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Although I'm posting ideas below as often as I can, I have reserved my very favorite Easter activities for my "EASTER" booklet (see the "Stormie's Stuff for Teachers" section of my website).
Easy Easter Baskets: Have each child bring a plain unpainted basket to school to decorate/collage and/or paint.
Add small boxes and other containers along with plastic eggs to the Blocks Center
today. During your Greetings Group Time, ask, "If you were Mr.
Rabbit today, how many plastic eggs do you think you could haul away in all those
containers?" (It's interesting to see how the children experiment
with this as some may fill containers by laying the eggs on their sides, some
may stand them on end, some may place the eggs in layers, etc.)
Coloring Eggs: In the Play Kitchen, provide plastic eggs, coloring wands, and other supplies for children to pretend they are coloring Easter eggs.
Mr. and Miss Rabbit
(Tune: Mulberry Bush)
(Child's first name) Rabbit gathers the eggs, gathers the eggs, gathers the eggs
Mr. Rabbit gathers the eggs all for Easter morning
(Child's first name) Rabbit cooks the eggs, cooks the eggs, cooks the eggs
Mr. Rabbit cooks the eggs all for Easter morning
(Child's first name) Rabbit colors the eggs, colors the eggs, colors the eggs
Mr. Rabbit colors the eggs all for Easter morning
Other verses: Hides the eggs, Finds the eggs, Peels the eggs, Eats the eggs.............
Have children volunteer to take turns going to the center of group time, naming and carrying out an action involving Easter eggs. To get the whole thing started, you might ask what would we have to do first, and then second, third, and so on leading up to the actual eating of the eggs. (This is a wonderful memory/sequencing game.) And when you run out of things to do with eggs, have children think of something else they might do for Easter if they were Mr./Miss Rabbit.
Gross Motor: Have children pretend they are the Easter Bunny at his "bunny school" hop from one area to another (hop to the bathroom, hop to line up at the door, hop to the table, hop down the sidewalk, etc).
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love this idea sent to me by Sister Mary, from Hopewell Junction, New York:
Art Tissue Eggs: When coloring Easter eggs with little people, a fun, safe, and inexpensive way is to use Art Tissue:
1. Prepare eggs (be sure they are clean, hard boiled, and cool).
2. Prepare Art tissue by cutting many colors into small pieces (a great way to use scraps).
3. Cover the table with paper for easy clean up.
4. Set out small dishes with a little water in each (less than a quarter inch--just enough for children to wet their finger tips).
5. Give each child an egg (names can be put on ahead of time with crayon).
6. Children dip their fingers into the water and wet the egg. Then, they place a piece of the art tissue on the egg and gently press it. Remove the paper and the egg is colored. The child can repeat the process many times making different combinations of colors. They dry fast. It's great fun and best of all the children can do it themselves.
0Here's a great way to make your April singing sessions more fun, from Kelli Stockford, in Oregon:
Egg Basket: Print familiar song titles on pieces of paper and place them in colored plastic eggs. Place the eggs in a basket. At Group Time, a child chooses an egg, opens it, you read it, then the group sings that song.
**From Stormie: Alternative to Kelli's idea above:
Egg Basket #2: Print an action (hop, jump, crawl, run, skip, gallop, etc) on the pieces of paper and place them in the eggs. A child opens an egg, you read the action, then s/he does it.
0From Elly Lampner:
Egg Painting: In advance, place large metal nuts/washers inside plastic easter eggs then tape the eggs shut with duct tape. For the project, place sheets of paper in the sensory table. Using spoons, children dip the eggs into bowls of tempera paint and then scoop them out onto the paper in the table. They can then move magnetic wands above the eggs to make them roll on the paper creating colorful designs.
0From Julaine, in Cincinnati, Ohio:
Pre-Math: Easter Egg Sort: I put a dozen plastic eggs in a clean egg carton. I fill each color egg with small items of the same color for a sorting activity. Children can dump out all the items and mix them, and then sort them by color.
Money-Saving Tip: I buy plastic eggs at the end of the Easter season each year. They are always really cheap then. That way, I have replacements for the next year should any of them break.
0From Pam Bruns Works, Topeka, Kansas:
It's Not Easy Being a Bunny, by Marilyn Sadler; Roger Bollen, Illustrator: Children love predictable, interactive books - and this one is sure to please! It's a humorous tale of P.J. Funnybunny (from the series of P.J. Funnybunny books), who decides he is tired of being a bunny. So he embarks on a hilarious journey in hopes of finding the perfect new animal family. After reading it a few times, children will be able to predict the next animal home he goes to. This is a fun circle time book.
Extension: Puppets: In advance, make popsickle-stick puppets of the animals in the book so that each child can have an animal to "act out" during the story.
Making a Multi-Cultural Connection:
To provide a frame of reference, show children where countries are located on your classroom globe or map, and if possible, provide related pictures and books:
From Sylvia Berrones, Rio Grande Valley, Texas/Mexico border:
Mexico (located on the continent of North America):
Different Idea On Easter Eggs: I was raised in South Texas and to us this Mexican tradition is the norm. We start collecting eggshells early in the school year. The eggs should be broken only on the top so there is just a small hole at the top of the egg. Before Easter, the children color the eggs using markers. (Sometimes, I also use dye for the various visual effects.) We then fill them with confetti and cover the hole with tissue paper (glued) and/or tape. The eggs are then used for our Easter Egg Hunt. Afterwards, the eggs are broken over each others' heads, a Mexican tradition. (Actually, I show the children how to crush the eggshell in their hands first and then simply sprinkle the confetti inside onto our friends' heads rather than pounding the eggs onto heads.) Here where we live, these kinds of eggs (called "cascarones") can be bought on almost every street corner around Easter, as "boiled" Easter eggs are almost unheard of around here!
Variations: Fill the eggs with flour or sugar or birdseed.
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