# Watercolor Easter Eggs

This week, many of our students tried watercolor painting for the first time.

We added a variety of these colors to real eggs and enjoyed showing them to our friends.

It was one of the most fun art techniques we’ve done in a long time and the whole process from start to finish was absolutely beautiful.

Because this activity is a messy one, we capitalized on that fact by doing the activity in an area where it was okay for the kids to get as messy as they wanted, and an area where the mess was contained and easily cleaned up!

Win-win!  And we had even MORE fun than last year!

# Rabbit Burrows

Rabbits live in burrows, so we made our very own! Using play dough as a medium and small plastic rabbits, we created habitats for our rabbits that included a nest, a place for food, and an area for sleep!

This activity also revisited and reinforced vocabulary words such as inside, outside, under and over.

Using play dough helped your little one practice using certain physical skills with their hands as they manipulated the dough with their fingers.

Children can also practice skills such as pinching, squeezing or poking while they play with play dough.

Lastly, using play dough helps a child practice using their imaginations while they exercise other cognitive skills such as imitation, symbolism and problem solving.

# Stack ‘Em, Don’t Crack ‘Em!

Strategically planned tape measure activities can make for an engaging, hands-on math lesson.

Teaching your child to use a tape measure helps him develop his measurement and estimation skills, while familiarizing him with basic units of measurement. These skills are needed for life in the real world and act as a foundation for more advanced math concepts.

For this activity, students were given a pile of “egg halves”. They were then instructed to stack the eggs, one at a time, until their pile “cracked” (or fell).

Once they determined the adequate amount of eggs required for the perfect tower, they were given a tape measure to measure their creation!

# Easter Egg Sequences

With the help of plastic eggs and a board of colorful illustrations, we created varying sets of sequences, both counting and creating patterns to enhance cognitive and mathematical skills.

The children delighted in the variety of sequences, and loved counting and predicting what the next egg was on the board.

# Searching for Chicks

Children love sensory activities, so we hid baby chicks in little sensory tubs while everyone searched for them!

Our little ones delighted in finding their baby chicks (and eggs) laughing, and gleefully announcing their discoveries!

Sensory play gives our students the opportunity to explore and engage in meaningful experiences.

As we share dialogue with them about what they are observing and sensing, we give them new language tools to connect with these more familiar sensory tools, building language as well as supporting cognitive concepts specific to the experience.

# Chicken Puzzles

From toddlers to adults, people love to solve puzzles. Puzzles are intriguing, the goal is clear and when you solve them, you get that sense of accomplishment that makes us all feel good about ourselves. Preschoolers can play with puzzles without even realizing how many skills they are developing. In order to solve a puzzle of any kind, your child needs to stop and think about how to go about reaching her goal. When using a board puzzle, she develops a strategy on how she will try to place each piece in the correct space in order to make all of the pieces fit.

She uses her problem-solving skills by developing solutions in order to accomplish completing her goal, just as she will use these skills during the course of her adult life. Puzzles can help a preschooler develop important cognitive skills. Your child will be asked to take step-by-step directions during his impending school career, and puzzles help him develop the ability to accomplish goals one step at a time and to understand why certain tasks need to be done in this manner. They can also help your preschooler develop visual spatial awareness because of the many colors, shapes and themes they come in. This activity involved your preschooler in putting pieces of a chicken together. There were a variety of puzzles, so each time your little one attempted to put the pieces together, he had to start all over again with the same puzzle broken into different shaped pieces.