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Here is an Easter Activities Theme that includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!  

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Window Egg Clings

Materials Needed: wax paper cut into large squares, pastel colored tissue paper cut in small squares, watered down white glue, paint brushes

The children glue the tissue paper onto the wax paper egg shapes.

When dry, have children cut (as best they can---don't do it for them!) into oval/egg shapes and hang on the windows or from your ceiling!

Color Hard Boiled Eggs

Well, of course!  Use the store bought PAAS coloring kits or mix vinegar with food coloring.

Bunny Bag Puppet

Materials needed:  paper lunch bags (white or brown), pink and black mini pom poms (noses), googley eyes, ear shaped stencils (the children trace and cut out--or you can precut ears), large white pom pom for the tail.

The children glue the items onto their bag to make puppets.  

Provide crayons for the children to color their bunnies (we've had children add shoes, feet, shirts, etc.!).

Puffy Paint Bunny

Materials needed:  card stock, googly eyes or paper for the children to create eyes, pom poms (pink for nose), black yarn (for mouth or whiskers), white glue and shaving cream (be sure to get NON MENTHOL shaving cream--the menthol is far to strong to breathe in a classroom full of it!).

Mix 1 part glue and 2 parts shaving cream in bowls.

The children brush it all over their bunny shape.

They add nose, eyes and whiskers.

When these dry, they are three dimensional and very cool!

Pastel Sand Collage

Materials needed:  colored sand, glue, card stock

The children brush glue on their paper.

They sprinkle different colors of sand for a beautiful Easter colored collage.

We have used salt and pepper shakers for the sand.

VARIATION: Colored sand can be expensive.  You can make your own!  Have the children help do this as an activity!

Place table salt in a paper plate.  Rub sidewalk chalk back and forth over the salt and it will color it!

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Easter Activities Themed Block Center Ideas

Egg Towers

You KNOW you have a ton of colored, plastic eggs!  Take them apart and place them in your block area. Encourage the kids to see how tall they can stack them!

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Easter Activities Themed Circle Time Ideas

Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!

Bunny Talk!

Have a discussion with your children about bunnies.  Does anyone have one or have they ever seen one? This would be a good day to bring one into the classroom (if there are no allergies).  Perhaps a family has one at home they can bring in for show and tell!

Sing this song to help learn about them!   sung to the tune of Clementine

Found a bunny, found a bunny, found a bunny right now.

Right now I found a bunny, found a bunny right now.

Brought it home, brought it home, brought it home right now.

Right now I brought it home, brought it home right now.

Fed it carrots, fed it carrots, fed it carrots right now.

Right now I fed it carrots, fed it carrots right now.

Make up verses!  Have your children help based on what they know or have learned about bunnies:

Pet it gently, pet it gently, pet it gently right now....

Stroked its long ears, stroked its long ears.......

Looked at its cute tail, looked at its cute tail...

It hopped around, it hopped around..........

Gave it water, gave it water.......

Did You Ever See a Rabbit?
  sung to Did You Ever See a Lassie?

Did you ever see a rabbit, a rabbit, a rabbit.

Did you ever see a rabbit on Easter morn?

He hops around so quickly..

And hides all the eggs.

Did you ever see a rabbit on Easter morn?

My Rabbit

My rabbit has two big ears (hold up middle and index fingers)

And a funny little nose (pinch other three fingers together to make nose)

He likes to eat carrots (move thum away from other to fingers to make eating motion)

And hopes where ever he goes (move hand up and down).

Bunny Felt Story

Make 5 bunny shapes out of felt and decorate as they should be based on the following poem.  Place pieces on board as you tell it or have children help place them.

This little bunny has two pink eyes.

This little bunny is very wise.

This little bunny is soft as silk.

This little bunny is white as milk.

This little bunny eats away

On lettuce and carrots each and every day!

Bunny, Bunny- Where is your egg?

Make this game in advance.

Make Easter baskets that are about 4 inches X 4 inches out of paper and laminate them.  They should all look the same but each be a different color.

Now make one egg shape and color it in beautiful colors.  It should be about 2 inches X 2 inches, small enough to fit under a laminated basket without being seen.  Laminate.

