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Egg-cellent Easter Activities

Janelle Cox

Easter is an important holiday celebrated by many around the globe. This week, schools across the world will partake in holiday traditions and celebrate the beginning of spring. Observe this Easter season with your students by trying these fun activities!

Students will participate in activities that include iconic Easter symbols such as bunnies, chicks, ducks, jellybeans, eggs, and baskets.

A Basket Full of Fun

One of the best parts of Easter is hiding and finding plastic Easter eggs. Anything you decide to do that involves plastic eggs, the students will be sure to love. For this activity, all you need is a bunch of plastic eggs, a permanent marker, and an Easter basket. There are a variety of things you can do with the eggs, here are a few ideas:

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  • Word Families - on one half of the egg, write the ending of the word (ight) then on the matching half write several letters going down in a row that correlate with the ending, such as f,s,l,m (f-ight, s-ight, l-ight, m-ight). Have students turn the egg to learn the word families.
  • Synonym Search - same idea as above, but this time you write a synonym on one half and the matching one on the other half (big, huge).
  • Compound Words- Again, same idea but this time you write the first part of a compound word on the first half, and the second part of the work on the second half (base-ball, cross-walk, sun-flower).

Egg-periment with Fractions

Fractions are a difficult math concept for a lot of students. Here is a fabulous and fun way to practice fractions using plastic Easter eggs.

  • On one half of plastic egg, draw a fraction. (Example, draw six circles, fill in two)
  • On the matching half, write out the fraction. (Example, write out 2/6)
  • Place in a basket and have students try to match the fractions. (This is a great activity to place in your learning center.)

Egg-ceptional Easter Traditions

The following activity will introduce your students to wonderful and unique Easter traditions from around the world. All you need to get started is a variety of plastic eggs, and enough strips of paper to fill each egg. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. On each strip of paper write one Easter tradition from another country. Here are a few ideas:
  • In Poland, pouring water on one another on Easter is called Smingus-Dyngus.
  • In Italy, fireworks on Easter represent new hope and light.
  • In Panama, children believe the conejo (painted rabbit) brings eggs on Easter.
  • In Sweden, children dress up as Easter witches on the days leading up to the holiday.
  • In Hungary, people hang painted eggs from trees.
  1. Next, fold the strips of paper and place one strip inside each plastic egg then place eggs in a basket.
  2. Have students take turns choosing an egg and reading the Easter tradition to their classmates.
  3. Then, have students take turns talking about their Easter traditions.
  4. To wrap up this activity, have students fill out a Venn diagram comparing their Easter tradition with the country they selected.

Eggs-traordinary Easter Learning Centers

Learning centers are a great way to keep students engaged while learning about a specific skill. Here are a few Easter-themed learning centers to get your students egg-cited about Easter!

  • Jellybean Jar - Fill a mason jar with jellybeans and have students guess how many are in the jar.
  • Scrambled Eggs - Scramble spelling words on a strip of paper, place in egg and have students try to unscramble the word.
  • Bunny Money - Place different coin combinations of money on a bunny cutout and have students write the total. (Older students can use their bunny money to pretend purchase items from a catalog you created with different items.)

Egg-citing Easter Stories

Easter is the perfect time for students to practice their writing skills because the words that are associated with this holiday are so much fun! Just look at the play on words I have been using, egg-citing, egg-cellent, and eggs-traordinary. These are a just a few of the fun words your students can use to make up a story about Easter. Brainstorm a few "fun" titles and have your students create a story based upon that title. (For example "The case of the missing Easter egg", Or "The Adventures of the Egg-ceptional Eggbert".)

Choose a few of these egg-cellent Easter stories to read to your students during the month of Easter.

  • The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) written by Mike Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Bad Easter Bunny written by Isabel Atherton and Stéphanie Röhr
  • The World of Holidays: Easter written by Catherine Chambers
  • The Bunny Who Found Easter written by Charlotte Zolotow and Helen Craig
  • The Story of Easter written by Aileen Fisher

Do you have a great idea or activity to help teachers celebrate the Easter holiday with their class? Share it with us in the comment section below!