Here are some simple holiday facts for toddlers and
preschoolers. Please share and adapt them to your
particular needs and traditions:
what is Easter?
Easter is the most important Christian feast commemorating the the
resurrection of Jesus
after his crucifixion. Easter is celebrated on the Sunday
following the full moon next after the vernal equinox; thus, it
falls between Mar. 22 and Apr. 25. It is a
time for prayer and a time to celebrate new life.
What are the origins of Easter?
Who is the Easter
Why does the Easter
Bunny bring Easter
fascinating information at Wikipedia.org
Talk about Easter Day in simple terms and what it means to
your family and how do you celebrates it: for example, going
to church, an Easter egg hunt, a special luncheon or dinner, or
any other traditions that you practice.
A very common tradition is to make and send greeting cards
to our loved ones near and far.
Children can make an easy greeting card for their parents, other
relatives, a special babysitter or child care provider.
Activity: Easy Shapes Greeting Cards
- This craft activity will help your
child learn about colors, shapes, about the images and about the
- The children will learn how fascinating
it is to create a special gift using shapes.
- Let's call this technique
"layering,." Using different shapes and images you layer
them to form another image or landscape. Go to the links and
print a template of your choice and follow the instructions printed
there.A template with an optional greeting is also
available to glue inside the card or you can write one together
with the child.
- Children 18 months to 3 years:
The youngest child can participate in this greeting card
creation. Add a few drops or use glue stick to the folded
paper and child can place the pieces on the front of the
card. Make sure to mention the color, shape and name of the
animal and other items in the card templates. You can add a hand print cut-out to the inside of
the card and write a message on top.
- Older children can add and
decorate the plain colored pieces first with glitter, paint: brush
strokes, sponging, cotton ball dabbing, stampers, cut-up tissue
paper, etc. , and then proceed to layer the pieces as suggested in
the small image on the template.
- Create a 3-D Effect > Place little pieces of roll up tape instead of glue.
This raises the different layers just a bit, and gives a nice 3-D
- Envelope: Any
standard large greeting card envelope can be used - those left
over from the holidays. Make your own envelopes by using a
used one as a template. Trace the envelope over wrapping
paper - (usually the opposite side is white and the printed side
can be the inside of the envelope). Cut and glue and you have an
Shapes Greeting Cards
Card 1 Bunny
Card 2 Bunny
Card 3 He is
Greeting template for inside of the card:
two to choose from
"He is Arisen Greeting"
Alphabet printable activities:
*Letter E (long e) >
Letter J Jesus
Secular > Letter R Rabbit
Easter religious coloring page
*white paper or card stock,
*glue or glue stick