NEW! This tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open roll and color-2 dice-Steps for getting dressed for spring) Print both dice and assemble them or stick the illustrations on the faces of two cardboard boxes. Children take turns rolling the color die and the clothing die. They must use the color obtained to color the clothing item shown on the other die.
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.
Chatting with the Easter Bunny
(Open puppets-Easter) Print. Laminate the puppets and stick a Popsicle stick behind each one. Encourage children to choose a different puppet each day as they arrive. Let them play with it throughout the day, at lunch time, or during specific periods.
Sit in a circle with your group. Use the puppets for a game of opposites. Make your puppet say a word (example: hot). The child who knows the opposite of the word, must make his/her puppet respond (example of opposite: cold). If he/she has the correct answer, he/she may choose the next word and so on. Other examples of opposites: soft/rough, winter/summer, small/big, slow/fast, happy/sad, etc.
Use a different puppet to give instructions and guide children for each daily routine.
Poni discovers and presents-The Easter farm
(Open Poni discovers and presents-The Easter farm) Print, laminate, and cut out the pictures. Use a Poni puppet (or another puppet children are familiar with) to present the pictures to your group.
Poni discovers and presents-Easter
(Open Poni discovers and presents-Easter) Print, laminate, and cut out the pictures. Use a Poni puppet (or another puppet children are familiar with) to present the pictures to your group.
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 (subjects, verbs, and objects). 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/she 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 picture game-Easter) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Use a hole-punch to make a hole in the upper right and left corner of each picture. Stack the pictures and insert a ring through each set of holes. The flipogram is easy to manipulate. Simply show children how they can lift a picture and flip it under the stack. Name each item with your group. Use the flipogram to encourage children to talk during circle time and to ask them questions about the theme.
Easter circle time fun
Every morning, hide an object associated with Easter within your daycare. Hide it so it can easily be found by the children in your group. However, finding it must still represent a challenge for them. As soon as they find the item, photograph it and print the picture. Display the pictures on a wall near your daycare entrance so children can share their daily findings with their parents at the end of the day.
NEW! Thematic poster-Easter
(Open thematic poster-Easter 2018) Print and display where children and parents are sure to see it.
Easter growth chart
(Open growth chart-Easter) Print and laminate. Display the growth chart on a wall. It will represent the perfect decoration during the weeks leading up to Easter. Measure each child and write their name next to their height.
Group identification-Little chicks
(Open group identification-Little chicks) Print and use the cards and posters to identify the children in your group or decorate specific areas.
(Open group identification-Easter) Print and use the cards and posters to identify the children in your group or decorate specific areas.
Adding an Easter touch throughout your daycare
Here are a few suggestions:
- Use colourful electrical tape to transform your circle time area and make it look like an Easter egg. Invite children to decorate the giant Easter egg shape with Easter-themed stickers.
- Hang pink lights from the ceiling.
- Hang an Easter garland made with your group using yellow, pink, and purple construction paper.
- Provide Easter-themed cookie cutters and encourage children to use them to trace and cut out Easter shapes that can be displayed on walls, floors, ceilings, tables, toys, etc.
- Provide Easter-themed stickers and let children use them for collages or simply let them stick them on items throughout your daycare.
- Cut Easter shapes out of colourful construction paper and stick them on paper plates. Thread a pretty ribbon through the paper plates to create a unique garland.
NEW! Homemade stickers
(Open large stickers-Easter) Print on adhesive paper to create a collection of unique stickers.
(Open educa-theme-Easter) Print and laminate the items representing the theme. Use them to present your theme to the children in your group (and their parents) while decorating your daycare.
(Open banner-Easter) (Open banner-Easter small) Print and laminate. Hang the banners within your daycare as decorations.
(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 on 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 your group, search for a branch. Place it in a bucket filled with sand or rocks. Paint the branch and add sparkles. Use it to hang any decorations you make with your group during the theme.
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 décor 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 shoebox 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.
NEW! An envelope for you
Prepare a special Easter envelope for each child. Stick a picture of each child on his or her envelope. Throughout the week, children can insert drawings, crafts, messages, etc. in their friends’ envelopes. At the end of the week, they will enjoy discovering the contents of their envelope.
