Easter activities

Easter Egg Magnet Science Fun – Quite An Attraction

Plastic Easter eggs and some small bits from the junk drawer combined for Easter egg magnet science fun and it was quite an attraction for wee hands.Easter egg magnet science funDo you have a drawer in the kitchen to hold all the assorted bits and pieces that don’t go anywhere else? While often called the junk drawer, these things can be treasures for kids. The kids looked thru the items and picked out some small metal, plastic, and wood ones. Then, Little Sister and Big Sister discussed which ones the magnet would pick up and which ones it wouldn’t. Most of the time, they agreed which ones they thought would be attracted to the magnet. Then, one by one, each item was snapped into a plastic Easter egg.

Easter egg science fun

For each hidden object, the kids tried to pick up the Easter egg with the magnet. Some they could but no matter if it worked or not, we opened each egg to see what it was. Some of the items were metal but hadn’t worked so the kids tried again without the egg. They were surprised that a metal tack and metal watch clip did not stick to the magnet but a pipe cleaner did.

Easter egg magnet science fun

With the magnets and all the pieces, Little Sister wanted to make an ‘advention’ so she began sticking things to different places on the magnet. There were another couple of magnets and some of the objects twisted together. Creating a sort of free-form sculpture kept her busy playing and inventing. This was certainly child-directed play because she suggested it on her own and played as she wanted to. The Easter egg magnet science fun inspired her to try something different for herself.

Easter egg magnet science fun

The magnets we used were from old shower curtains. Once the play was finished, all the bits went back in the junk drawer until needed for another play ‘advention’. That’s a good word because play often is an adventure and invention together, isn’t it?

 

Easter Egg Float-Sink Science Fun for a Play-of-the-Day

A good chunk of our afternoon was in the kitchen, not baking but at the sink with hands in warm water, for some Easter egg float-sink science fun. A winner!Easter egg float-sink science

Do you have a junk drawer in the kitchen? We do and this experiment starts with hunting in the stuff for small items that will fit in a plastic Easter egg. We found a glass marble, safety pin, small rock, square bread-bag tag, dice, button, tiny light bulb, screw, twist tie, pipe cleaner, paper clip, and other bits. Before we did anything else, the kids thought about what might float in water and what might sink. They didn’t always agree. Next, we taped over the holes in a dozen plastic Easter eggs so they didn’t let in water.

Once we’d taped the eggs, and talked over what might happen, we put one item in each egg and dropped them in the sink one at a time. After checking to see if an egg would float or sink, we looked inside to see the item.Easter egg float-sink science

To our astonishment, every single egg floated. Even the ones with the rock and the glass marble. We certainly weren’t expecting that. Big Sister suggested putting both of them in one egg. It still floated. So we tried filling the egg with more items so the two halves would barely click. This time it sunk down a little way but not much.

Little Sister liked this idea of putting in more than one thing so spent the next half an hour by playing by herself and trying the items in different combinations. At one point, standing on the chair at the sink, she sang and hummed, “I’m doing science.” She figured out if she opened an egg and put it in the bottom of the sink to start with, then she could put an item in the egg for sinking.Easter egg float-sink science

I’m not sure where I saw the idea for this Easter egg float-sink science fun but it was sure a hit, especially with Little Sister. It’s wonderful to see kids direct their own play after we give them an idea. Is there a science-kid at your house who would like to try this for a play-of-the-day?

 

Combine Kids, Nature, Easter For Spring Fun and Learning

For some spring fun and learning combine kids, nature, Easter and enjoy this treat. We’ve done this activity before and were just waiting for a day to do it again!

spring Easter nature hunt activity for kids

Do your kids like to hunt for Easter eggs? Crystal, at
Crystal and Co calls this Reverse Easter Eggs. Kids start with eggs and instead hunt for things to put in them. It’s a sort of I Spy for spring scavenger hunt. Open 12 plastic eggs and place the larger half of each in an egg carton. Using just 6 doesn’t work, because then there are 2 items in each egg when you put them back together.  Then, dress for the weather and head outside for treasures to put in each.  This is what happened last time.

There were some wonderful spring surprises, like tiny little flowers hiding in the grass. Nature always has treasures such as bark, rock, twigs, dried seeds and pods, and other things down low at kid-level. Both Big Sister and Little Sister enjoyed looking for bits of nature. We tucked one item in each egg. Big Sister carefully closed them and we brought them back into the house. Opening the eggs to see what was hiding inside added to the fun.spring, Easter, and nature hunt activity for kids

With some sun on them, the rain puddles all around were sparkling like tiny jewels. We couldn’t put them in an egg but were happy to leave them outside. We left the daffodils outside too, almost like little suns.

Easter egg hunt nature kids

In a recent article for the New York Post, Naomi Schaefer Riley wrote, “nature provides a laboratory for kids, enabling them to make observations about their environment and allowing their brains to recharge.” Time in nature provides other benefits too, for physical and emotional development, like lowering stress and anxiety and increasing creativity, problem-solving, self-regulation, and social skills.

Instead of treasures at the end of the rainbow, these were kids, nature, Easter and spring treasures in the rainbow colors of Easter eggs. And maybe in the heart of a child too?

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. 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 … Continue reading Easter Fun Children’s Books, Songs, Games, and Traditions

Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Sense of Taste Activity

When it comes to Easter and tasting, chocolate is the overwhelming favorite, but other flavors make Easter a treat for the sense of taste. Exploring the senses promotes brain development, early learning, and kindergarten readiness. Here’s a fun sense of taste Easter activity, using a little chocolate and fruit. There’s often a container of yogurt … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Sense of Taste Activity

Easter Sense of Smell Activity

We all use our senses to interact with the world, but for children sensory experiences are critical for their early learning, brain development, and in only a few years, kindergarten readiness. It’s common knowledge that the sense of smell is very powerful and, apparently, babies can smell even before they are born! For some smelly … Continue reading Easter Sense of Smell Activity

Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Sense of Sight Activity

The sense of sight gets lots of extra fun at Easter that supports children’s early learning, brain development, and kindergarten readiness.  While sight is a primary sense channel, all sensory information is important for interacting with the world. At Easter, there’s so much to see: chicks, bunnies, colorful eggs, green grass, and a neighborhood wearing … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Sense of Sight Activity