Make Your Own Easter Eggs

 

 

 

You will need:
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Crayons
  • Food coloring
How to hard boil eggs:

1. Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat over high heat to boiling point.

2. Remove from stove. Let eggs stand in hot water for: 12 minutes for large eggs; 9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large eggs.

3. Drain and cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water.

4. Once the eggs are completely cool children can draw on the eggs with crayons or pastels. Then paint or spray the entire egg with food colouring or dye.

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Check out our Hot Cross Bun Blog and Free Easter Card Activity

Music Activity:

Love to Sing songs to sing at Easter time:

 

Easter Card Making Idea For Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a fabulous Easter activity for kids – they absolutely love getting their hands dirty and creating this cute Easter card for loved ones!

You will need
  • Colored card
  • White paint
  • Pink paint (or make it yourself mixing white and red)
  • Black vivid
  • Cotton ball
  1. Fold A4 card into half

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2. Paint hand (except the thumb) with white washable paint

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3. Get children to squeeze their pinky/ring finger together and their pointer/middle finger together when pressing down to make bunny ears.

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4. Either use pink paint or mix white and red – paint the middle of the rabbits ear

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5. Once the paint has dried use a black vivid to draw the eyes and mouth.

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6. Add a cotton ball or sparkly nose.

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Hey presto – your Easter bunny card is ready to go!

 

Make Playdough Come Alive with Music

 

 

 

 

Dough is a great medium for children because:

  • Dough is easy to manipulate.
  • Dough is great for inspiring imagination.
  • Dough helps to build creative thinking.
  • Dough enhances sensory experiences.
  • Dough helps to develop hand eye coordination.
  • Dough helps to build mathematical concepts such as weight and size.
  • Dough helps to build language skills.
  • Dough helps to build social skills.

Fun songs to share with children that will stimulate dough play:

How to make Dough:

Recipe:

  • 6 cups of flour
  • 3 cups of salt
  • Any colour of food colouring in a jug of water
  • Mix ingredients with water until right consistency
  • Store in an airtight container.

Learning Activities with Dough:patacake

  • Naming ingredients.
  • The feel of the ingredients.
  • Choosing a colour.
  • Measuring water, flour and salt.
  • Talk about the changes that occur when water and flour are mixed.
  • Using judgement on whether it needs more water or more flour and checking the consistency of the dough.
  • Make letters of the alphabet while singing along to our Alphabet Songs
  • Make numbers – be inspired by our number songs

Scratch Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch art is a great activity for any age. It’s easy and so much fun. Watch your artwork come alive… it’s magical!
Follow our simple steps below.

You will need:
  • A4 paper
  • Crayons
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scratching stick or finger nails if you’re game…
  1. Use bright coloured crayons to completely colour in a blank piece of paper.
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  2. Blocking in different colours works well.
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  3. Make sure you colour in the entire piece of paper.
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  4. Use a paint brush to paint black paint over the picture.
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  5. Let the paint dry.
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  6. Start scratching the black paint with a sharp stick like a bamboo skewer or the back end of a think paint brush.
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  7. Create a scene to suit your topic – this art activity is linked to the songs Silent Night (as below) and Black Night.
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Body Percussion

 

 

 

 

 

The human body is the original musical instrument!

 

What is Body Percussion?

It is simply using the body to make percussive sounds in any way you can.

 

Examples of body percussion:

Clapping hands; foot stamping; thigh slapping; finger  clicking; kissing sound with lips; tongue clicking; humming; grunting;  toe tapping; fairy clapping (two fingers); fairy tapping (index finger on table top); click fingers and whistle.

 

Body percussion challenges:

  • Use combinations of sounds e.g. clap hands and cluck tongue; whistle and slap thighs; click fingers and stamp feet. How many body percussion sounds can you make at once?
  • Try alternating body percussion sounds e.g. clap hands, stamp feet, clap hands, stamp feet; kissing sound with lips, cluck tongue, kissing sound with lips, cluck tongue – definitely challenging! Make up your own alternating body percussion sounds!
  • Create body percussion duets or a body percussion orchestra with a group; don’t forget to use a body percussion conductor!
  • Make variations of body percussion sounds e.g. clap your hands in different ways or use different techniques like cupping your hands as you clap – listen for a varying pitch and resonance.
  • Here’s a real challenge for older kids or for adults entertaining younger ones – make arm pit music; beat box and rhythmic breathing.

 

When do you start percussion?

  • Encourage babies not only to clap but to clap to the beat of a song. Most songs have a beat of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 1, 2, 3. The beat is the steady pulse.
  • Play a song, feel the beat, count and clap e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4. Count and play other body percussive sounds e.g. stamp feet, slap thighs. Children will have an added bonus of learning how to count and how to feel the beat in music! Statistics are clearly showing the correlation between music and making kids smarter!

 

Body Percussion Activities with little ones:

Body percussion Poem

I can hear my hands go clap, clap, clap.
And I can hear my feet go stamp, stamp, stamp.
And I can hear my legs go slap, slap, slap.
But I can’t hear my eyes go blink, blink, blink.

I can hear my knees go knock, knock, knock.
And I can hear my tongue go cluck, cluck, cluck.
I can hear my fingers go snap, snap, snap.
But I can’t hear my head go nod, nod, nod.

Freebie:
Body percussion Poem

Body percussion poem

Body percussion poem

Clap the Star

Twinkle, twinkle Little Star
Can you clap the word ‘star’ instead of singing…

Twinkle, twinkle little clap
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little clap
How I wonder what you are.

 

Body percussion Activities for older children:

  • BINGO – substitute a body percussion sound for the letters
  • Little Peter Rabbit – substitute a body percussion sound for each animal
  • My Hat – substitute vocal sounds for summer, (breath out loudly), autumn (scratching vocal sound), winter (brrr vocal sound) and spring (click tongue).
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas – on merry clap hands twice # # (# represents a clap); Christmas slap thighs twice * * (* represents slapping thigh).

 

Write a Body Percussion Graphic Grid

Choose a child to be a conductor – they will need to point to each word (use a sparkle stick or pointer) at an even pace. Start pointing at the top words and then start again pointing at the bottom words.

# = clap

*= stamp

– = rest

Baa

#

one

Baa

#

for the

black

*

mas

sheep

*

ster and

Have you

#

one

any

#

for the

wool

*

dame

*

and

yes

#

one

sir

#

for the

yes

*

little

sir

*

boy who

three

#

lives

bags

#

down the

full

*

lane.

When you are confident with the graphic grid make your own using well known nursery rhymes or a favorite song.

Stuck on Finding a Christmas Song to perform?

Stuck on Finding a Christmas Song to perform at School, Preschool or Kindergarten? Well look no further!

Here is a great selection of kids Christmas Songs and Carols guaranteed to give the WOW factor at your Christmas concert. Children will love to sing and dance to the upbeat, action Christmas songs.

 

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Christmas is a Season of Love

Christmas is a season of love,
A time for being with the people you really love,
So open your heart and let the giving begin,
For then you may know the true meaning of Christmas.

Let’s join hands around the world,
And sing together in peace and harmony,
We’ll open our hearts and let the giving begin,
For then we may know the true meaning of Christmas.