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The Jelly Bean Taste Test
Preschool children 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 Yes 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 Yes 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.

Easter: "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. 

science activityEaster Egg Science
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 or drill.

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 etc.

coloring Easter eggsEaster Egg Rolling
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.

recycle activity 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. 

Bunny SongAll 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.

bunny Easter Bunnies
Preschool children experiement with cotton balls and paint as they mix colors during this easy pre-k activity by Kelly A.

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.

Dramatic 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 finger plays.
Comments:  The kids love to make believe they are bunnies!

Easter hat ideaEaster Hats
Kindergarten children 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.

Easter EggPaper Eggs
Jennelle 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!

Shoe Lace Bunnies
Preschool and kindergarten children use small muscles and coordination skills during this craft activity by Kristine E.

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.

Easter craft lessonGarden Hat Project
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.

Bunny Easter Baskets
This easy Easter basket is suggested by Josie who encourages youngsters to explore with paint.

 Materials: A empty 1 gallon water jug

Description: Teachers 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. 

art activityEaster:  Painting with your feet
Have fun with this pre-school art activity from Lorria!

 Materials: Paper, 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 ideaEaster:  Bulletin Board Idea
Lorria suggests 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.

Easter EggRubberband Easter Eggs
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 your eggs. 

Comments: The longer the egg is left in the dye the deeper the color.

easter cardsHandprint Lamb Easter Card
Kim S. offers this pre-school activity saying, "Turn your hand into a special Easter card". 

9x12in construction 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.

Easter Matching
Seriation is introduced during Easter and Spring with this early childhood activity by Lorria.

Materials: Different 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. 

Easter EggSwirl Easter 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.
 Corn Syrup

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.

Easter 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 Plant Theme filled with activities.

Math Egg Hunt
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!

easter chick 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 out.

Comments: If your nose doesn't like feathers, pull out the feather outside!

bunnyEaster Bunnies 
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.

spring art activityBunnies 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.

Easter Basket
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 teacher).

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 very well.

Easter Egg Cards
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 in half.

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.

Easter Science Activity
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!

bunny hop "Hop Little Rabbit"
The preschool children in Lisa P.'s classroom have fun with this action poem and develop their gross motor skills too!

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, hop
(hop around the room).
 Hop little rabbit, don't you stop.
(keep hopping)
 Hop little rabbit, one, two, three
(keep hopping)
 Hop little rabbit, hop to me.
(have children hop to speaker, child or teacher, 
and then fall  down together.)
 * Change the word "hop" to other motor movements jump, run, skip, march, tiptoe, etc...

Comments: Teachers can change this verse so that the children can pretend to be frogs, grasshoppers, etc...

Milk Carton Bunny Baskets
Lavonda H. shares this creative Easter art activity.

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  baskets.

new Easter art activityEggshell Collage
Wanda L. recycles egg shells from early childhood education Easter projects for this art activity.

Egg shells. egg dye or food color, glue, and paper.

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.

easter chickeaster chick Easter Chicks
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 on the  beak and presto!  You have a cute fuzzy little Easter Chick.

Comments: The kids I made this with loved it!

"Foot" Bunny
Jamey C. shares this creative preschool activity plan that uses a part of children's bodies to crate a 3-D bunny for Spring.

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 Tail."



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