Easter holidays are celebrated at different times and in different ways around the world. There are a number of ways we can bring this colourful holiday into our classes. We hope these ideas are useful! Feel free to share Easter activites you do in your class with us!
Easter around the World
Find out more about Easter around the world with your class. Is Easter a religious festival? How is it celebrated? What are some of the major symbols for Easter? For example, in many countries the Easter bunny is a prominent symbol while in France the icons are Easter fish and bells. In many Eastern European countries, egg decoration is an integral part of Easter celebrations.
NEW: Discover Easter celebrations in Russia on the Oxford Dictionaries blog.
Eggs are an important part of Easter and spring traditions. Decorating Easter eggs or carrying out Easter egg hunts are both popular. In many cultures, eggs represent the start of new life in spring and there are a variety of different activities that can be carried out in class. Here are some examples:
Find the Egg
Bring a hard-boiled egg to class or make an egg from card. Ask one child to leave the room. Hide the egg in the classroom and then invite the child back into the room. The children in the classroom help the child find the egg by ‘clucking’ like chickens. If they cluck quietly the child is far away from the egg. If they cluck loudly, the child is near the egg. Repeat with other children.
Find out how much your students know about eggs by organising an egg quiz. Place students in groups of 3-5 and see if they can figure out the answers to different questions about eggs. For example:
- How many eggs does an average hen lay yearly? (approximately 300)
- How often do hens lay eggs? (approximately every 24-26 hours)
- Which part of the egg is highest in fat? (Yolk)
- Which country produces the most eggs? (China)
- How old is the average hen when it starts laying eggs? (20 weeks)
Hand out egg templates and encourage children to design their own Easter eggs.
A variety of templates and other Easter activities can be found on the First Palette website.
Design an Easter Egg
Hand out blank egg templates and invite children to come up with designs for Easter eggs. Eggs can be decorated with crayons, water colours, scraps of material, coloured card or crepe paper. When they have finished, place the colourful eggs in the classroom windows or in the corridor.
Easter Egg Alphabet Hunt
An Oxford recipe with a fun and easy way to review the alphabet through an Easter egg hunt.
- NEW: Sing the Little Easter Bunny song from Treetops (OUP)
- Sing the Easter Basket song from New Sparks (OUP)
- Sing the Easter Egg song from Happy House (OUP)
- Cut-out chick and egg from Explorers (OUP)
- Say the Easter Poem Chant from Happy Street (OUP)
ADDITIONAL IDEAS AND ACTIVITIES
Five Little Easter Bunnies (review of numbers 1-5, colours and a little rhyme)
Easter – Discover where the word ‘easter’ comes from and other interesting information.
We hope you get a chance to rest and relax over the Easter holidays…and to enjoy a bit of chocolate! In the meantime, bring a bit of Easter fun into your classroom.