Make a bunny from paper and laminate.

Place the baskets out in front of you.  Place the bunny on the floor as well.

The children cover their eyes and you hide the egg under one of the baskets (You might want to place a flannel board or something to separate the kids view of the baskets from them as you do it..some of the kids WILL peak!).

The children can now uncover their eyes.

You say, "Bunny, Bunny- Where is your egg?"

Ask one of the children to pick a color.

You say, "Is it under the ______(pink, blue, etc.) basket?"

Lift up that colored basket.  Is it there?  "Yay!  We found your egg!"  If no, continue choosing another color basket.

This type of game is one of our preschoolers' favorites and is great for circle time as well as any transition time throughout the day!

What Will Hatch?

Find small plastic animals and sorters of things that hatch from eggs.  Place each one in a plastic egg.  Let each child hold one and shake it and guess what is in it.

One by one, have the children open their egg and talk about what hatched!

Here are suggestions of things that hatch:  Bugs, frogs, chicks/birds, dinosaurs, snakes, fish, turtles

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Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Easter Activities Theme!

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!

Bunny Snacks

Bunnies LOVE veggies!  Provide carrots, celery and lettuce with ranch dressing.  Have the children help you to rinse and cut (with a plastic knife) the veggies.

Bunny Pears

Ingredients needed:  Cans of pear halves, rasins, cherry tomatoes, pretzel sticks, lettuce

Slice a few pear halves into thinner slices.  Each child will need one pear half and 2 pear slices.

Place lettuce on a plate.

Place a pear half on the plate (bunny's head).

Use 2 pear slices as the bunny's ears.

Use raisins for eyes.

Use Cherry tomatoes for noses.

Use pretzel sticks for whiskers!

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Easter Activities Themed Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area!

Pet Store

Most preschoolers think they want a bunny for a pet at this time of year.  Just some information for you:  Humane Societies are inundated with surrendered bunnies at this time of year because families realize how much work they are or are given a rabbit by a well meaning family member.  

Show your preschoolers what work is involved in caring for a pet.  Set up a Pet Store by having stuffed animals, bins for bath tubs, towels, brushes, leashes for taking them on walks, bowls for pretend food and water, etc.

If you decide to have stuffed bunnies here, perhaps toss some rabbit food on the floor throughout the day for them to clean up the rabbit-poop.  Sorry, but they DO poop a lot and takes a lot of work!!!!

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Easter Activities Themed Ideas for Your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

Whose Ears?

Try pretaping bunny ears on the paper at the easel and let the children paint the rest of it!

Tape Resist Eggs

Place fingerpaint paper on your easel.  Tape painter's tape on different parts of the paper.

The children paint the entire paper.  Remove the tape for some cool designs!

Extension:  The children can place the tape on themselves!  Also, let children cut paper into egg shapes when dry!

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Easter Activities Themed Large Group Games to Help Your Preschoolers Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!

Bunny Hokey Pokey

Do the Hokey Pokey but use rabbit terms!

Put your right ear in....

Put your cotton tail in...

We hop our whole selves in...

...We do the bunny pokey and we hop ourselves around

EGGstructional Moves

Print instructions and place each one inside plastic eggs.

The kids hunt for the eggs and bring them to you.

Each one opens their egg and you read the instructions and the children all carry them out!

Suggestion instructions:

Hop 4 times.

Hatch from an egg like a chick.

Wiggle your nose.

Shake paws with a friend.

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

I saw a picture of this on Pinterest--wicked awesome!

Place glow sticks in plastic eggs.

Hide them in a semi dark space.

They are so cool to look for and glow through the plastic!

Bunny in the Bunny Hole!

Use a parachute and tell a story about the day in the life of a rabbit.  

Instruct your children to move the parachute as you tell it.

The bunny woke up and STRETCHED  (lift chute all the way up).

The bunny looked up.  Then down.  (lift up and down)

The bunny hopped one time to get out of the hole.

He was so happy to see a sunny day, he hopped all around filled with joy (shake chute a LOT).

You get the idea!

Egg Toss

No, not with real eggs...though--go for it if you feel brave!

Provide large baskets (laundry baskets or bins or boxes).

