To focus on following directions, have an Easter basket full of different kinds of plastic eggs: shimmery, pastel, spotted, bright, gold, silver and of different sizes. This will also help little ones learn how to comprehend and use descriptive words. Give each child an egg or you could have them find the eggs during an egg hunt. When each child has an egg, orally present directions such as everyone with a big egg, hop three times. You may want to present a mini-lesson on all of the descriptive words before you start the directions. As a reward for each correctly followed direction, each child may receive a jelly belly or whatever you’d like to give.
To work on description skills, ask each child what kind of egg they have. If they don’t answer, ask them yes/no questions; such as, Is it bright and big?
Recognizing names – write each student’s name on a plastic Easter egg (have more than one egg for each child). Hide the eggs outside, have your students find the eggs, read the name and give the egg to the correct person! Don’t forget to write the teacher’s name on a few eggs!
This activity can be played at circle time. Buy those Easter color plastic eggs. Hide items around the room like tiny blocks or stamps inside them. Have each child take a turn shaking it and then ask them what they think is inside. Then when each child is done taking their turn show them what is inside.. Children love this game. It teaches them to take turns and it also gets them thinking.
I play Bunny Bunny Rabbit. The way it is played is everyone sits in a circle. Someone stands up and goes around naming you Bunny or rabbit. If you are rabbit, you hop around and sit in your seat. This is played like DUCK DUCK GOOSE, but instead of running, it is hopping.
Play the game Colored Easter Eggs. Have one child be the fox, the teacher be the grocery attendant, and the other children be the eggs. Each child picks a different colored egg to be and tells the teacher their color, then the fox asks the grocer for a “red” egg. The “red” egg then runs for base. If the color is not represented by a child the grocer replies “Sorry we’re all out of “green” eggs today.” There are no winners to the game and the children get to practice naming their colors.
My class had a lot of fun making egg hunt collages. First, they each drew a basic landscape (grass, sky) on a large sheet of paper. Next, they cut and glued pictures of outdoor objects — trees, cars, playground equipment, dogs, etc. — from magazines to complete the scene. Finally, they drew the Easter Bunny with crayons and glued on dyed shell macaroni “eggs” all over the landscape! For some reason, this project really appealed to the four-year-old sense of humor! They really enjoyed getting to be the ones to “hide” the eggs!