This special tool was created in response to a special request received. Print and use the various cards, charts, and posters to identify the children in your group. (Open group identification-Little chicks)
During circle time, enjoy an imaginary game with your group. (Open thematic letter-Easter) Print the letter you prefer among the three choices. Prepare a colourful Easter envelope. Deposit it in an Easter basket and leave it in an easy to find location within the daycare. Read portions of the letter to children each day and follow the instructions.
Educ-chat is a game which is made up of several different illustrations which represent subjects, verbs, and objects. They can be used to help children make complete sentences and enrich their vocabulary. (Open educ-chat-Easter) Print, cut out, and laminate the cards. Make three different piles (subject, verb, and object). Ask children to pick three cards, one from each pile. Have them "read" the sentence. The sentences will sometimes be quite silly but you are sure to have fun. You may also choose to place the cards yourself and have children "read" the sentences.
Who am I?
During circle time, children must guess who the Easter Bunny is. Provide clues to help them determine which child you have chosen. Select a different child each day. Be sure to give each child a turn. The child who is the Easter Bunny may wear bunny ears throughout the day. He shall be your helper at snack time and during lunch time. Offer other privileges too.
Suggestions for your discussion periods:
- Which animals lay eggs?
- What kinds of food can we make with eggs?
- Where do chickens live?
- Where does chocolate come from?
- How is chocolate made?
- What is the origin of Easter?
- Which animals are associated to Easter? (rooster, chicken, chick, rabbit, etc.)
- Where can we see these animals?
- What do rabbits, chicken, sheep, and ducks eat?
- What are the different types/colors of chocolate?
- What do you know about eggs? (shape, color, texture, etc.)
- Manipulate an egg. What are the nutritional properties of eggs?
- Where do chickens lay eggs?
- What is Easter?
(Open educa-numbers-Easter) Print and laminate the posters. Display them on a wall to decorate your daycare for the theme.
(Open educa-letters-Easter) Print and laminate the posters. Display them on a wall to decorate your daycare for the theme.
(Open educa-decorate-Easter) Print, cut out, and laminate. Decorate your walls and hang decorations from the ceiling to set the mood for the theme.
(Open garland-Easter) Print. Let children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it in your daycare or near your daycare entrance.
(Open inventory-Easter bin) Print. Use this inventory sheet to make a list of the contents of your Easter bin.
(Open Easter Bunny) Print for each child. Ask children to color and decorate the various parts. Assemble the pieces using fasteners.
My miniature Easter farm
(Open miniature Easter farm) Print, cut out, and color. Glue the pieces onto empty toilet paper rolls to create animals. Hang them from the ceiling.
(Open Easter workshops) Print. Use the posters to identify your various workshops during your Easter theme.
This can be a collective project which lasts all week. When you are outside with the children, search for a branch. Place it in a bucket filled with sand or rocks. Paint the branch and add sparkles. Use it to hang the decorations you make with your group. Hang colourful plastic eggs from the ceiling. If they do not have a hole at the end to hang a string simply use hot glue to attach a string to the eggs. Hang pictures of bunnies, chicks, hens, etc. on the walls. Gift bags and greeting cards are a great source! Using a simple cardboard box, you can conceive a terrific decor with your group. Paint the box and glue Easter decorations on it. Purchase bunnies, chicks, baskets, flowers, multicoloured plastic eggs, hats, silk scarves, etc. Take pictures of the children standing in front of the decor. A wonderful gift for parents! (Open Easter frame) Pictures can be wrapped in a shoe box with straw and chocolate eggs.
Purchase a paper tablecloth. With your group, cut Easter items out of magazines and flyers and glue them on your tablecloth. Add glitter and other pastel-coloured decorative items you have on hand. Don't forget the Easter crafts theme in the archives section. It is packed with many other craft and decoration ideas for your Easter theme.
The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate the daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game - Easter) Print, laminate, and store in a "Ziploc" bag or in your thematic bins.
Educa-connect the dots-Easter
(Open educa-connect the dots-Easter) Print and laminate the activity sheet. Children must connect the dots in numerical or alphabetical order to reveal the picture and then color it.
Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions. (Open activity sheets-Easter) (Open writing activities-E like egg) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open writing activities-C like chocolate) (Open writing activities-R like rabbit) (Open writing activities-E like Easter) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
Activity sheets-Fine motor skills
(Open Fine motor skills activity sheet-Easter) Print. Encourage children to reproduce the designs in the eggs in the top row in the eggs at the bottom of the page.
(Open stationery-Easter) Print. The stationery may be used to communicate with parents, in your reading and writing area, or to identify your thematic bins.
(Open educa-nuudles-Easter) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic Nuudles to transform the drawing and give it a three-dimensional look. Variation: You do not have Magic Nuudles? Simply ask children to fill the spaces with bingo markers or stickers.
