Get inspired by these spring reads!
Spring has officially sprung and so have the great springtime books of the season! There are so many wonderful children's books for spring and Easter, but we've managed to narrow it down to just a few favorites that your classroom or church group are sure to enjoy. To help get children moving and having fun, we've included some springtime activities to go along with these classic and new spring reads.
5 books to pair with classroom activities for spring:
This fun fast-paced game feels a lot like musical chairs but has a fun springtime twist! First, decorate a basket full of eggs with bright and bold colors; you can do this before class or with your students. Leave one egg undecorated. During the egg pass, have your kids stand in a circle and pass the eggs around while music plays. Once the music, whoever is holding the plain egg when the music stops is out. The game continues until only one colorful egg is left — whoever's holding that one is your official game winner!
Read The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Enjoy the egg pass game, then read The Easter Egg by Jan Brett, a beautifully illustrated picture book all about the springtime and the wonder that comes with it.
With just a few simple materials, your students can create their very own Easter basket to fill with lots of goodies! All you need is a plain paper plate, some pipe cleaners, construction paper, and markers. First, folding the plain paper plate. Then, adorn it with pipe cleaners, easy to cut paper pieces, hand-drawn eyes and... voila! Your children have created their own personal Easter basket.
Read The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing
In the style of Twas' the Night Before Christmas, this imaginative rendition of the classic poem brings to life the Easter Bunny and the preparation that goes into a holiday so many children and families enjoy: Easter.
At your Sunday school group or class, help bring the Bible and the story of Jesus to life using these blank paper crosses. After reading scripture, have your children create their own artistic interpretation of the lesson, drawing what they learned onto the blank paper crosses. This craft will become a lifelong reminder of the meaning of Easter!
Read God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Using the story of a young cub and his curiosity about Easter, God Gave Us Easter provides an additional, creative perspective on this spring holiday. Readers will come to understand the biblical origins of Easter and be delighted by beautiful imagery.
Print out these easy cut outs of a bunny to create a game that's sure to insight plenty of giggles. Make up your own rules for how many points each of the players will get for placing the cute little colon ball tail on your printed bunny. It's pin the tail on the donkey — Easter-style!
Read The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegan
How did a bunny become the hero of Easter and the bearer of all those brightly colored eggs? Have your young readers read The Story of the Easter Bunny, which explains just how the Easter Bunny came to be.
Keep kids active during the springtime with fun and energetic games like a duck race. By simply organizing into teams and racing in a funny, duck-like position, your students will have a blast waddling their way into spring!
Read Duck and Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! by Tad Hills
Easter isn't just about the big bunny everyone's come to know and love. This classic duo, Duck and Goose, is going to attempt the unimaginable — find the Easter Bunny. But how will they pull it off?