So, most of these activities for our preschool Easter unit can be cataloged for next year’s Easter activities, but they can also easily be adapted to non-Easter activities (the Easter placemats springs to mind). My boys had lots of fun making the crafts we did this week, and now that we’ve been in town for more than a couple of days, we’ll actually have some good preschool going on this week (or at least planned stuff).
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Easter books probably in your library
Let’s face it, if we bought books for every single unit we do in our preschools, we’d be broke. So, these are 10 Easter books your library probably has.
- The Easter Egg by Jan Brett– I love anything and everything by Jan Brett
- Clifford’s Happy Easter– While Clifford books aren’t high quality, they’re beloved by pretty much every kid, and they’re fun to read
- The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever– My kids have always loved the “I Spy” type books
- Easter Mice!– This is a great series of holiday books, and I’ve got most of them in my personal library as well
- The Biggest Easter Basket Ever!– Every library has a variation on this book, and it’s a fun read
- The Easter Bunny that Overslept– They may not have this exact book, but they’ve got some variation on the Easter Bunny missing Easter
- The Bunny Who Found Easter– I love both the story AND the pictures in this
- The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs– I like the combination of the fake eggs from an Easter egg hunt and finding a real nest of eggs
- The Egg Tree– a great look at family traditions and how our traditions change
- Rechenka’s Eggs– Admittedly these last two are more for elementary kids, but they’re great books to read snuggled up with your family, and perfect for homeschooling preschool if you have older kids who will enjoy this story also
Easter preschool unit: Making placemats
They loved making Easter placemats with their sister.
These make great placemats for meals. It lets your kids show off their work, and then you can happily put them in the recycling.
Basically, just let them have fun painting and doing whatever they want, and when the paint is dry add some Easter stickers. Super fun and easy.
Easter preschool unit: Making a bird’s nest
Our next activity: making bird’s nests! They loved this, and it was a great multi-day art activity. Sadly, I have no memory of which wonderful blog I saw this on, if you know, please tell me!
Supplies for the bird’s nest: empty egg carton (cardboard cartons are easier to paint on), poster paint, paint brushes, plastic Easter eggs, and construction paper or fun foam, oh and scissors, googly eyes, sharpies (I keep remembering more things)
First step: get an empty egg carton and cut the little egg slots apart. Let the kids have fun painting them in nest like or as we did spring colors.
While the nests are drying you can do the next step. Get one of the zillions of plastic eggs you got this weekend. Take either fun foam or construction paper. Cut out the shape of a bill and wings. In theory, your wings will match your eggs. In practice my boys like blue and green, so that’s the wings they chose. Glue on your wings and beak.
Explain that it is not the end of the world to have glue on your hand, and calm down the hysterical child.
Now if you have any wiggly eyes, those would make great eyes, if not you can draw on eyes with a Sharpie. Regular Crayola markers do not work for this, all they do is wipe off on your hands. Trust me.
Here are the final Mommy steps: punch holes in the sides and thread ribbon through and tie it onto wherever you’re hanging them.
Final step in our preschool easter unit: dying Easter eggs
Also known as a great way to ruin clothes if you leave them on.
Princess, Batman (middle), and Superman working hard as Nana helps.
A couple of helpful tips I figured out:
1. Assign each child 2 colors, that way there is no serious arguing over colors.
2. Reassign colors because you accidentally had the favorite colors backward.
3. Have your kids in underwear or diapers or old clothes you don’t mind staining.
4. Plan a bath right afterward.
5. Cover the area with plastic, because my sheet drop cloth was soaked through in 2 seconds, but luckily I had a plastic tablecloth underneath.
Future Ticia 2019 here, These plastic Easter egg bird craft sat on our chandelier until we changed out the chandelier, so like 5 years. Every time I looked at them, it made me smile.
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