On the hunt for Easter activity ideas? Below are 3 exciting Easter activities to organise and carry out with the children in your Early Years setting.
Easter Egg Hunt Basket
An Easter egg hunt is an essential Easter activity. As well as being fun for the children, it also involves a child’s gross motor skills, cognitive skills, coordination and decision-making. Hide small eggs around the garden and then give each child an Easter basket and let them race around collecting as many eggs as possible. With the older children, provide them with clues to the hiding spots. Egg boxes make the perfect baskets for collecting Easter eggs!
To turn an egg box into a basket all you need is:
- A4 sized card or paper
- Cut the lid off your egg box, paint the bottom half and leave to dry.
- Cut an inch strip, length ways to be used as a handle.
- Use the rest of the card to make strips which can be used as shredded paper for the bottom of the basket. Green card works well to create blades of grass.
- Staple the strip cut earlier to either side of the egg box creating a handle and you’re done!
Easter Bunny Paper Plate
An Easter Bunny paper plate craft is so simple and perfect for toddlers or pre-schoolers to make! The children can help cut out the bunny ears, do all the gluing as well as draw the bunny’s features. This activity focusses on a child’s fine and gross motor skills whilst also developing their imagination and creativity.
What you will need:
- White and Pink Paper
- Pom Poms
- Pipe Cleaners
- Googly Eyes
- Small Paper Plates
- Take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them around each other in the centre so that they are connected together. This will act at the bunny’s whiskers.
- Glue the whiskers to the paper plate and then glue the pom pom to the centre of the whiskers. The pom pom will be the bunny’s nose.
- Cut out bunny shaped ears with white paper and then use the pink paper to cut out slightly smaller ears. Next, glue the pink ears to the white ears and glue this to the top of the paper plate.
- Glue on the googly ears or alternatively, draw them on.
- Draw the bunny’s mouth underneath the whiskers.
Easter Sensory Tuff Tray
An Easter Sensory Tuff Tray may be more suitable to younger children in your setting. It focusses on the children’s fine motor skills and hand eye-coordination by picking up and transferring rice using spoons. The children will love exploring the texture of the rice using all of their senses.
What you will need:
- Green food colouring
- Dried rice
- Plastic eggs
- To dye the rice green, put the rice into a large zip top bag. Add the green food colouring, secure the bag and shake to distribute.
- Sprinkle the rice on to a tuff tray (this should look like grass) and bury the plastic eggs. You can even add any toy bunnies or chicks!
- Encourage the children to use the spoons to scoop up the eggs and transfer to the bowls.
- The children may also want to explore texture of the rice using their hands.
Have fun and Happy Easter!