Here is a round up of what we have been covering for the last two weeks in the lead up to Easter. We spent a week and a half on the First Easter and the last few days looking at secular Easter.
We made the donkey that Jesus rode on and the leaves from Palm Sunday. We made silver chalices for The Last Supper. We rolled golf balls on paper to make our Garden of Gethsemane pictures. We made stained glass crosses by sticking contact to black card with crosses cut out and our tombs were paper plates painted brown and cut in half.
We put egg shaped paper on the easels and the children painted their own patterns to create Easter egg paintings. We glued recycled Easter egg wrappers onto card to make shiny eggs.
The children got to choose between making a bunny or a chick for this threading activity. They glued on the ears or legs and drew on their own features. Then they used wool to thread through the holes.
The Easter Bunny always comes to visit just before Easter so we make some Easter baskets for him to leave a surprise in. This year we used 1.25L bottles. We painted them in bright colours and added a pipe cleaner handle. We had a hand cranked paper shredder that we used to make our Easter grass. The children had a lot of fun watching the card come out in strips as they turned the handle. I was surprised at how something so simple was so fascinating for them.
We went on a walk this afternoon to try and spot the Easter Bunny as we had heard a rumour that he was seen around the school yard. We saw a few footprints near the daycare next to our school so we deduced that he must’ve already been to visit them earlier in the day. When we got back to our class we discovered that the Easter bunny had already been to visit while we were hunting for him. He left his big white footprints all over our classroom and I voiced my displeasure about him jumping on my tables. He did however leave some Easter eggs in our baskets so we forgave him. (I’m afraid the cleaner wasn’t so forgiving as she was hoping to leave early to go on holiday and my attempts to sweep up the flour footprints pretty much ending up in me spreading flour everywhere. She was very good natured about it though and I am sure we will be forgiven in time.)