Easter Fun Children’s Books, Songs, Games, and Traditions

Now that it’s almost here, it’s time for some Easter fun children’s books, songs, games, and family traditions. Let’s start the Easter fun with stories.

Easter children's books

Children’s Easter books range from traditional stories to fanciful ones about eggs, chicks, bunnies, and spring. Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda worked together for the book, “The Easter Cat.” Usually in children’s books, the illustrations support the story, maybe adding a few details the story line doesn’t have. Many books include dialogue so when adults read to kids, we can change our voices to signal the different characters. In “The Easter Cat” kids can be the voice of the cat because what cat says is shown in pictures. Cat uses facial expressions and holds up signs that kids can read to tell part of the story. Some kids might need to be encouraged to be the voice of the cat. We can ask questions like, “Hmm, Cat is holding up a sign. That looks like hearts. What do you think that means?”

Kids soon catch on and check the signs for Cat’s part of the conversation. This book really reinforces the ideas that text is pictures written in words and that reading is an interaction.

Books are only part of the package that makes any holiday special. Two simple songs are:

1 little, 2 little, 3 little Easter eggs.
4 little, 5 little, 6 little Easter eggs.
7 little, 8 little, 9 little Easter eggs.
10 little Easter Eggs.

Easter active body playInstead of eggs, kids can sing about 10 little fluffy chicks, or 10 little Easter baskets, or whatever else they think of. For an action song, change the word Happy to Hoppy and sing, “If you’re Hoppy, and you know it.” You can use the clap hands and stomp feet actions or use bunny ones like twitch your nose, or hop around.

A simple Easter game is Hopscotch. Bunnies love the game hopscotch. They also love to play Hide n’ Seek.

Easter fun for kidsFamilies will have their own traditions for this time of year. That might include special baking, coloring and hiding Easter eggs, visiting family, or camping for the first time in the season. We brought out the decorations for Easter. The Easter bunny made from a yellow plastic egg (left-side of photo) with pipe cleaner ears has lost nose, eyes, whiskers, and tail but the kids remember how he used to look and remind me he needs fixing.

Are there some Easter Fun children’s books, songs, games, and traditions at your house?

Magic Wishes for Preschool/Kindergarten #6: Kids’ Gardening Fun and Learning

Spring is the best time of year for kids’ gardening fun and learning. Do your kids know that food has to grow before we get it at a store? In this series, parents and caregivers of preschool kids are answering the following question:

Q. If you had a magic wand or one wish you could use to conjure up something in a preschool program, care center, or kindergarten, what would that be?

kids' gardening fun and learning

The answers give plenty of food for thought. Patrick, dad of K, wishes his son and other kids could learn about gardening and the value of food. It must be the time of year, because just this week there was a radio interview with a scientist and growing food in space. Growing food in space is more than a science challenge. It’s also a mental and emotional issue, as astronauts find they really miss eating something fresh. Plus, being involved in growing food provides a connection nothing else can. Not only do plants feed bodies they also feed our hearts. Caring and looking after plants can reduce the isolation and loneliness of those in space—and back on Earth too.

There are so many great reasons to include gardening activities for kids, no wonder Patrick wished kids could have access to gardens. Gardens nourish the senses. Think of the smell of soil and water, green plants, and freshness outdoors. Soft, slippery, wet, and sandy are a few of the different textures for sense of touch. With plants and earth, eyes get lots of stimulation. There’s not a lot to hear, or is there? Perhaps this is one reason why gardening is relaxing, the sounds are oh so quiet.

kids' gardening fun and learning

Children not only tune in to their senses, but to their own nature. They also learn about being patient and responsible. The experience the circle of life, in that plants need our care and we need plants for food. Creepy crawlies like worms are part of the connection too. When we care for a garden, we also care for ourselves and others.

Raising food from planting to harvesting, not only gives kids knowledge of how food grows, but appreciation for it too. In the words of the Guerilla Gardner, Ron Finley, “Kids who grow kale will eat kale. Kids who grow tomatoes, will eat tomatoes.” That’s one way of getting kids to eat veggies. Having kids’ gardening fun and learning as part of early childhood is so worthwhile. Do you wish there was more of it too?

