Here are some activities for you to do over the Easter holidays!
1. Decorate an egg:
First you need to boil an egg and let it cool down. Once the egg is cool, you can decorate it. You can use paint, felt tip pens, crayons, or you could even try this experiment out below!
Fizzy Dyed Eggs – Baking Soda, Vinegar and Food Colouring Easter Eggs:
2. Here are some of the traditions we have in the UK to celebrate Easter:
Go to church
Give our loved ones Easter eggs
Eat hot cross buns
Can you find out how people celebrate Easter in other places around the world?
3. Design a new packaging for an Easter egg.
The Easter Bunny has a special, golden egg that he needs to deliver to a very important person! Can you help him design a new packaging or case to keep the egg in?
Make it as wonderful and fancy as you can!!
4. Make a bouncy, rubber egg.
This activity requires prior preparation – see below website for instructions.
Rubber Egg Experiment
5. Have an egg and spoon race.
Use a boiled egg (or a chocolate egg) and have an egg and spoon race with your family. You can either do this in the garden or indoors (if you have enough space to do so safely).
6. Have an Easter egg (scavenger) hunt at home.
Now is the perfect time to have an Easter egg hunt. You can hide Easter eggs around your house (or in your garden if you have one), then get your family to search for them!
You can give them clues to help them or tell them if they’re getting any closer by telling them they’re ‘hot’ or ‘cold’.
If you don’t have any Easter eggs, why not try hiding other objects around your house? This is just as fun!!
7. Make an easy ‘no sew’ sock bunny.
Follow this tutorial for instructions on how to make a sock bunny.
Please feel free to improvise if you do not have rice to fill the socks with. You could use cotton wool, sand or something else instead.
8. Easter nest cakes.
Do some family cooking and make these easy chocolate Easter nest cakes.
To make 12 cakes, you will need:
225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tbsp golden syrup
Mini chocolate eggs
Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases.
Melt the chocolate; golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth.
Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all the cereal is coated in the chocolate.
Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press some chocolate eggs into the center of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.
9. Write an Easter acrostic poem.
Here’s an example of what an acrostic poem should look like:
E aster eggs taste delicious.
A ll the flowers are bright.
S pring is all around us.
T he blossom looks so pretty.
E ating lots of hot cross buns.
R abbits hopping in the fields.
Challenge: Use some interesting adjectives (describing words) or alliteration e.g. 'Shining, spring sun'.
10. Learn about the Easter story and why we celebrate Easter.
Use this video to learn about the Easter story:
Can you retell the story with your family? You could:
Act out the story using your drama skills and get your family to play different roles.
Write the Easter story (Don’t forget your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops!)
Create your very own active story telling sequence to retell the Easter Story. To do this you would need to represent the events using small drawings/symbols and then think of your own actions to go alongside these drawings.
Be as creative as you can!
11. Test your creativity and make an Easter Bunny headband.
Measure around your child’s head with a piece of paper and then cut out a long strip with a rounded area in the middle (as per the picture).
Draw and cut out 2 bunny ears (any size) and either cut a smaller bunny ear shape to stick in the middle of the ear or simply colour the middle of the ear pink.
Glue the bunny ears onto the back of the bunny face (the rounded area in the middle of your headband strip).
You can then decorate your bunny headband with whatever resources you have available. For example, you could use a button for a nose, string for whiskers or you could simply use colour pencils/pens/paint/tissue paper.
Glue/sellotape/staple both sides of the headband together so that it forms a circle.
Add a fluffy bunny tail to the back of your headband if you would like to (you could colour this or use a pom pom/string if you have any available).
12. Listen to ‘The Rhyming Rabbit’ by Julia Donaldson and enjoy the story together with your family.
Listen to the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_N0L9rtSIY
Then have an oracy (talking) discussion with your family and talk about the story and its relevance/links with Easter. You could use some of these sentence stems to help to build your discussion:
“I liked the part when ______________.”
“My favourite part of the story was ________________ because _____________.”
“I did not like ______________.”
“My favourite character was _______________ because ______________.”
“One thing I would change about the story would be ________________.”
Have a wonderful Easter!!
From Miss Manners, Miss Fountain and Miss Foreman