Here’s a FREE Easter Preschool Unit for your little ones (below). This is an excerpt from the A to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum. Holiday lessons are built into this year-long curriculum.
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Special Holiday Week – Easter
Scripture: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Theme: Easter Week
- Review Letters covered so far
- Review Numbers covered so far
Shape Practice: Heart
- Diamond Hide and Seek: Hide diamond cutouts all over the house and let your toddler go on a diamond hunt.
- Diamond Stamping-cut diamond shape from inexpensive sponge and let child stamp away
- Play with white play dough.
- Finger paint with white paint on black paper.
- Easter Egg Color Hunt: fill large rubber maid container with several bags of Easter grass (or paper from shredder); hid plastic eggs inside; as child finds egg, have him tell you the color
- Colorful Easter Table Cloth-purchase inexpensive twin size white sheet (or use old sheet); use clothespins to affix sheet to fencer or just lay on ground outside; fill several spray bottles with different colors of fabric paint; let child spray the paint all over the sheet; when dry these make colorful table clothes for the kid’s table during Easter dinner
- Easter Bucket-ask large restaurant like Cracker Barrel to save a big vegetable can for you; wash out and spray paint white; let child add stickers, paint, fun foam Easter shapes, glitter, etc. to decorate; drill two holes in each side and string ribbon in holes for handle; put Easter grass in bottom
- “Dye” Easter Eggs-explain that the reason we “dye” them is to remember that Jesus “died” for us
- Decoupage Eggs-provide plastic Easter eggs; seasonal brightly colored napkins; and watered down glue with paint brush; let child tear the napkins into small pieces; paint the egg with glue and stick napkin pieces on top; when covered, brush with glue all over to smooth down any loose ends; when dry, place in a basket and these will be a lovely table decoration
- Plant A Basket Full of Flowers-recycle old Easter basket by adding plastic to bottom for liner (large zip lock works well); add soil and seeds; attach a bow to handle; this makes a great Easter gift for grandparents
- Jelly Bean Shaker-jelly beans are a choking hazard for young children, but they make great, colorful shakers; put jelly beans in clean water bottle; secure lid and shake away; toddlers will love looking at all the bright colored jelly beans shaking around
- Sing, “We Wish You a Happy Easter” as you would “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
- Do the Bunny Pokey-put your ears, nose, cotton tail, feet, etc. in
- Easter Egg Hunt-explain that eggs are a sign of new life in Spring
- Bunny Hop Relay-have starting line and finish line and let child hop instead of run
- Pin Tail on Bunny-provide bunny outline and cotton ball for tail; invite friends over for this (focus should not be on Easter bunny; instead tell children that baby bunnies are born this time of year; Easter means new life)
- Scripture: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
- Tell Easter Story. Keep it simple: Have child help make Homemade Resurrection Eggs-save and wash a half dozen egg carton; write numbers 1-6 inside each egg cup; write corresponding numbers on plastic Easter eggs; put the following items in each and use to tell the Easter story:
- #1 leaf (When Jesus entered Jerusalem, people waved palm leaves)
- #2 Cheerio (Jesus ate the “Last Supper” with his friends)
- #3 purple cloth (a purple robe was put on Jesus)
- #4 nail (Jesus was nailed to the cross & took the punishment for our sins)
- #5 cotton ball sprayed with perfume (spices used to prepare His body)
- #6 leave empty (Jesus was not in the tomb, He arose.)
- Resurrection Rolls-unroll crescent rolls on baking sheet; take large marshmallow and roll in butter and then in cinnamon sugar; place one in middle of each crescent roll and have child wrap crescent roll securely around the marshmallow; pinch any holes shut; bake according to crescent roll package directions; marshmallow will melt leaving an empty “tomb;” these are meaningful and delicious
- Cross Shaped Jell-O Jigglers-make Jell-O Jigglers according to package directions; use cross shaped cookie cutter to cut