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.
Check out the Math and Literacy Easter Centers, the Easter Fine Motor Mats, and the Bird & Chick Science Unit to complete the theme in your classroom!
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5 Bunnies Retelling! 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, a student takes one bunny away each time something happens to a bunny. 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 were priceless!
I found these stuffed animal bunnies at the Dollar Tree.
Peep Letter & Sound Match! 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; the students only match the uppercase and lowercase letter peeps.
Easter Writing Tray! This tray has purple sprinkles and bunny sprinkles in it. Students find an egg letter match, then write the uppercase and lowercase letters 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?
Learn how to dye salt for your writing trays here.
Easter Hunt for Letters! Set up this fun and simple literacy activity for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten students with things you already have in your classroom! There is just plain white paper in the dry erase pockets because kids LOVe dry erase boards and this is a much cheaper option. I then hide letter manipulatives in the Easter eggs. Students pick an egg out of the grass, open it, name it, string it, and write it. So many skills in one activity!
Easter Write the Room! Find these printable letter eggs and the worksheet in my Easter Math and Literacy Centers Pack. Hide the letter eggs around the room and give students a clipboard, worksheet, and writing utensil; they will walk around the room and find the letters and then write the letters.
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 or a fun sensory bin!
Building Easter Words! Use an egg carton, letter manipulatives, and the Easter vocabulary cards to create this fun and hands-on Easter literacy activity for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten students.
Easter Writing Center! Set up the perfect Easter writing center for your little learners to explore letter formations, reading words, composing writing pieces, and more! I lay out stickers, fun-themed paper, Easter vocabulary cards, and exciting writing utensils. Find all the printables here.
Easter Invitation to Write! 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.
5 Senses with Peeps Freebie! 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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Egg Science Investigation! Learn all about eggs with a complete egg science unit for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students! Set up a science table to explore the size, color, and origin of the many kinds of eggs. The unit has real-life images and is designed for little learners.
Hatching Chicks Science! If you don’t want to study eggs, do a chick study! Your students will love exploring the life cycle of a chicken. If your state allows, hatch chicks in the classroom for a real-life science experience for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten students.
Blocks and STEM
Easter Blocks & STEM Props! Create an Easter-themed blocks area with these STEM I Can Build Cards that encourage students to explore and construct structures in the blocks area. I love adding eggs, chicks, carrots, bunnies, and Easter grass for more creativity.
Easter Blocks & STEM Challenges! 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!
Sensory, Art, & Movement
Easter Play Dough Tray! Play dough trays are one of my student’s 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!
Easter Sensory Table! 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 also strengthening their fine motor muscles as they play.
Egg Gross Motor Shakers! 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.
Egg Rolling Painting! To start, be sure to fill your plastic eggs with something weighted. I used marbles in mine. If you don’t weigh them down, they will get stuck in the paint and won’t roll. Next, cut some ovals and place one in a cardboard box. Place some paint in a cup and add the egg. Use a spoon to cover the egg in paint and place it on the paper. Move the box and watch the eggs roll and paint their paper.
Egg Printing Art! 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 and then stamp their paper. Students are building those pincer muscles too!
Peep Cutting Craft! I love this peep cutting craft for my preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students! They cut out the peep, then cut paper strips into squares and glue them on. I precut the strips so students are only cutting the squares.
Bunny and Carrot Shape Puzzles! My students LOVED matching the bunny and carrot shapes. I added them to a sensory bin to make it more fun!
Number Easter Eggs! These 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!)
Easter Number Sort! There are so many different ways to represent a quantity (ten frames, tally marks, fingers, numerals, dice, objects). This Easter Number Sort game is fun for students to explore this concept. Students count ten frames, fingers and identify numerals, then match them to the corresponding Easter basket.
Spring Number Match! Students can practice number recognition and one-to-one correspondence with this fun game for little learners. Students will draw cards from the sensory bin and match them to the number mat.
Easter Counting Trays! 2 ways to play! Give students a die for a roll and count activity. Students will roll the die and count that many objects and place them into the tray. Or write numbers in the tray and students will count out manipulatives and place them in each numbered area.
Easter Addition Trays! Similar to the above activity, but make it harder by adding addition acts in the tray! Or give students 2 dice to roll and make an addition problem.
Jelly Bean Graph! Grab some jelly beans and have students sort them for a fun graphing activity! Give students dot markers to make a take-home graph for a different activity.
Peep Patterns! Use peeps to make some fun patterns! I love painting with marshmallows, and it is so simple and cheap! My tip is to leave them out overnight to get hard. Students will take their peep and place it in paint then stamp it on their paper in a pattern.
Egg Patterns! Use plastic eggs to practice patterns in a hands-on math activity. I also like to have my students color some eggs for even more pattern practice.
Egg Sorting! 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.
How Many Are Hiding? Informal Subtraction! Practice subtraction skills with this fun game for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students! Use a paper cup to hide a number of eggs and then work with students as they complete the subtraction problem.
Garden Shop Dramatic Play! 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. Get more information on how I set it up here.
Spring in the classroom is so fun, and these Easter activities are going to be loved by your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students! Want ALL my Easter center printables? Save time and grab my Easter Math and Literacy Centers pack from my TPT store HERE. Just print and prep.
Go grab the Spring STEM I Can Build pack, which includes challenge posters for Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Day, and general Spring themes HERE.
Give your students an opportunity to strengthen their fine motor muscles with these Easter Fine Motor Mats!
Make some adorable Easter sensory bottles for your classroom!
Take a peek at my Easter Book List to get tons of books for your little learners.
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