NEW! Door decorations-Easter
(Open door decorations-Easter) Print, laminate, and cut out. Use the items to decorate your daycare door and set the mood for the theme.
NEW! A message from the Easter Bunny
(Open surprise memos-Easter Bunny) Print the memos and hide them throughout your daycare or in children’s personal belongings. Every time a child finds a memo, invite the other children to gather around him to discover the latest surprise.
NEW! 14 days to Easter
(Open calendar-14 days to Easter) Print. Let children color a picture each day to help them keep track of how many days are left until the Easter Bunny visits.
NEW! Easter wall
Create a special Easter-themed wall. Use it to display Easter wishes, children’s drawings and crafts, pictures of the children in your group, etc. Hang Easter eggs and rabbits from the ceiling. Use an indoor clothesline to hang children’s Easter artwork.
NEW! Easter schedule of activities
(Open schedule of activities-Easter) Print. Use the document to inform parents of your Easter activities. Display it near your daycare entrance.
NEW! Stickers for rewards
(Open stickers for rewards-Easter) Print on adhesive paper and use the stickers to reward children throughout the theme.
NEW! Easter welcome board
Your daycare entrance should reflect a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for parents and children. A welcome board represents an interesting tool that can help children develop a sense of belonging within your group, but also within their daycare environment. Every day, the board can be used to identify the children who are present. Children will enjoy displaying their picture on the board as they arrive. This can be done with their parent or early childhood educator. The welcome board can also add to your décor. Set it up near your daycare entrance, where it can be seen by all. (Open welcome board-Easter) Print, laminate, and display.
NEW! Easter countdown
(Open countdown-Easter) Print and laminate. Children can add a picture to your bulletin board daily. If you choose to use the black and white version, encourage them to color each picture before displaying it.
NEW! Perpetual calendar-Easter break
(Open perpetual calendar-Easter break) Print and display to inform parents of the days your daycare will be closed for Easter.
NEW! Easter task chart
(Open task chart-Easter) Print, laminate, and display on a wall. Use adhesive putty or Velcro to display children’s tasks and indicate the tasks that have been completed.
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.
NEW! Memory game
(Open picture game-Easter) Print the pictures twice and use them for an Easter-themed memory game.
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) For the Easter theme, we have prepared a new activity book. Print for each child. (Open activity sheets-Easter activity book)
NEW! New activity sheets
(Open activity sheets-Easter workbook) Print for each child and follow instructions.
(Open string activities-Easter) Print for each child. Have them trace the lines with waxed string (Wikki Stix available on educatall.com online store https://www.educatout.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=wikki&x=18&y=13) or, if you prefer, have them trace the lines with white glue and position yarn or string along each one.
(Open writing activities-C like chocolate) (Open writing activities-R like rabbit) (Open writing activities-E like Easter) (Open writing activities-E like egg) 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 seen on the eggs in the top row on 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.
(Open educa-spots-Easter) Print for each child. Use bingo markers to add color to the spots. If you don’t have bingo markers, simply encourage children to fill the spots with dry cereal or stickers.
NEW! Word flashcards
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) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Chocolate, bunny, chick, basket, egg, straw, carrot, flower, Easter egg, spring, daffodil, hen
NEW! Reinvented scrabble
(Open word flashcards-Easter) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Print many copies of the word flashcards and encourage children to use scrabble tiles to write the words. Manipulating the small tiles represents a great fine motor skill exercise. At the same time, children will notice which letters make up the different words.
NEW! Word clothesline
(Open word flashcards-Easter) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Print two copies of several word flashcards. Hang one copy of each word on an indoor clothesline with colourful clothespins. Arrange the copies in a pile on a table. Let children take turns picking a word and finding the matching word on the clothesline. When they find a match, they can place the flashcard on top of the one that was already hanging on the clothesline. Help younger children manipulate the clothespins if necessary.
NEW! Word race
(Open word flashcards-Easter) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Print several word flashcards and hide them throughout your daycare or yard. Divide your group into two teams. When you give them the signal, children must search for the flashcards for a pre-determined period, for example three minutes. When the time is up, children must be able to “read” their flashcards to earn a point for their team. If they are unable to find the correct word, the other team can earn the point if they succeed.
NEW! Associating words and pictures
(Open word flashcards-Easter) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Print, laminate, and display the word flashcards on a wall close to your circle time area or on a large piece of cardboard you can move around within your daycare. Children take turns identifying the words you name.
NEW! Word tree-Easter
(Open word flashcards-Easter) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Print several word flashcards. Use a hole-punch to make a hole at the top of each flashcard. Thread a ribbon through each hole and tie a knot. Bring the word flashcards outside and encourage children to use them to decorate a tree. Every time a child adds a flashcard, invite him/her to “read” the corresponding word. Children will be happy to repeat this activity many times. Eventually, they will learn to recognize the words.
NEW! Word association-Easter
(Open word flashcards-Easter) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Print two copies of several different word flashcards. On a large piece of cardboard, stick one copy of each flashcard vertically to create a word column. Cut the second copy of each word flashcard so you have the word on one side and the illustration on the other side. Attach Velcro behind each part as well as to the right of the uncut flashcards (on the cardboard). Arrange the cut flashcards on the table and encourage children to look at your flashcard board to identify a matching word and illustration. When they succeed, they may stick them next to the corresponding flashcard, on your board. This exercise will help children associate words with pictures.
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 a 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.
NEW! Easter workshops
(Open Easter workshops) Print. Use the posters to identify your various workshops during your Easter theme.
NEW! Workshop planning booklet-Easter
(Open workshop planning booklet-Easter) Print, laminate, and use with a dry-erase marker so you can reuse the booklet year after year. This tool will help you plan and prepare any material you will need for each workshop you wish to offer as well as organize your environment per the interests of the children in your group. Use it to evaluate the activities presented daily and weekly.
NEW! Workshop follow-up booklet
(Open workshop follow-up booklet-Easter) Print for each child. This booklet will help you better understand and analyze the developmental stages of the children in your group through the workshops you choose to offer.
- 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...an activity that 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 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!
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
Stick a number or an illustration (picture game) on each chair, making sure you have a second copy of each one. At lunch time or snack time, call children one by one and have them pick a card to determine where they are to sit.
Clean hands bin
Prepare a special clean hands bin that can be used throughout your Easter theme. The only rule to follow: children’s hands must be clean if they want to play with the contents of the bin. Include the following items in your clean hands bin:
- Easter characters and figurines.
- Easter memory game.
- Easter picture game.
- A few books related to the Easter theme.
- Stimulation bottles filled with pastel-coloured items.
- Finger puppets.
- Easter hunt and seek games.
Special Easter handwashing poster
(Open poster-Handwashing-Easter) Print and display next to the sink where children wash their hands.
Here are a few ways to make this routine extra special during your Easter theme:
- Use a clear soap dispenser filled with clear hand soap. Add pastel-coloured blocks, tiny plastic Easter figurines, mini Easter erasers, etc.
- Use a clear soap dispenser and color your hand soap. In order to avoid using food coloring (which could stain), use the old felts in your washable Crayola markers. Just remove the felts from the tubes inside the markers and drop them in your soap dispenser for 24 to 48 hours, depending on how intense you want the color to be. Note that even if markers don’t write anymore, there is still plenty of ink inside the tubes, this is an excellent way to put them to good use.
- Purchase pink and purple sponges and let children use them to scrub their hands.
- Delimit the waiting area where children must patiently wait for their turn to wash their hands by sticking Easter illustrations on the floor or by displaying Easter-themed hunt and seek activities on the wall.
- Pick an Easter song and play it while children wash their hands. Every time the song ends, it’s another child’s turn to wash his/her hands.
Easter naptime containers
(Open naptime container labels-Easter) Print and stick the labels on your naptime containers. Fill each naptime container with items related to Easter. If you wish, use Easter-themed gift boxes or gift bags. Children can play with the contents of a naptime container individually on their mattress. You may also let them play with a friend from time to time. Here is a list of items that can be added to your naptime containers:
- Easter pompoms and tweezers.
