8 ways to celebrate Easter with your class
Easter is a wonderful time of the year for children and educators alike, and has endless opportunities to get the young ones involved in a variety of art & craft activities. So if you’re lacking the inspiration to plan the perfect Easter activities this year, here are 8 suggestions that are suited to the needs and possibilities of children of all ages.
1. A Good, Old Egg Hunt (with a Twist)
Work with parents on a traditional egg hunt. Ask each parent to contribute with a plastic Easter egg that’s filled with some essentials for the child care centre – erasers, stickers, small crayons, sharpeners, etc.
Next, organise a traditional egg hunt and have each child collecting a specific number of eggs – for example five. You can scatter the eggs inside the centre or in the garden. Once the youngsters have collected the pre-determined number of Easter eggs each, the children can explore the educational treasures that they’ve come in possession of.
2. Easter Crafts: A Masked Party
This early education activity is ideal for pre-schoolers.
Paper plates and cardboard can be used to create a lot of things. Having children making their own bunny masks is one of the fun options that will unleash their creativity. Decorate with ribbon, glitter buttons, Easter chicks, shredded paper and more!
3. Salt Painting
If you’re looking for a more STEM-oriented activity, salt egg painting may be one of the games to try. The materials and supplies required include:
- Water colours and brushes
- School glue
- Egg shapes cut from white cardboard
Have the children create their own patterns on the Easter eggs with the marker. They could use lines, squiggles and geometric shapes. Next, help them apply the glue to some of the shapes (for example – inside circles or the triangles they’ve drawn). Sprinkle the salt on top, allowing it to stick to the areas that are covered in glue.
A great educational benefit of this activity is it teaches children how salt soaks up liquids. Using the brush, apply some of the water colour to the centre of the salt area. Little ones will be amazed to see the colour spread throughout.
4. Easter Egg Tower
What could be more exciting for pre-schoolers than building something out of Easter eggs?
Provide children with the materials needed to create a stable construction – the plastic eggs, play doh, tape and glue. When experimenting with such materials, they will learn which ones allow for good adhesion and which ones miss the mark.
5. Easter Basket Crafting
Ask each child to bring an egg carton from home. This basic item can be turned into a fun and colourful egg basket.
Give children the creative freedom to decorate the egg carton in any way they like, using markers, water colours, ribbon etc. When they’re done, let them choose their favourite colour of ribbon and attach it to the egg carton.
6. Easter Dominoes
Egg-shaped Easter dominoes are very easy to create. Cut pastel coloured card into egg shapes. Then using either tape or a marker, draw a line down the middle. Put dot stickers on each half of the egg (up to 6), on either side of the line. For the toddler dominoes, choose matching sticker pairs and out one sticker on each end of the egg.
7. Egg-Related Reading Activities
Use plastic eggs to draw every letter of the alphabet on. You can have each child picking the egg that represents the first letter of their name.
Alternatively, create pairs of eggs that feature the uppercase and the lowercase writing of the same letter. Divide the children into teams and get each team to complete the set for the entire alphabet the fastest. Reward winning team with some fun Easter-themed prizes.
8.Making Weird Easter Eggs
The aim of this activity is to teach children about the characteristics of different materials. Have a fun experiment in which everyone will have to craft an Easter egg out of a material they’ve chosen. These materials could include craft paper, play-doh, air-dry clay, felt and plastic.
Next, get children exploring the characteristics of the different materials – some are soft, some are bouncy, some retain their shape and others can be distorted. This is a basic overview of chemistry and physics, acquainting young scientists with the properties of different materials.
This selection provides a tiny glimpse into the world of exciting Easter activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers. If you have the right supplies, you can engage in many other fun, educational games. Check out our store to get inspired or contact us today to benefit from our know-how.
Trackback from your site.