It feels like we’ve only just packed away the Christmas decorations when suddenly hot cross buns appear in the supermarket and Easter activities begin flooding the Pinterest feed! There is no denying Easter falls early this year and I am thinking we all might need a little help to kick start the Easter plans. So today I am doing just that with a fun collection of Easter inspired play activities that includes something for everyone – from toddlers to school kids.
1. First up one for the toddlers – matching the halves of a set of easy-to-make, colourful pattern eggs. What a delightful treasure basket this would make! Find out more right here at Childhood 101.
2. Painting and decorating eggs is an obvious choice and always a winner. As toddlers love wielding a paintbrush, keep it simple with paintable eggs you can find in many craft shops. The finished product looks wonderful when hung as a garland or mobile.
3. Preschoolers or school aged children might like to try decorating Easter eggs story book style with these ideas based on popular children’s story books. Via Growing Book by Book.
4. You can download and print a fun collection of Easter egg playing cards right here at Childhood 101! The post includes four different suggestions of ways to play.
5. At Home with Ali shares a clever suggestion for creating a ‘small world’ for those cute little fluffy chicks that you find in the stores at this time of year.
6. I’m sure we all have memories of dying eggs at Easter time as children. Ali took this idea one step further by turning the coloured eggs into little homes for fluffy chicks. This simple idea offers so many possibilities!
7. Picklebums shares a series of printable Easter eggs that can be coloured with your favourite marker or painted with watercolours. Either way they make a lovely garland to hang in your home.
8. If your children love to cook then you simply must try these Easter Surprise Muffins from Three Foot Cooks.
9. Give your Easter drawings a stained glass look with this simple oil rubbing technique.
10. Most children are burst with enthusiasm on Easter morning, ready to start their Easter egg hunt! It’s such a special tradition. Christie has shared a series of literacy based treasure hunt ideas to make your Easter egg hunt even more fun, challenging and (just a little more) educational.
11. Inject a little Easter fun for children learning to read with this activity for combining learning simple c/v/c (consonant/vowel/consonant) words with the Easter theme. It includes a cute carrot patch template to download too. Via Jodie from Growing Book by Book
12. Another activity to encourage early literacy learning – in Crack and Spell the child has to crack open the plastic eggs to find the letters, and then put them together to create simple words. What a fun word building activity to encourage early reading and writing skills.
Easter is such a fun time of year for the whole family. Do you have a fun, play base activity that is inspired by Easter? Please share with us in the comments below!
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