- Small Easter puzzles.
- Easter-themed sequential story.
- Easter magnets and a small baking sheet.
- Finger puppets.
- Easter lacing shapes.
- Necklace beads and pastel-coloured yarn or ribbon.
- Small Easter storybooks.
- Easter stamps and a small notebook.
- Easter coloring book with crayons.
Easter changing table
Diaper changes can also be made more interesting by adding different items related to Easter. Here are a few ideas:
- Hang a mobile over your changing table. You can change the items every day to keep children interested. If you don’t have a mobile, you can simply purchase a hanging dryer complete with clothespins or make your own. (Open mobile-Easter) Trace the number eight on heavy cardboard and cut it out. Cut out the Easter illustrations and hang them from the number eight using different lengths of string. Insert three pieces of string in the holes on the number eight and use them to hang the mobile from the ceiling.
- Stimulation or discovery bottles also offer many possibilities. Three things to keep in mind: always use plastic bottles, caps must be sealed with hot glue, and bottles must be washed as soon as they have been manipulated by a child to avoid the spread of germs!
(Open poster-Easter cloakroom) Print and display. The time you spend getting your group ready to play outside can be stressful. Here are a few ideas that may make managing these moments easier.
- When children are getting dressed, the temperature within your daycare or cloakroom can sometimes seem to suddenly go way up. Take advantage of these moments to open windows and let some fresh air in!
- Stick several Easter hunt and seek activities on the walls of your cloakroom. Children will enjoy searching for the different items once they are dressed.
- Play Easter songs and music and encourage children to follow the beat as they are getting dressed.
- Stick a few Easter illustrations on the floor within your cloakroom and tell children that once they are dressed they must hide one of the illustrations by sitting on it.
- Pretend you are the Easter Bunny and encourage children to put one clothing item on at a time. For example, have everyone put their coat on first. Once everyone has completed this step, the Easter Bunny names another clothing item.
This is my spot
(Open game-This is my spot-Easter) Print two copies of each illustration. Stick one copy of each illustration on 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.
I sing, you sing, we sing
Practice your Easter songs whenever you are moving from one activity to another.
NEW! Hunt and seek in the cloakroom
Print Easter and spring-related hunt and seek documents (see educatall club) and display them in your cloakroom. Children who get dressed quickly will enjoy searching for items in the scenes as they wait for others.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Associating illustrations and colors
(Open color game-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Give each child a gift bag of a different color. Hide the illustrations throughout the daycare. Invite children to collect all the illustrations that correspond to the color of their gift bag. To increase the level of difficulty, use bags containing more than one color.
Hidden Easter illustrations
(Open color game-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Hide the illustrations throughout your yard. Set a basket in one corner of the yard. Invite children to search for the Easter illustrations. Every time they find one, they must run to deposit it in the basket.
Easter modeling dough colors
(Open egg models) Print and laminate. Deposit the eggs on a table and provide purple, pink, and yellow modeling dough. Children must roll tiny balls of modeling dough between their hands and deposit them on the egg of the corresponding color (or an egg section of the corresponding color).
Original modeling dough creations
Provide different types of pastel-coloured modeling dough and encourage children to make unique Easter creations. Use homemade modeling dough or salt dough so you can leave their creations out to dry. If you prefer, simply photograph their creations. Pick and choose among the following accessories to make this activity even more enjoyable for little ones:
- Purple, pink, and yellow pipe cleaners.
- Purple, pink, and yellow drinking straws.
- Purple, pink, and yellow candles.
- The caps of old pastel-coloured markers.
- Easter-themed cookie cutters.
- Pink and purple necklace beads.
- Pastel-coloured buttons.
- Pompoms in different sizes.
From one box to the other
Deposit an empty box at one end of the daycare. Deposit a box filled with eggs at the opposite end of the daycare. Show children how they can transport the eggs one by one, transferring them from one box to the other. Encourage older children to transport the eggs using bowls or plates to increase the level of difficulty.
