Easy Easter Cross Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers


If you’re looking for easy Easter crafts for toddlers and preschoolers check out this simple beaded cross craft! This is a great way to create something for Easter that’s easy enough for toddlers, but fun for kids of all ages! 

beaded cross craft

Easy Easter Craft for Young Kids

This Easter my son is only two and a half, so a lot of the fun Easter crafts are still a little too hard for him. So, my mom came up with a new cross craft that’s easy enough for little hands and also builds fine motor skills. The crafts also come out cute enough that you’ll actually want to use them for Easter decor for years to come! 

The best ideas for toddler and preschool crafts are ‘open-ended’ ones meaning they don’t have to come out looking a certain way like this cross. This leaves room for creativity, imagination, and so much fun! 

Craft Supplies

For this easy craft you’ll need a few simple supplies that you can find at any craft store, Hobby Lobby, and even your local dollar store. Here’s everything we used:

  • Wooden Cross
  • Mod Podge 
  • Paint Brush 
  • Paper Plate
  • Beads
  • Tin Foil (or Plastic Table Cloth)

We found these easy wooden crosses at the dollar store around Easter, but Hobby Lobby has them all year around. You can also look for wooden eggs, flowers, or different shapes to use!

pile of beaded necklaces with scissors

Reusing Mardi Gras Beads

We celebrated Mardi Gras at our house this year with lots of fun beads and necklaces for my kids. And this craft was the perfect way to reuse the beads! I cut the beads off the necklaces in advance, but older children can help with this step. 

You can easily buy beads in bright colors from the craft store instead. We chose beads that were different colors and shapes to add to the fun look! Alternatively, you can use pom poms or rocks for this craft. 

Simple Craft for Easter- Step by Step

First, set up your craft station by putting down some tin foil or a plastic table cloth (we like the ones from the dollar store) to contain the mess. Then, gather your beads into a container or plate they can’t roll out of. Last, pour some mod podge on a paper plate.

wooden cross and a plate of beads

1. Paint on Mod Podge

Once you’re all set up, have your child use a paintbrush to paint the mod podge onto the cross. Even younger children can do this step because you’ll need thick mod podge for the beads to stick. And it will drip down the sides, but that’s why we put the tin foil down.

child painting glue onto wooden cross

2. Add the Beads

Then, have you child add the beads. There’s no certain beads or order to add these, this part is all about what your child wants to do with the beads. Remember, crafts with young children are not about the end result! 

child putting beads onto a wooden cross

3. More Mod Podge for Good Measure

Lastly, you or your child can glob on some more mod podge on top of the beads to help them stick. Don’t worry, all of it will dry completely clear.  Then, let your cross dry overnight. 

This is the perfect Easter craft for toddlers and preschoolers because there’s really no way to mess it up. And it’s a fun way to improve fine motor skills by using the paintbrush and picking up small beads. 

Our Favorite Easter Crafts

These cute Easter crafts are new to us this year because my mom just came up with them! She’s full of creative ideas for young children, and this simple Easter craft is now one of our favorites. This Easter cross meets all our criteria for being easy, fun, and great for development. 

What better way to celebrate on Easter Sunday than doing a fun Easter activity like this. Or make it in advance to have it ready for this special Sunday morning.

Easy enough for two year olds, this is a great idea for your kids this Easter! We hope you have a lot of fun making them and a wonderful Easter! 

More Fun with Eggs

If you’re planning an Easter egg hunt for little kids this Easter season, check out the best items to fill the eggs with! These are all toddler safe, fit into plastic eggs, and include alternatives to candy. Read the whole list here and check out ideas for Easter baskets here.  

Simple Bunny Craft

If you’re looking for Easter bunny crafts, check out this easy cotton ball craft for Easter bunnies! We also love to make little chicks like these! 

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