Spring break is around the corner; the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and it's time to celebrate Easter! This holiday has tons of opportunities for hands-on learning involving adorable animals, yummy treats, and egg experiments that will blow students' minds. Elementary classroom activities can include writing prompts, group projects, and craft ideas, and lucky for you, we have 30 interactive resources you can check out and use in your classroom this spring!
1. DIY Easter Egg Poppers
This Easter egg craft and fun game will make your students giddy with excitement! First, students can help make the egg poppers by filling plastic eggs with candy, attaching the string, and wrapping them in crepe paper. The real delight is hanging all the eggs from the ceiling or a tree and breaking them open!
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2. Roll a Bunny
While this cute bunny rabbit activity is suitable for little kids, elementary students can also get creative and crafty by putting together these cut-and-glue bunny printables. Some essential skills highlighted are counting, motor skills, and matching.
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3. Straw and Jellybean Challenge
Looking to play a fun game at school that improves students' motor skills as well as incorporates friendly competition and suspense? This challenge requires two materials to play with, straws and jellybeans. Split students into teams and set a time limit to see who can pick up and transfer the most jelly beans in a minute!
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4. Easter Egg Math Activity
This plastic egg activity is so simple to create and your learners can use these math eggs to improve their counting in the classroom or at home!
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5. Peeps S'mores
You can't get much more festive than peeps marshmallows for Easter snack time! This delicious classic treat combines graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Using peeps will have melted chocolate-covered bunny ears popping out of your students' mouths and big smiles on their faces!
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6. Painting with Easter Eggs
Plastic Easter eggs are so versatile in how many ways they can be used for learning. This art project uses paint and plastic eggs to create cool designs on paper. Students can get creative with the patterns and colors they choose for their pictures.
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7. Easter Writing Prompts
There are tons of free printable Easter writing prompts out there that are perfect classroom activity starters to get students thinking creatively, and sharing ideas, as well as incorporating vocabulary and grammar skill practice with this holiday.
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8. Rainbow Jell-O Eggs
This is a bit of a hands-on experiment where your little scientists can eat the finished product! For the egg molds, you can use plastic Easter eggs, and a syringe to inject the layers of colored Jell-O inside. You can use this activity to talk about the different states of liquids and how they react and solidify.
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9. DIY Easter Bunny Crayons
I am sure you have tons of old and broken crayons in your elementary classroom. Here is one of many easy Easter ideas to repurpose those crayons and give them a second life!
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10. Easter Bingo Cards
Color/word association, vocabulary practice, and matching are all part of this Easter bingo game. You can highlight vocabulary you have been practicing and reinforce spring-related concepts.
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11. Easter Read-Aloud Books
There are so many informative and creative read-aloud books about Easter you can use as a classroom resource when teaching students about this holiday. Some feature popular children's book characters, and others tell stories with important lessons about sharing and kindness.
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12. DIY Easter Bean Bag Toss
Here is a 2-in-1 craft and game your students can help make before they play! Get a big piece of cardboard, let your class draw a big, smiling Easter bunny, then cut out some holes for them to throw bean bag carrots through. You can also make your own bags or buy some for the game.
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13. Color Recognition Bingo Game
If regular bingo cards aren't what you're looking for, then these coloring bingo sheets may be special enough to catch your eye! Students will have to listen for the name of a color and see if they have it on their Easter paper egg.
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14. Egg Shell Planting
Time for a little Easter STEM fun with this simple planting activity to teach about recycling and organic materials. Egg shells are the perfect vessel for seeds to grow and flourish, and having such small pots means your classroom can become a garden full of egg carton starlings!
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15. Easter Egg Action Hunt
This printable Easter game can be done inside or outside the classroom. Your students will love the excitement of finding the eggs, taking turns reading the commands, and acting them out. You can practice verbs, and animals or highlight other vocabularies you've been covering.
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16. Salt Dough Egg Ornaments
Salt dough is a cool medium to use for craft time, and all you need is flour, salt, and water to make it. Once the dough is mixed, students can mold their dough into egg shapes, and after they're done baking, paint them in Easter colors/designs to bring home or hang around the classroom.
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17. Easter Counting Puzzles
There are some adorable puzzle ideas out there with an end product students will want to show off. Baby animals and spring flowers can be pieced together using numbers, math concepts, or letters to solve which part goes where.
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18. Collaborative Story Writing
Writing together can be a fun shared experience that creates a unique narrative everyone feels a part of. Students may feel overwhelmed when asked to write long passages, but when a group of 3-4 students takes turns writing one sentence at a time, the story seems to flow effortlessly and can lead to some whacky and entertaining stories!
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19. Handprint Chick Puppets
With younger learners, puppets can be a useful tool when discussing new topics and making learning visual. Students will love getting their hands messy doing the handprints, then adding details to bring their chick puppet to life!
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20. Egg Explosion STEM Activity
We all know what happens when baking soda and vinegar mix...right? Show your class the exciting results of chemicals reacting with one another. Fill plastic eggs with baking soda and when you're ready, add some vinegar (food coloring optional) and watch the eggs erupt like a volcano!
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21. Jelly Bean Science
Looking to cover some STEM topics in class, maybe you have extra jelly beans lying around from the Easter holiday festivities? This simple science experiment is easy to set up, and engaging for your students to participate in and observe how different liquids react to the food coloring in these candies.
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22. Sink or Float: Egg Experiment
It's time for students to learn how to use the scientific method when asking questions and performing experiments. To begin this activity, ask students to make predictions about what items will make the plastic eggs sink or float. Then perform the experiment and record the results to see if their predictions were correct!
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23. Egg Engineering
What kind of structure can you build using plastic eggs and play dough? You can group your students in teams of 3-4 and see what designs they come up with and who is the most durable, the tallest, widest, etc.
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24. Coffee Filter and Egg Parachutes
Help your kids launch their dreams (and eggs) high in the sky with this awesome engineering challenge! Using coffee filters, plastic eggs, straws, sticks, and tape each student can design and build their own egg parachute to see whose works the best!
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25. Handprint Easter Cards
Any holiday is made better when we make and share things with those we love. Handmade cards are such a sweet and simple way to show thoughtfulness! These handprint cards can be made using different colored paper to make a bunny, chick, or sheep.
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26. Easter Checkers
This activity link shows you how to DIY your own Easter-themed checker pieces, but another cute idea is to use peeps as the pieces! Either way, checkers is a great critical thinking and strategy game for learners to exercise their brains and experience a bit of healthy competition.
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27. Puzzle Easter Egg Hunt
This activity combines two games in one! First, fill your plastic eggs with puzzle pieces from a big puzzle. Then hide the eggs around the classroom or outside, for students to find. When all the eggs are found, students can take the pieces out and work together to complete the puzzle.
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28. Guess How Many Jellybeans
A simple setup, some small candies, and a glass jar can give your students an exciting brain teaser they will discuss for the whole class time. Explain how size, weight, and other factors should be considered when making an educated guess.
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29. Easter Egg Wreath Craft
Time to get crafty with this fun activity using paper plates and craft paper to build a decorative wreath. Using scissors, tracing, gluing, and designing are all essential skills to learn as we grow up, and the finished product is an adorable gift or classroom decoration.
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30. DIY Chain of Kindness
At the beginning of the spring season, your students can help you create a kindness chain with considerate actions they can do for others throughout the month. From smiling at a stranger to taking out the trash, and bringing food to those in need, teaching kindness is always in season.
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