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10 Fun Lessons to teach children about Easter
We love being a homeschool family. It gives us so much flexibility and freedom to do school how we feel like we need to do it. One of the greatest joys I get from homeschooling our daughter, who is in Kindergarten, is still being able to teach during the holidays. We don’t have to take two full weeks off for Christmas, or one whole week for Spring Break during Easter. Typically we do school for half of the break that the public schools are partaking in, and then take off the half closer to the holiday. Currently, the local public schools are on Spring Break with Easter being this Sunday. However, our family has continued on with school this week. The really fun part is that our school this week consists of nothing but Easter activities. Some are designed to teach a little more than others, but the one rule is that it must be fun and engaging. So I have compiled a list of ten of our best Easter activities that are sure to have the kids smiling and learning all at the same time.
1. Word Building Twist Eggs
- All you need for this is a sharpie and a plastic egg. The idea is for the child to be able to twist the egg to build CVC words. So on the right side you would write a vowel and consonant, such as –at or –ap. On the left side you would write consonants or consonant blends, such as c to form cat or cap, and so on.
2. Jelly Bean Subtraction
- On a white piece of paper, draw a subtraction sign in the center and an equal sign on the far right. You will need jelly beans, or any candy/snack of your choice. Place jelly beans on each side of the subtraction sign to create a math problem. Once the child solves it, they can eat the jelly beans while you work on the next subtraction problem.
3. Easter Egg Addition
- On the same piece of paper you used in Jelly Bean Subtraction, simply make the subtraction sign an addition sign, and use the same method only with plastic eggs. The child will practice adding the eggs. Once done, clear the paper and do another problem.
4. Resurrection Eggs
- Resurrection Eggs are a great way to get in a history lesson. You can choose to make your own, or purchase a set like the one you see below. As you read your child the story of Easter, they are able to open each egg and discover what is inside. Each piece inside the eggs correlates with a certain part of the Easter story. Talk about a hands on history lesson.
5. Egg Painting
- I chose this activity for my daughter so that she could practice some color blending. That was one of the first lessons we did at the start of our school year, so we needed to refresh our minds. All you need is copy paper, paints, and a paint brush. You will need to cut an egg shape from the piece of paper, and discard the rest. Have your child the paint the egg as they wish, or you could have them paint certain shapes in certain colors for practice, or do like we did and have them practice blending some of their colors.
6. Sentence Building Easter Egg Hunt
- If you want a way to make an egg hunt educational, I promise you will love this. My daughter had the best time doing this. Before you start you need to write out some simple sentences. You can do as many as you’d like, just be sure to make sentences your child is able to read and construct. One of our sentences read: My dog can run fast. I wrote the sentence on copy paper, and then cut out each word, folded it up and placed it inside a plastic egg. This gave me five eggs to hide for the first round. Once my daughter found them all, she brought them back, took out each word and arranged them in the proper order to build the sentence. This is a great exercise for young readers.
7. Construction Paper Tomb
- For this craft you will need brown and black construction paper, half a sheet of any color construction paper, a small square of any color construction paper, a brad, scissors, and glue. The half sheet will be your background. First have your child cut a large semi-circle out of either the brown or black piece of construction paper. From that same sheet, have them cut out a circle. From the other color (black or brown), have them cut out another semi-circle, slightly smaller than the first. This should leave with you the square of construction paper in the color you picked. From this you will need to cut a cross. Once all of your pieces are cut out, you can begin putting your tomb together. You will need to first glue down the large semi-circle, followed by the smaller semi-circle on top of it. Once the tomb is glued down, hold the circle just to the left of the tomb entrance and secure it in place with your brad. The brad allows your child to move the stone back and forth to cover and uncover the tomb entrance. Your child can now glue the cross in the top right of the page. This is a wonderful craft to go along with the story of Easter. It also teaches hand/eye coordination, shapes, and symbolism.
8. Easter Sight Words/Spelling Words
Easter is a great holiday to get in some new sight words. Our list includes words such as:
- Eggs Easter Bunny
- Chick Hen Color
- Rabbit Grass Hide
- Hunt Green Pink
- Blue White Yellow
I try to keep our word lists around 15-20 so that my daughter doesn’t get overwhelmed. We practice these by seeing them and saying them, spelling them out loud, and writing them. However, with it being Easter we practiced in a special way this week…with another egg hunt. I wrote out the words on copy paper, and then cut out each word. I then cut out each letter of that word and placed in a plastic egg. I only did this for about five of the words, the others I just cut out the whole word and placed in eggs. I then hid the eggs. My daughter went out and found all the eggs. She then had to read each word to me, or put the right letters in the right order to form the word.
9. Fraction Eggs
- This week we used plastic eggs to practice the concept of fractions, whole and half. When the egg is together, it is one whole; when taken apart it becomes two halves. This hands on method will really help little ones grasp the concept of whole and half.
10. Egg Dying
- Easter Egg dying isn’t the most educational experience, but I used the tradition to teach my daughter about patience, the science of boiling water, what happens to eggs when boiled, time, and colors.
There are tons of other ideas you could come up with that would not only entertain your children with Easter themes, but also educate them. Holidays are a wonderful time for homeschool families to step out of their comfort zone and typical schedule, and have fun doing something different. These activities are universal and can be used by schooled, or homeschooled families.
About Ashely: I am a homeschooling mama of one sassy six year old. My husband is a teacher and coach, and my true soul mate. I work part-time at a Mother’s Day Out program as a three year old teacher. When I’m not teaching at work or at home, I’m crafting, organizing, or writing. My family and I live in central Louisiana.