If you’re looking for a creative Easter basket that doesn’t involve candy, this may be it: an Easter science kit. It is a 100% DIY project starting with the basket itself and ending with putting together all the supplies for six fun science experiments. Don’t worry, I’ll guide you through the entire project and offer free printables to make your job easier. Yay!
I shared how to make an Easter basket from a cardboard box a few weeks back but what if you don’t have an empty box at hand ? No worries, I’ll show you how you can make a cardboard Easter basket from scratch.
Creating a cardboard box is easy and only requires 2 colorful card stocks, scissors and hot glue gun. You’ll also need googly eyes, a marker and white card stock to finish up your Easter basket. My box measures 10 X 10 inches and is big enough to fit in all the science supplies.
Easter Science Kit – Tutorial
Step 1. Start with one of the 2 card stocks and cut it into a 19 X 19 inches square.
Step 2. Score 4.5″ from each side.
Step 3. Fold along the creases.
Step 4. Cut the tabs.
Step 5. Fold the tabs inside and apply hot glue to the back of each tab.
Step 6. You’ll need the second card stock for the bunny head.
After gluing the bunny to the box, I was pretty nervous to see if it would stand upright and it did, at least on the night I made the basket. Two days later when I wanted to fill it up with the materials for the experiments and take pictures I found the bunny with its face down, collapsed over the box. Exactly what I was afraid of. The card stock isn’t as sturdy as cardboard and though the googly eyes and extra white stock card added for the ears and glasses don’t seem too heavy, they did add some weight. There is an easy solution to this problem and I’ll share it with you in a few moments.
The Easter science kit includes items that are easy to find (many of them are common household items) and that will help your little ones try six science experiments. They will experiment with plastic eggs and Easter candy (peeps and jellybeans). Here is what I included in the kit: plastic eggs containers, which can stand upright (I found them at the dollar store), baking soda, peeps, food coloring, jellybeans, Alka-Seltzer, Borax and pipe cleaners. You can also add a small bottle of vinegar.
As you notice in the photo above one of the items, the Borax, comes in a pretty large box. If you push it back against the bunny, it will help keep it in an upright position with no problem. (Here is the easy solution I was talking about). Other solution would be to glue two skewers at the back of the bunny.
The six Easter science experiments can be downloaded for free. Each experiment includes a list of supplies and details on the experiments.