To purchase Magic Nuudles
The flashcards may be used during circle time to spark a conversation with your group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards - Easter) Chocolate, bunny, chick, basket, egg, straw, carrot, flower, Easter egg, spring, daffodil, hen
Picture clue story-Easter
(Open picture clue story-Easter) Print. Sit in a circle with your group. Begin reading the story. When you reach a picture, pause and point to it. Children must guess the missing word.
(Open sequential story-Easter) Print and laminate. Invite children to place the illustrations in the correct order to recreate the story. For younger children, simply use fewer illustrations.
(Scene-Easter) Print, laminate, and cut out. Children use the various pieces to create stories.
(Open felt board-Easter) Print the characters and glue them on felt. Use four pieces of black felt. Glue them on a large piece of cardboard and hang your felt board on the wall. The felt characters will stick to the black felt board. Children can create various stories.
(Open finger puppets-Easter) Print and laminate the puppets. Cut holes where indicated. Children can insert their fingers and have fun creating many different stories and adventures.
- Use only pastel-coloured blocks.
- Add farm animals or a small farm if you have one for children to make the connection with the Easter farm which, if possible, can be visited with your group at your local mall.
- Provide plastic strawberry containers with straw.
- Color and cut out Easter pictures (bunnies, ducks, chicks, hens, etc.) Laminate to create original characters.
Arts & crafts:
- Cellophane (transparent) paper, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, and any other green, blue, pink, or yellow material.
- Pastel-coloured sand (Dollar store) for extraordinary collages.
- Chalk on dark construction paper, dry pastels on dark paper, pastel-coloured wooden pencils or markers.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to white glue.
- Farm animal or egg stencils.
- Coloring pages related to the theme.
- Pastel-coloured drawing paper.
- Bunny, chick, or duck costumes. Many accessories such as headbands can be found at dollar stores.
- Rain boots, a checkered shirt, and a straw hat for a farmer's costume along with stuffed farm animals.
- A mirror and face painting is always popular!
- Organize a chocolate factory corner using chocolate scented modeling dough, cookie cutters, and other accessories. Include a chef's hat and an apron.
- Create miniature "sound boxes" with plastic eggs. Present them to children in a colourful basket. For older children, prepare sets of eggs with identical sounds. They will enjoy trying to find the two eggs which make the same sound. It may be best to use hot glue to secure the eggs.
- Memory game with pictures of farm animals.
- A tic-tac-toe game using chicks and bunnies.
- Hopping bunny game.
- Memory game with Educatall pictures.
- Pastel-coloured modeling dough (homemade or store-bought) with Easter cookie cutters (bunnies, flowers, chicks, etc.)
- Easter puzzles (farm, spring, etc.)
- Lotto game.
- Books about Easter, farm animals, etc.
- Decorate your reading corner with Easter posters and items.
- Record animal sounds and let children listen to them with headphones.
- Hunt and seek games.
- Various activity sheets related to the theme.
- Games with educatall.com word flashcards.
- Tracing and maze games.
- A bunny or chick shape which can be traced.
- Fill a bin with store-bought colourful straw, straw leftover from last year's chocolate, or simply shredded paper. Organize the straw to resemble a nest.
- Add a stuffed hen and chicks and you have a henhouse!
- Add plastic eggs of all kinds (eggs that open, eggs that sparkle, big eggs, miniature eggs, etc.) You can also add other farm animals. Even if they do not lay eggs, they can be lots of fun!
- Eggs filled with hidden surprises.
- Use a bin filled with water or simply a sink. Add rubber ducks and a few stones.
- Add green Styrofoam pieces to your water table to resemble lily pads. Add food coloring or foam bath.
- Select a few stuffed animals (which you no longer need) and allow children to play in the water with them.
- Any recipe containing eggs, carrots, or chocolate.
- Grow grass or alfalfa in empty egg shells to create funny characters.
- Dye eggs with various natural dyes such as red cabbage, blueberry juice, or with food coloring in a small quantity of water and vinegar.
- Make an egg shell disappear in a glass of vinegar! Children will be very impressed.
- Any scientific experiment you can find involving eggs...there are so many!
ROUTINE AND TRANSITION ACTIVITIES
This is my spot
(Open game-This is my spot-Easter) Print two copies of each illustration. Stick one copy of each illustration to the table using adhesive paper. Drop the other copy in a bag. Children take turns picking an illustration to determine their spot at the table for the day. The illustrations can also help you determine children's naptime spots or their spot in the task train.
My egg path
(Open fun eggs) Print, laminate, and secure the eggs on the floor to form a path which leads to different areas within the daycare. The egg path can lead to the areas children visit the most such as the bathroom, the cloakroom, etc.