The children try to toss the eggs into the basket from a short distance.

VARIATION:  Provide colored bins and the children toss the correct colored egg into the matching bin.

Egg Balance

Okay, this one IS with real eggs--hard boiled ones!

Place eggs in a basket.  

The children carry one egg on a large spoon from one end of the room to the other.

If they drop it, they just pick it up, put it back on the spoon and continue on!

Once they get to the other side, you will have 2 baskets or bins there.

One for cracked eggs and one for not cracked (post a drawing of each on the bins).

When done, peel the eggs together and have a snack or make egg salad to serve on crackers!

Follow the Trail

Tape rabbit footprints throughout a large space for the children to hop from one to another.

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Easter Activities Ideas for Your Library Area

Book Suggestions for the Library

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
Bunny Trouble by Hans Wihelm
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla Fredrich
The Easter Egg Farm by Mary Jane Auch
Easter Parade by Eileen Curran
Max's Chocolate Chicken (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

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Easter Activities Themed Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and Those Small Muscles in Their Hands!

Holiday Puzzles

Provide different themed shapes:  rabbits, eggs, chicks, etc.

The children paint them with watercolor paint.

When dried, laminate and then cut into pieces for the children to use!

Egg Sort and Match Games

Materials needed:  Colored plastic eggs and cardboard egg cartons.

Provide these items out for free exploration.

For more formal activities, encouarge children with the following:

Place one row of eggs in the carton, each egg a different color.  Encourage the children to match the eggs by placing the same color egg in front of each one that you placed.

Number egg shaped papers 1-12 and place one in front of each of 12 egg cartons.  The children place the correct number of eggs in each carton.

Number the egg cartons sections 1-12.  Program eggs by writing 1-12 on 12 eggs.  The children match them to the correct egg section.

Eggs in the Basket

Materials needed:  LARGE foam board.  Draw a large basket on this.  Place lots of pieces of velcro on the basket.

Make and laminate lots of colored eggs...many of each color.

Make and laminate cards with numbers on them or have a pack of number flash cards.

Encourage the children to choose a number card and place that number of eggs on the basket.

When working with the kids, choose a color as well:  Add 3 green eggs to the basket.  Take 2 pink eggs away.  Etc.!

Easter Bingo

These games can be purchased in a store or found online.

To make your own:

You need one paper ( 8 1/2" X 11") with nine sections on it for each child.

Place a different sticker on each square.  Place a matching sticker on an index card.

Laminate the children's papers and your matching sticker cards.

Take plastic eggs apart and use egg halves for bingo markers or traditional bingo chips.

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Easter Activities Themed Music and Movement Activities and Ideas To Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

Peter Cottontail Song

This is a great traditional song that does get stuck in your head!

Here comes Peter Cottontail.

Hopping down the bunny trail.

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way!

Hop around while singing once the kids know the song!

The Rabbit
  sung to London Bridge

Rabbit's fur is soft and white, soft and white, soft and white

Rabbit's fur is soft and white.  What a pretty site!

His ears flop so high and low, high and low, high and low.

His ears flop so high and low...what him go!

Pass the Egg

There is a fantastic CD that I highly recommend. You will use it often for all themes! It is called Bean Bag Activities & Coordination Skills

Play the Pass the Beanbag song but use an egg instead!  

Bunny Hop

You can find the tune for this on line.  I'll try to describe it here:

All the children stand in a line with hands on the shoulder of the person in front of them (though my preschoolers could not do that and focus on the movements, so I just had them do this in a large space but not in a row).

You do the bunny hop (move right leg out to right and back, to right and back, while staying in place)

You do the bunny hop  (move left leg out to let and back, out to left and back).

You do the bunny hop (hop backwards one hop)

And you hop hop hop!  (hop forward each time you say hop!).

Hap Palmer

He has CDs for just about everything! Check out his Holiday Songs and Rhythms CD.

Easter Activities Theme Parade Time!

Every theme should have a musical instrument parade!  Perhaps the kids can wear hats for a hat parade!

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Easter Activities for Your Sand and Water Table

Outside In!

Put grass (real or plastic), eggs, spoons and baskets in your table this week.  Perhaps add some bunnies, chicks and other farm animals!