Hang a hula hoop from the ceiling using elastic fabric. Have children toss plastic eggs through the circle. Variation: Deposit laundry baskets on the floor and invite children to toss the plastic eggs in the baskets.
Mystery Easter box
You will need a large cardboard box with a lid. Cut holes out of the sides of the box, big enough for children to slide their hands inside. Deposit plastic eggs in the box and put the lid on the box. Invite children to slide their hands inside the box to pull one egg out at a time.
Giant Easter Bunny game
(Open game-Giant Easter Bunny) Print, laminate, and cut out the carrots. Assemble the giant Easter Bunny and display it on a wall. Hide the carrots throughout your daycare: between the pages of the books in your reading corner, in toy chests, on chairs, in children’s shoes, etc. Throughout the day, children will discover the carrots. Each time a child finds a carrot, invite him/her to “feed” the Easter Bunny. If you wish, use adhesive putty to stick the carrots next to the Easter Bunny.
(Open Easter shapes) Print and cut out. Punch holes around the contour of each shape and have children thread ribbon or string through the holes. (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, collecting one egg piece as they move along. When they are done, they must find the other piece of their egg on the wall.
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 bottles fall down. You may add food coloring and a variety of objects such as cotton balls, glitter, confetti, etc. to the bottles. 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/she 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/she touches a child and says “hen”. This child must stand up and pursue the other player around the circle. If he/she catches the player who touched his/her head before going all the way around the circle, he/she may return to his/her place. If he/she does not catch the other player, he/she 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 they can use to blow on their feather. The first child to see 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 egg cartn 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 grab 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.
NEW! Pick a clothespin egg
(Open colourful eggs) Print and glue each egg on a clothespin. Each child chooses a color and uses the clothespin to pin it on his sweater. Once each child has an Easter egg, have them take turns picking an egg and pinning it on the child who is already wearing the corresponding egg.
NEW! Pipe cleaners and beads
Provide a variety of pastel pipe cleaners and beads. Have children thread the beads on the pipe cleaners. When they are done, shape the pipe cleaners to represent Easter eggs. Twist both ends together.
NEW! Easter pyramid
(Open large stickers-Easter) Print and use the stickers to create games. Collect several empty metal cans in different sizes. Decorate the cans with the Easter stickers. Stack the cans to build a pyramid on a table. Children take turns trying to make all the cans fall with three frisbee tosses.
NEW! Surprise Easter fishing
Attach a rope to the end of a broomstick. Tie a clothespin to the other end of the rope. Position yourself behind a large piece of furniture such as a couch. Encourage children to hang your homemade fishing rod over the furniture item so you can secure an Easter surprise to the end of it using the clothespin.
NEW! Chicken race
Children line up on a starting line, crouch down, and grab hold of their ankles from behind. When you give the signal, they waddle to the finish line. If they let go of their ankles, they must go back to the start. The first child who crosses the finish line wins.
NEW! Egg lawn bowling
Paint several hard-boiled eggs using different colors and give each child a color. Set one white egg on the floor, a few feet in front of your group. Children must roll their eggs (standing on a pre-determined line) towards the white egg. The child whose egg lands closest to the white egg wins.
NEW! Playing cards-Easter
(Open playing cards-Easter) Print and laminate. Give each child the same number of cards. Have them take turns hiding their cards within the daycare. When they have all hidden their cards, let the hunt begin! Children try to collect as many cards as possible.
NEW! Race to find the Easter Bunny
(Open playing cards-Easter Bunny) Print and laminate several playing cards and hide them throughout your daycare. Divide your group into two teams. When you give the signal, children must try to collect as many cards as possible within a predetermined period, for example 3 minutes. The child who finds the most bunnies may hide them for the next round.
NEW! Hidden bunnies
(Open miniature bunnies) Print and laminate. Hide the bunnies throughout your daycare or in your yard. The child who finds the most bunnies may hide them for the next round.
NEW! Magnetic Easter stickers
(Open stickers for rewards-Easter) Print and laminate the stickers. Stick them on magnetic paper and let children have fun pressing them on a cookie sheet.