Clean hands bin
Fill a container with small toys related to the theme. Children can play with them once they have washed their hands. The only rule: their hands must be clean to use the toys found in this bin. Hunt and seek...in the cloakroom. Print an Easter hunt and seek activity (along with several other ones) and display them in your cloakroom. Children who get dressed quickly can keep busy trying to find the items in the scenes.
I sing, you sing, we sing
Practice your Easter songs whenever you are moving from one activity to another.
ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES
(Open educa-decorate-Easter) Print and laminate. Hang the illustrations over your changing table to create a colourful mobile for babies to admire.
Make a mobile using colourful Easter eggs or simply stick Easter designs to the ceiling over your changing table. You will find several different items which can be used for this project in the educatall club. Draw large bunny shapes on cardboard or find several fairly large bunny designs. Hang them on the wall at children's eye level using adhesive paper. Cut pieces of fake fur, soft fabric, cotton, etc. Glue them on the bunny shapes. Children will enjoy exploring the textures.
Easter stimulation bottles
Fill a variety of transparent containers with tiny Easter items, colourful straw, plastic eggs, etc. In certain containers, deposit objects which make noise. Children will love playing with the bottles.
Use three pastel, opaque drinking glasses. Hide three little chicks under the glasses. Lift the glasses, or let babies lift them to discover the chicks. Say "peek-a-boo"!
Soft like a bunny
Collect several different stuffed animals representing farm animals. Let children manipulate them. Encourage them to notice how soft they are.
Provide large sheets of paper and let children paint with their fingers using chocolate pudding. Babies will discover both a texture and a flavour.
The cow goes...
Use farm animal illustrations and show babies the sound each animal makes. Encourage them to make the corresponding sounds.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
(Open Easter shapes) Print and cut out. Punch holes around the contour and have children lace. (Open Easter lacing)
Race to the henhouse
(Open egg halves) Print and laminate the eggs. Stick half of each egg on the wall at one end of the daycare. Create an obstacle course involving balance beams, tunnels, etc. Hide the other egg pieces throughout the obstacle course. Children take turns completing the obstacle course and collecting one egg piece. When they are done, they must find the other piece of their egg on the wall.
(Open bingo-Easter2) Print, laminate, and store in a small box. Play bingo with your group.
You will need ten 1-litre bottles. Add approximately one inch of water to each bottle and glue an Easter illustration on each one. Using a small ball, children must try to make a specific bottle fall down. You may assign a particular bottle to each child or print an extra copy of each illustration and have children pick one. Variation for younger children: Line up the bottles and provide balls. Simply let children try to make the balls fall down. You may add food coloring and a variety of objects to the bottle such as cotton balls, glitter, confetti, etc. Children will also enjoy shaking the bottles.
Deposit several plastic Easter eggs on your parachute. With your group, shake the parachute to make the eggs bounce up and down until they fall off the parachute.
(Open twister-Easter) Print and glue the large illustrations on the floor using adhesive paper (Mac-Tac). The playing area should be approximately 4 square feet. The leader of the game picks one Easter card and one body part card. He states the instructions for the other players like in the traditional Twister game (one foot on the red egg, one hand on the blue egg, etc.) Variation for younger children: The illustrations may simply be used to decorate the daycare or for a recognition activity. For example, you may ask children to point to the blue egg. For babies, simply secure the illustrations on the floor. They will enjoy admiring them.
Easter Bunny game
(Open tiny bunny) Print and laminate. Sit in a circle with your group and show them the Easter Bunny. Ask them to close their eyes while you hide the Easter Bunny. When you give them the signal, children must search for the Easter Bunny. When a child finds the Easter Bunny, he must give it to you. Stick an Easter sticker on his sweater. Children sit in a circle while the child who found the Easter Bunny hides it for the next round.
You will need plastic Easter eggs and a basket. Using colourful adhesive tape, draw a line on the floor. Children must stand behind this line. Draw another line a short distance away and deposit the basket near this line. Give each child five eggs. Children take turns throwing their eggs towards the basket. The child who successfully throws the most eggs in the basket wins.
Have children sit in a circle. One player is the bunny. He stands outside of the circle. The bunny walks around the outside of the circle, carrying a basket. He deposits the basket behind another child. This child must quickly stand up, grab the basket, and run around the circle in the opposite direction. The object of the game is to be the first one to return to the empty spot. The child who is left standing is the next round's bunny.
Give each child a ball of yarn. Tie the ends to different objects within the daycare (chairs, furniture, etc.) Children walk around the daycare in every direction, weaving the biggest Easter basket ever!
Watch out for the egg
Draw a straight line on the floor using adhesive tape. One at a time, children walk on the line, carrying an egg in a spoon. They mustn't drop the egg! (You may use a hard-boiled egg if you prefer.)
