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
Remember the visual discrimination activities I shared for Thanksgiving and Halloween? I created another one with Easter plastic 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
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.
More Fun Easter Activities For Kids
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 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!