NEW! Giant bunny pieces
(Open giant bunny pieces) Print, laminate, and cut out the pieces. Children assemble them on the floor to create an oversized bunny.
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. Explain how 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 an 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 piece of 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.
NEW! Musical Easter pictures
(Open picture game-Easter) Print and laminate the pictures. Set them on the floor in your daycare. To the sound of music, children walk around the room. When the music stops, they must quickly find a picture to stand on. Variation: You may also remove a picture after each round to provide an extra challenge. Children will have to find a way to stand on the remaining illustrations together.
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, children 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!
I am learning to count-Easter eggs
(Open I am learning to count-Easter eggs) Print, laminate, and display the numbers on a wall, at children’s eye level. Using Velcro, children associate the correct number of Easter eggs to each number.
Easter straw-Hunt and seek
Fill a large bin with Easter straw. Hide plastic eggs in your bin. Deposit the bin on the floor and let children hunt for the eggs. If you wish, you can add a tiny surprise or treat inside each egg.
Association game-Colourful eggs
Paint the bottom of each section of an egg carton using a different color. Choose your paint colors according to the colors of the plastic Easter eggs you have on hand. Show children how to sort the eggs, depositing each one in a section of the corresponding color. With very young children, you may start with one or two colors and add colors as you go.
(Open educ-maze-Easter) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must find the correct path, the one that will take them from the starting point to the other end of the maze.
(Open felt game-Easter) Print the cards and laminate them for extra durability. Cut a variety of shapes out of felt (or cardboard), making sure you have all the shapes required to complete the models. Children will enjoy reproducing each model...and inventing new ones too!
(Open dominoes-Easter) Print and laminate the dominoes. Children take turns trying to place their dominoes. Show them how matching illustrations must always be touching.
(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 and 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 smallest to biggest, from biggest to 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 to 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 matching the stickers.
Fill plastic Easter eggs with various objects: macaroni, buttons, rice, small stones… Glue them shut with hot glue. Children guess the contents of each egg.
(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 playing pieces. The object of the game: all children much reach the end of the game. When they have succeeded, they may eat their chocolate playing piece.
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.
NEW! Homemade wooden puzzles
Print several Easter illustrations and pictures. Color them if necessary. For each picture, arrange several Popsicle sticks in a row on a table and glue the picture on the sticks. Cut along each stick to create a puzzle. Set each set of Popsicle sticks in a Ziploc bag. Children will have fun placing them in the correct order to recreate each picture.
NEW! I am creating my Easter character
(I am creating my Easter character) Print, laminate, and cut each character in half. Set all the pieces on a table and encourage children to mix and match the pieces to create characters.
NEW! Roll and color-Easter
(Open roll and color-Easter) Print for each child. This game can be enjoyed individually or as a group. Children take turns rolling the die, counting the dots, and coloring the corresponding part on their sheet.
NEW! Counting cards-Easter
(Open counting cards-Easter) Print and laminate. Prepare a series of wooden clothespins on which you have written or painted numbers 1-9. Children must count the items on each card and place the corresponding clothespin on the correct number.
NEW! Game-Four rabbits
(Open game-Four rabbits) Print, stick the cards on opaque cardboard, and cut them out. Set all the cards face down on the floor. Children take turns rolling the die. Every time the die lands on “1”, they pick a card and look at it without showing it to the other children. If they don’t already have the rabbit they picked, they set it on the floor in front of them for everyone to see. The game continues. The first child who has all four rabbits wins.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
NEW! Photo booth-Easter
(Open photo booth-Easter) Print the accessories. Cut them out and stick a pastel-coloured drinking straw behind each one. At your local dollar store, purchase additional Easter-related accessories such as hats, headbands, scarves, glasses, etc. to complete your photo booth. Set up a special corner by hanging a piece of fabric, a large cardboard background, or a special Easter décor. Let children choose the accessories they prefer and photograph them. Invite parents to have fun with your photo booth too. Print and display the pictures. They will represent great souvenirs!
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 complete the puppets.
