Easter activities

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!

Easter sense of smell activityFor some smelly fun, I put a few different spices and things in some plastic Easter eggs and let Little Sister smell. We had cinnamon, chocolate, grass, mint tea, dirt, and soap. Although she could see the items she did not know what some of them were by looking. It was lots of fun for her to wrinkle her nose and sniff.

Surprisingly, chocolate wasn’t the one she liked the most, although it smelled “Yummy”. Cinnamon got two and smelled “Yummy, yummy”. As she smelled and sniffed, we talked about the experience, and if she liked a smell or not. When asked about the mint tea, she thought it smelled brown.

Noses are not the only part of the body used in the sense of smell, brains are involved in the process. Smells may trigger particular memories, but since the nose can recognize about 10,000 different scents, the sense of smell takes up quite a chunk of memory space. Smells may also be linked to emotions.Easter sense of smell activity

We put a few drops of orange oil in the diffuser and Little Sister went right up close to smell. Then, she found an empty plastic bottle in the cupboard and we pretended it smelled terrible or yummy, and made appropriate faces.

Easter sense of smell activitySmells can be lots of fun and Easter has some special ones, especially chocolate. It’s too bad the early flowers like tulips and daffodils have no wonderful smells, but there’s green grass and mint, and of course yummy things to eat. What do you and your child like to smell at Easter?

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 signs of spring.

Easter sense of sight activityFor a sense of sight Easter activity, kids can color Easter eggs. A tradition at this time of year is to dye eggs. This can easily be done with food color baths made with water and vinegar, but there are other ways. Families will often have a favorite recipe to use, but there are many alternatives. In this photo, it’s easy to see the concentration and focus of this child, as he carefully watches what’s happening to the eggs.

Easter sense of sight activityAnother easy way to color eggs, is to use coffee filters and paint dabbers. Cut some white filters in the shape of eggs. Both Little Sister and Big Sister enjoyed this activity. Little Sister made a few dabs with each color. She often put one color right on top of another. Her eyes were drawn to the first dots she made and her hand followed her eyes. Kids will often do this and end up painting a hole right thru their project. By asking her if there were any parts that were still white, she spread the dots around.

Easter sense of sight activityBig Sister also used all the colors but instead of just random, she made lines that looked like decorated eggs.

Kids love the magic of colors and eggs that happens right before their eyes. Eyes will get quite a workout when it comes time to hunt Easter eggs.

Has an egg ever been so well hidden at your house, that nobody could find it, no matter how hard eyes looked? How will your family color Easter eggs?

Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Sense of Touch Activity

At Easter time, there are many different ways to explore the sense of touch. Sensory information not only helps children learn about the world around them, it also cues the brain to make important connections for learning and supports kindergarten readiness.

Easter sense of touch texture eggA hunt thru the scrap box revealed all kinds of different textures: soft and furry, bumpy, smooth, a little bit scratchy, and lacey. Big Sister found several that she particularly liked and put them aside for making a touch-feel Easter egg. To start, first we used part of a box to cut out a big-egg shape. Then it was time to glue the different bits of texture to the egg. She decided to put them in lines across the egg, except for the one color of wool which she used around the edge.

Easter sense of touch texture eggMany preschool and child care programs now include sensory tables for children to explore different ways that a variety of objects feel. At home, another way to stimulate the sense of touch is with water in the kitchen sink. Kids love to fill and pour, and this is a valuable sensory activity. Play dough is another favorite for all kinds of touching: rolling, squishing, pulling, patting, smooshing, and more.

not-my-bunnyChildren’s books often have pages of different textures. A popular book for this time of year is That’s Not My Bunny, by Fiona Wyatt. There’s lots of wonderful words to describe textures that kids get to hear as they listen to the story. Besides making a texture egg, kids could also glue scraps to make a touch-feel bunny.

Some other Easter textures are smooth eggs, crinkly paper grass, woven baskets, smooth real grass, furry bunnies, and melty chocolate. The part of the body that most likes to feel chocolate is the mouth! The whole body might get to feel some warm sun when hunting eggs. What are some other activities for kids and the sense of touch?

Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Sense of Hearing Activity

Plastic Easter eggs can be used for lots of learning and kindergarten readiness fun. They are just the right size for little hands to shake and explore the sense of hearing. To make some shaker-eggs, tuck something inside that will make noise. I used a bell, some dried beans, a few coins, an Easter bunny … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness: Easter Sense of Hearing Activity

Colorful, Easy Wreath Kids Can Make for Easter

Last fall, Big Sister made a special wreath for Thanksgiving; just by changing the shape and colors, we made another one for Easter. This simple, easy craft not only looks wonderful and is fun, plus it helps with some early kindergarten readiness skills. Using a stiff piece of paper from a cereal box, I traced … Continue reading Colorful, Easy Wreath Kids Can Make for Easter

Nursery Rhymes Are Not Obselete!

While nursery rhymes are not as popular as they once were, they are not obsolete. Although the hidden messages are lost in time, nursery rhymes can still help with building brain connections and kindergarten readiness. There are two in particular that relate to Easter: Hot Cross Buns and Humpty Dumpty. One of the most important … Continue reading Nursery Rhymes Are Not Obselete!

Color Up Some Learning and Fun with Easter Eggs

Will your child be coloring any Easter eggs soon? Part of the fun and learning at Easter time is figuring out the names of colors. Being able to match colors to their names is quite a challenge and it is sometimes used to check kindergarten readiness and learning development. Easter eggs come in all different … Continue reading Color Up Some Learning and Fun with Easter Eggs

Kindergarten Readiness Triple Play: Spring, Easter, Nature

What could be more awesome than an activity which combines spring, Easter and nature? This triple play has lots of kindergarten readiness fun and learning and appeals to kids of practically any age. There are so many tremendous and creative ideas in the early childhood community.This activity is called Reverse Easter Egg Hunting by Crystal, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness Triple Play: Spring, Easter, Nature