Sand Box!

Put sand, eggs and craft sticks or an indoor egg hunt in the sand box!

What's In The Egg?

Fill lots and lots of eggs with different items.  Encourage the children to shake an egg and guess what is in it.  They open it to see.  Place the item back in the egg and put in the basket.

You could also have the children place the items and empty eggs in a large bin.  Have that bin at the manipulative area and the children who go there are responsible for refilling the eggs!

Bunny Tails....Kind of!

Place lots and lots of pom poms and cotton balls...all colors and sizes; tweezers, spoons and cups.

The children will need no direction!  Some will just feel them, squish them, toss them.  Some will sort by color, count, etc.

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Easter Activities Science Ideas--For Your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Peep, Peep, PEEP!

Materials needed:  Marshmallow peep and a microwave!

C'mon!  You KNOW you've always wanted to try this (if you haven't already!!).

Show the children a peep.  Discuss what it is made of, let them touch it, smell it, etc. 

Ask if one would be enough for them all to share?

Place one peep in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds, depending on your microwave.

It will get HUGE!  Tear pieces off and share!

Egg Putty

This Easter Activities Theme idea would be a great follow up to that  peep experiment!  Talk about sugar and the need to limit how much we eat and the need to brush our teeth at least twice a day.

Then make toothpaste putty!  It smells great but be warned--it dries quickly (within 20 minutes) and dries hard as a rock!  

Here's how!

Ingredients needed for each child:

1 tablespoon of glue, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 tablespoon water, 1/2 teablesppon toothpaste, 2 drops food coloring

Set these items up in an asssembly line fashion.  Place the correct sized spoon with each item (place 2 spoons with the corn starch OR a picture of 2 spoons!).

The children put these items in a small bowl and mix, mold and let harden!

Rubber Egg

Materials needed: vinegar, clear jar, 2 eggs (raw), bowl

Show the eggs and talk about what is inside it; talk about the shell, what they know about eggs, etc.

Crack one open as well!

Place the other egg in a clear jar.

Pour in vinegar until the egg is covered.

Take guesses as to what they think will happen.

Over the next 24 to 48 hours, the vinegar will dissolve the shell and the inside of the egg will be exposes, solid and rubbery!

Egg Sucker!

Materials needed:  glass bottle with a neck that is smaller than an egg; hard boiled egg, HOT water or ICE COLD water.

Place egg on neck of bottle (narrower end of egg should rest in bottle neck but not fit through).

Run bottle under VERY HOT water or immerse in ICE COLD WATER.

Watch and wait!  As the air in the bottle and around the bottle change, it creates pressure that will suck the egg right into the bottle!

Try this at home so that you know you have the correct sized bottle and the correct temperature of water.

It is very cool!

Pastel Chalk--Made by Us!

Materials needed:  Paster of paris, cold water, powdered tempera paint, candy or pop molds, craft sticks, bowls

1 cup of plaster of paris to 1/2 cup of cold water.

Mix with craft stick.

Pour into molds (I have made these using sections of paper towel tubes for molds as well!).

Let dry and have fun using!

NOTE:  Do NOT rinse these bowls out in your sinks...the plaster of paris...even if only a very small amount, will dry in your pipes!  Rinse outside or use disposable bowls and discard.

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Writing Activity Ideas for Your Easter Activities Theme!

Bunny Ears

Materials needed for this Easter Activities theme idea:  bunny ear stencils (made out of manilla folders or cardboard); crayons, scissors, tape, strips of paper that are long enough to fit around children's heads

Place bunny ear stencils and crayons at the table.

The children cut them out and tape to the headband.

They also print their name and decorate the headband.

Find The Letters To Your Name

Materials needed:  A basket or bin filled with plastic eggs with letters on them, empty egg cartons (2), paper and crayons

The children sort through the eggs to find the letters in their name.  

They place the lettered eggs in order in the egg cartons.

They print their name on paper, using the letters in front of them as a guide!

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Miscellaneous Ideas for Your Easter Activities Theme!

Pet Shop Visit

Visit a Pet Store or invite someone to come to your class with a pet that goes along with your Easter Activities theme!

A Christian Easter Theme

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