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/her back. The child sitting on the “pony” must give the other child instructions to reach a predetermined point (continue, turn, back up, etc.).
NEW! Pink and yellow
Have children sit in a circle. Encourage them to look around the room and take turns naming a pink or yellow item they see in your daycare.
NEW! Easter scrapbook
(Open scrapbook-Easter) Print this new scrapbook page for each child. Insert it in their scrapbook.
NEW! Privilege chart-Easter
(Open privilege chart-Easter) Print and use the document to create a special privilege chart for the weeks leading up to Easter. Display it on a wall and let children take turns picking a privilege.
(Open word flashcards-Easter) (Open giant word flashcards-Easter) Print and laminate several flashcards and set them in an opaque bag. Use them for a mime game. Children take turns picking a word and using gestures to help others guess what it is. The child who guesses correctly can mime the next word.
EARLY SCIENCE / MANIPULATION / EXPLORATION
Three special Easter sensory bins
- Add Easter items (miniature eggs, baskets, figurines, etc.) to your traditional rice or pasta bins.
- Cut purple, pink, and yellow plastic tablecloths into strips and use them to fill a manipulation bin. Hide plastic eggs and Easter trinkets among the strips of plastic.
- Shred pink, purple, and yellow paper and use the shredded paper to fill a sensory bin. Hide items in your sensory bin.
Homemade window decorations
You will need:
- White glue
- Food coloring or a small amount of poster paint
- A few drops of cinnamon, peppermint, strawberry, and vanilla extract (optional)
- One bowl per color
- One squeezable bottle per color
- Pour approximately 1 cup of white glue into each bowl.
- Add a few drops of food coloring or poster paint to each bowl to create the desired colors.
- Add one type of extract to each bowl, if desired.
- Pour the contents of each bowl into a squeezable bottle.
- Deposit a variety of cookie cutters on a piece of waxed paper.
- Squeeze the bottles to fill the cookie cutter shapes (avoid filling them too much to limit drying time).
- Let dry for 24 hours before removing the shapes from the cookie cutters.
- Children will enjoy pressing them on windows just like the window clings found in stores.
- Avoid leaving the decorations in the same spot for a very long period of time, the food coloring (especially red) could stain the window. However, if you use poster paint, this will not happen.
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 that 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.
Easter stimulation bottles
Fill a variety of clear plastic containers with tiny Easter-related objects, Easter straw, plastic eggs, etc. Add items that will produce sounds when children shake the containers. Fill other containers with very colourful items for a different type of exploration.
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 try 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 that was at the bottom of the container will float up to the surface. Salt water is denser, it 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.
Fill egg cartons with a variety of dry food items. For example, the different sections can be filled with cheese, crackers, cereal, dried fruit, etc. Try to offer food items in a variety of different colors.
Hide snack items in plastic Easter eggs. Let children shake the eggs and try to guess what’s hiding inside before opening them to eat the egg contents.
Cut egg cartons open and set half of a clean plastic egg in each section. Pour chocolate pudding in each half and present them to your group along with spoons.
Food item of the week: Eggs
(Open educ-poster-Eggs) Print and laminate the pictures and use them to introduce your group to different versions of an everyday food item. Display the pictures in the area where children eat or in your kitchen area.
Food item of the week: Carrots
(Open educ-poster-Carrots) Print and laminate the pictures and use them to introduce your group to different versions of an everyday food item. Display the pictures in the area where children eat or in your kitchen area.
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
- 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 several 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 craft-Easter basket) Print a model for each child. Have children cut out the outline of their basket and decorate it as they wish before assembling it.
(Open finger puppets-Easter) Print the puppet models on heavy cardboard. Have children decorate them as they wish before cutting them out. Show children how they can insert their fingers in the holes.
Give each child a clear plastic sheet protector. Let them paint on it with pastel-coloured poster paint. When they are done, add a few drops of water to the other side of each sheet protector and stick their masterpieces on a window. Admire your beautiful stained glass art.
