April 4, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt

Are you having a super fun Spring Break?!
We decided to stay in town, get some things repaired (joy!), and just do fun things in the city.  We're having fun, except we can't stray too far from home - we have a couple of sick boys here!  Whatever you decided to do, I hope you're having a fun {and healthy} time!
On Wednesday before Spring Break, our pre-k'ers had an Easter celebration.  In Circle, we read:
(Because of the snow day on Monday and no school due to Good Friday, we did not start a new Letter of the Week.)
We decorated our little Charlie Brown tree with glittery Easter egg ornaments.  It was hard for the kids to push the ribbon onto the branches, but we had two very patient big kid helpers to assist them!

In Centers, we...
- painted with foam brushes
- sculpted with playdough
- decorated our Easter bags with stamps and stickers, then stuffed them with green, shredded paper
- played the Bunny and Egg ABC file folder game
- played in the sandbox and housekeeping
We also worked in pairs to match up patterned plastic eggs.
What holiday would it be in our class if we didn't somehow incorporate a science experiment?!  For this one, we used marshmallow Peeps.  As you can see in the picture, the one on the left is what we started with - a normal-sized, pink Peep.  We placed it in the microwave for 10 seconds, and repeated this 3 or 4 times.  It's hard to tell, but on the right, our Peep grew!  The heat expanded the marshmallow to 2 or 3 times its original size.  The kids LOVED this experiment, and our big kid helpers pretty much conducted the whole thing!
Toward the end of class, we had our egg hunt.  Since the grass outside was still wet, we decided to just have it in the Block Room, and I think the kids were fine with that.  (As long as they got some eggs, I don't think it mattered where their hunt was located!)
We also read an adorable story, complete with tiny animal figures hidden inside its thick, board book style pages:
I hope you all had a joyous Easter, filled with happy family celebrations!  We went to church, and then back home for a quiet family brunch.  We played a game of hot/cold with the kids, to find their Easter baskets.  The Easter bunny is running out of good places to hide their baskets at our house!  He may have to use a litte more creativity next year...
Enjoy the rest of your Spring Break!  See you on Monday!


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