Alphabet For Starters- Easter Egg Letters

Welcome to the first post in our new series called Alphabet For Starters  focusing on simple alphabet activities for beginners. I don’t want to put an age range on these activities because kids become interested in letters at all different ages. Follow their interest and jump on the bandwagon when they are ready. Most importantly have fun with letters and use them together.  Letters are used in so many wonderful combinations and hopefully this series will help popularize the notion that drilling letters is not the first step to learning them and ultimately reading.  We have always believed in playing, creating and making connections with letters and I am excited to start this with my youngest.  This is our first organized activity.

Alphabet For Starters

This activity  is not a new or novel idea but I hope that my tips along the way may make it easier for you and your child to play and learn.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic Easter eggs, some letters that fit inside but are big enough not to pose a chocking hazard, a cute box , some Easter grass and a metal cookie sheet . I use the cookie sheet because the letters are magnetic. It gives my daughter a spot to put them and it keeps us focused and contained. It’s not a must.alphabet for starters
  2. Pop the letters in the eggs. You may notice I am only doing 9 letters. I purposely chose the 9 I did. In the 9 there are 3 letters she has mastered and points out everywhere. This sets her up for some immediate success, which is key for a great first experience. I also have the letters of her name. Using meaningful letters as a jumping off point is a great way to do it. Also I have 2 I have no clue is she knows or not. I will find out if she does, and if not she will be introduced to them gently.alphabet for starters
  3. Put them in the basket and add kiddo in PJ’s.alphabet for starters
  4. As she opened them she put them on the tray and I asked her what was in the egg. She announced some gleefully but if she didn’t know I would say ” Look you got L !” Never drill. Alphabet for starters
  5. After she opened a few I would sneak them off the tray one and a time , refill the eggs and pop them back in. This kept the momentum going without her having to wait for mama to set everything back up, that way only her desire to end the activity ended it. Also it let us reinforce the letters a few times in a fun way.easter literacy activities
  6. After a few times I asked her to point out some letters when they were on the sheet – I didn’t expect her to know any other than A and E ( her favorites) but she did.
  7. And she was so proud – you gotta love that cheer!easter activities for kids

Remember to watch your child. Children just starting to explore letters are sponges but if we put on the pressure too soon we can make them think of it as work not play. So keep things playful and remember that these beginning experiences aren’t going to take up a lot of time but repetition is great so keep the supplies handy and play it again and again .

 

Easy Easter Egg Craft

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We just got back from a nine day family vacation so I wanted to re-establish a routine quickly but gently. This Easter eggs craft was a perfect way to do that. It’s very process focused and I let the kids direct as much as they wanted. I had the paper cut out in eggs but also had extra as plain paper that they could make into any shape they wanted. This was quick for my son who was eager to play with new Lego sets (spoiled by a Great-Grandma) but my daughter explored for a long time after her brother was done. Expect a mess and enjoy!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, bubble wrap ( the big ones works well), paint, a tray or plate for paint, brushes ( love ours from craftprojectideas.com) , some painter’s tape , scissors and if you want to display it a few sheets of construction paper and glue.
  2. Start by cutting out some paper eggs. I made sure to have plain paper on hand too but my kids just made a few eggs each.bubble wrap easter eggs
  3. Next attach the bubble wrap to the table. My daughter loved popping the wrap which is great for fine motor development.
  4. Dish out the paint. I have been teaching my son about colors and how adding white changes the tint so we did that. Adjust this step to your child. My daughter hated mixing and when we helped her with the first she started crying . My son mixed all hers for her after and showed her how he mixed his and then she was fine but I will find a new way of approaching this with her next time.
  5. Mix.
  6. Paint the bubble wrap. My daughter wasn’t sure at first so I sat down and painted with my son, soon she was asking for the brush too.
  7. My son painted with his brush but my daughter and I took turns, she often used her hands. Then wanted them wiped off, then … well it was a long back and forth but that’s ok.
  8. Print the paper on. She insisted on printing one in the same spot as her brother.
  9. Voila !
  10. Glue to construction paper and you have a super easy Easter craft for all ages.

Easter Egg Books

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Ollie’s Easter Eggs (a Gossie & Friends book) by Olivier Durea is a cute book about friends working hard to dye their Easter eggs, well all but one Ollie who is playing and looking incredibly adorable in bunny ears while the others work hard.  However Ollie may have missed out on dyeing the eggs but he makes up for it by masterminding a true egg hunt!  My 4 year old son loved this book and how sneaky Ollie was as he snatched the hidden dyed eggs and re hid them! Cute addition to this popular series.

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.

Easter books

The Best Easter Eggs Ever! by Jerry Smath .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.

van Gogh Easter Eggs

easter craft This post was supposed to be about monogrammed eggs. We were going to use a white crayon to make our initials on the egg and then paint. Totally didn’t work. The painted wood eggs we got simply were too smooth for the crayon wax to stick well, I should have grabbed the unfinished ones. So we’ll try that again next year, instead this post evolved from our failure.  As I told my son to just paint them however he wanted he said ” Look I am making swirls like van Gogh!”  So we grabbed one of the few art books that is not already in storage while we sell the house and looked at some of his art. After talking about the colors and how ” Gloppy” his paint was on the canvas we added more paint to the eggs and made a few more swirls.  This was so much fun to do and you could easily adapt it to various artists. Paint small dots for George Seurat, splatter paint them for Jackson Pollack,  do large color blocks for Mark Rothko or even cut some collage paper and modge podge it on for Matisse!  The variations are endless. I think I am going to make this a Easter tradition grabbing a few eggs every year and choosing an artist to use as inspiration. After a few years we will have our own collection of masterpiece eggs.

For this project we used pre painted white wood eggs from Micheal’s , acrylic paint and paint brushes. Ignore the crayons that was a big old flop!

Easter Relief Painting

I love Easter crafts and we usually make a ton for weeks before the holiday but this is our first Easter activity this year.  We were both so excited with how easy it was to make and how beautiful it turned out to be .  All week I will have even more Easter egg crafts over on FamilyEducation.com .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a canvas ( the tape pulls off it like a dream! ), a roller sponge brush, painters tape, scissors, a plate, and paint.
  2. Start by making a frame in tape. Press hard.
  3. Now make the outline of the egg.  I did these steps, elementary aged kids should be encouraged to try though.
  4. Invite your child to come add the flair! Rip small pieces of painters tape and press them onto the canvas inside the egg.
  5. The ripping is fun and great for fine motor skills.
  6. When they have added all the tape pour some paint on the plate and roll!
  7. Add new colors as the mood strikes!
  8. Get the edges too.
  9. Set aside to dry. 
  10. When dry pull the tape off.

Our Best Easter Egg Crafts For Kids

I love Easter.  Here are our best Easter egg crafts for kids of years past. We have a few fun new ones planned for this year too so sit tight, but until then check out these old faves.

Marshmallow Egg

Yarn Egg

Paint and Eat Easter Waffles

Polka Dot Eggs

Hard and Soft Texture Egg