Hopping Down the Bunny Trail!
Today's post offers two very simple and inexpensive Easter activities that can be done at home or in a classroom with children under the age of 5. Both are simple, fun and have plenty of opportunities to explore lots of language!
This game is easy to make and fun to play! Using either flat foam Easter eggs you can buy at your local craft store or construction paper eggs you can cut out yourself, have enough eggs so that each child participating can have at least one at any given time during the game. Write "opposite" words at the top and then at the bottom of the egg. For example: HOT and COLD - HOT would go at the top of the egg and COLD would be at the bottom. For young children, attach pictures to the eggs as well to show the word meanings. For example, a fire for the word HOT and a picture of snowflakes for the word COLD. Cut the eggs in half so that HOT and COLD are now separated. Place the bottoms of all the eggs on one side of the room and the tops of the eggs on the other side of the room. Have all the children hop on two feet (like a bunny) to where the bottoms are and instruct them to pick up one of the egg bottoms. Next, have them hop on two feet to the other side of the room to the egg tops. They need to then find the opposite matching top to their egg! The first one to find their egg match and hop back to their seat wins! Repeat the activity and have each child choose a new egg!
"Color-Coated Easter Egg Hunt!"
Set up an Easter Egg Hunt at school and tell your students they can only find and gather ONE COLOR of the eggs. Assign each child a color. For example, one child finds all the yellow eggs, while another child finds all the green eggs. This not only ensures that every child will find plenty of eggs, it also helps to increase their attention, focus and ability to discriminate between colors! Hide small pictures of classroom objects in the eggs, for example, a picture of a purple crayon or a play oven mitt. After they have found their eggs, have the children open all of their eggs and take out the hidden pictures inside. Now they are on a scavenger hunt to find all the items in the classroom that match the pictures from their eggs. It is a fun game that really keeps the kids and their speech skills hopping!