Easter Activities for preschool through second grade.
Easter Egg Bunny:
items needed: Styrofoam egg, 4 pipe cleaners, sparkles, 1 very small and 1 medium pompom, 2 googley eyes
Start by putting some glue on the egg and rolling it in the sparkles. While that is drying cut one pipe cleaner in 2 and bend each in half to make ears. Cut another pipe cleaner in half for the arms. For each leg use a whole pipe cleaner and twist it around a pencil to get a spiral effect (for springy legs). Now poke the pipe cleaners into the Styrofoam egg to assemble your bunny. Add the eyes, a small pompom nose and a pompom tail and you are done!
I spray paint large coffee cans white. I paint bunny faces on and hot glue ears made with poster board. I drill holes in each side and use a strong craft wire to make handles. I stuff with Easter grass and the kids have the cutest Easter bucket to hunt eggs with and they love, so do the parents!
I didn’t see this under activities – but maybe is still there. I originally got the idea from your board and adapted it.
The Easter Egg Jelly Bean shop. We did ours a little different because we were working with older kids in 3rd grade – but the same basic idea. I gave each child 10 pennies. Although they did the same for the little kids I made the kids count 3 jelly beans for each penny and chart out how much they spent per day. No one was allowed to spend more than $0.03 per day because then they would spend it all in one day and I wanted them to work at it a little hard than that. So each day they got their minimum to the max – you didn’t have to buy one day was also an option – so they then figured out how much they could spend because the first day many spent the entire $0.03 and had to figure how they would have money for the last day. It was a good match tool. We had lots of help from the room because we were in a PICC class where the parents participate, so each day there were 5 different brands of Jelly Beans to choose from. The kids loved it and the first day took a long time but after that, it went fast. I opened the Jelly Bean shop each day. One of the mom’s thought that if you gave them a plastic egg they could keep their money in there. I didn’t think of that. Along with that, I gave them baggies so they could keep their jelly beans in them. It really was fun and the kids remember it well.
You can get Sweet Grass as the pet stores for cats – plant it and you can actually watch it grow – within the time it starts it grows maybe 1/2 an inch a day. Is fun to watch and then you could put some Easter eggs in the container you paint it (it doesn’t last long after it reaches its peak point which is 3-4 inches and about a two-week time frame if I remember correctly.
You get the packages of gum (such as Wriggly) and wrap it up like a gift in yellow construction paper. To one long side. Then you add two wiggly eyes, an orange beak (from craft foam).
To the very top, you add a little white curling ribbon curled and you have a duck.
These turn out to be the cutest Easter baskets. We made them for our Easter egg hunt. Take an empty milk carton. Remove stickers. With the handle facing the back, draw a head and ears on the front. The two circles that are indented into the plastic become the eyes. Cut around the ears, leaving the handle on, so that it can be carried. Now you have a bunny face. Glue on eyes, nose and pink paper for the ears. Place a cotton ball on the back of the tail and fill with Easter grass. They are sooo easy and really cute when you are finished. Good luck.
I used Sweat Oats you can pick up at any pet store – are actually for cats – but makes cool looking grass. What is more amazing is how fast it grows – I was in shock and my sons grew the fastest and was planted a week later. You can put eggs in the grass – they recommend using a shallow saucer you use for plants and fill it up with lots of seed – otherwise it will look sparse.
The kids will love to watch it grow.
Get a jump start on next month by having fun with the first day of spring. Have your kids take a cheap Easter basket, line it with a clear bag punch a few holes in it the bottom of the bag. Fill the basket halfway with potting soil. Have your kids spread grass seed on top and have them water it. Within a few days they will see the sprouts and by Easter, they will have a very cute basket of grass to hunt eggs with.
Toothpaste Putty (A Manipulative idea for Dental Month)
ingredients: 2.5 ml toothpaste (creamy, not gel) 5 ml of white glue 10 ml dry laundry starch 1 ml water
Combine and knead well.
This is a really soft “minty” putty. I work with the preschool age and the kids really enjoy it. Due to it being Easter time, the putty can be stored in the colorful plastic Easter eggs so each child can have their own putty. This recipe makes 1 egg of putty for 1 child.
Easter baskets Take large coffee cans and spray paint them white, let children paint grass (With green paint) all the way around the bottom of the can let children sponge paint Easter eggs near the grass on the bottom. They turn out really cute!
(Daylene’s note: this is a great activity for teachers to make for their kiddos for an Easter present.)
You’ll need: 1 uncooked egg in its shell, jar with a lid, white vinegar
Place egg inside the jar. Make sure that it does not crack.
Pour enough vinegar into the jar to cover the egg. Screw on the lid.
Leave the egg in the jar for three days. Every once in a while, check on the egg. Notice how it’s changing.
After three days, take the egg out of the jar.
What Happens – When you put the egg into the vinegar – you will see bubbles. After three days the shell of the egg is gone – and the egg has gotten bigger.
Why? The shell is made of limestone. When the acid in the vinegar touches the shell, there is a chemical reaction. The shell breaks down during this reaction creating gases including carbon dioxide, which causes the bubbles you see.
Vinegar has water in it. The water moves through the teeny, holes in the membrane of the egg. The process in osmosis. As more water goes inside the egg, it gets bigger. This is the same way nutrients move into your body’s cells.
Idea from Mailbox Super Science
(Daylene’s Note: This works great!!! My daughter did do this for her science project in 6th grade. However, be sure not to close the egg up tightly in a Ziploc bag. It will explode!! However, it might be fun to do this as a supplemental science experience .)
Get an old headband cover it in white cotton then cut out card board ears and cover them in white cotton but leave the middle so that you can fill it in with pink cotton. You will be turned into a Easter bunny.
We’re all ears,, nose and tail.
Materials egg carton, white paint, black marker, glue stick, pom-pom, pipe cleaners, hole punch, sewing elastic, headband, glue gun, cotton batting, embroidery needle, yarn
Bunny nose: Cut a cup from an egg carton, leaving a tab of extra material on one side for teeth. Trim the cup’s edges and paint the teeth white, drawing a black gap between them. Glue on a pom-pom nose (pink of course) For whiskers, cut pipe cleaners into three pieces. Poke three holes on either side the nose with a pencil, then feed the pipe cleaner whiskers through the holes. Make air vents with punch along the cup’s bottom. Keep the nose on tight with an elastic knotted through holes poked in the cup’s side. Bunny ears: Cut out the edges of the egg carton top and glue them to a head-band with a glue gun. Bunny tail: Form batting into a cottontail, then sew a length of yarn through it with an embroidery needle. Tie around the waist. The day care children and I will be making these for Easter. They will be the cutest Bunny’s around.