When March and April come around and beautiful flowers start to pop up everywhere and the leaves start turning green again, you can feel spring in the air. You also know Easter is on its way. If you’re looking to explore the many different aspects of Easter with preschoolers, we have a lot of Easter Theme Preschool Activities to get you started.
Here are some fabulous resources for planning your preschool Easter theme. Most of these activities are designed for kids ages 3 through 5, but many can be modified for younger and older kids as well.
WHY IT’S FUN
Easter is the time for colorful eggs, fluffy bunnies, delicious treats, and there is so much to do. Kids have so much fun doing Easter egg hunts, dying Easter eggs, and more.
WHEN TO TEACH AN EASTER THEME
Spring time is perfect for diving into Easter activities that can follow or be incorporated into your Spring themed activities. March or April specifically is the perfect time to incorporate egg or bunny learning theme as they are very symbolic of Spring and Easter.
Important note: This planning guide does not include the religious aspects of Easter. If you are looking for Christ-centered Easter activities, this resource will be helpful.
TEACHING TIPS & MAJOR CONCEPTS KIDS WILL LEARN
If you’re planning a preschool Easter theme there are many possibilities for incorporating meaningful early learning skills.
These are just some of the concepts kids can learn about during a Easter theme:
- how to dye Easter eggs and learning about colors
- life cycles of rabbits
- life cycles of chicks
- common Easter traditions
- origin of Easter and it’s meaning
You can also use plastic eggs or other Easter themed trinkets and candies as manipulatives for many learning activities to teach math and literacy concepts.
ITEMS TO COLLECT AND REQUEST IN ADVANCE
If you get parents, friends, and family involved you can enrich the experience kids have during your preschool Easter theme.
Collect or ask people to help you collect:
- colorful plastic eggs
- colorful Easter grass
- Easter baskets
- jelly beans or other Easter candies
- bunny headbands
You might even invite special guests (or go visit if you can) to come and share about fields and hobbies related to Easter. You could include:
- a farmer that raises rabbits or chickens
- a wildlife expert
- a farmer that processes eggs
- a baker to share a favorite Easter themed recipe
PRINTABLE EASTER THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set currently includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Bunny Shape Mats (7 versions)
2) Bunny Themed Letter Puzzles
3) Upper and Lowercase Basket and Eggs Letter Matching
4) Name Baskets (in color and b/w)
5) Color Baskets Sorting Activity
6) Easter Themed Number Cards (0-35)
7) Easter Roll and Graph Game (in color and b/w)
8) Picture Word Cards (in color and b/w)
9) Easter Themed Beginning Sound Sorting Activity
10) Rhyming Eggs Activity
11) Jelly Bean Jar Counting Mats (1-20)
GET YOUR LESSON PLANS
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
RELATED EASTER PRINTABLES
INDIVIDUAL EASTER ACTIVITY IDEAS ON FANTASTIC FUN AND LEARNING
Here on Fantastic Fun and Learning we’ve shared the following ideas to go along with a preschool Easter theme.
Put away those paintbrushes and bring out the carrots! Your little one will love to experience painting with a carrot during this fun and creative Painting with Carrots Open-Ended Art Activity.
Kids tend to get a lot of candy in their Easter baskets and this Jumping Jelly Bean Painting activity is a creative way to put some of it to use. That way kids don’t eat too much of it and it doesn’t go to waste.
Simple science experiments are a meaningful way to get kids into the habit of thinking like scientists. This Jelly Bean Science Experiment allows kids to make their own observations.
With just a few materials you can quickly put together this Spring Chick Play Dough Invitation activity. It is perfect for a Spring, Easter, or farm theme.
This adorable Bunny Play Dough Invitation activity allows kiddos to press the materials into the dough and make their very own bunny creations while strengthening their fine motor skills.
Gather some recyclables and invite kids to get creative and have fun making their own loose parts play rabbit craft.
With Easter coming, this adorable Crystal Egg Easter Craft is really fun for kids to make crystals in the shape of Easter eggs, bunnies, and any other shapes they come up with.
There are many different processes for using bleeding tissue paper, and this Bleeding Tissue Paper Art Chick Easter Craft is a super fun one! It is also very easy to set up.
