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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
One universal truth for kindergarten students is that they love a good puzzle. This applies to jigsaws, scavenger hunts or collaborative games, and Easter provides you with the perfect opportunity to tap into this love of hidden surprises in the classroom. Some of the most fun Easter activities for the classroom involve those little plastic Easter eggs that normally get used to hide candy in during Easter bunny hunts. In the classroom, there are multiple Easter eggs activities using these plastic egg shells. Here are 5 tried and tested ways to use plaster Easter eggs in the classroom:
Easter Bunny Sight Words and More!
Easter bunny sight words – for an academic focus, you can hide their Dolch pre primer sight words in the eggs and then hide them all around your room. Give each student a list of the words that you’ve hidden, and then have them find the Easter bunny sight words and check off each word as they find it and say it out loud. You can also make it into a partner game by having one partner be the reader and the other the listener. Their partner finds and reads each word, and the listener checks of the words they heard. Download your Easter bunny sight words printable below!
Test their listening skills – plastic Easter eggs give you the opportunity to plant hidden surprises in the classroom. You can turn your Easter eggs activities into a STEM task by filling each egg with a different item that makes sound (think sand, pebbles and even water!) and have students shake each egg to try and work out what’s in it. You’ll be amazed at the accuracy of their guesses!
Hidden math tasks – kindergarten students require multiple practice attempts at each math skill they come across, but worksheets can get boring quickly. You can turn them into Easter activities for the classroom by cutting up the questions from a worksheet and hiding them inside the Easter eggs. Students get a movement break around the classroom by finding the eggs and completing the questions or tasks hidden inside.
Randomize classroom rewards – not all of your Easter eggs activities have to be academic, or hidden around your classroom! Come up with a set of fun classroom rewards (think extra gym time, a group game, their choice of music while they’re working, and so on) and put each one inside an egg. When it’s time to pick a classroom reward that they’ve earned, choose a student to come and open an egg to get the rfun reward inside!
Secret acts of kindness – it’s never too early to talk about kindness and going out of your way to do something nice for someone else. You can turn this into a secret game with your kindergarten students by writing each person’s name on a piece of paper and putting it into a plastic egg. Your students then have to find one egg and spend the day doing kind things for that person. Finish the day with each person trying to work out who got who! This will quickly become one of your students’ favorite Easter activities for the classroom and one that can be repeated over multiple days.
Easter Themed Tools For Your Classroom:
More Easter Themed Centers
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Easter Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on letters, phonics, numbers and more!
1) Easter Train Letter Strips – Fill in the next 2 letters in the alphabet. You could also use them for handwriting practice or for writing out the matching lowercase.
2) Easter Rhyming Clip Cards- 24 included
3) Easter Spin and Cover Letters – Alphabet is divided into 5 mats so this would be a great literacy center for small groups.
4) Easter Vowel Sorting – Kids will sort the eggs into the correct vowel baskets. 8 objects per vowel included.
5) Bunny Burrows Game – This game comes with a song poster and letter cards. You can use this to practice letter sounds, beginning sounds of objects, etc
6) Easter Ten Frame Mats – Use this with playdough to form the numbers + ‘eggs’ in the ten frame or you could also use real chocolate eggs for counting practice.
7) Easter Spin and Rainbow Write – Kids will spin the wheel and write the number it lands on. If it lands on the same number twice, they will use a different crayon/marker so that each number becomes a rainbow.
8) Easter Pick and Cover Numbers to 20 – Mats for 1-10, 11-20 and 1-20 are included together with the number cards. Print them out, cut into individual number cards and have your little ones learn number recognition.
9) Easter Color Clip Cards – Match the color of the Easter bunny’s egg and carrot.
10) Easter Bunny Math – 12 cards each provided for addition to 10 and subtraction from to 10 plus a recording sheet for their answers.
Other Free Easter Printables You’ll Love:
1) Easter Egg Tracing Lines – This simple preschool fine motor activity will help develop your students’ fine motor muscle strength and allow them to practice correct pencil grip.
2) Easter Bunny Sight Words – Kids will actively try to balance the egg on the spoon and fish it out of the ‘jail’. For each egg that escapes, they need to read a sight word then the egg will be safe.
3) Easter Printable Worksheets Pack – 50 pages of free Easter-themed printable worksheets for kids including a variety of literacy, math, and fine motor activities.
4) Easter Egg Patterns – A colorful Easter activity to teach the early math skill of recognizing patterns.
5) Count The Bunnies 1-10 – Kids will surely have a hop-py time counting up to 10 bunnies in a line.
6) Bunny Burrows Game – Really fun small group or circle time game that works on learning letter sounds.
7) Bunny Spin and Cover (Numbers 1-5) – This simple number recognition printable is great fun for preschoolers and just in time for Easter!
8) Bunny Carrot Match-Up – Your preschooler will love this numbers and colors matching activity with an Easter Bunny theme!
9) Bunny Addition to 10 – Your preschooler can practice doing some addition to 10 sums using the adorable bunny number slider that comes with the worksheet.
10) Easter Bunny Simple Sums Addition & Subtraction – This Easter Bunny math activity helps students solve basic sums by having a visual representation they can use to count, instead of just numbers.
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