Be careful! It's fragile!
Children sit in a circle. They must pass an egg around the circle without dropping it. This game is very fast-paced and stimulating!
May I Easter Bunny?
You play the role of the Easter Bunny. Give instructions to the group such as "Take two giant bunny hops", or "Take two tiny chick steps". Before moving, children must ask you, "May I Easter Bunny?" You must answer yes or no. They must follow the instructions only if you answer yes.
Give each child a small Easter bag. Hide several plastic eggs throughout the daycare. One egg contains a tiny object. Children must search for the eggs and deposit them in their bag. They must collect as many eggs as possible before the music stops. When the music stops, children open their eggs to see who found the mystery egg. The child who finds the mystery egg becomes the hen for the next round. He hides the eggs. If no one finds the mystery egg before the music stops, children must continue searching for it.
Easter Bunny says
The leader of the game gives instructions to the group using, "Easter Bunny says..." instead of "Simon says..." Examples of instructions are run like a bunny, hop like a bunny, eat a carrot like a bunny, peck like a chick, sit on an egg like a hen, etc.
The hen and the chick
Children sit in a circle. Select a player to walk around the circle touching the other children's heads saying, "Chick." Finally, he touches a child and says "hen". This child must stand up and pursue the other player around the circle. If he catches the player who touched his head before going all the way around the circle, he may return to his place. If he does not catch the other player, he becomes the one who walks around the circle touching children's heads and saying "chick".
Children must roll an egg using their nose. To make the race more difficult, you can create an obstacle course.
Dip your index and middle finger in flour. Leave bunny tracks here and there. Make a long trail for children to follow. At the end of the trail, children find a basket full of Easter eggs.
Use electrical tape to mark a start and finish line. There should be approximately 10 cm between the two lines. Give each child a straw to use to blow on their feathers. The first child to have his feather cross the finish line wins. The winner may be challenged by another child.
Light as a feather
Stand in a circle around a large blanket. Children firmly hold the edge of the blanket. Have them raise their arms above their heads. Put feathers on the blanket and make them move by shaking the blanket. Observe the way the feathers fall back down on the blanket. You may add paper eggs (Open egg models). Print the eggs and cut them out.
Fishing for eggs
Cut eggs out of cardboard. (Open egg models) Attach paperclips to the eggs. Use a fishing line with a magnet at the end to fish for eggs.
To the sound of gentle music, children pretend they are little chicks breaking out of their shell.
Children wear a strip of paper with bunny ears attached to it (Open bunny ears). They stand at one end of the daycare. You hold three different bunny pictures. One bunny is sleeping, one is hopping, and one is eating (Open bunny game). When the picture of the sleeping bunny is displayed, children must lie down on the ground. They must hop like a bunny when they see the picture of the hopping bunny and pretend to eat a carrot when they see the bunny which is eating.
Find Easter pictures (example: greeting cards, gift bags, etc.) Cut each picture into two or three pieces using jagged scissors. Give children a piece of a puzzle and have them search for the other pieces. Once they have found them, they can put the pieces together.
Draw a line on the floor and place an empty egg carton a few feet away. Children try to throw chocolate eggs into the cavities.
Snap, crackle, pop!
Children sit in a circle. Place open plastic Easter eggs in the center of the circle. Children must assemble them as quickly as possible. Each child can have a basket in which he deposits the eggs he successfully assembles. Count the eggs in each basket when all the eggs have been assembled.
Who has the egg?
Children form a large circle. Choose a child to stand, blindfolded, in the center of the circle. Another child is chosen to be the hen. This child walks around the circle holding an egg while the rest of the group sings a song. The hen gives the egg to another player. The player who receives the egg makes a chicken sound and the other children stop singing. The blindfolded child must guess who has the egg. Players exchange roles. The child who was the hen goes to the center of the circle and the child who was given the egg becomes the hen.
Divide the group into two teams. When you give the signal, the first player from each team places a chick (yellow cotton ball) in his spoon and races to the other side of the room and back. They then give the spoon and chick to the next player in their team and so on until everyone has had a turn.
Make two teams. Have them stand on two lines facing each other at opposite ends of the daycare. Associate one color to the two bunnies from opposite teams who are one in front of the other (2 yellow bunnies, 2 red bunnies, etc.) Place a carrot on the floor halfway between the two teams. When you name a color, the two children associated to that color must run to grab the carrot. The child who reaches the carrot first earns a point for his team.
Place carrots in a line on a table. Children stand in a pillowcase at the other end of the room and hop to catch a carrot before returning to the starting point.
Where are the bunnies?
