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7 Easter Activities for Preschoolers to Celebrate the Season

Updated on December 10, 2017
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There's More to Easter than Coloring Eggs!

When we think of Easter activities for preschoolers, our minds immediately go to coloring eggs. But there are so many other fun things to do with young children to make this season fun and teach them about spring. While Christians recognize Easter as the day Jesus rose from the dead, others mark it in a non-secular way – celebrating new life, fresh beginnings, and revived hope. Therefore, it's a marvelous time to try some fresh ideas with your kids, making memories to last a lifetime.

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Add some new activities to your Easter repertoire beyond coloring eggs.
Add some new activities to your Easter repertoire beyond coloring eggs. | Source

1. Grow a Grass Easter Basket.

Since Easter celebrates new life and spring brings more sunshine, it's a great time to plant something with your children. These baskets are easy to make and kids love them because the grass grows fast and tall, letting them see almost immediate results:

  1. Line a strawberry basket with Saran Wrap.

  2. Fill it half way with soil and Vermiculite.

  3. Sprinkle on LOTS of grass seed. Water.

  4. Cover with Saran Wrap and place the basket in a sunny spot.

  5. When the grass has grown, remove the Saran Wrap and water again.

****Add a pipe cleaner for a handle. Put some hardboiled or plastic eggs in the grass basket to make a cute centerpiece for your Easter table or place some candies in the basket and give as a gift.

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Your child will improve her pincer grasp by making this charming cotton-ball rabbit.
Your child will improve her pincer grasp by making this charming cotton-ball rabbit. | Source

2. Create a Cotton-ball Rabbit.

Young children need activities that improve their pincer grasp – picking up small objects between their thumb and pointer finger. Developing the pincer grasp is a prerequisite for holding a pencil correctly and comfortably when starting school. When making an adorable cotton-ball rabbit, youngsters will hone their pincer grasp while creating a piece of art to decorate the house for Easter:

  1. Draw a simple rabbit shape on a piece of poster-board or cardboard by making a large circle for the body and a smaller one for the head. Draw two long ears and make a small circle for the tail. Cut out the rabbit shape.

  2. Have your child spread glue all over the rabbit shape with an old paint brush.

  3. Let your child pick up cotton-balls using the pincer grasp and place them on the rabbit shape.

  4. Help your child cut out eyes, a nose, and a bow tie or hair bow from construction paper or felt. Let you child glue them to the rabbit.

  5. Have your child glue real buttons to the body and add black yarn for the mouth.

  6. If you want, add a short string to the top of the rabbit and hang it as a door or wall decoration.

***Encourage your child's creativity by having her add extras to her rabbit: a vest, a bonnet, a carrot, shoes, a dress, a basket, etc.

3. Make Bunny Ears.

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” These days – in our world filled with technology – many little children are losing their imaginations and ability to play. Making these rabbit ears will stimulate their creativity, letting them pretend they're munching on carrots, hopping through the meadow, and delivering Easter eggs:

  1. Cut a 2” strip off the long side of a large piece of construction paper.

  2. Cut another 2” strip off of the short side.

  3. Staple together into one long strip.

  4. Fold the remaining piece of paper in half lengthwise.

  5. Draw a large rabbit ear shape on it.

  6. Keeping the paper folded, cut it out.

  7. Staple the rabbit ears to the strip about 4” apart.

  8. Wrap it around your child's head and staple to fit

  9. Draw whiskers and a pink nose on your child's face with makeup.

4. Sing Easter Songs.

Introducing your child to Easter songs is a fun way to teach about rhyme – an important element of phonological awareness, a skill for beginning reading. These two are short and sweet:

Easter Bunny Hop

(Melody: Shortnin' Bread)

Look over here and look over there

Little candy Easter eggs are ev'ry where

Who's the one who hides them there?

Little Easter bunny hides them everywhere

Little Easter bunny goes hopping, hopping

Little Easter bunny goes hop, hop, hop

Little Easter bunny goes hopping, hopping

Little Easter bunny goes hop, hop, hop

I'm a Little Bunny

(Melody: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little bunny – furry and brown

I like to hop around the town

Early Easter morning, you will see

Some colored eggs for you from me!

5. Memorize a Poem About a Bunny.

Poetry is another way to instill phonological awareness in children. This a favorite that parents may have learned when they were kids:

There was a little bunny who lived in the wood

He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should.

He hopped by a squirrel.

He wiggled by a tree.

He hopped by a duck.

And he wiggled by me.

He stared at the squirrel.

He peeked round the tree.

He stared at the duck.

But he winked at me!

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Reading books is the best way to stimulate conversations that matter.
Reading books is the best way to stimulate conversations that matter. | Source

6. Read Books About Bunnies.

Reading is arguably the easiest but most useful activity to do with young children. When you read with them, take time to stop and help them make connections between the story and their own lives. Ask them to predict what will happen next in the plot. Ask them about the characters: What is she feeling? What is he doing? Would you feel and do the same? Choose classic literature, not the low-quality holiday selections offered at most stores. Here are a few classics:

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – This British book is a must-have for every child's library. Youngsters will relate to the mischievous Peter who disobeys his mother, sneaks into the garden, gets chased by Mr. McGregor, and is almost caught. It opens the door for valuable conversations about listening to parents, following rules, resisting temptation, and learning hard lessons.

  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter – This is the delightful sequel to the Tale of Peter Rabbit. Peter, accompanied by his cousin Benjamin Bunny, returns to Mr. McGregor's garden to retrieve his lost clothes. While Benjamin dawdles, the pair get captured by Mr. McGregor's cat until saved by Benjamin's father. Again, young children relate to the characters and adore the illustrations. The story sets the groundwork for a valuable discussion about being cautious, getting punished, and being forgiven.

  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. This gentle beloved story is another classic that should sit on every child's bookshelf. A stuffed rabbit becomes real through the love of a boy. Children relate to this sentimental tale as they have wondered if their stuffed animals have feelings. It lets parents and youngsters discuss issues about the power of love, imagination, and redemption.

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This Beloved Tale Makes Children Understand the Power of Love

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7. Have a Treasure Hunt.

Children love treasure hunts and Easter is a great time to have one since the weather is warmer and the days longer. Write some clues on slips of paper and place them inside plastic Easter eggs. Create the clues in rhyme if you want. For instance, if the hiding spot is the refrigerator, you might write: “This is where our food is kept cold/There's a clue inside I've been told.” At the end of the treasure hunt have a special prize such as a basket full of candy treats and small toys.

Final Thoughts

The warmer weather, budding flowers, and longer days get us excited about spring with its fresh challenges and fun adventures. It's the perfect time to try new ideas with the kids and celebrate the season. Enjoy!

© 2016 McKenna Meyers


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