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Easter Activities for Preschool

Easter Activities


Looking for some last minute Easter activities? Here are some of my favorites from around the web- there are so many great ideas being shared I had a hard time choosing! I also created two new, free printables for you so keep reading to grab your copies!

Easter Activities for #preschool and #kindergarten

Easter Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Easter Egg Visual Discrimination Activity
Free Printable Easter Egg Visual Discrimination Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
Click on the picture above to download the free Easter Egg visual discrimination cards.

Remember the visual discrimination activities I shared for Thanksgiving and Halloween? I created another one with Easter eggs! If you’re not sure what it is or why it’s important you can read my What is Visual Discrimination? post.

The visual discrimination Easter egg activity requires very little prep. Just print the task cards- there are six included, and cut apart. Give one card to each child in your small group. The children will place a small manipulative like an Easter eraser, bingo chip, or Unifix cube on top of the two eggs that are the same on their card. Be sure the manipulatives are age-appropriate for your students to avoid choking hazards.

Where’s Peter Rabbit? Positional Word Game
Free Printable Where's Peter Rabbit? Positional Word Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
I’ve mentioned before how much my students have always loved The Tale of Peter Rabbit year after year. They can really relate to that naughty little bunny who doesn’t listen to his mother! I created this simple positional words game to capitalize on the children’s interest.

In the story, Peter hides in a watering can to escape the wrath of Mr. McGregor. The printable game includes nine watering can cards and one Peter Rabbit card. Cut the cards apart and place the watering cans in a pocket chart or lay them face up on a table if you have a small group. The game is designed to have three rows of three watering cans to encourage the children to use the words top, middle, bottom, and corner. You could also include the words right and left if your children are old enough to grasp this concept.

Have the children close their eyes while you hide the Peter Rabbit card behind a watering can. Then, invite children to guess where Peter is hiding. Encourage them to use their words as they guess. For example, a child might say “I think Peter is hiding there.” You would respond with “You mean this card in the top row, in the middle?” If the child nods or says yes encourage him or her to repeat the complete sentence, “I think Peter is hiding behind the can in the top row in the middle.” Once the child has guessed, he or she can remove the card to see if they were right.

If your students are more advanced, print more of the watering can cards to make the game more difficult.

Another way to play this game is to write a number on the front of each watering can. The children have to identify the number on the front of the can before they can check to see if Peter is hiding behind.

Free Printable Where's Peter? Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Click on the picture above to download your Where’s Peter Rabbit freebie.

More Favorite Easter Activities


Little Bins for Little Hands has some great ideas for quick and easy Easter math games using plastic eggs.

This Easter egg memory game from Happily Ever Mom is very simple to create yet helps children develop an important skill.

I am in love with this super cool Easter egg number snake from I Can Teach My Child – what a great way to teach numbers in order through play!

This hatching sounds game from Growing Book by Book is absolutely brilliant! It would also be a great activity to include in your oviparous animals unit.

This Reading Mama shares another fun twist on learning beginning sounds with this hands-on beginning sound egg hunt.

If you’re having an Easter party in your classroom you don’t want to miss these free treat bag toppers from Prekinders!

Speaking of parties, if you don’t already have my free Easter Party Planning Guide, be sure to grab it here!

Bunny Says Listening Game Cards
Free Printable Cards for Bunny Says Listening Game
In case you missed it, here’s the fun Bunny Says listening game I shared last week. It includes a free printable so don’t miss out, hop on over and get your copy now!

Hoppy Easter!

Follow my Easter Activities board on Pinterest for more great ideas!
Easter Pinterest Board

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Easter Egg Alphabet Game

This is a fun, hands-on game that will help your students in preschool or early kindergarten learn to visually discriminate the letters of the alphabet.

Visual discrimination may not sound like a fun skill to practice, but I put an Easter twist on this dusty classic that will have your kids begging for more! When you hide alphabet letters inside the plastic Easter eggs it adds an extra element of fun. Kids love opening the eggs to find the letter hiding inside. Placing the letters in the baskets to sort them is another engaging component of this game.

Alphabet Sorting with Plastic Easter Eggs #preschool
You’ll need the following materials:

Supplies

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Magnetic alphabet letters
  • Baskets
  • Marker
  • Index cards or paper
  • Tape

Plastic Easter Egg Alphabet Letter Sorting Activity #preschool
Preparation
To prepare this small group game, start by placing one magnetic letter inside each plastic Easter egg. Then, place the eggs in an Easter basket or other container. Next, use your marker to draw lines on three index cards. On the first card draw curved lines, on the second draw straight lines, and on the last one draw both curvy and straight lines. There is no need to draw actual letters on the cards, just lines. Use tape to attach one card to each of your three baskets.

