The Perpetual Preschool
Get a jump start on next month by having fun with the first day of spring. Have your kids take a cheap Easter basket, line it with a clear bag punch a few holes in it the bottom of the bag. Fill the basket half way with potting soil. Have your kids spread grass seed on top and have them water it. Within a few days they will see the sprouts and by Easter they will have a very cute basket of grass to hunt eggs with.
Toothpaste Putty (A Manipulative idea for Dental Month)
ingredients: 2.5 ml toothpaste (creamy, not gel) 5 ml of white glue 10 ml dry laundry starch 1 ml water
Combine and knead well.
This is a really soft "minty" putty. I work with the preschool age and the kids really enjoy it. Due to it being Easter time, the putty can be stored in the colorful plastic Easter eggs so each child can have their own putty. This recipe makes 1 egg of putty for 1 child.
Easter baskets Take large coffee cans and spray paint them white, let children paint grass (With green paint) all the way around the bottom on the can let children sponge paint Easter eggs near the grass on the bottom. They turn out really cute!
(Daylene's note: this is a great activity for teachers to make for their kiddos for an Easter present.)
You'll need: 1 uncooked egg in its shell, jar with a lid, white vinegar
Place egg inside the jar. Make sure that it does not crack.
Pour enough vinegar into the jar to cover the egg. Screw on the lid.
Leave the egg in the jar for three days. Every once in a while, check on the egg. Notice how it's changing.
After three days, take the egg out of the jar.
What happens - When you put the egg into the vinegar - you will see bubbles. After three days the shell of the egg is gone - and the egg has gotten bigger.
Why? The shell is made of limestone. When the acid in the vinegar touches the shell, there is a chemical reaction. The shell breaks down during this reaction creating gases including carbon dioxide, which causes the bubbles you see.
Vinegar has water in it. The water moves through the teeny, holes in the eggs membrane. The process in osmosis. As more water goes inside the egg, it gets bigger. This is the same way nutrients move into your body's cells.
Idea from Mailbox Super Science
(Daylene's Note: <LOL> This works great!!! My 12-year-old did this for her science project last year. However, be sure not to close the egg up tightly in a Ziploc bag. It will explode!! However, it might be fun to do this as a supplemental science experience <VBG>.)
Get an old headband cover it in white cotton then cut out card board ears and cover them in white cotton but leave the middle so that you can fill it in with pink cotton. You will be turned into a Easter bunny.
We're all ears, nose and tail.
Materials egg carton, white paint, black marker, glue stick, pom-pom, pipe cleaners, hole punch, sewing elastic, headband, glue gun, cotton batting, embroidery needle, yarn
Bunny nose: Cut a cup from an egg carton, leaving a tab of extra material on one side for teeth. Trim the cup's edges and paint the teeth white, drawing a black gap between them. Glue on a pom-pom nose (pink of course) For whiskers, cut pipe cleaners into three pieces. Poke three holes on either side the nose with a pencil, then feed the pipe cleaner whiskers through the holes. Make air vents with punch along the cup's bottom. Keep the nose on tight with an elastic knotted through holes poked in the cup's side. Bunny ears: Cut out the edges of the egg carton top and glue them to a head-band with a glue gun. Bunny tail: Form batting into a cottontail, then sew a length of yarn through it with an embroidery needle. Tie around the waist. The day care children and I will be making these for Easter. They will be the cutest Bunny's around.
A basket from a gallon milk bottle. Cut a large circle from the front of the bottle using scissors or an x-acto knife, leaving enough at the bottom so that the goodies don't fall out. Cover the whole bottle except the bottom and the handle, with cotton balls. using craft colored foam, make ears, With pink and white, Eyes use white foam to make a upside down U shape so you can glue a large plastic moveable eye onto. Make a bow, if it is for a girl make a pink one and glue it just above the opening at the top of the bottle for a hair bow. I print their names on the bow. If it is for a boy make a blue bow and glue it at the bottom of the bottle to make a bow tie. Glue the whiskers at the very edge of the top of the bottle and glue a large pink pompom on top of the whiskers. Finish by gluing the ears and eyes on. You now have a very nice Large mouth bunny. I made 5 of my grand children one for Easter.
I fill a small, plastic wading pool with Easter grass and place in in my book corner. My class loves to read in the basket which later becomes a nest.
I run a daycare from my home and I find the kids love wearing hats or dressing up. We are going to make bunny ears this week. You just need to cut a strip of construction paper about 2-3cm thick and bunny ears (I do the ears with a different color). Have the kids decorate it with whatever they want and then staple or tape the ears on the strip. Fun fur would even be cute to glue onto the inside of the ears, but you would need to use stiffer paper for the ears.
