Springtime is so great for exploring and learning about the world around us. It is finally warming up. It is finally bright and beautiful. So we want to play with bright and fun colors in our toddler and preschooler activities. And of course, everything Easter is bright and fun. Here are some fun and easy Easter activities to do with your kids, and at the end, I’ve included a roundup of more ideas from my friends around the interwebz.
Chromatography Coffee Filter Easter Eggs
How to play:
Cut your coffee filters into ovals for the egg shape. Draw some marker lines on the bottoms of the eggs. Add water to your containers and stick the end with the marker writing into the cups. Leave it overnight or for a few hours, and watch the chromatography in action. What colorful decorations did your coffee filter Easter eggs turn into?
Paper Plate Easter Egg Fork Painting
- Paper plates
- Plastic forks
- Washable Paints
- Newspaper or packing paper for a mess-free workspace
How to play:
Set up the workspace with some newspaper or packing paper to avoid mess. Cut ovals out of your paper plates to make them “eggs.”
Put a little bit of each paint color around a paper plate “easel” and hand your little the paper plates and forks. Demonstrate how to dip the fork into the paint and how to dab around the eggs. (Or, if you’re like me and ended up buying more crayon-like paints, draw on the fork and then press down to make the paint marks.)
And enjoy the masterpieces made!
Spring Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are so wonderful for the littles (and it doesn’t hurt that it keeps them occupied for quite a while, amiright?). You can make sensory bins using a variety of objects.
- Plastic bin
- Rice (you can dye it with food coloring + white vinegar beforehand. Or just use white rice. Or sheesh any colorful cereal would be fun.)
- Confetti or plastic toys
- Plastic Easter Eggs
How to play:
This one uses rainbow rice (dyed using food coloring – or you can use regular white rice, or cereal, or whatever you choose). I found a fun blog post that showed how to make the rainbow rice without having to bake it. I kind of adapted it for the lazy mom (me). I just poured some vinegar and squeezed some food coloring into baggies (who needs to measure?) and then dumped in some white rice and zipped and mashed it around until the color was even. Then I left the baggies outside overnight a few nights to dry and air out the vinegar smell.
I buried a bunch of confetti and things and gave him empty plastic Easter eggs to play with. He had a blast filling them up and digging around in the bin for treasures.
And now, a roundup of other egg-cellent ideas around the web 🙂
Easter Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
And here’s a new Easter egg hunt tradition you can start.
Educational Easter Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Make this fun Easter egg slime with your kiddos or do this fun science activity with baking soda and vinegar. And here’s some easter egg math. Ooh I forgot how much fun kinetic sand is, here’s a fun one with easter eggs and kinetic sand.
Easter Basket Ideas
Some of my lovely friends have some great suggestions for you for Easter Baskets. Here’s one that has 101 Easter Basket ideas for toddlers!
And here’s my list of suggestions for Easter baskets for boys.