Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Activities

***Here is Camden in Brazil dying eggs last can tell it was pretty hot! :)

Easter is such a great time to do so many fun and meaningful activities with your little ones. I love that it's such a wonderful time of year, just because it's the beginning of Springs, and that we get to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus! Instead of Easter just being about cute bunnies and colorful eggs, this year I wanted to start to teach Camden about the REAL meaning of Easter....along with doing lots of fun egg activites too. :) So here are some of the things I'll be doing with Camden this coming week to prepare for Easter.

The letter of the week that we're focusing on is "E e" for egg (and of course elephant, etc, but egg just fits in better this week!)

Monday- Letter recognition with finger tracing, along with some letter Ee worksheets to color and practice letter formation

Scissor practice-Draw a large Egg on white paper. Have child trace around egg with finger, marker, or whatever works. Then cut strips of paper in colorful "spring" colors. Then child snips at the strips to create little mis-shaped snip-squares, then glues the "snips" on the eggs to decorate it. (I did this on St. Patty's day with a shamrock, and Camden loved snipping the paper up and glueing it on the shamrock....great fine-motor skills and scissor work!)

Tuesday- Cooking activity: Eggs in a Nest (totally adapted from another recipe and then made it my own to go with this egg theme of mine!)
2 cups peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 cups cereal (cherrios/corn flakes) chow mein noodles work best....
Jelly beans
Combine first 3 ingredients, then add cereal and mix to coat. Make balls, then make a "thumbprint" hole in the middle of the ball to shape into a "nest". Add jelly beans for the Eggs! CUTE!!! (can't wait to make these, then will post pics!!!)

Wednesday- Resurrection Eggs--a great way to tell about the "Easter Story"

Color sorting with Jelly Beans....matching the color of Jelly bean to plastic eggs.

Thursday- Color sorting with plastic egg halfs opened in a egg carton and small pom-poms. Using a tweezer, child pics up one pom-pom and puts it into the egg that matches the color of the pom-pom. (fine-motor skills, and color identification)

Friday- Dye Eggs!!! The best part of the week!!! We LOVE doing this!!!

All week we'll be reading Easter books from the library and talking about Jesus on the cross and His resurrection.

These are some great websites with tons of ideas for preschoolers:

DLTK's Printable Crafts

First School Preschool Activites and Crafts

Preschool Post--Bible Lessons


Shonda said...

Sounds like a great plan. :)

Terra said...

You can so tell that you used to be an early elementary teacher. Would like to come over and teach school to mine? :) These are great ideas and things I would have never thought to do.

Shonda said...

I love the preschool post curriculum! Wow, that is something I will definitely use. It's fun seeing what you are doing with your boys. Shrade and I are watching an Easter video called Miss Patty Cake's Easter Eggstravaganza. I'm trying to sing some of the songs to him.