I love Easter. I saw someone describe it as the day to remember and celebrate love, forgiveness, and grace, and I honestly couldn't have agreed more with them. For me, Easter has always been the holiday that I've taken to really reflect on and appreciate my family, and this past week we had a blast celebrating the holiday with Emery and teaching her about all of the different aspects of it. Towards the end of our week Em's two year molars started cutting through making for a rough few days and a little bit more relaxed of a schedule for our tot school specific activities, but overall I think she had a lot of fun, and Kyle and I of course just had a blast celebrating with her! A lot of these activities are more Easter themed (think eggs, bunnies, etc) but a lot of them can be slightly altered to turn into more of a general "spring" theme as well to make it work for you and your kiddos!
Tot School Week 4: Easter
Snacks: SKIPPED. I was having a hard time coming up with Easter themed treats that weren't straight candy (which unfortunately Em still got plenty of 😆) and teething was making it hard to get Emery to really eat much of anything outside of her favorite foods, so this week we decided to keep it simple and just forgo any special themed snacks.
Books (We read one book a day):
Monday - "What Can Bunnies Do?" coloring/create a book activity and phonics/vocabulary flash cards. This book is really similar to the weekly color books that we've been doing in past weeks, but instead of focusing on a color focused on bunnies and the different activities that they can do. The free download for the book also includes phonics cards that can be printed and cut out, and makes for a great speech development activity to either teach your kiddos new words, or to help them annunciate different letter sounds that they may be struggling with.
Tuesday- Egg Stamp Counting Activity and an "Egg Scoop" activity. I've been trying to work with Emery on counting on the side of our regular tot school activities, and both of these activities helped with that focus. For the egg stamp worksheet, simply have your child use stamps, paint, stickers, etc. to fill in the correct number of dot spaces on each egg. Em LOVES painting, so I found her some cute circle sponge brushes to fill in the eggs with. The egg scoop activity was SO simple to put on and completely free assuming you have some old Easter eggs lying around - I just put 10 of Em's Easter eggs into a basket, then gave her another empty basket and her ladle from her mini kitchen utensil set (a large spoon would work as well) and had her practice moving the eggs from one basket to the other, counting them with her as she worked. This activity actually kept Em entertained for a lot longer than I thought it would, and is a bonus for developing not only counting skills but also hand-eye coordination as well.
Wednesday- Bunny Color Hop and "Egg"-cercises. This day we tied in Em's favorite Easter book from this year and made a themed day of it. "The Great Easter Race!" shares a story all about the classic Sesame Street characters having a big race for Easter, and I thought it'd be fun to add in our own elements of exercise that could be done inside and with an Easter theme. For the "egg"-cercises, I just wrote down different kid friendly activities on strips of paper and put them in the eggs. Em then opened up the eggs and we'd do the movements together. Feel free to make up your own exercises to put in the eggs, but the ones we did were:
Thursday- Bunny Tail Color Sort. This was probably the worst day for Em's teething, and my poor girl spent the majority of the day wanting to do nothing but cuddle and watch shows. During a short period of molar relief though do to some Copaiba oil on her gums, we were able to play this fun little color matching activity. Putting it together is as easy and printing out the bunnies (and cutting them out if you choose to), and then having your kiddo use pom-poms, colored buttons, etc to match the proper colored tail to it's respective bunny. Emery has really come to enjoy these little color sorting activities, and I love that they give us a way to keep her memory fresh of all the colors we've been practicing up to this point.
Friday- Coloring Wooden Easter Eggs and making Easter sugar cookies. These are obviously the most Easter themed/least educational activities of the week, but we had a full weekend planned out for Em with Easter Egg hunts, baskets, and parties with friends coming up, so I figured why not start early with the celebrations? 😉 Before Friday I'd never actually died Easter eggs before and honestly don't even know how to hard boil an egg, but I found some cute small wooden eggs in Target's dollar section and thought that I'd give it a go. We mixed up six plastic cups with 1/2 water, 1/2 apple cider vinegar (white vinegar works fine too), and liquid food coloring into each cup, then let the eggs sit in the cups while stirring them around for about 30 minutes in the mixture. Emery loved helping to squirt the colors into the cups and would say the color as we were mixing it, and has been playing with the wooden eggs ever since! Next year we might even try dying regular eggs, but I'd love to do it with natural food dyes derived from different foods/spices.
To make things easier for anyone wanting to try out any of these activities, here's a list of all of the printables that we've used/created (to download/print just click on the link that you want. Also, for the Bunny Hop, Color Sorting Activity, and the Egg Counting Activity I've decided to include a black & white copy as well as a color copy - just in case there's anyone out there like me who doesn't have a color printer and wants to color in the worksheets themselves!
This week of tot school we're going back to finish up our color wheel and will be focusing on the color GREEN! Feel free to follow along on Instagram for the activities as we do them, or check in next week for the full blog post! Have a great week!
We hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend spent with those you love most!