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Easter is right around the corner, and my kids are already getting excited. I, on the other hand, have been working to come up with some Easter-themed learning activities for my kids. In this post I am sharing some ideas for doing Easter Montessori activities with your kids.
Note: Find more kid-friendly Easter ideas on my Easter activities for kids page.
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Easter Egg Color Matching
A simple game for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning their colors is to select several Easter eggs of different colors, separate the halves, and then put them into a basket for kids to match them back together.
Kids will match them by color, and also give their fine motor skills a workout at the same time!
Sorting by size
I prepared this activity using the sorting by size printable from my Easter Printables Pack.
The idea is for kids to sort the bunnies by size into large, medium, and small categories.
Another option for sorting by size is to use real objects in large, medium, and small sizes. Here I have used large, medium, and small foam Easter egg beads from Oriental Trading Company.
Ordering by size
I prepared this activity using the ordering by size printable from my Easter Printables Pack. In this activity children put the six chicks in order from smallest to largest. However, for very young children just working on this skill for the first time, you may wish to provide only three chicks in every other size to make the size differences among them more obvious.
Easter egg color grading activity
Learning to sort colors by shade is a common activity in the Montessori curriculum for 3 to 6 year olds. I created an Easter egg color grading activity to help XGirl work on this skill.
Put the eggs in the carton
There is a great deal of focus on building fine motor and practical life skills in early Montessori education. For this activity, I placed an empty egg carton on a tray along with a pair of Learning Resources easy grip tweezers and some foam Easter egg beads. The kids have to use the tweezers to pick up the eggs and put them into the egg carton. I included eggs in two different colors to allow them to work on patterning as well.
Easter egg lacing activity
At Christmas time I had set out a lacing activity for my kids, but they showed very little interest in it. This month, however, they have both been very interested in practicing their lacing skills with this Easter egg lacing activity.
I printed the egg from my Easter Printables Pack and then laminated it using our Scotch thermal laminator (that I absolutely LOVE!). I used a hole punch to create the holes, and then I attached a piece of yarn that is sufficiently long to be threaded through all the holes. I placed some tape around one end of the yarn to make it easier for the kids to thread the yarn through the hole and tied the other end to the egg.
Easter egg bead stringing
There are so many uses for these mini foam Easter egg beads! Put some on a tray with a pipe cleaner – or a needle and thread – and have your kids make bracelets and necklaces. If you want, you can also encourage them to practice patterning skills as they thread the beads.
Easter patterning practice
I have been doing a lot of patterning practice with my kids lately. They seem to really enjoy it. Both of them have mastered ABAB patterns, so I am moving on to more complex patterns such as AABB, ABB, and AAB patterns.
My Easter Printables Pack includes some patterning practice printables. I put patterning strips on a tray along with some patterning cards in cups. The kids have the option to use the cards to copy the pattern on the patterning strips or to continue the pattern. I labeled the cups and pattern strips with different color stickers so my kids know which cup contains the cards that go with which patterning strip.
Here is what it would look like if kids just copy the pattern on the patterning strip.
And here is what it would look like if kids continue the pattern instead.
Make your own Easter patterns
My Easter Printables Pack also includes a printable to make your own patterns. Sometimes I start the patterns and have my kids continue them. But QBoy has been really excited about creating his own patterns lately. I set the printable out on a tray along with some Easter stampers so he could create patterns to his heart’s content.
I continue to have the kids work on their scissors skills. For this tray I set out some cutting practice worksheets from my Easter Printables Pack along with some child safe scissors for my kids to practice cutting along the blue lines.
Easter counting practice
XGirl is working on learning numbers 1 through 5. For this activity I set out some of our sandpaper numerals along with some bunny rabbit erasers that was part of the Easter Stationary Assortment from Oriental Trading Company. XGirl will put the numbers in order, trace them with her fingers, and then count out the appropriate number of bunnies below each number.
Easter egg graphing
My kids have also been enjoying graphing activities lately. On this tray I set out an Easter Egg Graphing Game from my Easter Printables Pack along with some of the mini foam Easter egg beads. The kids roll the dice and then use the foam beads to mark whichever egg is rolled.
Easter addition practice
QBoy is working on addition with numbers 1 through 6. On this tray I placed the Easter Addition Game board from my Easter Printables Pack. I paired it with our number dice and mini foam Easter egg beads. QBoy will roll both dice, count out the appropriate number of eggs below each, and then find the correct number to put in the sum box.
I hope you can find some inspiration from these activities! Of these Easter Montessori activities, which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
More Easter resources
More Easter posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Easter Printables Pack
- Easter sensory bin
- Easter egg memory game
- Easter egg sound matching game
- Easter Bingo
- Easter do-a-dot printables
- Easter coloring pages
- Easter I Spy game