As Easter approaches, you and your little one are probably getting excited to spend family time together, go on Easter egg hunts in the neighborhood, and unwrap little Easter treats. Here are some tips to keep your little one excited and engaged in learning to make this springtime holiday even sunnier!
Consider balancing learning and growth with activities that inspire knowledge while your little one has fun! Doing so provides your child with the opportunity to grow at their own pace while also keeping them motivated, engaged, and strengthens their comprehension and retention. These Easter activities also give your little one the chance to show off the new skills they’ve learned while also celebrating the holiday!
To help you plan a memorable and exciting Easter Sunday for your family, we’ve put together the following list of DIY activities:
1. Print Easter-Themed Worksheets
Practicing matching, tracing, and spelling becomes more fun when there are bunnies, eggs, and carrots involved! Our Easter Printables are a great way for your little one to engage with the holiday while also practicing essential skills!
Math Based Sheets:
Simple math exercises include counting the number of jellies in a basket or adding up the number of eggs laid. Another math exercise involves identifying different shapes made on a giant colorful and patterned easter egg.
Language Based Sheets:
Letter recognition can be made fun by designing a game of “I Spy” using easter related words and images and asking your child to identify certain words and objects. For some extra Easter excitement, you can also design a worksheet with fill-in-the-blanks for Easter themed words like “jelly,” “egg,” and “bunny” with blank spaces for your little one to fill in the vowels.
Match the Pair Sheets:
These worksheets involve an animal on one side and their favorite food on the other with space for your child to trace the dotted squiggle or patterned path to connect the two. Similarly, your little one can match adult animals with their offspring or animals with the sounds they make.
These indoor easter activities strengthen your little one’s math, literacy, cognitive, and motor skills, empowering them with pattern recognition and problem-solving abilities. Furthermore, their hand-eye coordination is also developed in this process as they get used to using the pencil to draw and write. By making these worksheets colorful and Easter themed, you can also invite additional enthusiasm and excitement about the activity. The range of topics covered by these worksheets also provides preschoolers with a sense of freedom in choosing what they want to do, fostering a sense of independence in them, too.
2. Get Crafty and Colorful
Creative expression is a very powerful tool in cultivating emotional growth and development in children. Furthermore, trying out different arts and craft activities that are designed to improve their motor skills and coordination can help your child nurture their creativity while they learn!
Make Easter Cards:
You can help your child use safety scissors and glue in making Easter cards for the season. Encourage preschoolers to create personalized cards for the family by cutting out colorful eggs and bunny ears and sticking them on card paper.
You can also bring out the glitter and the sketch pens to make the process more special and their cards more lively. This not only encourages fine motor skill development, but also nourishes and enhances their creative potential.
Craft Easter Décor:
Indulge in finger painting to create cool Easter buntings with your child. Take paper cut-outs of carrot silhouettes, and let your child use different colors to create the body and leaves of the carrot. Then tie them in a string to build colorful and creative buntings for the walls for the Easter weekend.
This is not only an exciting creative activity, but also a fun way for children to practice setting a goal and trying to meet it!
3. Channel Your Inner Scientist
Here are some cool DIY easter activities that will help children develop their scientific skill sets:
Explain the role of density to a preschooler through a colorful medley of liquids. Take 3 food colors and mix each with water, oil, and honey, respectively. Pour the liquid in a tall glass to create a mesmerizing combination of colors in a glass while teaching your child the beauty of science.
Boil some eggs and play the age-old game of balance! Bring the whole family together for this game where each of you try to keep the egg from falling off the spoon that you hold in your mouth. This helps begin to reinforce spatial relations and motor coordination, and will keep everyone on their toes.
3. Plan a Unique Egg Hunt
Add a learning curve to the traditional Easter egg hunt in a simple and exciting way. Use openable plastic eggs and separate the two ends. Write a capital letter on one side and its corresponding lowercase letter on the other. Spread them around the room or garden and have your child hunt for the corresponding pieces to complete the eggs for a reward at the end of the hunt.
This twist on the classic egg hunt is a motivating and engaging Easter activity that sparks your little one’s curiosity and keeps them on the move. The activity also helps your little one practice letter recognition, logical thinking, reasoning, and innovative problem solving as they seek out the missing pieces.
4. Play “Found It”
A game with elements of adventure and learning, Found It serves to enhance all areas of development including fine motor skills, literacy, math, cognition, problem-solving, and creativity. Pick the game edition most suitable for you (indoors, outdoors, etc.) to add an educational twist to the conventional scavenger hunt.
The game is made up of 50 playing cards with prompts, such as “bring me five objects that begin with p” or “bring me something that grows on trees,” which send the kids flying to various corners of the house or yard while creatively thinking of unique objects. This game allows children to explore the space around them while nurturing their creative, logical, and reasoning skills. Further, it also cultivates their phonological awareness, counting skills, and pattern recognition.
With these tips, you can make this Easter holiday a memorable day as well as an important learning milestone in your child’s life. Help them embrace knowledge and learning by keeping it creative, making it fun, and participating in the activities yourself. Now that’s something to bunny hop for joy about!