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April 3, 2014

Cheap, Cheap! Economical Ideas for Easter and Spring

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Whether you are celebrating Easter, springtime, or both, these games and treats will get you and your students into the spirit of warm weather, rebirth, and renewal.

    Note: Every item in this post was purchased at my local dollar stores, with the exception of the bunny basket* ($1.99), the bunny chalk ($1.99), and the lollipops (.33 each), which I got at Party City.

     

    *You can also make your own bunny basket as shown in this cute milk carton bunny basket craft.
     

    Games

     

    Bunny Hopscotch

    Have your students put on their bunny ears and play hopscotch. To make it extra fun, use bunny-shaped sidewalk chalk to make your design, affix a bunny foot to each square, and use a plastic carrot as the marker.

     

    Duck, Duck, Duckling

    This game is the same as traditional Duck, Duck, Goose, except that instead of a goose, the player who gets to be the duck chooses a duckling, and leaves a rubber duckling behind that student’s back.
     


    Tic-Tac-Toe: Springtime Edition

    Make a tic-tac-toe board and laminate. Instead of “X”s and “O”s, use plastic eggs as markers in two different designs or colors. Fill each egg with a small candy. Whoever wins the round gets to open an egg and eat the candy.

     

     

    Treats

     

    Newborn Chicks

    For this treat, you will need a coffee filter, a little bit of fake grass, a plastic egg, and a Peep marshmallow chick for each student. Use this opportunity to explain that baby chicks are hatched from eggs.
     


    Newborn Bunnies

    All you need for this treat is one Peep marshmallow bunny for each student, and one bunny basket to put them all in. Explain that baby bunnies come from inside their mothers, who may deliver many babies at the same time. You can make a bunny holder yourself from Scholastic's Spring Bunny Basket craft!


    Newborn Flowers

    The students get to help with this one. Each child will need a plastic cup filled with dirt, and a packet of jelly bean “seeds” to plant in the cup. Explain that when you plant seeds, flowers grow. Before the students come back the next day, replace the jelly beans “seeds” with lollipop “flowers.” (You can also add grass.) I matched the colors of the jelly beans with the colors of the lollipops, but that is optional.

    Whether you are celebrating Easter, springtime, or both, these games and treats will get you and your students into the spirit of warm weather, rebirth, and renewal.

    Note: Every item in this post was purchased at my local dollar stores, with the exception of the bunny basket* ($1.99), the bunny chalk ($1.99), and the lollipops (.33 each), which I got at Party City.

     

    *You can also make your own bunny basket as shown in this cute milk carton bunny basket craft.
     

    Games

     

    Bunny Hopscotch

    Have your students put on their bunny ears and play hopscotch. To make it extra fun, use bunny-shaped sidewalk chalk to make your design, affix a bunny foot to each square, and use a plastic carrot as the marker.

     

    Duck, Duck, Duckling

    This game is the same as traditional Duck, Duck, Goose, except that instead of a goose, the player who gets to be the duck chooses a duckling, and leaves a rubber duckling behind that student’s back.
     


    Tic-Tac-Toe: Springtime Edition

    Make a tic-tac-toe board and laminate. Instead of “X”s and “O”s, use plastic eggs as markers in two different designs or colors. Fill each egg with a small candy. Whoever wins the round gets to open an egg and eat the candy.

     

     

    Treats

     

    Newborn Chicks

    For this treat, you will need a coffee filter, a little bit of fake grass, a plastic egg, and a Peep marshmallow chick for each student. Use this opportunity to explain that baby chicks are hatched from eggs.
     


    Newborn Bunnies

    All you need for this treat is one Peep marshmallow bunny for each student, and one bunny basket to put them all in. Explain that baby bunnies come from inside their mothers, who may deliver many babies at the same time. You can make a bunny holder yourself from Scholastic's Spring Bunny Basket craft!


    Newborn Flowers

    The students get to help with this one. Each child will need a plastic cup filled with dirt, and a packet of jelly bean “seeds” to plant in the cup. Explain that when you plant seeds, flowers grow. Before the students come back the next day, replace the jelly beans “seeds” with lollipop “flowers.” (You can also add grass.) I matched the colors of the jelly beans with the colors of the lollipops, but that is optional.

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