I'm so ready for April showers to turn into May flower, but I do love when Easter falls so late in April. Lucky we had plenty of sunshine, so we spent all weekend outside finding Easter eggs, riding bikes, and enjoying a little taste of summer.
So here were our plans for this weeks Easter theme:
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And here is what we actually did:
Our favorite books this week were:
The Earth Book By Todd Parr
Michael Recycle By Ellie Bethel
The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
Curious George Plants a Tree By Monica Perez
The Lorax By Dr. Seuss
Straw Bead Necklaces:
Chalk and Tape Easter Eggs:
For this project, I taped off an egg outline with washi tape, then Madelynn dipped chalk into a cup of water, and colored each section of the egg. The wet chalk turns into a really pretty pastel watercolor texture. Some of the tape was pretty hard to get off, so I'd definitely recommend trying to limit the amount of water before it gets too messy.
Pom Pom Egg Painting:
For this open ended project I gave Madelynn pom poms clipped with clothespins and an egg outline. Using different tools to paint with always adds a little extra interest and spark of creativity.
Plastic Egg and Bunny Stamping:
I saved the paint from our pom pom paintings and pulled it back out to reuse for some stamping fun. We use cookie cutters as stamps quite a bit, so I thought a plastic egg would be a great tool to try as well. after creating a fun texture on the page Madelynn added some bunny stamps for a festive Easter themed touch.
Easter Egg Color Matching:
These cute little felt eggs were another Target dollar spot find from last year and I thought they'd make a great color matching activity. I gave Madelynn some tiny pom poms in matching colors and she used tweezers to stuff them in the correct colored eggs.
How perfect are these little fillable carrots? When I saw that they had flat bottoms I just had to set up this fun bowling game. It was also a great way to practice counting how many carrots knocked down and how many still standing to build very beginning addition/subtraction knowledge.
Easter Egg Balance:
For this twist on the classic egg on a spoon relay game, I used washi tape to create different types of lines on the floor. Then Madelynn tried to follow the line and keep the egg from falling.
Easter Egg Letter Hunt:
Madelynn loves to play hide and seek so scavenger hunts are just the next best thing these days (and perfect for when I'm tired of hiding in the bathtub for the 43rd time in a row). I filled Easter eggs with lowercase letter beads, hid them around the house, and set Madelynn loose with her basket. After she found all of the eggs, she opened them up to find the surprise letters inside. Then, I gave her an uppercase alphabet page to name and match her letters to.
Easter Bunny Hop:
I know it is hard to see in the photos because Madelynn chose pastel pink tape, but for this activity I taped horizontal lines at varying distances apart on the floor. Then Madelynn started at one end of the room and tried to hop from one line to the next as I played the bunny hop song. I was exhausted just watching her! And of course we had to pull out the bunny ears, nose and whiskers ;)
Easter Theme Snacks:
Chick Crackers: Cut cheese into circles and place on round crackers. Add candy eyes, a small piece of orange pepper to the face. Cut small slices of carrots and peppers for the feet and hair.
Fruit and Veggie Carrots: Peel and segment a clementine. Cut small piece of cucumber into a crown like shape. Arrange 2 overlapping clementine segments and one cucmber to make each carrot.
Bunny Bait: Pop one bag microwave popcorn (or make it in a pan if you'd like) let the pop corn cool for a minute while you melt about 1/4 cup white candy melt. Pour over popcorn. Add 1 bag Easter M&Ms (I prefer the peanut variety) and mix until evenly coated. Spread out on wax paper. Sprinkle pastel sprinkles on top. Allow candy to harden. Break apart into smaller pieces then toss in a bowl with Bunnymallows.
Easter Egg Treats: Make a batch of rice crispy treat following the classic recipe. Cut into egg shapes with a cookie cutter. Use sparkle gel to add decorations.
Bunny Butts: Make your favorite batch of cinnamon rolls (from scratch, or the tube to save time like me!) add the icing, then before it hardens add a little marshmallow tail in the center and these adorable bunny feet decorations.
Egg Theme Sensory Bin:
Easter Eraser Sensory Bin:
In this sensory bin: Black beans, mini erasers, fine motor tools
Easter Play Dough:
On this play dough tray: colored play dough, egg cookie cutters, cut up pipe cleaners, gems, sequins, and buttons
Glowing Egg Sensory Bin:
In this sensory bin: Battery powered LED tea lights, eggs, clear water beads, and cups
Rainbow Egg Sensory Bin:
In this sensory bin: Rainbow rice, eggs, stretchy bunnies
That's it for this week, next week will be full of Earth Day celebration!
And here are the themes that will be coming soon as we approach the end of the school year!
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Activities, you can find them all here: