Growing up, whenever we had a beach holiday, Mum would get us to make a piece of art using shells and other bits and pieces we found along the beach. We used a disposable foil pie tin filled with plaster of paris, lightly placing our design on the top. These were then hung and displayed on the laundry wall until the next beach holiday came around.

This Good Friday we spent the day with my extended family “out the bush” just outside of Heathcote, Victoria. We had a good old fashioned Aussie BBQ on the metal plate above the fire we had made ourselves. We had egg and spoon races (with the eggs mentioned in the last post), three legged races, an easter egg hunt and a “nature walk”.

The “nature walk” was Mum’s idea. She gave each of the kids a bag and asked them to collect things that they liked around the bush. The kids quite enjoyed it, especially when two very dried kangaroo skulls were found! She then pulled out the foil pie tins and the plaster of paris and the kids made their own piece of nature art. No, the skulls are not in the artworks, but a few cicada shells are. Mum wrote their names and “Easter 2010″ on the back and an old tradition was passed down to the next generation.

If you are going to give this a try, just remember to add a small piece of looped wire to the pie tin before you pour in the plaster, to use as a handle if you want to display your lovely artworks on your ‘laundry’ wall!

addition – see here for a sneak peak at the 2011 nature plates!


Easter is over for another year and we are back home after a lovely relaxing week away. It has always been a tradition in our family to do a few ‘easter crafts’ over the Easter weekend that we spend together. It is always very messy, but lots of fun.

Here are some photos of some of the activities that I organised for my children and nephews this year.

Our plastic bottle easter baskets (for Easter bunny to put eggs in),

our dyed eggs (which we decorated with crayons and rubber bands before soaking them in food dye & vinegar)

and our Easter Chick cupcakes which were eaten far too quickly to take a photo of. If you are interested in making some of your own here is an online tutorial. What Easter traditions do you have at your house?
Addition (April 2014) For more Easter activities you might like to check out our kids craft page where you will find Easter craft tutorials galore!
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