When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite spring/Easter crafts was making chicks, bunnies, lambs, etc with cotton balls and crushed chalk. I think we did this several times at school, and I did it at home as well. While there are probably many methods of dying the cotton balls that would be less messy than using crushed chalk, there is something very satisfying about pounding the chalk to dust and (for the kids at least) getting covered in chalk dust while dunking the cottonballs.
I wanted to make these little creatures with M, and our intention was to make chicks and bunnies. I cut the bunny ears a bit too short and too pointy. I suggested that it could be a cat but M’s dad said it looked like a Totoro and she agreed. Then she insisted that we make more Totoros instead of bunnies. If you haven’t seen My Neighbor Totoro, put it on your list. It’s been a favorite of M’s since she was 3 and C now loves it too.
Supplies you’ll need: 2 cottonballs per creature, colored chalk (bits are fine since you will crush them), hole punch, scissors, glue, construction paper for eyes, ears, nose, beak, etc, egg carton sections to place them in, something to crush chalk with (we used a meat mallet), bags or other containers for each color of chalk
Place the chalk in a bag or other container and pound until you have dust.
Place the cotton balls in the bag, seal and shake until they are well coated. Tap them off over the bag as you remove them.
Put some glue in a egg cup, put in one cotton ball, put a dot of glue on it,and place the second cotton ball on top.
Use glue to add eyes, beak, ears, nose, or other features. You could leave the sections of the egg cartons together or find a different base to hold the creatures up. You could make dogs, bears, cats, monsters or whatever you imagine.
Here are our chicks and Totoros all assembled.