of white craft foam or construction paper to cover the roll, then draw on the bunny's eyes with a black marker. Glue on a small pink craft pompom for the nose. Cut another sheet of white foam into bunny ears, and color the inside of the ears with a pink marker. Glue the ears to the top sides of the paper roll. Add a white pompom to the back for a furry bunny tail, then let the little party guests entertain each other with a bunny puppet show.