Easter Theme Activities
Bean Taste Test
use number recognition, sorting and prediction skills in this
early childhood education
activity from Brandy C. Youngsters will see a grid come together
as they keep a tally using left to right progression.
Materials: A large
sheet of paper or dry erase board, lots of jelly beans, and
bowls of each color
of jelly beans.
Description: In advance
teachers make a graph with the colors of the jelly beans vertically and
or No on the top of the paper. We start out
as a morning activity to sort jelly beans into colors. Once that is done,
at circle time we talk about the colors and which ones we like the
best. Next, we vote on the colors that we like recording our
or No votes on the graph..
Then comes the fun
part. As I pass around one bowl of jelly beans at a time we talk
about, predict, how the different colors will taste. After we taste
test, we vote on the colors we really like or the colors that we didn't
like. Using tally marks, we record our taste test results on our graph.
Then we count the marks and analyze the data.
"Hiding Eggs in your Water Table"
Youngsters hunt for
eggs then count them in this sensory experience with Easter grass during
this activity by Christi.
Materials: Easter Grass
which is cheaply purchased after Easter (about 10 bags),
plastic Easter eggs
and plastic Easter baskets to put eggs in as found.
Description: Use Water
Table as an area to hide things in. At Easter I used Easter Grass and hide
10 plastic eggs. I put a basket in for the children to collect and count
the eggs before re hiding. This becomes a group effort, everyone wants
to be involved.
Comments: After Easter
you could use anything that can be found in the grass.
Young children experience the change of
water into ice and melting as they learn about hot and cold during this
early childhood activity by Karly F.
Materials: Plastic easter eggs, water, food
coloring, easter grass, other toys
for the water table, a freezer and a screw
Description: First take the plastic easter
eggs (found in most dollar stores)
and make the little hole bigger. You can
do this by twisting a screw into it or (faster) by drilling a small hole
in the top. Make sure the eggs are closed tightly and fill with colored
water. Put the eggs in the freezer. When frozen, put them into the water
table (which is filled with water) and add toys and Easter grass to play
with. Talk about colors, color mixing, hot and cold, ice and melting
Erin offers this easy method for
decorating Easter Eggs.
Materials: Hard boiled egg, paper, non toxic
paint and a cardboard box.
1. Place paper in a shallow cardboard
box and squeeze three different colors of
paint on the paper.
2. Carefully place the egg on the
paper and then tilt the box back and forth so
that the egg rolls all over the paper.
3. Keep rolling until desired.
4. When finished, you not only have
a beautiful painting, but a colored egg as well.
Egg Shell Decorating
Recycle egg shells for this tactile art
experience from Elaine M. who says, "Spreading the glue, picking
up the egg shells, and patting them on the glue provides a lot of fine
motor work and touch experience."
Materials: Eggshells, vinegar, food coloring,
water and paper.
Description: In the spring, I ask the parents
to collect egg shells from raw
eggs they are using. After I have
collected lots, I crush them and color them
the colors of the rainbow in 6 bowls of
boiling water to which I have added
vinegar and food coloring. I dry them
on paper towels and then use them in a
craft activity to reinforce a number we
are learning, or a shape, or their first
initial. Different ages can create
stripes, fill in the inside, or the outside.
the Little Bunnies Fast Asleep
Preschool and kindergarten youngsters follow
directions during this action song from Gail S.
Description: Sing this song to the tune of
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
All the little bunnies fast asleep,
All the little bunnies not a peep.
If I should sing my song today,
Will those bunnies get up and play.
Hop little bunnies hop, hop, hop.
Hop little bunnies stop, stop, stop.
The children lay on the floor for the first
part of the song. When you say "hop little bunnies" they get
up and hop until you say stop. THE KIDS LOVE THIS and beg me
EVERYDAY to do the "bunny song". For variety, I'll choose other
animals like kittens, puppies, etc.
Preschool children experiement with cotton
balls and paint as they mix colors during this easy pre-k activity by Kelly
Materials: Cotton balls, tempera paint and
cut out bunnies.
Description: Place several cut out bunnies
on the art table and use small pans or plates to put paint in. Let children
"paint" with their cotton balls to create their own special Easter bunny.
Comments: Great for introducing how two colors
can make a another color.
Play: Bunny Rabbit Ears
Jo-Ann S. suggests this little prop
for dramatic play
Materials: Strips of felt or construction
paper; white and pink construction paper for pre-cut rabbit ears and glue.
