Celebrating Easter in the classroom looks a little bit different to everyone. Keep your middle school students engaged with some hands-on activities or activate their research skills by studying Easter traditions worldwide. We've put together a list that will help to keep even your toughest kiddos engaged and ready for the next activity.
Whether you're working on lesson plans for next year's spring activities or looking for some last-minute ideas, this list of 23 engaging easter activities will have something for you.
1. Jelly Bean STEM
Are you trying to get more STEM activities worked into your curriculum? Using holidays to incorporate extra hands-on activities will surely keep your students engaged and having fun. This inexpensive easter-themed STEM challenge is perfect for exactly that.
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2. Easter Egg Rocket
This is definitely one of my favorite hands-on activities. This is great for any age, but using science experiments like this in middle school, will be both fun and engaging. Students are more interested in the actual chemical reactions than the end product.
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7. Easter Story Trivia
Maybe a science project just isn't in the books this Easter holiday. Totally fine; this classroom-friendly trivia game will keep your kiddos engaged as well! This may be a religious game, but you can create your own easter (non-religious) version if need be!
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8. Peeps Science Experiment
Alright, some simple hands-on science fun for everyone. I personally love Peeps, but I love science projects even more. This experiment isn't only fun, but it's also a middle school easter project that will help students visualize different chemical reactions.
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9. Easter Catapults
Here we are again, back with the Peeps. Time and time again I ask my students not to launch things across the room. When I introduced this inexpensive STEM challenge, my students literally cheered out loud. Show off your student's design skills with these Peeps Catapults.
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10. Easter + Baking Soda + Vinegar = ???
Are you interested in making a rocket? Honestly, the entire idea of this project stems from making a hypothesis and seeing what happens. It might be fun to use different types of eggs (plastic, hard-boiled, regular, etc.) and hypothesize.
How will each react to the chemical mixture?
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11. Easter Bunny Trap
Middle school easter activities might not always surround the Easter bunny. Considering students are older and on totally different wavelengths than younger students. But, this project is more about the design and creation coming from your students.
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12. Parachute Peeps
The good old-fashioned egg drop may be a bit messy and, well, let's face it, doesn't hold up very well to egg allergies. A great alternative egg drop STEM challenge is to use Peeps! Explain to your kiddos that they're soft little creatures that cannot fall out of the cup upon landing!
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13. Who Can Build it Better?
I've seen middle school easter stations take this activity to an entirely new level. Give your kids enough plastic easter eggs and enough playdough, and you will be amazed at the intensity of their towers. Middle school students are still working on motor skills; help them work on them creatively.
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14. M&M Experiment
@chasing40toes M&M experiment: Pour warm water in the center of an arranged loop of candies. The magic unfolds immediately! #momhack #stemathome #easteractivities #toddler ♬ Yummy - IFA
This experiment is both simple and engaging. I'm still mesmerized by the rainbow colors every time I do this experiment. From my youngest learners to my oldest, this is NEVER not fun. Use easter-colored M&Ms or skittles. I've even seen this done with Peeps.
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15. Good Ol' Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt
@mary_roberts1996 Hopefully they’ll have fun! ❤️🐰🌷 #middleschool #firstyearteacher #8thgraders #spring #eastereggs #almostsummer ♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre & dazy
You may think an easter egg hunt is only for the little ones, but it actually can be on your list of activities for kids of all ages. The only difference is, that you can make the hiding spots MUCH more challenging.
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16. Tin Foil Art
If you're looking for a middle school Easter art project that's fun and super cool, then this is it! Instead of drawing an apple, instruct students to draw a simple rabbit or egg. These craft ideas will be engaging for all students.
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17. True or False Quiz
Looking for no prep Easter resources? This true or false quiz is so much fun. Your kids might be slightly surprised by the true answers and baffled by the false answers. See how many you can answer correctly as a class or turn it into a challenge between class teams.
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18. Volcano Egg Dying
Chemical reaction science experiments rarely end in dissatisfaction. This is totally it if you're looking for a more exciting way to dye eggs with middle schoolers. It doesn't matter if you use student creations to decorate the classroom or you send them home.
Pro tip: Blow out the egg, so it doesn't end up smelling or go bad!
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19. Easter Escape Room
This religious Easter Escape room is an absolute blast. It's perfect for a Sunday school teacher searching for the perfect activity for her kiddos. This printable easter activity is totally worth the price and can be used time and time again.
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20. Easter in PE
Looking for a PE easter activity? Look no further. This simple this or that easter edition cardio can be pulled right up on your smart board. Students will be engaged and get a little cardio warm-up before the PE activities.
Learn more: This or That Fitness
21. Easter Trivia
Not really prepared to spend hours creating the perfect trivia game? Well, no worries about that. This trivia game can be pulled right up on your smart board. It's simple to pause the video and allow students a chance to answer the questions or create a quiz using ISL Collective.
Learn more: Direct Trivia
22. Easter Around the World
A fun and educational middle school Easter activity is studying easter traditions worldwide. This video gives a low down on some unique traditions. Use this as an intro and have students research each on their own. Have students create their own Gameshow quiz or other presentation!
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23. What Goes Where?
Continue on with studying Easter traditions around the world with this engaging matching game. Students will not only love using the information they learned in the last activity, but they'll also continue to be engaged with these cards.
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