 

Magic Wishes #5: Calm, Quiet, Destress Space for Kids

Play can include a calm, quiet, destress space for kids. One parent’s wish is giving the rest of us something to think about for at school and at home.quiet calm spaceThis month, blog posts are based on answers to the question, “If you had one wish for a preschool or kindergarten or other childcare program left-over from St. Patrick’s Day or a sort-of realistic magic wand you found on April Fool’s, what would you want?” Answers have been varied and really interesting. This wish for a quiet place for kids come from L-A, a mother of two and kindergarten teacher.

Do kids need a quiet retreat at school and at home? Absolutely. Just like adults. What about you? Do you have a place where you can go when you are feeling overwhelmed? For parents, sometimes it’s locking yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes. At work, it may still be a bathroom or even a storage closet. Anything for a few minutes where the phone isn’t ringing or someone is stopping by your counter or desk. We take coffee breaks, but that’s not the same as a quiet break.

We might expect a calm, quiet space for kids to have dim lighting, soft cushions, furry stuffed animals, and books, but many of them also include sensory materials. A spongey ball, lava lamp, heavy blanket, and squishy playdough are possibilities. Carolyn Feder shares some suggestions in her article Top Ideas to Create a Calming Sensory Bedroom Space for Autism Parenting.

calming glitter bottleAt home or in a care or school center, we may be able to find a room or a corner to make a retreat. Sometimes, a big box or small tent is an option. In the car, this can be quite tricky. A super article gives a list of 40 items you can use to make a calm-down bin. For kids that find public spaces like stores or offices a challenge, you can tuck a few into a bag to take along.

In a child’s own words on this video, “Sometimes I get really frustrated and mad.” After spending 5 minutes in the special sensory calming room, “I go back to class and then everything starts to return happy.”

No wonder a quiet place for kids is a wish from this parent. Is there a calm, quiet, destress space for kids at your house or childcare center?

 

Magic Wishes for Early Learning #4: Access to Books for Kids

When parents were asked to share one magic wish for early learning, parent Catherine, hoped for more access to books for kids. Here’s an article for why this is so critical for early learning and development. Journalist and parent, Amy K. Williams explores some of the reasons in this guest post.   The Importance of … Continue reading Magic Wishes for Early Learning #4: Access to Books for Kids

Magic Wishes for Preschool/Kindergarten #3: Lots of Hands-on Sensory Play Activities

Question for you: what do parents wish for in early learning programs for kids? Mom Nicolle answers, “Lots of hands-on sensory play activities. This month, we’re pretending that April Fool’s left us with a magic wand or a St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun granted us one wish, but we have to use these for playschools or … Continue reading Magic Wishes for Preschool/Kindergarten #3: Lots of Hands-on Sensory Play Activities

Magic Wishes for Preschool/Kindergarten #2: Quick and Easy Movement Activities for Kids

What did the baby calf say to the momma cow? I need to mooove. Human babies need to move too so include some quick and easy movement activities for kids. This is Part #2 in response to the following question for parents and caregivers of young children. Q. If, after St. Patrick’s or April Fools, … Continue reading Magic Wishes for Preschool/Kindergarten #2: Quick and Easy Movement Activities for Kids

Magic Wishes for Preschool/Kindergarten: Kids Need More Nature Hikes

Kids need more nature hikes because…hiking time outdoors in nature changes our brains; it helps bodies, brains, and hearts for all ages, wee ones to grown ones. Q. Just imagine after St. Patrick’s or April Fools, you were somehow left with one wish or a magic wand. A sort of realistic one, but your wish … Continue reading Magic Wishes for Preschool/Kindergarten: Kids Need More Nature Hikes

Kids’ April Fool’s Fun – Easy Pranks for Kids and Parents

The calendar says time for some silliness with kids’ April Fool’s fun and what’s more fun than some easy pranks for kids and parents? Of course, one parent may need to coordinate with the kids. Since April Fool’s is happening on a weekend, instead of kids crawling into bed with the parents, the parents should … Continue reading Kids’ April Fool’s Fun – Easy Pranks for Kids and Parents

On the March: Kids’ Goal-setting Skills and Ways to Support Learning Them

March seems appropriate for a post on kids’ goal-setting skills because marching is steady and purposeful. Developing these skills is child’s play. Babies, toddlers, and young kids are strongly motivated—for some things that is. A baby will struggle to find a way out of a crib, and a toddler or older child will stack blocks, … Continue reading On the March: Kids’ Goal-setting Skills and Ways to Support Learning Them