How is Easter already next weekend? Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas? In the spirit of the holiday, I created a few fun projects for our kids this week. With each one of our children at different academic levels, I wanted to develop an activity that would address each individual’s needs. Also as a combined family project, I brought back our Christmas Kindness Challenge and revamped it for Easter.
Be Grateful, Be Kind, Believe in Kindness
Little toys, tiny trinkets, a coin or maybe a dollar, these are some of the possibilities that fill our kindness challenge eggs. Over the next week, our family will find places around town or even on our spring break travels to place these little gifts of love. What would you put in your own kindness eggs?
Sight Word and Beginning Letter Challenge
Egg Fun for Four
Our four year old this week is working on beginning letters and recognizing site words in preparation for Kindergarten in the fall. On the outside of each egg is the letter of the word inside. At the $ section of Target I found an egg puzzle. On one side I placed shape stickers and the other number for review. Story starters are also typed up on other pieces of paper as a fun way to travel. Open up each egg, read the story starter and create a family story as you drive or fly towards your family adventure.
Motor Skills and Movement Challenge
Eggs & Movement
Our middle girl is working on strengthening her muscles. So for her eggs, we placed a variety of movement exercises to get her up, moving and engaging those muscles in a fun challenge.
Stem Questions in Context Challenge
Our oldest is working hard to master Stem questions in reading context. For her, I typed up a list of questions sent home by the school to use for her story retell.
What Egg Creations do you have planned for your Easter Celebration this year?
More "Egg"cellent Activities
Check out today’s Easter Egg activities:
Good Fortune Eggs
Money Matching Eggs
Golden Egg Treasure Hunt
Good Fortune Eggs
This morning, as the girls prepped for school, they also pitched in to help clean. The oldest grabbed the dust rag and started cleaning off the blinds. She may have used a bit to much water, creating a soppy mess; however her heart was sure in the right place. Our other daughter swept the floor clearing the floor of dust. All the kids were so cheerful and helpful, it started me pondering a fun incentive. As I got to work on my projects today, I came up with extra chore eggs. My husband suggested I add a little advice of each egg hence the Good Fortune Egg idea was hatched. Each egg, on the outside is labeled, Thank you, Wow or Good job. Inside the egg is a positive phrase with a small amount of change as a thank you for a job well done. Here are some of the sayings we used:
- It’s the sweet things you do that make us smile.
- Aren’t you sweet! Thank you honey!
- Daddy and I are so proud of your work.
- That’s what we call perseverance!
- Good belief in yourself! You did it!!
- Than you for your help! You are an “egg”cellent (excellent worker).
- Thank you for always saying please and thank you. You are “egg”tra special.
- We love spending time you with you. You are “egg”tra (extra) sweet.
- You are sweet to help! Thank you!
- You really made us smile today! Thank you!
To download our full list of positive phrases, egg praise. You could even use this idea without the extra money. Just a positive praise would be a lovely reward.
Easter Store Match
For a fun math game, consider creating a matching game. My middle daughter loves collecting recyclable goods for her play kitchen. I found twelve containers and labeled them with a variety of change amounts. Then, I took an empty egg carton, placed twelve plastic eggs with the matching coins. The recycled items and plastic eggs were placed into a “center” bag for her to pick up and practice her math skills. This fun activity could be used in all sorts of math matching activities.
- Matching shapes
- Matching numbers to objects (manipulatives)
- Matching capital to lower case letters
- Matching larger amounts of money for older students.
- Matching time
- Matching fractions
Find the Golden Egg!
Last year I created an adventure race for my daughters spy party. Ever since then treasure hunts are requested for every celebration. Using the same format from last year’s race, I have come up with an interactive Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. Each clue created has activity that is either a mind puzzle or an athletic event. The clues are placed in plastic eggs and pre-dispersed according to the destination. To create golden eggs, I found chalk eggs at Target in the $1.00 bin and used spray paint turn them into gold.
Here are the clues I wrote.
Clues 1 & 2
Clue 1: Sweet Little Peeps, don’t fall asleep. Run along until you hear the beep.
Clue 2: You put me together to carefully find the next clue you must piece together with your mind. To find the right path just relax in a bath.
Clues 3 & 4
Clue Three: Now it’s time for a training of sorts. Head out to the “obstacle course”. Hop onto the logs but don’t fall into the bogs. Balance well my friends, you don’t want to wiggle and end into the bottomless pit of vipers you see. Now climb to the top of the bars to free the clues you seek but don’t make a peep. Silent as a ninja but quick don’t sleep.
