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 half way 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 on 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 eggs membrane. 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 12-year-old did this for her science project last year. 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.