Cut & Paste Cross
This Easter activity combines tearing paper, gluing, and art! We make a cross, you could easily make an Easter egg, it’s up to you. Start out by letting your child pick out colors and have them start tearing up the paper. Have you ever noticed how much kids love tearing up paper? Now, you need to know that this is NOT easy for younger children especially. It takes a lot of fine motor strength. If my kids are struggling I help get some tears started in the paper to keep them from getting frustrated. If you have an older child they may not have any issues. Meet your child where they are to get the most out of the activity.
Once you have enough paper torn, you and your child can place glue dots on their cross and add their torn paper to cover and decorate their paper cross (or Easter egg). If they get overwhelmed by filling in the whole cross or egg, help them break it down into smaller chunks to fill in with the paper scraps.
Stuff to Have
Construction paper cut into the shape of a cross
Paper for child to tear
Fine motor, gluing, colors
There are two main concepts in the seed sort, fine motor and classification, which is an early math concept. This week the focus is the actual movement of sorting seeds. Add spoons, tongs, tweezers, and cups to utilize different fine motor muscles. They can sort them into a muffin tin or ice tray, but focus more on the movement of picking up the seeds, whether by their fingers, tongs, tweezers, or spoons. Younger children may be challenged just using their fingers. As children progress, they may want to try a spoon, then tongs, then tweezers. The smaller the object (ie. Tweezers) the harder they tend to be to hold. Keep talking about colors, shapes, and any other characteristics you notice as your child goes through this. What utensil is easier or do they prefer? What are these seeds for? What do they look like? Take advantage of simple activities, and draw out learning experiences from all areas of development.
Stuff to Have
Various seeds (larger seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and corn seeds are good for this)
muffin tin or ice tray
Utensils: spoons, cups, tweezers, tongs, etc. (optional)
Fine motor, math (sorting), sensory
Early Science & Math
Seeds on a Sponge
This is something I did ages ago when I was a lead teacher of one year olds. We had a lot of fun! Start by letting your child wet the sponge, more than just a little wet, but not dripping and place the sponge in a plastic container (or we used cute miniature pots). Then, they can sprinkle on the grass seed with a plastic spoon or small cup, just until it is covered with a layer of seeds. Place the seeds in an area where they will get sunlight and check daily to make sure the sponge stays moist as well as to see if the grass is making any progress. This activity is great because it continues over time! Talk about what you see changing and happening, what the grass looks like, what color it is, etc.
Stuff to Have
Container to fit sponge into
Cooking & Baking
Unroll crescent roll dough and break apart. Lay on parchment lined cookie sheet. Children can dip marshmallows into (cooled off) melted butter followed by cinnamon sugar. Place one cinnamon sugar covered marshmallow in the middle of each crescent roll. Wrap crescent dough around the marshmallow and press closed. Bake according to package instructions. Cut into the rolls when it is time to eat and demonstrate to your child how the marshmallow is gone and connect with the resurrection story!
Stuff to Have
Roll of crescent dough
8 Large Marshmallows
½ stick melted butter
Cooking and baking, fine motor
Don’t forget all of these fun things to do…
Large Motor: Run, jump, leap frog, have a dance party, ride a trike, climb a slide, jump on a trampoline… Getting all of those big muscle groups is so important to early development!
Reading: One book, two books, red book, blue book; books that are high, books that are low, books from here to here to there, books that are everywhere… Ok, I’m no Dr. Seuss but you get my drift! Reading is so important! And you know what, you don’t even have to read the words. Talk about the pictures, point out colors, relate the book to your child’s life. Talking, conversing, hearing new words being tied to familiar things… that is how your child is making new connections.
And finally music and rhymes! Another great way for kids to hear the sounds in words! These are skills that will come back to them when they are learning to read later on. Do an internet search for Spring songs for kids. You will find a lot of great little rhymes and songs to add throughout the day. You don’t need to have a set “music time” that you sit down and sing, just sing them as you go about the day!