A quick Pinterest search for educational Easter activities for my son opened my eyes to a whole world of incredible, eggucational ideas involving plastic Easter eggs! (You can buy them here or here. Stock up after Easter for even better deals!)
The teacher/organizer in me decided to help you out by categorizing them by developmental level. Keep in mind, all kids learn at different rates and these are just general guidelines. Simply click on any image to link to the original source for information on each activity.
Note, all of these can be modified to meet the needs of your learner. Here are a few ideas:
- Make it easier by matching the top and bottom colors of the egg. Make it more challenging by using different colors for the top and bottom.
- All of the language activities can be made more difficult by adding more complex vocabulary, longer words, irregular patterns, etc.
- Math can be modified by using larger numbers, adding more complex skills, incorporating more than one operation into problems, higher level problem solving.
Before we get started, here is one more tip: If it is something you only want for a one-time activity, use a dry-erase marker and wipe clean after use to do another activity. However, many of them make for great playroom activities year round- my son LOVED matching numbers and practicing upper and lower case letters with his eggs last year.
For babies, sensory bins are where it’s at. Seeing, touching, feeling, listening, exploring (and yes, tasting, so be careful) is their primary mode of learning. You can also begin working on colors, emotions, and animal sounds.
There is a vast range of abilities at this stage. Focus on number and letter recognition, beginning letter sounds, counting, shapes, colors, and patterns.
PRESCHOOLERS (AGES 3-5)
Again, there are huge developmental differences in this age range. Focus on early literacy skills, sight words, word families, patterns, number correspondence, basic addition and subtraction (precursors to multiplication and division), classification, and experimentation.
PRIMARY GRADES K-2
Expanding on a strong foundation, primary grade students are ready to work on fact families, place value, phonemic awareness, antonyms, synonyms, telling time, and building words.
INTERMEDIATE GRADES 3-5
Turn things up a notch in the intermediate grades. Combine several different operations at once, use larger numbers, focus on fractions, percentages, and decimals. Study contractions, figures of speech, state capitols, the arts.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
This could easily continue with older kids too, but they might be too cool for it. Periodic table elements and symbols, anyone?!
Here are some other ideas:
- Balancing chemical equations
- Inventors and inventions
- Famous literary quotes
- Bible Verses
- Sports teams and mascots
- Metric Conversions
- Foreign Language Vocabulary Terms
Oh no, I didn’t forget you! Time for some EGGSERCISE!
Please share any other eggcellent eggucational ideas you have tried!