Spring is in the air! And that means it’s time for eggs, bunnies, and Easter! This blog post highlights some fun, engaging, and hands-on Easter ideas for the classroom. And don’t worry…if you can’t celebrate Easter all of these ideas are also SPRING ideas!
Easter And Spring Read Alouds
There are so many great spring and Easter read alouds, but our go-to is always There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick. This book is great for sequencing, writing, prepositions, and discussing things that are real and fantasy!
Easter Ideas: Math
Easter means chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. So why not use those turn sugary treats for some graphing activities?
Graphing jelly beans is a fun way to sort by color, graph, count and tally! All you need are jelly beans and a recording sheet!
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate bunny? I know I do! And why not use some chocolate bunnies for graphing? Simply have each child bring in a chocolate bunny. Or provide them for the class. I found them for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Students take ONE BITE of their bunny and graph where they took the first bite.
This is a fun, hands-on addition sort that uses trays from Wal-Mart and our Glitter Peeps Addition freebie! I used stickers to label the trays from 0-10. Students solve the equation, write the equation and sort the equation. The sorting brings in higher-level thinking for the kids as the work!
Our April Ten Frame cards are a great spring math activity! These ten frame cards are great for hands-on practice with one-to-one correspondence and counting!
Easter Ideas: Adjectives
Ya’ll. Mr. Greg has an issue with plastic eggs. Basically, I’m addicted. I buy all the plastic eggs. They’ve taken over my life. I’ll share lots of ideas for those eggs at the end of this post! When I found these sparkly eggs, I knew exactly what to do. These eggs lend themselves to a lesson on adjectives.
Inside each egg, I placed an adjective that described a student in our class. Students randomly chose an egg. We opened the egg and read the adjective. Then we had to figure out who that adjective was describing! This was powerful. It was almost immediate who each word described. That sense of community that had been built in our class was real and powerful. This continues to be one of my favorite lessons!
Easter Ideas: Art
We love art! And I love process art. No templates for us. This hatching chick art project is simple and so cute!
Basically, the chick is 2 circles. The egg is kind of the shape of a letter D with the crack cut into it. Add some eyes and legs. BAM! Adorable Easter art lesson!
Easter Door Decoration
Here’s a fun and SIMPLE idea for an Easter door decoration to celebrate your PEEPS! Simply cut out some bunny shapes. Fill a basket with some eggs and attach to the door with a command hook. BAM! Easter Door done!
Easter Sensory Bins
We love our sensory bins!! Here are two ideas for Easter sensory bins or spring sensory bins.
This was a very simple and cheap sensory bin. Easter grass. Plastic eggs. Write sight words on both halves of the eggs. Students match the words and write the sight words.
For this sensory bin, we used fuse beads and chocolate bunny eggs from Oriental Trading! We placed regular plastic eggs in the bin. Inside the plastic eggs are letters. Student opens an egg, say the sound, and color the picture!
Here’s another fun sensory bin with carrots! Perfect for Easter, Spring, or your plant unit!
Students match the tops and bottoms of the carrots by matching the sight words. The filler is just pasta that we dyed green and orange!
Easter Snacks And Egg Hunts
Of course, we have an Easter egg hunt (or just an egg hunt). To keep it simple, fair, and organized we have each child bring in eggs. The eggs are numbered from 1-20 (or however many kids are in the class). So we end up with 15 sets of eggs all numbered 1-20. The eggs are filled with goodies. When we hunt the eggs, we only find the eggs with our number written on them. So if you’re number 4, you find all of the number 4 eggs. This means everyone gets the exact same amount of eggs.
And of course, we need a basket for the eggs. We found these at War-Mart for $1!
For our Easter snack, we eat Bunny Bait and drink bunny juice!
Bunny Bait is simple: corn Chex, pastel M &Ms, pretzel sticks, sprinkles, and popcorn. All of this is mixed in melted white chocolate!
Another fun snack is a Peep in a car. Or a pigeon driving a bus!
Twinkie, Peep, marshmallows, and a pretzel!
Easter Math And Literacy Ideas!
This one is one of my favorites! Put the bunny ears on the kid by reading and writing sight words!!!!!
These are foam bunnies from Dollar Tree. I wrote our sight words on the bunnies. Then I used gems from the Dollar Tree and wrote the letters. Students read the word, spell the word and write the word.
My class obsesses over our monthly sight word assessment projects! We have loved filling our baskets with eggs!
I found these little baskets at Oriental Trading so we turned it into a subtraction sorting activity!
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