In the school holidays, there seems to be a growing pressure to spend lots of money on activities to entertain children. However, there are usually some free or low-cost opportunities close to home. Check out these ideas for Easter learning this spring:
Easter egg hunt
Whether you go to an organised hunt or set up your own, these can be a great way to get some fresh air. You can also incorporate lots of different learning activities into the egg hunt. At a conservation project we visited, the egg hunt included an alphabet element for children to find different letters. There was also a geography activity with a map of the site, and X marking every basket of eggs to find. This was a great activity as younger children could enjoy it as part of their letter learning, whilst the older ones had fun building words from the letters on the eggs they collected.
Visit a farm
There are always popular play farms to visit, sometimes in cities or on the outskirts. Depending on the venue, you can often feed bottle feed lambs at this time of year, as well as buy animal feed pellets to feed the goats, donkeys etc. Living in quite a rural area, we also know some ‘real life’ farmers. Spring is a fab time of year to visit them and help to feed baby animals and get to work on jobs on the farm.
Regardless of their ages, the kids have always learned a lot from visiting the farm. I compiled a list of some of the things we talked about at one visit:
-Bulls don’t make milk.
-Baby cows are called calves.
-Goats can climb up high.
-Lamb is spelt with a silent ‘b’ at the end.
-You need to round up the cows for milking time; but some of them come back themselves!
-Combine harvesters are VERY big!
Lots of churches put on free family services, especially around Easter time. Messy Church sessions tend to be particularly child-friendly and accessible. This Pinterest board is full of Easter-related mark making and other interactive activities done there. For anyone interested in books for looking at the story of Easter with their children, we have used both this Usborne sticker book and this board book to help them to better understand it.
Make an Easter bonnet
I have searched in vain to find Easter bonnet making craft materials which are not pastel shades or doe-eyed rabbits. Our boys are just not interested in those kind of offerings. Hence the ‘alternative’ Easter bonnets seen below- dino eggs and pirate treasure have been far more popular! These are so simple to make- a cheap cap from the supermarket, a glue gun and some craft bits are all you really need.
What Easter activities do you enjoy? Please share in the comments below… HAPPY EASTER!