Easter Egg Letter Match – Alphabet For Starters

easter egg letter recognition activityby Allison McDonald

This uppercase lowercase letter match activity is not ground breaking but combining it with an Easter theme helps makes letter recognition practice and skill development into play.  Adding a fun novelty like a holiday theme does wonders for kids motivation and a motivated child is a child ready to learn. This activity is part of our Alphabet for Starters series which focuses on fun playful ways to learn the alphabet.  A few easy adaptations for different levels would be doing a straight identical letter match having only all lower or all uppercase letters and doing this with sight words for emergent readers.

  1. Gather your materials. I got this egg tray at Walmart for under a dollar. I almost bought all 4 colors but I restrained myself and let my daughter pick her favorite color. You could use an egg carton just as effectively no need to buy anything special. You will also need some paper, marker , plastic Easter eggs and a bucket for the eggs. A circle paper punch is optional for the letters in the tray. You may also want some tape to tape the paper in the tray down. Ours got staticky and interrupted the flow a few times. easter egg letter match 2
  2. Start by writing lowercase letters on small pieces of paper. Try to include a majority of letters your child knows ( about 2/3) and some you know have been challenging in the past. This will hopefully give them a good balance of ” This is challenging but I can do it!” which is the perfect zone for learning. Easter Egg Letter Match 3
  3. Pop them in your tray. easter egg letter match 5
  4. Write the corresponding upper case letters on the eggs in marker. easter egg letter match
  5. Put the eggs in the bucket and invite your letter matcher to the table. easter egg letter activity for kids
  6. Start matching. easter egg letter match alphabet activityShe wanted to put the lowercase letter in the egg after matching them which is a fun add on even though a few of the eggs didn’t want to close back up and that frustrated her greatly. I think an older child would do wonderfully with this add on even if it proved to be too much for a 2 year old. I was tricky for her but with some help she got it. After that it was smooth sailing.easter egg letter match 4 I thought Q would give her trouble but she was a champ.Easter Egg Letter Match 10 Celebrate any and all victories. Easter Egg Letter Match 9

Books About Easter

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Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz is a great way of having an Easter egg hunt while reading a story. If you aren’t familiar with the ” Where are  Baby’s …” series of life the flap books, they are simple books where the reader searches for an item finding other things first before finally finding the title object, in this case Easter eggs. My daughter loves these books and plays with them even when we aren’t reading them together. I love the bright illustrations and the simple holiday theme.

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The Best Easter Eggs Ever! by Jerry Smath is an adorable book about Easter. The story follows the Easter bunny and his 3 young assistant bunnies as they prepare for their big day. The Easter Bunny is getting tired and a little bored of his polka dot design for the eggs and decides to send out his assistants in search of new designs. The little bunnies head out with one egg and paints to all different places to find inspiration. When one of the little bunnies is captivated by the night sky she doesn’t notice how dark it is and how lost she has gotten. The Easter Bunny and his other assistants find her and in the morning the new designs are celebrated. My son loves an inside look at any sort of secret place like  the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s workshop so he was drawn into this book immediately. I liked the illustrations and how detailed they were , it certainly got me excited about Easter.

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The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing is a Easter version of the classic “Twas The Night Before Christmas” . With fun pictures and an Easter Bunny so joyful I wanted to apply for his job this book was a hit at our house. My son was engaged through the whole book guessing at the rhymes and listening intently from one page to the next. Of all the books this was the only one that really engaged my toddler as well. She pointed out animals and loved the little boy in the book. Great Easter book.

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15 Easy Easter Egg Crafts For Kids

15 Easy Easter Egg Crafts For KidsEaster has kinda snuck up on me this year but I am proud to say my Christmas ornaments are finally put away. Well except that one roll of wrapping paper that was too tall for the container. After seeing Easter candy everywhere this week I thought I should share some of our favorite Easter egg crafts from years past.  These are easy crafts that are fun to make and all but one are dye free .  We will have a bunch of new Easter and other spring crafts on the way soon .

Marshmallow Easter Egg
Easter Egg Magnets
Easter Egg Yogurt Treats
E is for Easter Egg
Texture Egg
Yarn Easter Egg
Easter Egg Waffles
Tape Resist Easter Egg
Easter Egg Bugs
Easter Egg Letter Game
Easter Egg Sun Catcher
Polka Dot Dyed Eggs
Van Gogh Inspired Easter Eggs
Bubble Wrap Easter Eggs
Roll & Paint with Easter Eggs Dice Game

 

Still not enough? Check out 2 Dozen Egg Activities over on Kids Activities Blog  or 10 Easter Egg Decorating ideas on Red Ted Art and 26 New Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs on Hands On As We Grow.

Roll & Paint – Math and Art Together

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Now that my daughter is a very opinionated toddler she makes it very clear that she wants to do what her 5 year old brother is doing. It’s not always easy to find activities that both kids can sit down and do together. This was the perfect after Easter project that uses plastic eggs and they could both sit together and make something. Whether your child is making circle prints like my daughter or rolling, counting and printing they are learning all about math while creating beautiful art!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic Easter eggs ( but any print making tool will do ) paint, paper, a plate for the paint and some dice. math for kids
  2. Start by pouring some fun colors of paint on to the plate.
  3. For the beginner version hand them an egg and start making prints. For toddlers like my daughter I would use a big egg so it’s safe ( of course she grabbed the small one but I watched her carefully and it never went in her mouth) and do one initial print then let them go wild…and wild she did.
  4. For the advanced option roll the dice and see what you get. Whatever that number is is the number of times you make prints in the color of your choice .
  5. Print.
  6. Roll again. Print again… keep going as long as there is room on the paper, or keep going on a new sheet.
  7. Don’t forget about the messy toddler. When they are printing make sure to narrate some of what they are doing . ” Oh that is a lovely red circle!”  ” That pink paint looks fabulous on your hair!” .