The next clue is outdoor near our pull-up bars and pretend obstacle course.
Clue Four: Now thing my dear team, what is half of one? Where would you find a fraction of fun? What is 1/2 of 4? What is 1/2 of 2? What is 1/2 of 12? Add those numbers together and what do you get? Now find the clue in the numbers you drew.
The numbers connect to display our house number. The next clue will be in our mailbox.
clues 5 & 6
Clue Five: Directional Challenge: X marks the Spot. Look at this map you will clearly see where the next clue for the treasure surely be.
The map is a picture of our living room. The clue is hidden in the treasure box on top of a cabinet.
Clue Six: Careful with this clue you wouldn’t want to brew up trouble. Measure your steps well; you wouldn’t want to scare the morning bear.
The next clue is by the coffee pot.
Clues 7 & 8
Clue Seven: Training Time Count Down to 1:
- 10 Jumping Jacks
- 9 sit-ups
- 8 burpees
- 7 long jumps
- 6 spider walks
- 5 push ups
- 4 jogs in place
- 3 star jumps
- 2 frog hops
- 1 min. of plank. After you are done, your next clue will be given to you.
Clue Eight: Decipher the Code
The next clue will be near the piano keyboard
Clues 9 & 10
Clue Nine: Time to Show off your bunny skills. Grab a bag and hop, hop, hop. Your team must jump from start to stop. To the side of the house, quite as a mouse. Your final clue awaits, just race to the finishing gate.
This activity is a race with Walmart fabric bags hopping along the side of the house.
Clue TEN: unscramble the letters of this final clue, to uncover the mystery you seek. You have completed your task. Now is’t time to bask. But please be aware, you’ll need to share!!
The letters unscramble to form the words: guitar case where they will find their Golden Eggs
To download our clues, click here: Easter Treasure Hunt
"Egg"tra Fun Learning
Spring has arrived and with it creative Easter projects. Check out today’s Easter Egg activities.
Write the words on the outside of each egg. Inside each Egg container, place a fun and quick spelling “treat”. Some ideas might include:
Shoot, swing, kick for each letter as you spell.
Start each letter, grow louder until you reach the end of the word.
Spell your word with a pirate voice.
Spell your word like an opera singer.
Spell your word with a little baby voice.
Spell your word in a squeaky mouse voice.
Spell your word in a lions roar.
Spell your word in a robot voice.
Do a jumping jack for each letter you use in the word.
Spell your word with a farmer voice.
Spell your word like royalty with a British accent.
Hunt for your word in a book.
Sparkle write your letters to spell your word.
Write your letter with an expo marker on the mirror.
Pretend you are a bunny and hop for every letter you spell.
Challenge: For one minute you have to spell everything you say. Have someone guess what you are trying to communicate.
For extra fun, create an egg hunt, scattering the eggs about the room.
Sight Word Pratice
Write each sight word on the outside of an egg. You may want to split the word by common endings. Doing so allowed my daughter to line up her letters to read the full word. Inside each egg provide a sentence containing that specific word. Have them locate and highlight the word to practice words in print. The sentences I included were questions or funny phrases to keep my kindergartner entertained. Like the spelling practice, I hid her eggs about the room, which she loved. Today, on the go, she packed her eggs into an egg carton. She’s been carrying her sight words ever since.
For a little Easter gift this year, my three children wrote poems to their teachers. For this project, I typed up a templates for a variety of poems. One the outside of each egg I placed an Easter topic word. They choose the topic they wanted to write about and opened up the egg to fill out their poem. I coached my three year old and assisted the five year old. The seven year worked to design her own poem. We then typed, printed, decorated and glued the poems on the back of a adorable bunny plaque. Today they gifted their sweet projects to their teachers. Here are the words and styles of poetry I used:
- Easter: Acrostic Poem
- Chocolate Bunny: 5 Senses Poem
- Spring/April: Subject Poem
- Easter Egg Poem: 5 W Poem (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
- Bunny: Cinquin Poem
- Jelly Bean: 5 Senses Poem
- Flowers: ABC Poem (Each letter is a new line until you reach your subject letter)
- Chick: Diamante Poem
- Free Choice: Haiku Poem
Stayed Tuned: Tomorrow I will be working on the next two Easter Egg projects : Shopping for Eggs (Learning through Math) & Treasure Hunt (Scavenger and Spy Style Easter Egg Hunt)!!!