Engaging your class when the sun is shining is easy when you use these creative Easter-themed learning activities. Use one idea or a few and build a lesson plan your class will be excited to follow.
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If you're in a private or home-schooled classroom, you have your pick of religious activities to incorporate the Easter holiday. If you're in a public-school classroom, or your lessons are of a more secular bent, it can be harder to find appropriate activities. That's why we've rounded up five of our favorite Easter activities (plus a few bonus ideas) that allow you to share the spring-time fun with your students regardless of religious affiliation.
Math Egg Wrap
In our Math for Kids course, we introduce fun lessons and activities that you can use in your elementary math classroom. Among our favorites is the Math Egg Wrap activity. To do this, you'll need yarn, glue, and oval-shaped balloons.
Have your students each blow up a balloon. Smaller balloons work best since they inflate faster and the final product is less likely to collapse. Then ask the kids to cut strips of yarn large enough to wrap once around the balloon.
You can use this craft to teach them how to use a flexible measuring device, such as a fabric tape measure, to get the yarn just the right size.
Soak the yarn strips in glue, making sure that each is completely covered. Allow the students to carefully wrap the glue-soaked yarn around the balloon in random patterns until all the pieces are used.
Let the project dry completely for at least a few hours, then pop the balloons and carefully remove the rubber pieces.
This project works well for making Christmas ornaments and string pumpkins too!
Easter Egg Hunt
An Easter Egg hunt is just one of the fun ways your class can have an alphabet lesson. Buy 26 plastic eggs and split them in half. Write uppercase letters on half and lowercase letters on the other half. Place all the halves in a basket and let the kids fish the eggs out one at a time. They then match them with a corresponding letter on a sheet of paper you've already marked with a grid. When both halves are found, put the egg together and return it to the basket.
If your lesson is about color recognition, you can split your classroom into groups (the number will depend on how many egg colors you have). Each group is assigned a color. When the hunt begins, the students are told how many eggs in their color have been hidden and are directed to find ONLY their egg colors. The hunt can be repeated as often as the students are having fun.
You can add a math component by asking them to divide the eggs evenly based on the total number of eggs and the students participating.
Masks are always a fan favorite. In this activity, detailed on our popular Easter Activities page, you can pass out paper plates and allow the students to draw their own faces, or print out animal faces for them to color on card stock. Students can be instructed to make realistic animals or encouraged to be creative, adding wild colors, or crazy materials.
Once the kids have decorated the design to their satisfaction, punch holes in the sides of the mask. You may then tie yarn through the holes and allow the children to wear them on their faces. For an added touch of creativity, students can write stories about the creatures they've created. The class might even choose to stage a play, acting out the stories they've written.
There are many ways you and your class can decorate eggs to take home for the Easter holiday, from the simple to the complex:
- Wrap tissue paper dipped in diluted craft glue around boiled eggs and seal with acrylic spray.
- Paint boiled eggs with craft paint.
- Dip and dye eggs in food coloring and vinegar.
- Paint Mache eggs and allow to dry.
- Wrap real or plastic eggs with rubber bands and dip in paint or dye.
Each project allows children to practice cooperation, patience, and fine motor control while giving them a treasure they can take home to share.
During the project, children should be encouraged to think about where their eggs come from. Ask them open-ended questions about what kinds of animals lay eggs and how big or small the eggs they've seen are.
Bulletin Board Ideas
If your elementary classroom is looking to jazz up the bulletin board with some clever and colorful new artwork, consider some of our Easter bulletin board ideas. Focus on the holiday and hop into a good book with a bunny-themed design and some fun chapter books to get kids reading. Focus on spring with handprint flowers and sunny skies. Or cuten things up and learn about mammals with a baby animal themed board.
Easter is a Great Time to Engage Your Class
Getting kids excited about learning can be tough when the sun finally comes out after a long cold winter. Using our Easter learning activities can help put a little fun in your springtime lessons. It can also keep the student's attention from wandering back out to the playground - at least for a little while. For more tips, use our teacher resources and take advantage of teachers who have already suffered spring fever and lived to tell the tale.