(Open tiny bunny) Print and laminate. Hide tiny bunnies throughout the daycare. Place them so children will see their ears sticking out of their hiding places. When you give the signal, children search for bunnies. There is no winner in this game. The object of the game is simply to have fun. At the end, you can give each player a tiny bunny to take home.
Easter egg hunt
Hide plastic eggs and have children hunt for them.
When you take a walk with your group, invite children to imitate you (example: hopping like a bunny, walking like a duck, etc.) You can also walk single file like a duck family. Baby chicks imitate each movement their mother does...
Organize several different types of races. Have children move about like different farm animals. Hop like bunnies, walk like chickens, etc.
(Open bunny hops) Trace, cut out, and stick Easter shapes on the floor. Children must hop on the shapes to move around the daycare.
Tiny egg race
Ask children to stand next to each other in a large open space. Next, have them curl up in a ball, like and egg, and roll around.
Bunny or chick
(Open chick-bunny) Stand at one end of the yard. Have children stand, with their back against the wall, at the opposite end of the yard. Show children the bunny illustration. Have them move towards you, hopping like bunnies. Show them the chick illustration. Children must stop and crawl on the ground while pecking like chicks. Alternate, showing the bunny and chick illustrations. Continue until all the children have reached you. Start over.
Place hoops on the floor and play music. Bunnies (children) hop or dance around the daycare to the beat of the music. When the music stops, each bunny must find a hole to call home. The bunny which does not find a hole is out of the game. Remove one hoop every time you start over as in musical chairs.
Giant Easter tic-tac-toe
Trace the lines for a tic-tac-toe game on a large white cardboard. (Open Easter tic-tac-toe) Bunnies replace "X's" and chickens replace "O's". One player uses the bunnies and the other player uses the chickens. One at a time, they deposit the animals on the game. The first child to place three identical designs in a row wins.
Bunnies must train for the big Easter egg hunt. As the chief bunny, lead an exercise session. Get your little bunnies moving!
Fill plastic Easter eggs with tiny objects. Use the eggs like maracas to create different rhythms.
(Open educa-decorate-Easter) Print. Laminate and glue the illustrations on the floor. Play music. When the music stops, children must sit on an Easter illustration (variation of musical chairs).
Silly egg dance
Blow up several balloons and tell children they represent Easter eggs. You will need fast-paced music and a large blanket (or a parachute) for this activity. Have a few children stand in the centre of the parachute/blanket. The other children hold the edge of the parachute. Their job is to keep the balloons on the parachute/blanket. The children who are standing on the parachute/blanket must use their feet to try and pop as many balloons as possible to the sound of music. At the end of the song, the children who were holding the parachute change places with the children who were standing on the parachute.
Crack the shell
To the sound of soft music, children pretend they are tiny chicks in their shell. Ask children to curl up in a ball on the floor. Slowly, the chicks use their beak to break the shell. The shells slowly crack and the tiny chicks stretch out their arms, their legs, and their neck. Repeat the activity.
ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PARENTS
(Open game-Golden egg) Print and laminate. Send each child home with an egg and ask parents to glue a picture of their family on the egg and bring it back to the daycare. Once you have all the eggs, hide them throughout the daycare (under a chair, under a table, under a book, etc.) When you give the signal, ask children to search for their golden egg.
Invite parents to decorate a bunny with their child at home. Display their artwork on a special wall within the daycare. If you wish, you could organize a contest. Ask parents to vote for their favourite bunny. Frame the bunny with the most votes and send it home with the winning family.
Visit a farm
Organize a field trip to visit the Easter farm at your local mall. Invite parents to join you.
Hang a large white banner on a wall within the daycare. Ask parents to help you decorate it. Provide Easter shapes which can be added to the banner (rabbits, chicks, eggs, etc.), markers, and a wide range of arts & crafts material. Parents will impress you with their creativity!
(Open educ-intruder-Easter) Print and laminate. Children must identify the six (6) intruders.
(Open educ-pairs-Easter) Print. Children must draw a line between identical illustrations or color them using the same color. For durable, eco-friendly use, laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educa-symmetry-Easter) Print. Children must color the picture on the bottom (black and white), reproducing the picture on the top (in color).
Educ-ascending and descending-Easter
(Open educ-ascending-descending-Easter) Print the cards and the board game. Invite children to place them in ascending or descending order on the board game.
(Open educa-count-Easter) Print the various pages and laminate for extra durability. Purchase a large bag of colourful jelly beans. Place the eggs on a table and display a number or a color (or both) on the board game. Children must deposit jelly beans on top according to the number and/or color.
(Open educ-trace-Easter) Print for each child. Children must trace the dotted lines using the right color.
(Open educa-duo-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must draw a line between the two items which go together.
(Open Sudoku-Easter) Print the grid and the cards. Cut out all the pieces and laminate them for durability. Children must place the cards on the grid while respecting traditional Sudoku rules: there mustn't be 2 identical cards in the same row or column.