Milk Carton Easter Bunny Basket Take a small cardboard milk carton, cut it in 1/2 , cover it with white cotton balls, add extras at flat end to make a tail, cut out eyes, ears, nose, and whiskers out of construction paper or fun foam, attach a pipe cleaner for the handle, and insert grass, add favorite goodies and enjoy.
I teach preschool and have found that toddlers love this idea. Hide plastic Easter eggs in your sensory table that has been filled with Easter Grass. I usually provide them with a plastic pail to put their eggs in and each egg contains a surprise (Candy, etc) Note: please be aware of items that they might get choked on. This activity always equates to smiles and laughs.
Strawberry baskets make great Easter Baskets. Fill with Easter grass, or let children tear green construction paper into strips for grass. Decorate the sides with cotton balls, bunny face with whiskers, or crepe paper. A pipe cleaner can be used for a handle.
Our Easter bulletin board this year will read, "Check Out These 'Egg-straordinary" Kids!" Each child will decorate an egg shaped poster board picture frame with bits of crumpled tissue paper in bright spring colors. When finished, we'll glue a photo to the back of each frame and attach them to the bulletin board.
At the preschool my daughter attends, they have an Easter Basket raffle each year. Each child donates an item such as a towel, toys, washcloths, cleaning supplies etc. they are also encouraged to get a business to donate an item.
Easter bunny basket Get a baby formula can, clean and peel off the label, let the children decorate the outside with white cotton balls. glue on big wiggly eyes a pink pom pom for a nose and cut teeth from construction paper. add a pink or blue tail then you have an Easter basket
Name: Robin E-Mail: rlhfl9080@AOL.com
This idea is to "catch them doing something kind". Using the small plastic eggs put in a basket of Easter grass. Fill them with different fun things. As you "catch a child doing something kind, or on task. Let them go egg hunt in the prepared egg basket. They keep the treat and you keep the empty egg ( to fill later). You will have a class of great friends and helpers!
Name: Alison E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Preschool that I am Director of, we have a spring sing and hat parade just before Easter. The parents are responsible for helping their child decorate a special hat to wear. The children proudly display their hats one by one for all the parents and friends. My daughter (4 years old) and I came up with a idea for her hat. We bought a white sun hat at the local store, and brought it home and used food coloring and water to mix up 3 different colors. She took a medicine dropper and painted her hat with all 3 colors (letting the colors mix). We let it dry overnight. She had requested a butterfly to be on it so we bought a very inexpensive small butterfly to attach to the front (any small spring item would work.) The hat turned out great and she was able to do most of herself. This project was very inexpensive total $5.00 in all and she was proud of her accomplishment.
Name: Cindi E-Mail: CLB42856@mintcity.com
HANGING YARN EASTER EGG (An activity for older children)
You need: round balloons, 3" to 12" pieces of scrap yarn, liquid starch.
Blow up a round balloon, soak the yarn scraps in liquid starch until wet. One piece at a time, lay the wet yarn on the balloon, placing them in all directions and overlapping them until the balloon is about 75% covered. Let dry by hanging from a line over newspaper. When dry, pop the balloon and remove from egg. You can hang these from the ceiling or cut a hole in the front and place easter grass and surprises inside.
VARIATIONS: using masking tape tape a jar lid to the bottom of the balloon to give it a flat surface, using crochet thread, continually wrap the balloon with crochet thread until at least 75% covered, be sure to wrap in all directions. Soak the covered balloon in liquid starch until soaked, let dry by hanging over newspaper. Once again, you may sit these these out for display, or cut a hole in the front and place easter grass ans surprises inside. This works best for older children due to the long winding technique when using crochet thread.
Name: Mary E-Mail: email@example.com
For Easter, I put Easter grass in my sand table and take plastic eggs, small and large, and seperate them. Have the children hunt for the egg halves that match (by color and size) and put the eggs together.
Name: Pat E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Counting Jar -
Get a jar of counters, a bowl and some pre-written papers that say: "I counted ______ jelly beans." (change counters according to months such as silver stars, marshmallows, candy hearts, etc.). Child dumps counters into the bowl and counts them back into the jar. Adult writes down the last sequenced number the child counted to on their paper. Child may have 1 jelly bean to eat; from another container, that is.
Name: Lynne E-Mail: Mrslynne@aol.com
We made living easter baskets out of white decorated styrofoam bowls, added a handle with staples and Oak tag. We planted grass seed...(Rye is VERY good) water and cover with plastic wrap, or put in a large baggie. Let the baskets sit in the sun, wait only a few days for grass to sprout, remove baggies, and add plastic eggs filled with goodies, we used goldfish crackers.
Have fun, these are great! and last a VERY long time. some of our parents planted theirs in the lawn when they were through!