Bring the Joy of Easter into Your Homeschool with Easter Learning Activities
Can you believe Easter is right around the corner? Christmas and Easter are my favorite holidays. There are so many fun ways to bring the joy of Easter into your homeschool!
We don’t celebrate the Easter bunny, or really even talk much about it (aside from the story The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, which is delightful!) but we don’t forbid it, either. We try to focus on the glorious gift of the atonement and the resurrection instead.
We talk with our kiddos about how bunnies and eggs help us to remember the atonement so that when they’re bombarded with those images, they think of Jesus. We give them Easter baskets on Saturday (and we keep it really low key) then Saturday night we make Resurrection cookies (link to recipe below), Sunday morning we make Resurrection rolls (link to recipe below), and Sunday we read through the Easter story, using the beautiful set of Resurrection eggs my mom made us.
Keeping Sunday Christ-centered is our way of helping our children to remember the true meaning of Easter and showing our gratitude for the resurrection.
Adding a few Easter learning activities to your homeschool will help your kiddos move beyond the Easter basket and gifts that make the holiday all about consumption. Gifts are wonderful, but the Resurrection is about Jesus.
One of the best benefits of homeschooling is that we can add in whatever fun things we want to our homeschool! We have a few favorite traditions that we’d like to share with you.
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10 Ways to Bring Easter Joy Into Your Homeschool:
Read Easter books. Add a stack of them to your morning basket so your kiddos can pull one out anytime they like. Let them read their favorites aloud to the rest of the family. Here’s a list of our favorites.
Turn a couple of your favorite Easter books into literature-based unit studies, by finding ways to incorporate other subjects and learning into the theme of the book. One of our favorite Easter literature-based unit studies is Rechenka’s Eggs. We read about Rechenka the goose, learn about Ukraine, where the story takes place, work on our wax resist egg dyeing skills, and make a super quick, easy Easter treat.
Work on a Peeps Easter Science experiment. Seriously, who wants to eat peeps anyway! Might as well use them for experimentation, ha, ha! (No offense intended if you like them.) The author has a downloadable experiment sheet to record observations on. It looks really simple and fun.
Who knew you could turn raw eggs into bouncy balls? This experiment takes anywhere from 3-7 days to complete, so make sure you allot enough time! Check out Jamonkey for all the details!
These Resurrection Eggs are shared by Your Home Based Mom.
Every year we share the Easter story with t his Easter scripture egg activity at the dinner table on Easter Sunday. My mom made us a set of 12 plastic eggs that are numbered and inside of each egg is a scripture and an object to represent something that happened during the last week of our Savior’s life leading up the resurrection.
Your Home Based Mom shows you what to include in each egg, along with the appropriate verse of scripture. She even has a free printable pdf for you, to make it easy. Read the Easter Story from the Bible. (Matthew 26-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 22-24, and John 17-20).
Empty Tomb Rolls from Around my Family Table
These delicious rolls are the perfect object lesson for kids on Easter morning to teach the reason for celebrating Easter. My Empty Tomb Rolls are one of our favorite family traditions.
Kids learn better with hands-on activities and this special recipe helps them to visualize what we are talking about. Every Easter we always make Resurrection Cookies on the night before Easter Sunday and these homemade resurrection rolls on Easter morning.
Easter Story Cookies from Beneath my Heart
What a memorable tradition these Resurrection cookies could become for your children! They are a great activity to do with small children to help them understand and remember the true meaning of Easter.
I absolutely love the scripture verses (and ingredients) Beneath my Heart uses to tell the Easter story, right down to closing the tomb and waiting until morning.
8 Learning Games using Plastic Eggs from Premeditated Leftovers
Try putting all those leftover, plastic Easter eggs to use in one of these fun learning games. Did you know that plastic Easter eggs can be used to teach some new lessons or strengthen some old skills? They sure can!
Plastic eggs are easy to come by and inexpensive to buy, making them the perfect learning manipulative for math and phonics. Keep your Easter learning fun and frugal.
We love Easter bunny crafts and this one from The Best Ideas for Kids is one of our favorites! The best part is that this cute paper plate Easter bunny only requires a few supplies. Kids will love making their own Easter Bunny and playing with it after! You could even turn it into mask by cutting the eyes out and stapling a length of elastic to both sides.
Easter STEM Activity from Sunshine and Hurricanes
These easy jellybean structures are a fabulous engineering activity and my 8 & 10 year olds spent well over an hour building and playing. All you need is a package of jelly beans to use for connectors and a box of toothpicks.
And there you have it! 10 FUN (and cheap or free!) Easter learning activities! I hope you found a few you want to incorporate into your own homeschool. Happy Easter and happy learning!
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What fun Easter learning activities do your kids love? Share your favorites with us in the comments below.