(Open mandalas-Easter) Print for each child. Children must color the mandalas using pastel-coloured markers or crayons.
(Open tangrams-Easter) Print. Children must color the various sections according to the color code at the bottom of the each page.
Color by number-Easter
(Open color by number-Easter) Print for each child. Children complete the picture according to the color code at the bottom of the page.
(Open educ-math-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects and circle the correct number.
(Open educ-shadows-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must find the shadow which corresponds to each illustration and draw a line between the two using a dry-erase marker.
Magnifying glass game-Easter
(Open magnifying glass game-Easter) Print and laminate the board game and the cards. Cut them out and store them in a Ziploc bag. Children pick a card and search for the item on the board game using a magnifying glass. Once they have found the item, they deposit it in the correct square on the board game.
(Open games-Easter lotto) Print and laminate the playing cards and the illustrations. Give each child a playing card. Deposit the illustrations face down on the table. Children take turns picking an illustration. The child who has the illustration on his/her playing card deposits it in the corresponding square. The first child to collect all the illustrations on his card wins.
(Open educ-pattern-Easter) Print and laminate. Children must complete each pattern by placing the correct illustrations in the squares using Velcro or adhesive putty.
Educ-big and small-Easter
(Open educ-big and small-Easter) Print and laminate the game. Children must determine the correct order for each illustration, from smallest to biggest, and place them in the squares using adhesive putty or Velcro.
Educ-same and different-Easter
(Open educ-same and different-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration which is different in each row.
(Open educ-differences-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must identify the number of differences indicated on the page and circle them using a dry-erase marker.
(Open educ-association-Easter) Print the game. Glue the first two pages inside a file folder. Cover with Mac-Tac. Laminate the illustrations and cut them out. Stick a piece of Velcro behind each illustration and on each illustration on the board game (you may also use adhesive putty). Children associate the illustrations. When they have found the correct association, they simply stick the card in the correct place.
Small, Medium, Large Eggs
(Open eggs-different sizes) Print, cut out, and laminate the eggs. Ask children to place them in order, from the smallest to the biggest, from the biggest to the smallest, etc.
The rabbit's tail
(Open game-The rabbit's tail) Print and glue the rabbit on the wall, at children's eye level. Add a cotton ball to each rabbit tail. Blindfold children one at a time and invite them to stick the tail as close as possible to the right spot on the rabbit. Variation: Draw a rabbit with an empty Easter basket. Have children close their eyes and stick a cardboard Easter egg as close to the right spot as possible.
The shaking box
Use an empty egg carton. Write the numbers 1, 2, and 3, three times each in different sections of the egg carton. In the remaining sections, glue pictures of a bunny, a duck, and a rooster (or other animal pictures on hand). Children place a button in the egg carton and close it. They shake the box before opening it to see in which section the button landed. If it fell on a number, the children must name the number. If it fell in a section containing the picture of an animal, they must reproduce the sound associated with that animal.
Easter story and memory game
Print, cut out, and laminate the pictures. (Open Easter story and memory) Place the cards face down on the floor. Children pick three cards and invent a story in relation to the illustrations. Trick: To solidify the cards, glue each illustration onto the top of a frozen juice can. Variation: Print the pictures twice and use as a memory game.
Use eggs of different sizes and colors. Have children sort them from smallest to largest or from largest to smallest. Older children can also sort them by color.
Place twelve stickers in the cavities of an empty egg carton. Place the same twelve stickers on plastic eggs. Children must associate the eggs to the correct cavity by observing the stickers.
Fill plastic Easter eggs with various objects: macaroni, buttons, rice, small stones...Glue them shut with hot glue. Children guess the content of the eggs.
(Open bingo-Easter) Play bingo with your group. Print, laminate, and store the game in a small pastel-coloured box.
Hunt and seek
(Open Easter hunt and seek) Print and laminate. Children pick cards and must find the items in the scene.
Easter snakes and ladders
(Open Easter snakes and ladders) Print and laminate. Use a die and small chocolate eggs as pawns. The object of the game: all children much reach the end of the game. When they have succeeded, they may eat their chocolate pawn.
Who is hiding in the egg?
Hide tiny farm animals in plastic eggs. Children take turns picking an egg and secretly looking at the animal inside before imitating it. For example, if a child picks an egg holding a bunny, he may wiggle his nose. The rest of the group must guess which animal it is.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Paper dolls-Easter Bunny
(Open paper dolls-Easter) Print and laminate. Children will enjoy dressing the Easter Bunny.
(Open puppets-Easter) Print the puppet models on heavy cardboard. Invite children to cut them out and decorate them with various materials. Attach a Popsicle stick to the back of each model to create a puppet.