Easter Egg Visual Discrimination Activity #preschool
Introduction
Start your investigation of sorting letters by shape with a whole group activity. Draw a large letter on chart paper in front of the class. Call attention to the lines or curves in the letter as you write, for example, “I’m writing a capital T. It has one straight line across the top and one straight line down.”

Next, draw another letter that has only curves, such as the letter C or the letter O and call attention to the curves as you write. Explain that some letters have lines and some have curves. Finally, invite the students to participate in the activity pictured above where they sort curved or not curved letters into two baskets. When they become familiar and comfortable with this process you can introduce the next level of sorting which is curvy, straight, and letters that have both types of lines- such as the letter P.

Learning Letters with Plastic Easter Eggs in Preschool
To Play
Invite students in your small group to select an egg from the basket. When a child opens the egg, ask him or her to touch the letter to feel the shape. Ask the child if their letter has curvy lines or not. Students will then place their letters in the appropriate basket. If their letter has curvy lines they place it in the basket with the card showing curvy lines, if their letter does not have curvy lines it goes in the other basket. This is the first stage of visual discrimination- same and not the same.

Visual Discrimination Plastic Easter Egg Activity #preschool
Culmination
After the letters have been sorted it’s important to take a closer look at the letters in each basket. Place the letters on the table in front of each basket and examine their shapes together with your group. Ask children to tell you why they placed certain letters in particular baskets. For example, “I see you put the letter A in the basket with the straight lines, can you tell all of us why you put it there?” You could also invite the children to place the letters on a Venn diagram with you.

Why didn’t you just write the letters directly on the eggs with a marker?
It’s important to use real, three-dimensional letters so children can touch and feel the shapes of the letters. When young children can touch and feel the shapes of the letters they begin to internalize those shapes and are then able to identify letters more quickly.

Also, the act of opening the eggs to discover the letters hiding inside is exciting, which increases the level of engagement. When young children are engaged and having fun they will retain more information which translates to more learning.

The best part of this activity is that you can use the letters and baskets again for more fun and educational Easter games!

Check out my Easter Pinterest board for more great ideas!
Easter Pinterest Board

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Bunny Treat Cups for Easter and Non-Easter Parties

Bunny Treat Cups for Easter and Non-Easter Parties


These super cute treat cups will help make any teacher’s life easier. Whether you’re allowed to have full-blown classroom Easter parties or not, one of these ideas is sure to work for preschool or kindergarten!

Bunny Treat Cups for preschool and kindergarten classroom parties
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I was inspired by The Allison Show and Nothing but Country to create three different versions of these Bunny Treat Cups. I tweaked both ideas a bit and combined them to come up with something I hope you’ll love!

Treat Cups


Materials Needed to Make Bunny Treat Cups

  • Clear, disposable cups with lids {I found mine at the grocery store but you can also ask your local coffee shop to donate them}
  • White sticky back craft foam
  • Pink sticky back craft foam
  • Pink pipe cleaners {chenille stems}
  • Pink pom-poms
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Glue gun

How to Make the Cup
I cut circles of white craft foam and attached them to the front of the cups to create a face for the bunny. Next, I hot glued the wiggly eyes, pink chenille stems, and a pom-pom to the white circle to complete the bunny faces. Then, I cut two ear shapes out of white craft foam and two, smaller pink pieces to make the ears. I stuck the pink foam to the white foam and hot glued both to the back of the cup to make bunny ears. I didn’t use any templates, I just free-handed all the pieces.

Healthy Bunny Veggie Treat Cup for preschool and kindergarten

Healthy Bunny Veggie Treat Cup


This treat cup will work well for those of you who are not allowed to celebrate holidays in the classroom or have any sweets. It is also the perfect companion to the classic story The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. The cup is filled with carrot and celery sticks. In the bottom of the cup I have placed a smaller, condiment cup filled with ranch dressing for dipping the veggies. I found the condiment cups at Wal-Mart. Your kids will love eating their veggies just like Peter after reading this story!

Bunny Snack Mix Treat Cup for preschool or kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com

Bunny Snack Mix Treat Cup


The ingredients in this snack mix treat cup can be adjusted to meet your needs. I suggest putting your ingredients in bowls with scoops and then writing the number of scoops on a piece of paper and placing it in front of each bowl. Students can take their bunny cup and follow the directions for making their own snack mix. In this picture above I used one half cup of Chex cereal, one quarter cup of pastel M&Ms, and one half cup of Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies- but you could also use Goldfish crackers. If you’re not allowed to have any sweets replace the M&Ms with another item.

Bunny Cupcake Party Treat Cup for Preschool and Kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com
Bunny Cupcake Treat Cup
I saved the best for last! This cup has a tiny amount of Easter grass in the bottom and a half cup of jelly beans. On top of the jelly beans I placed one cupcake because one is really more than enough for any preschooler or kindergartner.

You can find more Easter ideas and activities HERE as well as the free Easter party planning guide.

Check out my Easter Pinterest board for more great ideas!
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