Description: Teachers cut the strips
of construction paper or felt to fit the child's head. Then have children
glue the pink piece of construction paper to the white piece to make the
rabbit ears. Next, glue the ears onto the paper or felt headband (bandana)
and close the back. Let your little bunnies sing easter songs and
Comments: The kids love to make believe
they are bunnies!
can do this early childhood activity from Carole.
Materials: Photocopied outline of a rabbit's
head and ears on A4 card, a pin, colored pencils, tapestry needle and thread.
Ice-cream containers are optional.
Description: A lesson idea for kindergarten,
first or second grade, is to photocopy onto a card the outline of a rabbit's
head and ears. Draw dots just inside the outline of the rabbit about
1 cm. apart. Once photocopied the students color the rabbit and cut
it out. Then using a pin prick the holes and then using a large tapestry
needle and thread sew around the edge. Last year I then glued the
rabbit heads onto ice-cream containers and we wore them as Easter hats.
Quick, easy, effective and keeps the students very busy.
uses this craft activity to enhance small motor skills, to help preschoolers
practice with directions and to help them learn colors.
Materials: Balloons, starch, old newspaper,
paint and water.
Description: Teachers take the newspaper
and cut it into small strips, then lay out enough for each child.
Make the starch mixture by combining the water and the starch. Then
teachers blow up 1 balloon for each child. The children place the newspaper
strips in the starch and then place it on the balloon. After the children
have covered the whole balloon find a spot to put the balloons overnight.
The next day you let the kids paint their
paper balloons and let them dry. Finally, you pop the balloon and
it is a hollow paper egg!
Preschool and kindergarten children use
small muscles and coordination skills during this craft activity by Kristine
Materials: A piece of pink or purple craft
foam, markers for decorating and 1 bunny cookie cutter.
Description: Give children a bunny
cookie cutter and let them trace the bunny onto the craft foam. Use pinking
shears or scissor to cut out the bunny, I helped my kids because
craft foam is kind of hard for them to cut. Then give the kids markers
to draw a face on the bunny. Then lace to their shoe. You'll need
a few holes for lacing.
This preschool holiday
craft activity by Michelle C. is great for
Easter or Springtime.
Materials: Paper plate for
each child, ribbon, colors, cut out pictures of flowers from magazines.
Teachers, before lesson,
cut center of paper plates out. Keep the outside ring. Also, beforehand,
if this is for younger children cut out enough flowers or roses from magazines
to have enough for each child. I allowed each child to have three.
During lesson, have the children color all on the outside ring while you
pass out the flowers.
For older children,
pass out scissors and magazines and tell them to cut out flowers for their
hats Then glue flowers on front of the hat. The 'hat'
is correct when the 'outside ring' of the plate is face down. Put
child's name on the back bottom of the plate. After gluing
on the roses, explain to children that the glue must be allowed to dry
(They will already be trying to wear them while they are coloring them.).
Make a bow out of ribbon and staple it to the back of hat,
allowing it to hang down for the girls.
Comments: I had planned
on just the girls having ribbon, but the boys wanted them too. I
put very tiny bows on the boys hats.
This easy Easter basket
is suggested by Josie who encourages youngsters to explore with
empty 1 gallon water jug
cut out the handle of the jug so there is a large opening. Then the
children paint the jugs whatever color they want their bunny to be.
After the jugs are dry, glue a puff ball on the back for the tail and glue
some ears on the top.
Painting with your feet
Have fun with this
pre-school art activity from Lorria!
paint, children's feet
I put out the paper
on the floor. Then remove the children's shoes and socks and have
them step into a flat pan with paint on it. Then I had them step onto the
paper and hop across it. I did it to each child, then I cut out the
words " Happy Easter" and put it on the top of the paper. The parents
went nuts over it.
To make clean up easier,
I filled the sink with soapy water and carried the child to the sink and
put his or her feet in the water. they kept wanting to do it again.
Comments: I used pastel
colors for Easter.
Bulletin Board Idea
trying this idea during the Easter Season.
Materials: Large Cracked egg
I got a picture of
a large cracked egg and had the children paint
them. Some painted
them pink, some blue and the others were yellow. I then bought some bunny
ears and painted the children's faces like a rabbit and put the bunny ears
on them and took their picture. I put those pictures inside the easter
egg. The parents went crazy about them. They could not believe the
children let me paint their faces. They turned out very cute.
Jane P. encourages
young children to experiment with color during this activity.
Materials: Hard boiled
eggs, rubber bands, dye.
