If you’re looking for a beautiful book to get you and your little ones in the spirit of the season of spring and for celebrating Easter, then The Golden Egg by A.J. Wood and pictures by Maggie Kneen is for you! My 4 year old, 2 year old & baby all enjoyed this precious story.
It inspired us to create a gorgeous watercolor egg ? with metallic gold ✨ finishes. It also makes the PERFECT gift for Easter baskets.
Gorgeous picture book + easy Easter egg art = sweet spring memories
Here is a quick book talk & time-lapse video of the Easter egg art:
The Golden Egg by A.J. Wood and pictures by Maggie Kneen is such a great go-to for Easter. As a mom of three (4, 2 & 10 months), I love when I find a book that captures the attention of all three of my girls. This Easter egg hunt story is filled with gorgeous detailed illustrations that truly capture the beauty of spring. The shiny gold details and shimmering patterns on the hidden eggs captures everyone’s attention. And my little ones adore lift-the-flap books at these ages, so interacting with the Easter egg hunt is such a great element. It’s a keeper!
Depending on the ages of kiddos making this art, you can have the egg already traced for them or they can do the tracing. I had the egg traced onto watercolor paper for my 2 year old, but my four year old loves to practice tracing and cutting. Either way, you can download my template and story time art labels (to remember the book that inspired the art!) by clicking the box below!
Here is what we used:
- Card stock for the template
- 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper or plain white drawing paper
- 9″ x 12″ colored background paper (we used bright green)
- Yellow oil pastel or construction paper crayon
- Liquid watercolors & brushes (pan watercolors work too)
- Gold metallic tempera paint
- Paint brush & sponge brushes
- Trace the egg template (or draw your own) with yellow oil pastel onto watercolor paper. Draw two or three vertical lines and two or three horizontal lines dividing the space into a grid.
2. Using liquid watercolors, paint the rectangles. (Pan will work too, but I find that liquid watercolors are easiest for the little ones)
3. After paint dries, add metallic paint details with a brush and/or sponge brush for patterns.
4. After the paint dries, cut out and glue to background.
If you are working with a group or just want a printable label to remember the inspiration behind the art, then print off the labels included in the download (marble box under the list of supplies) and glue to the bottom or back of the art. My daughter’s preschool teacher would label the arts and crafts with the book they were reading, and I LOVED that touch especially as you accumulate so many precious art projects from home and school.
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