With the Easter holiday just around the bend, you may be ardently searching for several activities to engage in with your children. If so, I may be able to help. When I worked in a preschool setting, I spent part of my time helping the parents and teachers locate holiday resources. With that said, here are some ideas that you may find helpful:
Finger Play Exercises
If you are looking for some wonderful finger play exercises, I’d suggest checking out Twiggle Magazine’s website. It contains two finger plays worth mentioning. The first is entitled “Funny Bunny” and the second is entitled “I’m an Easter Bunny.” Both are adorable and easy to learn. They’ll also have your kids moving around. In addition, the site contains instructions for making a charming finger puppet that you could utilize with the exercises.
Role Playing Exercises
When it comes to role playing exercises, you’ll undoubtedly want to think about letting the kids pretend to be bunnies and chicks. The Martha Stewart website has complete instructions for making a cute pair of bunny ears with felt and blank headbands that you may want to consider using.
You could make bunny tails using double stick tape and powder puffs. If you are unsuccessful locating powder puffs in your area, you could always use cotton balls, quilt batting or pom poms. Speaking of which, the Kid Spot website has instructions for making your own pom pom bunny tails with yarn and cardboard.
Decent baby chick masks, on the other hand, can be hard to find. There is one posted on the Artists Helping Children website. The only downside to using it is that it is in color. Thus, it doesn’t photocopy well. The site also contains instructions for making a chick mask out of paper plates. Personally, I like utilizing the paper plate masks because they require more creativity and participation from the kids.
Easter Baskets and Boxes
Do you want to let the kids make Easter baskets? Well then, you may want to check out the Kid Soup website. It has a pattern that may be used to make a paper cup Easter bunny. Basically, you have the kids color and cut-out the pattern pieces. Then those pieces get glued or taped onto plastic cups. That’s all that there is to it.
There is also a delightful baby chick container that you may want to consider making too. It is made with construction paper and egg cartons. I love how they look. You can find instructions for making the baby chick containers posted on the Artists Helping Kids website.
If you’d rather have the kids make Easter boxes, I’d suggest visiting Martha Stewart’s website. It has instructions and the pattern needed to make one. However, keep in mind that the younger kids won’t be able to complete the project without a lot of assistance from an adult.
Language Arts and Crafts
Are you looking for a language arts activity to pair with a holiday story time session? If so, you may want to check out one of my favorite reading related crafts. It’s called the Honey Bunny Bookmark. They are made from chenille stems and can be customized with your children’s photos. The photos get inserted where the bunny’s face should be. You can find complete instructions for making them posted on Martha Stewart’s website.
Another great resource for language arts related craft projects is the Making Friends website. It contains directions for making an inexpensive baby chick pencil topper out of pom poms and wiggle eyes. The only thing that I would suggest changing is the wiggle eyes. The existing directions call for using glue on eyes. I have found that self-adhesive wiggle eyes are easier for the kids to use because no drying time is needed. You can typically purchase self-adhesive wiggle eyes through most major craft stores.
Based on my experience, there are also a multitude of websites that offer printable word search and crossword puzzles that could be used as part of a holiday party as well. One of the resources that I like to use is The Kidz Page because it has puzzles that utilize 10 to 20 words each.
Elementary school age children may also appreciate completing a few Easter Mad Libs. Just in case you have never used Mad Libs before, they are templates of stories with fill-in areas that help the children learn the basics of sentence structure. The Busy Bee website has a trio of the templates available for free. My favorite one is entitled “To Catch the Easter Bunny.” It relays the tale of a child’s attempt to catch the iconic figure. Your children are likely to get a kick out it.
Number Recognition and Counting
Lastly, you may want to think about letting the children complete a few of the number recognition and counting handouts available on the Busy Bee Kids Printables website. My favorites are the flash sequencing cards and the Easter count activity. In my experience, they are suitable for preschoolers. The site also contains number mazes, dot-to-dot and math worksheets that are more geared towards kindergarteners and elementary school age children.
Source: Personal Experience
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