Catch the egg!
Children stand face to face with a partner. Give each team a ball (the size depends on the age of the children). They must pretend the ball is an egg. They must throw it back and forth, without dropping it!
Children select a partner (another child who is about the same age and size). One child crouches down, blindfolded, and the other child sits on his back. The child sitting on the "pony" must give the other child instructions in order to reach a predetermined point (continue, turn, back up, etc.)
EARLY SCIENCE / MANIPULATION / EXPLORATION
Gather various types of eggs (real or not) and ask children many different questions to explore eggs with your group. If possible, show them an ostrich egg, a goose egg, a duck egg, etc. These uncommon eggs will make your discussion that much more interesting!
- Which birds lay eggs?
- Are there other types of animals which lay eggs?
- What kind of eggs do we eat?
- What do we call a hen's baby?
- What can we make with eggs?
- Where can we find eggs?
- Are eggs always white?
- How many eggs does a chicken lay each day?
- Where do chickens live?
- How can eggs be eaten?
- How does the chick grow inside the egg?
Crack an egg and empty its content in a bowl. Look closely at the egg white and the yolk. Show children how fragile the shell is. Let children touch the raw egg in the bowl.
Fill a bag with wood shavings and add Easter figurines (chicks, bunnies, Easter eggs). Children play in the henhouse.
The carrot's tail
Cut the top off a carrot and deposit it in a saucer. Surround the carrot with pebbles to hold it in place. Make sure there is always a small quantity of water in the saucer. In one week, the green stem will begin to grow again!
Use plastic eggs and insert various objects. Place the eggs in a large container filled with water. Notice which eggs float and which eggs sink. You may also do this activity with a hard-boiled egg and an uncooked egg. Variation: Repeat, removing the various objects so children can visualize exactly what caused the eggs to sink or float. Suggestions of material: rubber ducks, paper, corks, feathers, clothespins, ping-pong balls, golf balls, etc.
Deposit a raw egg in a drinking glass and completely cover it with white vinegar. Watch the egg closely for a few days. The egg shell will slowly disappear, just like magic. If you wish, you can gently manipulate the egg.
Show children how to make pastel colours using poster paint. Let them make their own colour combinations. Encourage them to make hypotheses and then verify them through trial and error. Use the pastel colours they successfully create in your arts & crafts area or for a specific activity.
How to make an egg float
Place a raw egg in a container filled with lukewarm water. Add a few tablespoons of salt. Sea salt produces the best results. Like magic, the egg which was at the bottom of the container will float up to the surface. Salt water is denser and therefore makes the egg float.
The rolling egg
You will need a raw egg, a hard-boiled egg (with the shell), and two small plates. To discover which egg is cooked, children must spin the eggs one at a time. The cooked egg spins more easily than the raw egg. When you stop the cooked egg by placing your finger on it, it stops spinning instantly. However, when you raise your finger off the raw egg, it continues to spin.
Creative recipe-Easter eggs (Open creative recipe-Easter eggs)
3 bags (1.2 kg) of icing sugar
1 can of Eagle Brand milk
1 box of semi-sweet chocolate squares
1 lb of butter
¼ square of paraffin wax
- Cream butter.
- Add Eagle Brand milk.
- Gradually add icing sugar and stir until mixture is creamy.
- Divide dough into two equal parts.
- Dye one part yellow, pink, or green (this part will be used to represent the egg yolk).
- Shape tiny balls with both the white dough and the coloured dough.
- To make an egg, divide a small white ball in two, flatten the two halves.
- Deposit the "egg yolk" between the two halves, in the center. Use your fingers to give it an egg shape.
- When you are done, place the eggs in the freezer for a few hours (an entire day if possible).
- Melt the chocolate and paraffin wax in a double boiler.
- Dip the eggs in the chocolate, one side at a time. Once half an egg is covered in chocolate, let stand. Once the chocolate has hardened, repeat on the other side of the egg.
This recipe makes approximately 30 eggs.
Egg taste test
Cook eggs several different ways: omelet, scrambled, hard-boiled, poached, fried, etc. Invite children to take a bite of each and determine their preferences. Help children notice how many meals are made with eggs.
5 oz fried Chinese noodles
10 oz chocolate chips or sweetened chocolate squares
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- Melt butter and chocolate in microwave oven or in a bain-marie.
- Pour noodles into the chocolate mixture.
- Gently coat the noodles using a spatula. Avoid pressing on them.
- Remove the mixture from the bowl and deposit it on an overturned aluminum plate.
- One the mixture has hardened, remove the plate and discover a chocolaty nest which can be used to present Easter candy pieces.
- Add plastic eggs or candy.
