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!

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Bunny Listening Game

Bunny Listening Game


This is a fun twist on a classic game that will have your preschool or kindergarten students begging for more! Even better, the Bunny Listening Game can be used in public or faith based programs- it’s not just for Easter.

You may already be familiar with this game from my free Easter Party Planning Guide. I made a set of free printable cards to go along with the game, keep reading to download your copy.

Bunny Listening Game for #preschool and #kindergarten with FREE printable
Supplies

  • Bunny ears- store bought or make you own
  • Free printable Bunny Says game cards- see below
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors

Bunny Ears


If you don’t already have a set of store bought bunny ears like those pictured above, or if you are not allowed to use them due to lice concerns you can easily make your own. To create your own bunny ears, use a sentence strip for the headband and white paper for the ears. Cut and glue the white paper ears to the sentence strip, then staple the sentence strip to create the headband. I also found this cute idea for making bunny ears with a paper plate.

How to Play the Bunny Listening Game


This game is played just like Simon Says, only the bunny does the talking! Select one child to be the bunny and invite that child to wear the headband. Give the child an Easter basket with the picture cards inside. If your program does not allow Easter baskets just skip the basket and put the pictures in a brown paper lunch bag. The bunny stands in front of the class and selects one card at a time to “read” aloud to the class. For example, “Bunny says, touch your toes.”

The students will listen to the bunny and perform the action he or she says. If the bunny does not say “Bunny says” and the students do the action they are “out.”

When playing this game with 4 year olds it’s helpful to use picture prompts for the bunny because it is very difficult for 4′s to come up with actions on their own. I created a set of free printable cards for you below to use for this purpose. You can print the pictures on cardstock or glue them on index cards and laminate.

Educational Benefits of Playing the Bunny Listening Game


When they are playing this game, kids just think they’re having fun. What they don’t know is they are developing listening skills and self-regulation at the same time. Remember what Mary Poppins said about “a spoonful of sugar?” Kids have to listen carefully and follow the directions given by the Bunny in this game, then practice waiting or regulating their own behavior until it is time to move.

Tips
Encourage the child who is playing the role of the bunny to use complete sentences for oral language development. For example, “Bunny says, touch your elbow.”

Extension
My class always enjoys the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I think they enjoy this book so much because it is about a naughty bunny and has many similarities to other favorites such as No, David by David Shannon. After reading Peter Rabbit, we play this game and call it “Peter Says” instead of “Bunny Says.” This is a great way to incorporate a fun learning game in your preschool or kindergarten classroom without involving any religious holidays.

Click on the image below to download the free Bunny Says game.
Free Printable Bunny Listening Game for #preschool and #kindergarten

More Spring Fun

Need more ideas? Visit the Easter and Spring Animals page for math and literacy activities.

Don’t forget to check out my Easter and Spring theme Pinterest board below!
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Learning about Eggs

Learning About Eggs


Learning about animals that hatch from eggs is a fun spring topic in many preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Animals that lay eggs are called oviparous. The concept of laying and hatching eggs can be difficult for young children to understand.

I have included a game below to help teach your students about oviparous animals in a fun, hands-on way, and a book list that includes eleven age appropriate books. Oh, and I even created a free count, tally and graph printable for you too- keep reading to grab your copy!

FUN Oviparous Egg Hunt Game for #preschool and #kindergarten + FREE printable

Supplies

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Plastic oviparous animals OR you can use the picture cards in the freebie below
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Paper lunch bags

Oviparous Animal Hunt Game


Start your study of oviparous animals by reading books on this topic for a few days (see book list below.) Before children can sort and label animals as oviparous and viviparous (live birth) they first need to learn which animals lay and hatch from eggs. When they have developed an understanding of oviparous animals, then they can move on to classifying oviparous and non-oviparous animals. This activity focuses on identifying oviparous animals.

Next, decide if you will be using plastic animals or the printable animals offered below. In the printable I included five different animals: duck, chick, turtle, lizard, and snake. I know there are more than five oviparous animals, but using them all would have made the activity too difficult. Print as many copies of the animal cards as you need.

Hunting for Oviparous Eggs in #preschool and #kindergarten

How to Play the Oviparous Animal Egg Hunt Game

Place one animal card inside each plastic egg and hide the eggs around your classroom. You will need to decide how many eggs and how many pictures you will need in order for this game to be successful with your class size.

I suggest doing this activity in small groups to cut down on the number of eggs needed. For example, each group of 4-5 students works together to hunt for eggs and complete the activity cooperatively.

You can give each group a brown paper lunch bag to hold their eggs. When all the eggs have been found they can return to their group table and count, tally, and graph their finds.

Free Printables for Teaching about Oviparous Animals in #preschool and #kindergarten

Oviparous Animals Printable


I have included the count and tally skills on one page with large boxes to accommodate emergent writers. On the graphing page you can ask your students to cross out one box for each animal, color in the box, or write actual numbers in the boxes according to their ability levels. You can also ask them to tell you which column has more and how many more they need in each column to make ten.

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Books about Eggs


Books about Eggs for #preschool and #kindergarten
These are eleven of my favorite books about eggs for young children in preschool and kindergarten. I have included books with photographs on this list as well as picture books.

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seever
The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown (don’t let this one fool you, it’s not really an Easter book)
Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg by Mia Posada
Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley
See How They Grow: Chick by DK Publishing
See How They Grow: Duck by DK Publishing
Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler
What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward

Click on the picture below to download the free oviparous animal printable
Oviparous Animals Count, Tally, and Graph FREEBIE for #preschool and #kindergarten

Need more ideas? Visit the Easter page for math and literacy activities.

Don’t forget to check out my Easter and Spring theme Pinterest board below!
Follow Vanessa @pre-kpages.com’s board Easter Spring theme on Pinterest.

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My favorite kid-friendly linky parties

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