It’s bunny time which means Easter-themed centers and activities for my little learners. Grab your lesson plan book because I’m sharing my favorite go-to Easter-themed centers and activities! Plus, I created a yummy Peep freebie for you too.
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It’s not Easter without PEEPS! I created a simple and colorful Peep Beginning Sound Match game. My pre-k students matched the beginning sounds, uppercase letters and lowercase letters.
You can also make the game age-appropriate for three-year-olds. Take out the sound cards, and the students only match the uppercase and lowercase letter peeps.
Easter egg writing tray! This tray has purple sprinkles and bunny sprinkles in it. Students find an egg letter match, then write the uppercase and lowercase letter in the tray. Writing trays are the best tool I use for practicing letters. Students get super excited when they see writing trays out! When was the last time your students were excited about handwriting worksheets? This is fun, engaging hands-on learning! Try writing trays in your classroom! They are a game changer!
Easter Egg Sight Words! Students build their sight words using eggs and then write the word on the recording page. For more fun, put the sight word cards in large plastic eggs!
Other teachers often ask me what I do for table time or morning work. Each morning I have different activities set up at each of my large tables for table time (aka preschool morning work). I often set up invitations to write using supplies from my writing center. This Easter-themed invitation to write has Easter writing paper, Easter stickers, Easter word cards, and various writing tools. Grab the FREE Family Word Cards HERE.
Five Little Bunnies Hopping on a Hill is a subtraction book my little learners’ LOVE. It’s similar to 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. As I read the book, each time something happens to a bunny, a student takes one bunny away. Students are counting, subtracting and rhyming when we read this book. Using story props makes books come alive for students. After we read the book several times during circle, I put it in my library center. The math conversations students had as they reread the book using the bunnies was priceless!
I found these stuffed animal bunnies at the Dollar Tree.
Peeps are so sparkly and fun that I developed a five senses activity with them! I created this Peep Anchor Chart to record how students described the peeps. Five senses activities are a fabulous way to build students’ vocabulary. Don’t be afraid to use big words with your little learners. If they can say tyrannosaurus rex, they can say anything! After we described the peeps, we had a Peep Taste Test. Students recorded how the peeps tasted on their recording page.
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In the blocks center, I added fake flowers, plastic carrot eggs, plastic Easter eggs, spring stuffed animals and EASTER STEM I Can Build challenge cards. Look at this amazing enclosure my pre-k student built. If you look closely, you can see that he hid eggs in the flowers for an Easter egg hunt!
Play dough trays are one of my students’ favorite things. I do a new play dough tray for each theme. This Easter play dough tray has egg cookie cutters, bunny cookie cutters, small plastic eggs, buttons, cut-up pipe cleaners, eyes, and play dough. Students can roll, smash and squish the play dough to create Easter eggs and peeps. Teachers are smiling too because we know they are exercising their fine motor muscles as they play!
The sensory table is filled with Easter grass, little foam eggs, egg cartons, and Handy Scoopers. Students can sort, count, scoop, hide and fill the egg cartons with eggs. The eggs are small, so they are strengthening their fine motor muscles too as they play.
It’s simple to make egg shakers for music and movement or gross motor activities. Fill a plastic egg halfway with beans and tape the egg around the seam using washi tape. The last set of egg shakers I made lasted over 9 years! Laurie Berkner’s song “I Know a Chicken” is the perfect song to use with egg shakers. Students have to shake the eggs in lots of different ways. HERE is a link to a video of her song you can use.
Bunny and Carrot Shape Puzzles! My students LOVED matching the bunny and carrot shapes.
Number Easter eggs are a fun way for students to practice identifying numerals and develop one-to-one correspondence. Students identify the number on the egg, count out the corresponding number of mini erasers to fill the egg, and place the egg in the matching egg carton hole. (It’s just another reason why I had to buy those cute mini erasers from Target!)
There are so many different ways to represent a quantity (ten frames, tally marks, fingers, numerals, dice, objects). This Easter Number Sort game is a fun way for students to explore this concept. Students count ten frames, fingers and identify numerals, then match them to the corresponding Easter basket.
Jelly Bean Roll It, Add It game is perfect for Easter. Students roll two dice, add and dot the total. I also love to give my students real jelly beans as a treat to eat when they play this game.
Sorting can be HARD for some students. Students can practice sorting the eggs by color and size. It’s also important to practice sorting by other characteristics like glitter/no glitter or cracks/no cracks.
Have you tried egg-rolling painting? If not, you should! It’s just like marble painting but with eggs. Take a small plastic egg and put two marbles inside. I cut the paper in the shape of an egg. Students place their paper in the box then drop the eggs in the box. Students shake and tilt the box lid to make the eggs roll around. The eggs paint the paper as they roll.
Another fun art activity is egg printing. Use a few plastic eggs in different sizes and patterned scrapbook paper. Students stamp the egg in the paint then stamp their paper.
Turn the dramatic play center into a GARDEN & FLOWER SHOP! We always bring my mom and grandparents flowers or plants on Easter so why not let students act it out in the Easter-themed dramatic play center? Plus, there are so many ways you can embed math, literacy, science, and STEM into their play. Grab it from my TPT store HERE.
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