Toddlers are a special blend of curiosity ,new found independence, kindness, and chaos. That is why I adore this age group and am amazed at how many wonderful things they can create and learn if given the chance. These easy Easter activities give toddlers that chance to explore their curiosity and creativity as well as work on important skills like hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, pre-literacy and pre-math skills too. Activities with this age group ( 1-3 years old) tend to be quick. That is age appropriate so don’t force kids to keep going when they are done. One trick I loved using while teaching was to offer more materials as the activity goes on … ” Do you want glitter? I just found pink paint do you want some? ” I would never require it but offering options in smaller doses lets them process it all carefully and sometimes it stretches out the activity, sometimes it doesn’t. Have a basket of Easter themed books ready to extend the activity further. You can check out some of our favorite Easter books here.
We made these flower suncatchers a few weeks ago in an attempt to beckon spring. It worked because now the trees are blooming! OK so these flower suncatchers probably don’t have the ability to force trees and flowers to bloom but they do instantly brighten up any window you pop them in. These fancy flowers are actually really easy to make. If you want to add more steps for older children you can use white construction paper and have the kids color the flowers but for my little three year old this simple collage craft was a perfect fit! Don’t be fooled as simple as this craft is it is also develops fine motor skills which will make things like cutting and writing less frustrating for my little artist. Crafts can get a bad reputation but if you look at them as one tool in a big tool box of hands on learning they are fantastic!
Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, contact paper, and sequins. Ours came from our friends at craftprojectideas.com we love their materials!
Start by cutting out the flowers. I fold construction paper in half to make it easier to cut the middle out. Next cut the middle out of the flower so you have a frame.Place the flowers face down on the contact paper sticky side up. Trim.
Add them on to the sticky contact paper. Show your child how to press them on to make sure they stick. Dumping them on like this isn’t the best way but if they do follow my daughter’s lead just shake off the extra and play press the sequin while counting! You can sneak in a little math that way too. If you want to you can add another layer of contact paper over the sequins. We opted to leave it as is and have only had a sequin or two fall off.
Books About Flowers
Check out some of our favorite books about flowers for kids in our post here.
It’s spring and it’s time to get outside and learn! This sidewalk chalk number line activity is great because it uses almost no materials and you can use it however your child needs to. My son used the line as a place to show his answers but didn’t use it as a manipulative itself, and my daughter used it to count by 5 with help. Your child may like the line as a guide to figure out the equations or as a way to show their answers to mental math like my son. Use it for whatever math goal you are working on.
Start by drawing a number line on the ground. Ours went from 0-50 by 5′s and I used one big step to measure between the numbers. Ours did not have marks to mark each number on the line but if you want to you can do this. I had my son estimate where those numbers would be when he needed to. My line is a little wobbly but it didn’t bother either one of my kids or change the outcome. Don’t stress about little things like this.
I wrote out equations that my son has been working on doing mentally. This is our way of drilling without drilling. It’s fun and active and even if you are working on drills you can add an active element. Then switch gears to using the number line as a tool to help figure out the equations.
For younger players have them simply find the number and step on it. For my daughter after she walked the line and counted by 5s I called out the numbers on either end of the line so she was bopping from one end to the other and learning as she went.
Want more active learning ideas for kids? Check out these 21 fun ideas!
It’s spring!! Finally we are done with winter and we can dive into pastel colors, bunnies, flowers, butterflies and more. I know some of you are still waiting for the snow to melt but there is nothing wrong with making your own spring with crafts until the weather catches up with the season.
This week I’d love for you to link up your fun spring posts. If you don’t have one from this week go back into your archives or add anything you feel like sharing. I am not picky but I am looking for more posts to pin to my Spring Activities and Easter For Kids boards on Pinterest. Check them out if you have time after linking up!
We love simple crafts that can be set up and made using only a few materials and done in those little snippets of time that busy families have. Yesterday we hit the gym, the grocery store, the beach , and two school conferences. It was a busy day to say the least but when my daughter and I were briefly in the playroom I noticed she’d covered a book in gems and asked her if she wanted to make a craft with them. We didn’t have time to make this complicated and I think it turned out perfectly simple. I started making one after I cut two plates by accident but she ended up finishing mine too! This easy paper plate craft is great for fine motor development ( picking up and placing all those little pieces) too.