I can still remember the Easter activities we did in preschool from when I was 3 and 4. My family didn't celebrate Easter and I was completely enthralled by the magical activity of hunting for eggs all around the preschool campus.
As a teacher, I got my hands on those magical Easter Eggs, because they're full of so much hands-on learning potential for teaching lots of kindergarten and preschool skills like numbers, letters, and fine motor skills.
Our family celebrates Easter now and as a mother, I wanted to harness the magic of the Easter Egg for some incredible Easter activities for my preschoolers. So Glowing Alphabet Easter Eggs were born... um, I mean laid?
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Making the "Glow Up Eggs"- An Easter Activity for Preschoolers
What you'll need for this Eggscellent Easter Activity for Preschoolers:
Easter Eggs - these are ideal because they're all light colors which will heighten the GLOW factor
Mini glow sticks - if you click this link, the second picture is glowing Easter Eggs!
A bag or Easter basket of sorts for collecting the eggs
On a piece of paper write the alphabet in all capital letters. Then on a separate sheet of paper, write the
alphabet again. If you're doing this Easter activity with toddlers, I suggest only choosing maybe 5 letters to hide over and over again in the Easter eggs and keep them all capital. I would start with the letters of their name!
Since we were playing this Easter game with a preschooler and a toddler, I chose to put lowercase letters in the eggs, but you can use all capital letters, or like I suggested, limit the number of letters to be less overwhelming to your child.
Cut out small strips from the paper with the second alphabet written on it.
Then, comes the really satisfying part. Crack 26 mini glow sticks for what will soon be the coolest Easter activity your preschooler has ever seen.
In each egg, place one one letter and one glow stick.
Once you've got all the eggs ready and glowing, you're ready to hide them for your preschooler to find.
Ready for your Preschooler's New Favorite Easter Activity?
Once you've hidden the eggs in a dark room, make sure to clear the space of any tripping hazards. Always practice caution and even if it makes the glow a little less magical, it's best to keep a small source of light on so no one gets hurt!
Set expectations before you start. Where do you want the children to collect the eggs? Are they allowed to run? Should they wait before cracking them? It's all up to you, but I found that being specific with my expectations during the game allows everything to go much more smoothly.
Ready, set, Easter Eggs are a go!
Where is the learning in this preschool Easter activity?
I'm always looking to embed learning in play. Think about it. If your children's first memories of learning letters are through playful, enchanting memories like this spectacular activity, they're going to have a positive association with letters and with learning as a whole.
I'm never pushing my kids into learning letters at an early age. In fact, they're the ones asking me to create learning activities for them, because while we are learning, we are playing together, connecting, creating, and making memories. This is our special Mama and Me time.
Letters are the forefront of this preschool easter activity but there is a lot of other learning that happens here too. Kids are:
using positional words to discuss the locations of the eggs as they search for them
developing fine motor skills to open the eggs (and probably also to close them as they get ready for round 2)
discussing colors of the glow sticks and the eggs
potentially counting how many eggs there are
matching letters (either lowercase or capital) to the ones on the paper
Pro tip: Including an imaginative play element will always increase engagement in the learning activity with preschoolers!
When all the eggs are found and my preschoolers were ready to match the letters, we used our imagination to "hatch" the baby letters from the eggs. The baby lowercase alphabet were eager to find their parent, the matching capital letter.
My kids were so enchanted by the soft glowing eggs, we must have played this 6 times more after the initial alphabet puzzle was completed.
Just because Easter Sunday only comes about once a year, doesn't mean the egg hunt only gets to happen once a year. Whether you're setting up this Easter activity for your preschoolers, toddlers, or kindergarteners it is sure to delight them.
Bonus points if you have a glow stick dance party afterwards!