eyfs easter activities

Early Years Easter Activities

Outdoor Learning EYFS Easter Activities

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on outdoor learning activities for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with an Easter theme. These activities are designed to engage young children in hands-on, nature-based learning, fostering creativity, curiosity, and a love for the outdoors. Below, you’ll find a variety of fun and educational activities along with links to additional resources.

Introduction

Easter is a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors with young children. The changing season offers a plethora of opportunities to incorporate nature into learning activities. At The Muddy Puddle Teacher, we believe in harnessing the power of outdoor learning to create memorable and impactful educational experiences.

Easter Egg Hunt with a Twist

Activity Idea

Organize an Easter egg hunt but instead of just looking for eggs, children can search for natural items like leaves, flowers, and stones. Each “egg” they find can have a clue or a fact about nature.

Benefits

  • Enhances observational skills
  • Encourages physical activity
  • Promotes teamwork and collaboration

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Nature Crafts: Easter Bunny Masks

Activity Idea

Collect leaves, twigs, and flowers to create Easter bunny masks. Children can use these natural materials to decorate their masks, encouraging creativity and fine motor skills.

Benefits

  • Boosts creativity and imagination
  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Connects children with nature

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Planting Seeds: Growing Easter Grass

Activity Idea

Planting grass seeds in small pots or egg cartons can be a fun and educational activity. Children can decorate the containers and watch the grass grow over the weeks leading up to Easter.

Benefits

  • Teaches responsibility and patience
  • Provides a hands-on science lesson
  • Encourages a connection with nature

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Easter Storytime and Nature Walk

Activity Idea

Combine storytime with a nature walk. Read an Easter-themed story outside, then take a walk to look for signs of spring. Children can collect items that represent the story and create a nature display.

Benefits

  • Enhances listening and comprehension skills
  • Encourages physical activity
  • Promotes an appreciation for literature and nature

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Easter Sensory Play: Mud Kitchen

Activity Idea

Set up a mud kitchen for sensory play, incorporating Easter-themed items like plastic eggs, bunny cookie cutters, and spring flowers. Children can create “Easter dishes” using mud, water, and natural materials.

Benefits

  • Develops sensory skills
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Supports fine and gross motor development

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Bug Hunt: Discovering Easter Insects

Activity Idea

Take the children on a bug hunt to find insects that are common during the spring. Use magnifying glasses and bug boxes to observe and learn about these tiny creatures.

Benefits

  • Teaches children about biodiversity
  • Enhances observational skills
  • Encourages curiosity and exploration

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Additional Resources

For more inspiration and detailed guides, explore the following links:

  1. Forest School Association
  2. Learning Through Landscapes
  3. Outdoor Classroom Day
  4. Children & Nature Network
  5. National Wildlife Federation
  6. Project Learning Tree
  7. The Nature Conservancy
  8. Green Schoolyards America
  9. Nature Play SA
  10. Earth Force
  11. Eco-Schools
  12. Global Outdoor Learning Initiative
  13. NatureBridge
  14. Natural Start Alliance
  15. Wildlife Trusts

By incorporating these engaging and educational activities into your EYFS curriculum, you can create a memorable Easter experience that fosters a love for learning and nature. For more resources and ideas, be sure to explore our website and join the outdoor learning community at The Muddy Puddle Teacher.

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