Holidays and seasons provide great themes for the grades 1–3 classroom, and this time of year the focus is on Easter, coinciding with spring for our friends in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a time of renewal, so you’ll see lots of chicks, lambs, and flowers in addition to bunnies, eggs, and baskets.
You can use these images in room decor or Easter coloring pages. You can use Easter coloring page printables as an art project, as a start-the-day activity, or a choice time activity. Get creative. Students can use crayons, markers, or colored pencils on Easter coloring pages, but they could also paint them, fill them in with dot markers, do collage or mosaic with paper scraps and glue, scrunch up crepe paper or cut out large sections of the image and replace them with colored cellophane to make a window suncatcher. If you print them on cardstock, after they are colored, you can cut them up, and use them as puzzles.
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3 fun Easter activities for kids
We talked about Easter themed coloring pages, but don’t stop there. It’s easy to give an Easter air to any activity you do. Use words like chick, egg, basket in word searches or scrambles. Use Easter imagery to make up bingo games.
Here are some other Easter activities for kids to help you bring the holiday spirit to your classroom.
1. Math for everybunny
An easy way to add Easter to math is to use iconic Easter symbols on worksheets. Use an egg shape instead of a box to show students where to insert the missing number. Use bunny or chick tokens or cards to practice counting. You can work with eggs and chicks for simple addition or subtraction problems like:
- If Lola found 10 Easter eggs and gave 4 to Django, how many eggs does Lola have left?
- There were 7 chicks. Eight eggs hatched. How many chicks are there altogether?
You can talk about size, measurement, and estimating too, with questions like: Which egg is bigger? How tall is the bunny? How many chick counters will fit in this basket?
Simple swaps like these let you focus on the academic skills you need to cover and help kids enjoy the season. Get Easter math worksheets (along with other Easter activities) here: Easter Worksheets & Activities.
2. Hop to it
Easter activities don’t have to be just worksheets. Bring some motion in for a brain break or transition. For example, have students move from circle time to their desks by hopping like a bunny. You could also have students stand at their desks and move like a chick. Or play an Easter song to bounce around to.
3. Story time
Story time is always a fun way to bring in holidays. You could read stories about Easter eggs, like Patricia Polacco’s Renchenka’s Eggs, or enjoy Easter stories about some of your students’ favorite characters.
But you can also use Easter as a theme for stories students create. Students can write a happy Easter story, describe what they do on Easter, or write a note to the Easter bunny. Use Easter words for spelling practice or writing sentences. Just like math, a little thematic work helps students learn core ideas while feeling the fun of the season.
Whether it’s math or literacy skills, you can get in the holiday spirit with Easter activities for kids. Hop to it, and make Easter easy on yourself with these done-for-you printables: Easter Worksheets & Activities.