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10 Fast & Fun Early Years Easter Activities

March whizzed by in the blink of an eye and we’ve landed in Easter Week. If you haven’t yet planned your Easter activities, don’t panic. We’re here with ten fast, fun ideas to incorporate an Easter theme into EYFS activities.

1.   Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter Egg hunt is a must for an early years setting and only takes a few minutes to set up. Hide some eggs around the classroom, childminding space or garden and let the children search for them. Depending on the number of children in the group, they can search solo or in pairs. When all the eggs have been found, you can count them out together to see how many each child has found. This kind of activity combines physical development, personal and social development and communication and language. Children can incorporate positional language such as ‘the egg was under the tree’. They also gain confidence from finding the eggs. Counting out the eggs is maths, and you can make it slightly more complicated such as ‘how many green eggs are there?’ depending on the ages and development levels of the children.

Top tip – hide plastic eggs rather than actual chocolate! The children can exchange the plastic eggs for the chocolate at the end of the hunt. This stops the eggs from melting if it’s hot. It also prevents the children from eating the chocolate as soon as they find it – there’s always one!

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2.   Matching Games

Once you have switched the plastic eggs for the chocolate ones, you can use the plastic eggs for some matching games. For example, ‘I have a small green egg, who can point to one that looks the same?’ You could also introduce the idea of symmetry. Use a symmetrical shape, such as a butterfly and place one egg on one side. Ask a child to place one egg on the other side so that it becomes symmetrical. This task involves maths and speech and language development. Fine motor skills also come into play.

3.   Easter Sensory Bin

For a more self-contained activity, try an Easter sensory bin. Regular readers of our blog will know we love a sensory bin. There are a couple of reasons for this. They’re fun to put together, particularly with a theme, they’re fast and they’re eco-friendly. You can use lots of items you would otherwise throw away. For example, shredded paper makes great nests for Easter. Dye some rice grass green, add little fluffy chicks, more plastic eggs – make sure they are too big to swallow, and some little bunnies. You could also just use feathers and cotton wool to present the bunnies’ fluffy tails. Add tweezers and pots for the children to use and encourage them to describe what they can feel and see – textures, shapes, sizes, and colours. 

Sensory bins encourage speech and language development, maths and fine motor skills.

If you add in some more chicks, bunnies and other plastic baby animals such as lambs and piglets, this doubles as a ‘tuff’ tray for imaginative play and artistic expression.

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4.   Loose Parts

Provide some Easter-themed loose parts, such as feathers and cotton wool balls, alongside your usual cardboard tubes, boxes, and assorted bits, and watch in wonder as the children create structures and narratives from their imaginations.

Loose parts play is perfect for observing children. It is important to provide materials and observe how the children use them when not given a specific direction.

5.   Easter Chicks Scrap Craft

Pull together bits of yellow wool, feathers, paper, card and material, even dried pasta, and put them all in a tray. Next cut out some chick shapes from an old cardboard box to create a base for each child to create their own chick. Then it’s time for some glueing and sticking. Let the children choose what they want to stick on and provide glue spreaders and non-toxic PVA glue to make it easy for them. Help younger children to cover the card with their chosen materials and ask them to explain which they chose and why. Add some orange stickers for a beak and some googly eyes and, voila, chicks to be taken home and presented to proud parents and primary caregivers.

Giving children the choice of materials helps them express themselves artistically and make the chick theirs.

You could also do this with white or brown materials for bunnies depending on what you have available. 

6.   Easter Baking

A twist on the classic chocolate crispy cakes, use shredded wheat to get a more nest-like consistency. The children can work together to weigh, measure and mix the ingredients following the recipe and describe how the mixture changes at each stage. You only need two ingredients to make these cakes – cereal and melted chocolate. They also require no oven time. Simply pop them in the fridge, and they’ll be ready for dessert or to take home at the end of the day.

Early years children can’t have small hard chocolate eggs such as mini eggs, so top the cakes with a small plastic chick instead.

You could also make some easter biscuits in the shapes of chicks, eggs, and bunnies.

7.   Egg Painting

Cut out more egg shapes, this time from paper and let the children paint them. Provide a range of materials, such as paintbrushes, sponges, cotton buds and lolly sticks. Children can also incorporate finger painting into their designs. Keep asking them what they are doing and why they made those choices to encourage speech and language development skills as well as fine motor and artistic expression.

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8.   Egg Scratch Art

You could also cut some egg shapes out of cardboard. Get the children to colour them in with a rainbow of coloured pencils, then cover the design in black wax crayon. Give the children a (not sharp) scratch tool, such as the bottom of a paintbrush, and let them scratch out whatever design they wish to illustrate individual artistic expression.

 

9.   Chocolate Playdough

Playdough is fast to make and provides hours of great educational fun for early years children. Make chocolate-scented playdough by adding some cocoa powder into the usual mix. Add buttons, pipe cleaners, stickers and feathers for the children to decorate their playdough creations.  Playdough is fantastic for fine motor skills and physical development and the cocoa adds an extra sensory element.

10.Egg & Spoon Races

Back to physical activity, egg and spoon races are a great way to get the children moving and can be done with the plastic eggs from the egg hunt. You can, of course, use hard-boiled eggs but that can be messy and expensive with young children. These races require concentration and balancing so they also tick the personal, social, and emotional development box.

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We hope these few ideas have helped inspire some Easter activities for you to try with your early years group.

Happy Easter!

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