Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
- Easter bunny matching game. Print out or draw two Easter bunnies. Cut one up so you have eyes, ears, nose, teeth etc. Encourage your child to match each part to the bunny, ‘Where do the bunny’s eyes go?’ etc.
- Continue to spend lots of 1:1 and family time with your child. Let them take the lead in play and follow their interests.
Communication and Language:
- Reading stories and singing songs is one of the best ways to encourage speech and also concentration and understanding. If you are able to get a copy of our story 'Spot's first Easter' take time to talk through each page. Your child will love lifting the flaps so this will keep them engaged.
- 'Has a strong exploratory impulse' This is one of the criteria for communication and language in the EYFS for 8-20 month old children. Activities suggested throughout this plan will encourage this. It can also be encouraged in daily play by sitting back and letting your child take the lead in their play.
- Colour in Easter Egg pictures. Chunky crayons or coloured pencils are perfect for toddlers to develop their palmer or pincer grasps.
- Our song this week would have been 'Sleeping bunnies'. This is an active song which children can move to. There are different versions on YouTube to dance along to.
- 'Easter egg rescue'. 'Trap' some colourful balls in a cupcake tray with duct tape/masking tape etc. This is great fine motor skill practice for your child.
Understanding the World:
- Easter egg hunt. Let your child watch you hide an object and encourage them to find it. This could be any object, as long as it is appealing to them.
-Google search 'Easter sensory tray'. There are lots of ideas using a variety of materials/objects which toddlers would love to explore. Focus on opportunities for your child to combine objects eg. scooping objects into containers.
-Easter baking. Easter nests are an easy baking activity using shredded wheat (or any cereal) and melted chocolate. Mini chocolate eggs usually go on top but please be aware these can be a choking hazard for small children.
- Big and small is one of the first mathematical concepts toddlers learn. Keep it simple by comparing two objects (two teddies, two bunnies etc.) which have an obvious size difference. Sit with your child and make sure they are engaged (eye contact, happy to sit down). See if they can identify which object is 'big' and which is 'small'. "Where is the big teddy?"
Easter Number songs:
Ten little Easter eggs
One little, two little, three little Easter eggs.
Four little, Five little, Six little Easter eggs.
Seven little, Eight little, Nine little Easter eggs.
Ten little Easter eggs in a row.
(You could change eggs to bunnies and sing the same song)
Five little Chicks
One little chick went out to play,
On a bright and sunny day.
She had such enormous fun,
That she called for another little chick to come.
Two little chicks went out to play...
(Repeat to 5 or 10)
- Cbeebies website has a toddler friendly version of the Easter story.
- Continue to read daily with your child, using props where possible to bring stories to life.
Expressive Arts and Design:
- Easter egg potato prints. Cut simple designs into a halved potato ( make sure to choose a potato which is small enough for your child to grasp in their palm). Help your child dip the potato in brightly coloured paint and make prints on paper.
- Easter cards for family/friends. There are lots of creative ideas online, especially Pinterest.