(Open two-legged egg) Print. Encourage children to color and cut out the various parts. Use the two larger eggs to represent your character’s head and body. Fold four strips of paper accordion-style to create arms and legs. Glue the medium-sized eggs to one end of each strip to add hands and feet.
Trace an egg shape on black construction paper for each child. Encourage children to fill their egg shape with glue and crumpled pieces of tissue paper to add texture.
You will need two paper plates for each child. Show children how they can cut one paper plate in two and discard one half. Apply glue to the cut plate and help children glue it on their other plate. Once the glue has dried, use a hole-punch to make holes all the way around the top portion of what will be their letter carrier. Thread pretty pastel-coloured yarn through the holes. Provide Easter foam shapes children can use to finish decorating their letter carrier.
Glue construction paper eggs on a Styrofoam glass. Make a hole on either side of the glass and thread a pipe cleaner through them to create a basket handle. Fill the basket with Easter candy and chocolate eggs.
For each child, cut the top off a 1 or 2-litre milk carton. Have them paint the entire surface or wrap it with colourful paper, without covering the top. Add glitter and Easter shapes. Stick pretty ribbon on opposite sides of the milk carton to represent a basket handle. Insert a special gift and add tissue paper on top.
Give each child an old shoebox and invite them to paint it or wrap it with pretty paper. Children will be able to use their gift box for a special craft they wish to give their parents for Easter.
(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.
(Open educa-pictures-Easter) Print the model you prefer for each child. Invite children to color their character if you printed a black and white model. Stick a picture of each child’s face where indicated. If you wish, glue everything on heavy cardboard for extra sturdiness. You could also stick a magnet behind each child’s character.
NEW! Easter necklaces
(Open necklaces-Easter) Print on colourful cardboard or heavy paper. Children cut out the items they like. They can make two holes in each egg using a hole-punch and thread a long piece of ribbon or string through them.
NEW! Easter containers
You will need a clear plastic container for each child. Fill the containers with pink, yellow, and purple glitter. Add water and use hot glue to seal the lid on each container. Encourage children to name their parents’ qualities. Write each quality on a small piece of pastel construction paper. Children can glue them on their container. If you wish, glue a picture of each child (with or without his parents) on his container.
NEW! Simple Easter card
Give each child an 8.5 in x 11 in piece of construction paper and help them fold it in half to create a greeting card. Take a profile picture of each child holding his hand in front of his mouth as if he were blowing a kiss. Stick each child’s picture on the front of his card. Have them press Easter stickers all over their card to decorate it.
NEW! Easter wreaths
(Open my Easter wreath) Print for each child. Have children cut out the wreath and the Easter-themed items. Let them decorate their wreath with glitter, ribbon, paint, Easter straw, etc. before gluing the Easter items all the way around their wreath. Hang the wreaths on a wall.
NEW! Easter egg tree
(Open egg cutouts) Print on colourful paper. Have children cut out the eggs. Give each child a tree branch and let them stick their eggs on the branches. Arrange the branches in a large bucket or vase.
(Open models-Easter) Print the various models and use them for your crafts and activities throughout the theme.
Don’t miss our Easter crafts theme in the archives section for additional ideas.
I am learning to draw
(Open I am learning to draw-A rabbit) (Open I am learning to draw-An Easter egg) (Open I am learning to draw-A chick) 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, Easter egg, and chick.
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.
NEW! (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.
NEW! (Open coloring pages theme-Easter) Print for each child.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE THE COLORING PAGES
NEW! Identical coloring pages-Easter
Print the same coloring page for each child and an additional copy for your model. Color only certain parts of your picture. Present the model to your group and ask them to color their picture to make it look exactly like yours.
NEW! Coloring binder-Easter
Print and laminate several coloring pages and arrange them in a binder with a few dry-erase markers. Leave everything on a table for children to explore.
NEW! Musical drawing-Easter
Play musical drawing with your group. Give each child a coloring page. Have children sit around a table. When the music starts, they must pass the coloring pages around the table. Every time the music stops, they must color the picture in front of them until the music starts again.
NEW! Homemade puzzles-Easter
Give each child a picture to color. When they are done, cut each picture into pieces to create unique puzzles.
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