Teachers boil eggs
and let cool. Children can wrap rubber bands around eggs. Dip eggs
into the dye. Remove from dye and let dry. Remove rubber bands and admire
Comments: The longer
the egg is left in the dye the deeper the color.
Lamb Easter Card
Kim S. offers
this pre-school activity saying, "Turn your hand into a special Easter
paper, scrap of blue construction paper, hole punch, package of white hole
reinforcement rings, black paint, markers, glue, pink ribbon.
Description: Fold the
construction paper in half. Paint your palm black. Make a handprint
on the front of the card with your fingers and thumb spread apart and pointing
toward the bottom. Let the hand print dry.
Cover the hand part
with the reinforcement holes. Put a blue punch out for the eye.
Glue the pink bow to the neck. Use markers to add grass, etc.
Write "Happy Easter" on the inside and sign your name.
Seriation is introduced
during Easter and Spring with this early childhood activity by Lorria.
colored plastic eggs in three sizes (small, medium and large).
I put out three sizes
of eggs and show the children how if they start out with the large and
work their way down, that they all fit inside of one another. They
can also match the colors with each other. They love doing this. I also
put baby chicks with the eggs so that they can hide the baby chicks inside
of the eggs.
Suzan G. and her pre-school class
create beautiful Easter Eggs with this early childhood activity!
Materials: Large die cut white eggs
from card stock.
Teachers pre-cut large eggs from white card
stock. Then set out small bowls of colored paint. Pour corn syrup
into the bowls of paint. Let the children paint their easter eggs. The
corn syrup will create a beautiful collage of colors and make it actually
shimmer a bit. This activity does take a while to dry though. But
once they are dried they are "Egg-celent"!
Comments: Have soap and water handy to wash
up afterwards, this activity can be a bit sticky.
Idea: Planting "Egghead"
Carol R. combines
art with a plant growth activity for Easter.
Hollowed out egg with
hole in top. Glue, felt, pipe cleaners, jewels, glue on eyes, etc.
Dirt and grass seed.
We put a whole in
the top of the egg. Empty it out, wash and let dry. Decorate
the egg by making a face on it with all of your scraps and art materials.
Fill the egg half way with potting soil, plant grass seed in the egg.
Water and sit on the window ledge. As the grass begins to grow, your
egg head begins to have hair. Cut or trim the grass (hair) as needed.
There's an entire
Theme filled with activities.
Tracy P. extends
her Easter Egg activities with this idea for number recognition and counting.
10 Plastic eggs. Something
to write with and something that the children can use for counting (popsicle
sticks). Make sure you have enough so that all the children
can count out their particular number.
The teacher will hide
the eggs where young children can easily find them. When all the
eggs have been found (one egg per child) then the children will go to a
spot you have chosen to open their eggs. Have children take turns
opening their eggs. After the egg has been opened the child says
what number they have then they
count out that number
with whatever you have chosen for them to use.
Comments: The first
time I did this the children had more fun than I thought they would.
They wanted to do it again!
Chicks For Easter
Missydee offers this simple creative
craft activity for Easter.
Yellow feather dusters, pre made chick shape,
8-10" in size with 1" slits cut in it, orange triangles for beaks.
Have child place feathers in slits.
On the back of the chick, tape the ends of the feathers so they don't fall
Comments: If your nose doesn't like feathers,
pull out the feather outside!
Gina P. offers this preschool
activity for Easter. Do not use glass baby food jars with
very young children!
Baby food jars, cotton balls, different
colored pom poms, 1 large and 1 small pink or white pipe cleaners.
Glue cotton balls to the baby food jar.
Put small pom pom on for nose. Larger one for the tail. Shape
the pipe cleaners into bunny ears and glue to the lid. Attach 2 more
cotton balls around the pipe cleaners to secure them.
Comments: Very easy and fast to do.
In The Grass
Deborah M. includes this easy preschool
activity in her Easter Theme. The youngsters in her classroom enjoy pretending
that the bunnies are hiding in the grass.
Yellow construction paper, green paint,
brushes and cotton balls.
Children paint long and large strokes of
green paint to create "grass". Let dry and glue on cotton balls.
Pretend the cotton balls are the tails of bunnies hiding in the grass.
Jennifer W. uses this great Easter
basket craft activity with her class.
1 gallon milk jug, 1 black pompom, cotton
balls, pink and blue construction paper, sharp exacto knife (used by the
Cut large circle shape from the side of
carton opposite the handle. Leave enough room for a nose at
bottom. Place blue eyes above hole. The ear shapes are glued
on the back and so is one cotton ball for the tail. Fill with Easter
grass for the spring celebration.
