It has been a common practice at school or at home to have egg-related activities during Easter. Humpty Dumpty must be very pleased to see eggs of various kinds, dominating the topic of the day across the world. Some of the eggs used are real while some are made of plastic, stuffed with chocolates, candies and jellies.
The egg is a meaningful symbol of Easter Day. It is usually associated with new life, something Jesus manifested when He rose from the dead after three days. Unknown to some, His resurrection is the most important celebration in Catholic church as it signified the foundation of Christian faith. This brought hope for salvation to the believers.
For teachers of non-catholic schools, this might be a little complicated to explain to little students. They aren’t capable of understanding Easter Sunday’s real meaning yet at an early age. However, teachers can facilitate egg-related activities that will somehow lead to event awareness.
Stir your students’ imagination and creativity through an egg painting activity. For toddlers and preschoolers, they will definitely enjoy free brush strokes. While doing so, you can introduce primary colors and secondary colors. If capable, ask them to draw rainbow lines around the eggs as an output of your lesson.
The older ones can integrate concepts such as basic shapes, faces, nature and other things that interest them. Allowing them to decide on their own will make them more committed in finishing the activity.
There are many simple egg recipes that can be brought into the classroom. Most kids love eggs, so they can be stimulating instructional materials in teaching kitchen basics.
One of the simplest cooking activities is preparing egg sandwich. Bring in some hamburger bread, scrambled eggs, mayonnaise, cooked ham and lettuce. At first, demonstrate how to slice the bread with a plastic knife. Then put a slice of ham on one side, top it with a some egg, spread a spoon of mayonnaise and add lettuce.
When everyone’s done, you can have a picnic on the school yard and have snacks together. Wouldn’t it be fun?
Treasure hunt is a good way of teaching kids how to follow instructions. Try to hide a basket of eggs as the ultimate treasure in the classroom or somewhere in the campus. To find it, give them some clues.
For every clue, you can add a simple task like singing an action song, frog leaping for a minute or reciting a short poem they’ve learned. It will add more excitement to the game.
If you don’t have ample time to prepare for those activities, you can always distribute egg coloring sheets or do paper crafts. There are tons of free downloadable resources on the Internet that you can make use of.
How about you? Do you know any developmental activities perfect for Easter celebration in the classroom?