Over the last couple of weeks, I've been adding a few Easter items to our schoolroom shelves. The rotation of activities helps keep my kids interested in learning and mastering/practicing skills. They especially like it when our theme is holiday related. The activities below are designed for various ability levels; my youngest is three and my oldest is six. For my oldest, Big Buddy, these are a supplement to his first grade curriculum.
|Creating patterns with glitter eggs.|
The glitter eggs are from dollar tree. I cut a few egg cartons in half and then glued
them together to create a long but divided row.
|Upper and lower case egg matching with phonic inserts. The younger kids just match the |
letters. While the older kids match the letters and insert the correct corresponding picture.
The inserts were purchased from Monstessori for Everyone and printed at 60% so they'd fit into the eggs
|tonging and sorting pastel pom poms|
|Clothes-pining matching tails on to bunnies.|
|Matching Beatrix Potter Cards|
*We also use these cards to play goldfish and memory.
|Sequencing The Story of Easter cards.|
cards via Bible Story Printables
|Bunny letter hop - I spread the letters around the floor and then depending on the age of the child|
I either call out a letter, make the phonetic sound, or say a word and ask them to find the
beginning or ending sound.
Counting eggs into numbered baskets.
the baskets are reused applesauce containers
|Pattern blocks and an Easter puzzle.|
Pattern blocks via PreKinders.
|Bunny number hop - I spread the numbers around the floor and then depending on the age of the|
child I either call out a number or hold up a flash card. They then have to hop to the correct egg.
Animal x-rays can be purchased here.
|Parts of a hare nomenclature cards. |
I have made these three part card available for free here. The hare figurine can be purchased here.
|Colored rice, plastic eggs, and bunnies. Little Ladies favorite thing to do with this activity |
is to make shakers.
|Threading pom poms. The boys especially like this activity, but they call it "stabbing" instead |
of threading. :)
|Painting with cookie cutters.|
These 101 cookie cutters, which include letters, numbers, and multiple holidays get a ton of use at our house.
I strongly believe that no unit study can be complete without quality books! Below are three, that I highly recommend. They covering every range of Easter: the first passover, the resurrection, and our modern day traditions of bunnies and eggs.
- The Longest Night: A Passover Story - Told from the perspective of a young Jewish slave girl the story of ten plagues of Egypt and the passover come to life. The watercolor illustration of this book are also breathtaking.
- The Easter Story - another book full of beautiful watercolors, this simple retelling for the Easter story is perfect for young children.
- The Easter Egg - This book by Jan Brett is of course filled with her charming illustrations. It tells the tale of a bunny who is preoccupied with winning the egg decorating contest until he stumbles upon a robin's egg.