Comments: Make sure the bottle is cleaned
Shirley A. enhances the students
coloring and pattern skills saying, "The kindergarten classes at our school
loved this activity."
1 Sheet of construction Paper (Light Color)
with a picture of a 2 blank Easter Eggs drawn on it.
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Paper Fastener
Have the students cut out the two easter
eggs, but only color one
egg using a pattern of different lines.
After they are through coloring their eggs, let the students cut the egg
Then let them write an Easter verse on the
other blank egg. The teacher or instructor will then over lap the
2 egg halves and place them on the whole egg and punch a whole in them
and then place a paper fastener in the whole and let the children
open the two halves to reveal the inside of their card.
Teachers Note: You can be more creative
and let your children use colored beads, glitter glue, beans, unpopped
popcorn, etc. to decorate with.
Nichole P. teaches young children
that different chemicals can change the look, texture and even the content
of things with this early childhood activity.
Materials: Raw eggs, glass container, vinegar.
Teachers place a raw egg in a glass container
filled with vinegar. The vinegar will slowly dissolve the shell and
rubberize the egg. Have the children observe changes daily.
In about 2 days the shell will disappear. In about 3 days, take the
egg out and have the children hold it. How does it feel?
Comments: Adding food coloring for easter
really gets the kids interested and excited!
"Hop Little Rabbit"
The preschool children in Lisa P.'s
classroom have fun with this action poem and develop their gross motor
Copy of poem, large space, bunny ears (head
band with ears attached), carrots for snack time.
Description: Recite the poem and perform the actions.
Hop little rabbit. Hop, hop,
* Change the word "hop" to other motor
movements jump, run, skip, march, tiptoe, etc...
(hop around the
Hop little rabbit, don't you stop.
Hop little rabbit, one, two, three
Hop little rabbit, hop to me.
hop to speaker, child or teacher,
and then fall
Comments: Teachers can change this verse
so that the children can pretend to be frogs, grasshoppers, etc...
Carton Bunny Baskets
Lavonda H. shares this creative Easter
Milk carton, easter grass, pink felt, white
felt, light blue felt, cotton balls, fishing line, glue.
Have the children bring in a empty milk
jug from home (one gallon size is best). Teachers cut the top off,
leaving the hand attached, be sure to leave ears when cutting the top off.
Next, let the children fill their basket with easter grass. Let them
cut and glue on the pink felt nose and the white and blue felt ears.
Make slits to slide the fishing line whiskers
into (if you make two
side-by-side they go in one side and out
the other. Glue a cotton ball on the back for a tail and now you
have a Easter Bunny Basket with a handle for your Easter Party. Collect
all the goodies and hold all the eggs from the egg hunt in the
Wanda L. recycles egg shells from
early childhood education Easter projects for this art activity.
Egg shells. egg dye or food color, glue,
Description: Teachers save eggshells from
egg dying or dye your own egg shells. Crush the eggshells into small pieces,
using glue preschool children apply the eggshells to paper.
This early childhood art activity for Easter
is submitted by Lavonda H. who says youngsters ages two through
school age enjoy this creative project.
Pine cones, bright yellow tempra paint,
polyfill, wiggly eyes, construction paper, glue, orange felt.
First take the fat short pine cones and
paint them bright yellow
with tempra paint. Then take polyfill (get
it at any craft section), fill in the empty slots of the pine cone
with the white polyfill. Next, take the little wiggly eyes or cut
eyes out of construction paper and glue them on. Finally, take a piece
of orange felt or orange construction paper and cut out a small beak. Glue
beak and presto! You have a cute fuzzy
little Easter Chick.
Comments: The kids I made this with loved
Jamey C. shares this creative preschool
activity plan that uses a part of children's bodies to crate a 3-D bunny
Each child's foot (shoe), white tag board
or heavy construction paper for pre - cut bunny ears and for foot (shoe),
shirt buttons for nose, fishing line for whiskers, cotton balls for tail,
pink felt for inner ears, and wiggly eyes.
Description: Have each child trace
their shoe on white construction or tag board, and cut it out. They can
cut out pre - traced bunny ears, or teachers do this ahead of time.
(Pre-cut felt pieces.) Let children with teacher direction, add button
for nose, fishing line for whiskers, cotton ball for tail, and etc.
After bunnies are done and dried, let children sing "Here Comes Peter Cotton