It may not feel like it but spring is only a few days away, it’s the season of baby lambs, daffodils, chocolate, fluffy chicks, chocolate, longer days and new life. Did I mention chocolate? So, here are a few sugar-free egg-cellent ideas to use with your students this Easter. (sorry you will have to buy your own chocolate and put up with my egg-stremely bad puns!)
Busy things offer a range of Egg-ceptional digital content that you can use to explore the concept of Easter within your class. From designing your own digital Easter Egg (perfect for fine motor control in the EYFS) exploring the story of Easter in more depth or why not try recreating your own Easter Sunday story.
Busy Things have made this eggs-uberant screen free printable Easter pack that contains something for everyone: colouring, drawing, creating patterns, puzzles and crafts.
To explore faith in greater depth you could use Espresso Faiths to look at how Easter is celebrated. Why not compare this with how different communities celebrate other spring festivals and ask your students to explore the common links that they can see in these celebrations?
Just 2 Easy has a range of digital tools to support you in making your own Easter resources, here are some ideas to get you cracking! Why not create your own Easter egg hunt (you could use real eggs or printed out eggs) and then collate the data into j2Pictogram.
Hold an Easter egg popularity test (maybe with a small taste test) with j2Vote and then collate the data into a graph using j2graph, (if you are wondering I am hoping for this Easters it’s a Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut Easter egg!)
You could also take a virtual Easter Egg Hunt using Turtle, here is a template you can use.
Use j2Paint to design your own Easter eggs, great for fine motor skills, you can use this template.
Research the concept of Easter celebration across the world and create a presentation with j2e5, why not add an interactive quiz? You can use this template as an example.
Widgit Have an egg-stremely good set of activities from the Symbols Inclusion Project, Within the pack are two symbol supported stories about the events of Easter designed for different levels. The large symbol cards can be used in small group work to help retell a simple story. The longer story is supported by the vocabulary list for children to re-write their own version of the story on the Easter writing and drawing paper.
Another inclusive approach to telling the Easter story is to create a multi-Sensory story. Have a look at this fantastic booklet by Joe White. This sensory story captures the key themes of the traditional Easter story, Easter: A Sensory Story should be easy to adapt by removing some elements/lines. Suitable for your RE curriculum or just for an Easter activity with a minimum number of resources needed. Download the pdf here.
Switched on science have various units such as “Young Gardeners” which cover the concept of plant and animal growth, Switched on Science is a flexible and creative investigation-based program with a clear focus on working scientifically. It is packed with best-practice CPD videos and supportive lessons to ensure every teacher can deliver the curriculum with confidence.
Why not explore Easter within cooking apart from chocolate Easter is filled with lots of other yummy treats which you can explore with Cookit! The primary purpose of Cookit is to improve pupils’ skills, understanding and enjoyment of food and healthy eating. The site provides support for the teaching and learning of a wide range of basic skills and processes. It encourages and inspires learners to explore cooking and to create and share their own recipes, using both the site and mobile devices, cookit has a range of traditional recipes like Hot Cross Buns and simple Easter biscuits.
Don’t forget you have the power of Creativity at your fingertips with the whole range of Adobe Creative Cloud tools to empower students to think creatively and communicate expressively, so they can turn their classroom ideas into college and career opportunities if you haven’t already signed up to receive your licences simply go here and sign up.
To get inspired for Easter just go to the Adobe Education Exchange, created for educators by educators, the Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform offering instant access to professional development, teaching materials, and other tools designed to egg-nite creativity in the classroom.
Have a look at Juliette Bentley’s idea here of using Spark to create Easter Reflective Action Cards. They contain a reading, a prayer and a call to action. The intention is that they are used for an opening to a Religious Education lesson (Catholic/Christian), during the period of Lent so that they can approach it mindfully. Teachers might email the asset out or print them and give each student a copy. Students then create their own card using Spark and this is then printed, laminated and given to the student to take home and share with their families.
Or why not use Susan Bell’s idea here to create an ecard with Photoshop, using a picture of your face, Easter eggs and an Easter bunny picture.