Saturday, March 15, 2014

Montessori-Inspired Easter Egg Activities Using Free Printables

 Free Easter Egg Printables and Montessori-Inspired Easter Egg ActivitiesBy Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

I love Easter activities. Although I normally love activities using natural materials, I especially enjoy preparing activities using plastic Easter eggs because they're so affordable and adaptable (and just plain fun). They're great for almost any type of learning activity before Easter. 

Today, I'm sharing some free Easter egg printables and Montessori-inspired activities using plastic Easter eggs. You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities.  

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Matching Easter Egg Numbers with Chick Sets to 10

Matching Easter Egg Numbers with Chick Sets to 10

For this activity, I used the free Mini-Center: Match Easter Egg Numbers with Chick Sets to 10 from KidSparkz at Teachers Pay Teachers. I put the Easter egg cards in a bamboo potato basket and used a large hemmed work rug from Montessori Services for the layout.

Matching Easter Egg Numbers with Chick Sets to 10 Layout

If you'd like to add a 3-dimensional item, you could use the cute Easter chicks from stores like Michaels craft store. You can see them in my post last year with Montessori-inspired spring math activities

Chicken Life Cycle Activity 

Life Cycle of a Chicken Layout

This is a fun activity using the Safari Ltd. Life Cycle of a Chicken and the free life cycle of a chicken fact cards and flow chart from Learn Create Love.

Life Cycle of a Chicken Layout

Here I used a medium-sized tray and a large hemmed work rug from Montessori Services for the layout. 

Easter Egg Hunt 

Easter Egg Hunt Clues

Easter egg hunts are lots of fun before and on Easter. There are many Easter egg hunts you can use as learning activities by having the child read clues. For this Easter egg hunt, I used Easter Egg Hunt Clues from Jelly Bean Jam. I just placed the first clue in a plastic egg inside a basket. I happened to find a cute basket on sale at a stationery store after Easter last year, so I used that to add interest, although you could use any type of basket.

Easter Egg Match: Short a Word Families 

Easter Egg Match - Short a Word Families

This activity uses the Easter Egg Match: Short a Word Families from Kinder Puzzles on Teachers Pay Teachers. I set the printable at 50% on my printer so the puzzles would fit in each matching colored egg. 

Easter Egg Match - Short a Word Families Layout

Break-Apart Easter Egg Activity: CVC Words 

Break-Apart Easter Egg Activities Basket

This free printable (Break-Apart Easter Egg Center Activities from Frog Spot) has a few different activities. I only used the 3-letter phonetic words for this activity. I could have used one egg for the activity, but I put the words in one egg and the pictures in another egg to make the activity especially clear.

Break-Apart Easter Egg Activities Layout - CVC Words

Easter Egg Word Families 

Easter Egg Word Families Tray

You'll find variations of this activity in many places around the blogosphere. I like that Easter Egg Word Families from Mrs. I's Class gives children who are able to write an opportunity to write the words they read on the eggs.

More Free Easter Egg Printables 

Go to my post at Living Montessori Now for links to lots of Easter egg freebies from around the blogosphere: Free Easter egg Printables and Montessori-Inspired Easter Egg Activities.

For more Easter activities (and spring activities of all kinds), check out my Montessori-inspired spring themes and activities at Living Montessori Now.

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Happy spring soon!
Deb - Siganture

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Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 38 years. She blogs at Living Montessori Now. 

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