This can be done with all sorts of tools like toilet paper rolls, stamps, potatoes and so much more. What is your favorite non conventional tool for painting?

Books About Painting

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!by Karen Beaumont is guaranteed to entertain your child, even my toddler was laughing and anticipating the rhyming text which tickled me to no end! Now I have had some parents in the past not be happy about the use of “ain’t ” and the little boy in the story painting everywhere, I would counter that by saying people do use “ain’t” and kids do paint on things they aren’t supposed to you can use this as an example of what you aren’t supposed to do, and ask your child what they think should happen if they painted all over the house? As far as using “Ain’t” I would play the traditional “It ain’t gonna rain no more” and explain that the author used that song as inspiration for the book.

Hugo and Miles In I’ve Painted Everything by Scott Magoon is going on my must buy list. I have renewed this book for months from my local library. I finally have to return this book and I just don’t want to! The book is all about Hugo a painter who has painter’s block. He goes to Paris with his best friend Miles for inspiration, and among the sites, the masterpieces and thanks to the Eiffel tower he finds it! I love this book and my son just eats it up. He wants to go to Paris to the “Moosay Dor-see” to see Van Gogh and climb the Eiffel tower thanks to Hugo!

Willow by Denise Brennan Nelson is another wonderful book about artistic spirit. Willow doesn’t follow the rules in art class, instead she paints what she sees when she closes her eyes. Her teacher’s rules are unfair, restrictive and she is just plain mean! It’s hard as a teacher to read stories with mean , repressive teachers in them, and this one takes the cake. Willow doesn’t stop painting blue apples and is confident in her individuality and isn’t as bothered by her mean teacher as I am. This story is really worth a look!!

Easter Egg Suncatchers & Messy Play

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This Easter craft was not planned at all but sometimes beautiful things happen on hard days. This happened when my daughter refused to nap on a day I needed to pack for a trip , I just wanted her to sleep but she had other plans. Instead of trying and trying to get her to sleep and getting more and more frustrated I decided we’d play. Play we did. I had no plans on turning it into a craft but I am so glad we did because every time we pass the window where these eggs are with my daughter she claps and points with pride.

  1. Gather your materials. So my plan was just to do an Easter sticky table so I grabbed some confetti and Easter grass, contact paper and painter’s tape. easter craft for kids
  2. I popped the contact paper on the table sticky side up using painter’s tape to keep it on the table. Added the confetti and Easter grass to stick on. My son was mildly interested but she was in love.easter craft
  3. She poured and poured and asked for more.
  4. Picked it up and let it drop.
  5. All over the table and the floor.easter fun for kids
  6. It was a blast. But to say it was messy would be an understatement . I confined the mess by sealing the confetti under a 2nd layer of contact paper. easter craft for kids
  7. Then cut them into egg shapes. Aren’t they pretty??
  8. I used a little double stick tape to make sure that the paper was stuck together, because there were so many layers of confetti that the contact paper didn’t stick. The double stick tape did the trick and I put them up in the window. Even in the dark gloomy rain these brightened up our playroom!

She never did nap but wow did we have fun!

Easter Bunny Craft For Kids

Easter Craft For KidsThis is a fun and easy Easter craft for kids. We did this at a play date where the ages ranged from 20 months to 8 years old and every kid loved it!  I am going to do a variation of this with and Easter Egg and more paint colors for the Sunday school class I am teaching  this week. Kids love using silly things like big marshmallows to paint and that novelty is a great way to make holiday crafts like these a little more special.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some big marshmallows. construction paper, scissors, white paint, glue, a plate or two and some Easter grass.easter crafts for toddlers
  2. Start by drawing and cutting out an outline of a bunny in a few different colors of construction paper. I let the kids choose the colors. easter bunny craft
  3. Spread some paint on a plate and pop in the marshmallows. marshmallows for crafts
  4. Paint! easter activities for 2 year olds
  5. The marshmallows were stamping like crazy! easter crafts for kids
  6. My daughter ( who was the youngest) spent a good amount of time squishing her marshmallow but amazes us all that it never even grazed her mouth.
  7. After painting the kids chose another sheet of paper , added glue and popped the bunny on.
  8. Then we added a little more  glue for the grass at the bottom. My son and his buddy worked together to get the stubborn glue from the bottle. This craft time was packed with the kids helping each other , both of us moms were taken aback by how we really had nothing to do but take pictures and get a paper towel for one glue spill.
  9. The grass got added on and my daughter peeled her bunny off a few times. Apparently she wanted to add the grass then the bunny, once that was understood it was all good.  Then we let them dry while the four played.  I love how each bunny was unique. kids crafts for easter

Easy Easter Color Match

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After we did this I had a few bunnies left over, silly me wasn’t expecting my son or his buddy to want a black or red bunny so we had a few more traditionally colored Easter ones left over.  I grabbed them and a few plastic eggs and my daughter and I played color match. Short little games like these are really the bulk of our Mama directed learning. We spend a few minutes here, a few minutes there with my ideas and the rest of the time I follow her explorations. She is just starting to learn her colors so small bursts are a perfect way to introduce it.