Last updated on 12/08/2019
E is one of those letters that can be sometimes hard to find a theme for, that is why I like to use a holiday like Easter to make my life easy. Easter lends itself well to the letter E because Easter starts with E, but also because one of the main items we use in connection with Easter starts with E, EGGS! There is so much you could do with Easter, you could do one week with just an Easter theme; or J for Jelly Beans or Jesus; or B for Bunny or Basket. All of these would work the one I am going to share now is E for Easter Egg, because there is just so much you can do with these simple and versatile eggs.
I found that kids are naturally drawn to easter eggs, because they represent fun, candy and a whole lot more that they don’t even know yet. Easter eggs lends itself to so many activities sometimes I have a hard time limiting my ideas, but I hope you have fun with these and enjoy.
Dyed Easter Eggs
Need: Cool whip, food coloring, a tin pie pan., hard boiled eggs.
Cool whip coloring-place cool whip into a pie pan, and drop a few drops of food coloring into the cool whip all over then swirl with a toothpick. Finally, roll the egg gently in the cool whip, and then let dry for about 10 minutes, and then rinse the cool whip off to reveal a beautiful marbleized eggs.
Tye Dyed Coffee filter Eggs
Need: Coffee filters, washable makers, and spray bottles.
I cut the coffee filters to look more like easter eggs in advance. The filters are a little too fragile, to let them cut. Then I let them decorate the eggs with markers. Finally, their favorite part, I let them spray the eggs with water and watch the colors expand and grow to create beautiful tie dyed eggs. Let dry over night and then hang in the window as a beautiful sun catcher.
Toilet paper Egg prints
Need: Paint, toilet paper tubes, and paper.
This is super simple. I teach the kids how to gently bend the toilet paper tubes to look more like eggs. Then you have them dip the ends of the toilet paper tubes into pastel colored paint, and gently press the ends onto the paper to create Easter Eggs.
Egg Roll Art
Need: Plastic Easter eggs, Marbles, paint, tape, cardboard box cover, and paper.
First I put the marbles into the Easter Eggs. to make them a little heaver. Then roll the eggs into paint. Turn the cover of the box over so the edges are up. Then tape the paper into the top of the lid. Finally, drop the eggs into the cover and roll around until the paper is covered as much as you want. It creates a fun modernistic art work to hang up for Easter. I personally prefer to use pastel colors just because they are the usual colors used around Easter, but any colors would work beautifully.
This activity can be done in a two different ways.
- You can count out jelly beans in the bottom, and then write numbers on the tops and have them match the tops to the bottom that has the same number of jelly beans. This works on counting, and number recognition. I do this with the numbers one through twelve so that I can store the eggs in a recycled egg carton. This makes for easy storage and clean up.
- A really simple way is to get patterned plastic eggs, and have the kids match the tops to the bottoms. To make organization easy I just make sure there is only 12 patterns so that I can store the eggs in a recycled egg carton.
For this I place six eggs in the bottom of an egg carton, in a pattern. Then I put colored eggs in a basket next to the carton. I encourage the kids to try to copy the pattern on top. If you have been doing patterns for a while, you might even be able to let them create their own patterns and see if their friends can repeat theirs.
Need: Baskets, plastic eggs, and foam numbers to stick on to the baskets.
For this simple activity I place the foam numbers on the side of the baskets, and then I have them count out that number of eggs into the basket.
There are two ways you can do this game. One you can have Easter eggs that are the same color as the basket, or you can have plane brown baskets with different colored Easter grass, and have them match the eggs to the right color Easter grass.
Graphing Favorite Color Eggs
Need: Paper (size depends on how big you want to make it) markers, tape, and ovals in all different colors.
I personally love graphing with the kids because it works on counting, it personally involves them, and it also works on comparisons. This then can lead to discussions about more, less than, and same. Many state standards include these terms in their standards for Early Childhood centers.
For graphing, I personally prefer to use chart paper, because it is bigger and the kids seem to prefer big things. I also like to let them participate and put up their own information, which is harder if the paper is small. Next, I have the kids take an oval(egg), the color of their choice, and have them bring it up and tape it above their favorite color. After all of the eggs are up on the chart I write the numbers next to the eggs on the left hand side, and I have them help me count and figure out what number comes next. Then for each color, we count and write the number below the color of that row. Then we compare heights, and numbers. I usually begin by asking which row is the biggest? Which row is the smallest? Then to use the new terms I ask which has the most? Which has the least? Finally, I ask if there are any that are the same. Same works for heights and numbers. This should be easy to see after they have discussed the heights and the numbers.
Legend of the Easter Egg
This is one of my favorite stories to do with the kids at Easter. It is a story about a little boy who lived a long time ago. His sister gets very sick and he has to go live in a candy store with some neighbors for a while
The Easter Egg by Jann Brett
Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt
This one is fun because it goes with the song “We’re going on a bear hunt.” It is also fun because you can have the kids do actions with the story to keep them involved.
The Golden Egg by A. J. Wood
This book is great for talking about colors.
Rubber Egg/ See Through Egg
This is a very simple science experiment, however, it does take a while, but if you put a raw egg in a tall glass and cover it with viniger and let it soak over night. Then dump out the vinegar and foamy like substance and replace it with more vinegar, and let it sit for about 6 days, it will turn into a rubber like egg.
Egg into a bottle
Need: A glass bottle, a hard boiled egg, and three matches lit.
First boil the egg for about 12 minutes. Then peel. Once you have peeled the egg light the matches and place them in the glass bottle. Quickly place the egg on top of the bottle, before the matches go out. Once the matches go out the egg will be sucked into the bottle, slowly at first then it will just slip in. This one always amazes the kids.
I’m a little Easter egg:
I’m a little easter egg, round and white. I am boiled and
Why we use eggs, Easter Lillies, at Easter
The Easter Story
Easter Eggs in Easter Grass
Easter Egg Exercise