Gently wash an egg. Using a large needle, make a hole in the pointy tip of the egg. Next, make a larger hole in the rounded end of the egg, making sure to pierce the egg yolk. Over a bowl, have children blow into the small hole until the egg is completely empty. Rinse the egg and let it dry completely (you may use the raw egg to prepare an omelet, a quiche, or scrambled eggs). Decorate the egg.
Prepare chocolate pudding with your group. Hang a large piece of cardboard on the wall and deposit a plastic tablecloth on the floor beneath it. Let children use the chocolate paint to draw graffiti on the mural.
Melt three semi-sweet chocolate squares or one cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute. Dip fruit pieces in the melted chocolate, deposit them on a cookie sheet and place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Egg yolk paint
Gently crack an egg, keeping only the egg yolk. Whisk the egg yolk with one teaspoon of water. Pour a small quantity of egg yolk paint into each section of an ice cube tray. Add food coloring to create different colors in each section. Use paintbrushes to paint with the egg yolk paint. If the paint becomes too thick, simply add a few drops of water.
Children use marshmallows and toothpicks to make a bunny.
Attach a piece of liquorice to the sides of your muffins to represent handles and make them look like little Easter baskets.
Carrot-shaped carrot cookies
1 cup of butter
¾ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of cooked carrots, mashed
1 cup of fine granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of butter
The juice of one orange
A few pieces of orange peel
Combine all the ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes at 375ºF. Yield: 24 cookies.
Place the following ingredients in a blender:
1 cup of milk
A pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Serve lettuce and carrots at snack time. With your group, prepare a salad with grated carrots.
Egg in a hole
Children use a drinking glass to cut a hole in the centre of a slice of bread. Place each slice in a frying pan and crack an egg in the hole. Cook on both sides.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open models-rabbits) (Open models-ducks) (Open models-eggs) (Open models chicks and hens) Print the models and use them for various crafts, projects, and activities during the theme.
(Open puppets-Easter) Print the puppet models on heavy cardboard. Invite children to cut them out and decorate them with various materials. Attach a Popsicle stick to the back of each model to create a puppet.
(Open stencils-Easter) Print and cut out the shapes. Children can trace them or use them to paint items related to the theme.
(Open mandalas-Easter) Print for each child. Children must color the mandalas using pastel-coloured crayons.
Cotton ball painting
Print the Easter models of your choice. Have each child choose two colors of paint and pour a small quantity of each color in a paper plate (it is best to add a small amount of water to the paint). Using cotton balls, children paint the Easter shape by simply pressing the cotton balls in the paint and then on the paper. Children will see their two colors mix together to form another color.
For this activity, you will need small glass baby food jars (supervision required). Have each child dip his/her jar in white glue and then stick cotton balls on it until the jar is completely covered. Let dry. Add a tiny pink pompom for the nose and two tiny pompoms for the eyes. Add a cotton ball for the tail. Bend two pink pipe cleaners to create bunny ears and glue them on the lid.
Print several copies and deposit them on a table. Have children color the shapes they wish to use. When they are done, they must cut them out and assemble them to create a chick as per the model provided. This activity may be done individually or as a group using the small, medium, or large shapes. Encourage children to add eyes, a tongue, and legs.
Don't miss our Easter crafts theme in the archives section for additional ideas.
I am learning to draw-A rabbit
(Open I am learning to draw-A rabbit) Print and laminate the step by step page. Invite children to practice their drawing technique step by step and then let them try creating their own rabbit.
Complete the drawing-Easter
(Open complete the drawing-Easter) Print for each child. Have them complete the missing portions of the drawing.
CREATIVE COLORING ACTIVITIES
(Open creative coloring -Easter 1) Print for each child. Have children complete the picture. (Open creative coloring-Easter 2) Print for each child. Have children complete the picture. (Open creative coloring Easter 3) Print for each child. Have children complete the picture.
(Open scrapbook-Easter) Print for each child. Have children complete the scrapbook page and add it to their scrapbook.
(Open scrapbook-Easter farm visit) Print for each child. Have children complete the scrapbook page and add it to their scrapbook.
(Open coloring pages theme-Easter) (Open coloring pages theme-Easter-2) Print for each child.
SONGS & RHYMES
by: Patricia Morrison
sung to: The ants go marching
The Easter Bunny hides his eggs, hooray, hooray
The Easter Bunny hides his eggs, hooray, hooray
He hides the eggs one by one
Oh the hunt will be such fun
When Easter morning comes, we'll find eggs
Eggs, eggs, eggs, eggs!
by: Patricia Morrison
sung to: A-tisket, a-tasket
Bunnies and eggs of chocolate
The Easter bunny is coming soon
And with him he'll bring chocolate
An Easter treat for me and you
We'll fill our baskets, eat it up
Oh! I love Easter chocolate
The Educatall team