All you need for this adorable Yarn Egg Easter Craft is a piece of cardboard, some yarn, and some tape. You can even use recycled cardboard for the egg shape and any colorful yarn you have lying around.
Grab some plastic eggs to set up this simple Easter inspired name recognition activity.
Keep those plastic eggs out and use them in another way in this Bunny Hop ABC Game. It’s a fun way to get kids to practice hopping and gross motor development while learning the alphabet.
Gather your favorite materials (many of ours are from Dollar Tree!) and set up an inviting Easter sensory bin for playtime.
MORE ACTIVITIES FROM CREATIVE EDUCATORS
Play dough activities are a fun way to celebrate Easter, work fine motor muscles, and inspire pretend play! These Easter Playdough Activities would work well for a spring or Easter unit too.
Get inspiration for your Easter sensory bin in this collection of 16 creative sensory bin ideas.
Easter is such a fun time for kids, and before they run out to hunt for Easter eggs, it can be fun to do a themed craft! You can use these 30 Easter Crafts for Preschoolers at home, in the classroom, or anywhere you want to incorporate an Easter-themed craft!
If your children are especially interested in rabbits, try one of these fun bunny crafts for kids.
Themed snacks can be a fun way to tie snack time into your theme while also encouraging little learners to try new foods. These creative ideas make perfect healthy Easter snacks for kids.
INFORMATIONAL YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Get ready for some fun and exciting Easter facts for kids! Homeschool Pop! talk about how people celebrate Easter, what candies they eat, the history of Easter nests (NOT baskets, originally!), and more.
Hey! Guess What teaches kids about Easter facts and what is Easter Sunday. It is a great learning video for kids that would like to know why we celebrate Easter.
This Past To Future video uses animation answer questions that kids may have about Easter such as Why do we celebrate Easter with eggs? What are Easter Symbols and Traditions? and more.
Kids will enjoy this popular Boom Chicka Boom Easter dance song for kids with lyrics from The Learning Station.
Watch this ‘Here Comes Peter Cottontail’ video with song lyrics from The Kiboomers and sing along with the kids!
Get the kids up and moving with this adorable Bunny Hokey Pokey Song from The Kiboomers.
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES
Finger plays and action rhymes are a great addition to your preschool themes. Here are a few terrific options to go along with a leaf theme.
Your kids are sure to love these adorable and super fun Easter Songs, Poems & Fingerplays during circle time or anytime!
These 10 Easter Songs and Rhymes for Preschool & Kindergarten are sure to be a hit in your classroom during the Spring season!
Kids will really enjoy these Easter Songs and Fingerplays for Children. They are great for circle time!
Your preschoolers will definitely have a blast with these Easter Songs, Counting Rhymes, and Finger Plays!
If you’d like to supplement your hands-on learning with some online games you might try:
Kids will have so much fun playing these 7 Free Online Easter Games around Easter time!
This Easter Egg Hunt Game from ABCya is so much fun for all ages of kids up to 6th grade.
FAVORITE EASTER BOOKS
There are a ton of wonderful books to read for your Easter theme. Below are some of our favorite picture books for an Easter theme.
Books about eggs tie in very well with an Easter theme.
Below are some more ideas for books to read during your Easter theme.
OTHER PROPS AND TEACHING TOOLS
Reinforce learning with these hands-on materials for your Easter theme. They can be used for sensory bins, crafts, and learning activities.
This spring-inspired Easter Syllables Phonemic Awareness Activity will help preschoolers and kindergarteners practice counting and segmenting the syllables in words using picture prompts.
This free printable Roll and Color Easter Math Game can be used to practice identifying numbers and number words zero through five.
Exercise fine motor muscles, work on color recognition, and experiment with making patterns using this free printable pattern egg fine motor activity.
Choose between practicing number recognition, addition, and shape recognition in this set of free printable Easter color by code activity sheets.
POSSIBLE FIELD TRIPS OR ADVENTURES
- Take kids to a local Easter egg hunt or egg drop event.
- Take kids to local Easter events such as egg dying and painting
- Visit a local farm that raises bunnies and chicks to learn more about these animals.
As you wrap up your preschool Easter theme take note of what the kids were most interested in throughout the theme. Continue on by investigating one of those concepts more in-depth.
Theme ideas to try next: