Easter time is here again, and we celebrated during our Storytime today. Our opening song was “Easter Eggs” taken from the Perry Public Library.
Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells
Easter eggs, Easter eggs,
Eggs of orange and blue,
Here are lots of colored eggs,
All for me and you,
Chocolate eggs colored brown,
Jelly beans bright green,
Aren’t these the most beautiful eggs,
That you have ever seen?
Happy Easter by Liesbet Slegers was our first book. Slegers story depicted not only such Easter traditions as the Easter Bunny delivering eggs to children, but also other events that happened in the spring time like trees and flowers blooming.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett was our second book. Hoppi the bunny was finally old enough to decorate an Easter egg for the Easter bunny. If Hoppi designed the winning egg he could join the Easter Bunny on his deliveries Easter morning. As Hoppi saw everyone else’s creative eggs, he wondered how his would ever measure up. His plans took an unexpected, and heartwarming, turn and in the end the children learned that winning does not always mean having to be the flashiest.
A surprise, and our major activity for this Storytime, was an Easter egg hunt! Before the start of Storytime I hid eggs in the program area and the children got to search for them. Each child was able to choose a small prize after all the eggs were found, so no one walked away empty handed. Activities such as this encourage the development of social, thinking and motor skills in children. Hunting for the eggs was an individual activity, but doing it in a group helped reinforce the ideas of fair play and letting everyone have an opportunity to find an egg. Thinking and motor skills worked hand in hand in an activity such as this. The children had to think about the most likely places where an egg would be hidden, and, of course, the entire activity involved movement from the physical act of searching to grabbing the eggs and putting them in a basket. This article from Education.com highlights why developing motor skills in children is so important, and how motor skills tie into the development of other essential attributes. Overall though, the children really had such fun
We found some, but there were still more locate!
After our Easter egg hunt, the children settled down for our last two books. Queen of Easter by Mary Engelbreit was our next book. This was the story of Ann Estelle who wanted a very special hat to wear to the Easter Parade. When her mother gave her a new, but plain, boring, straw hat, Ann Estelle was not pleased and she left it out on the front porch. This meant that she had to wear last years old hat to the parade. Well that would not do, so Anne Estelle let her imagination soar as she worked to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. However, unexpected visitors turned Ann Estelle’s straw hat into more than even she could have imagined, and proved that the simple things are sometimes the best of all.
Our final book was The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Brown Tegen. This was the delightful story of the origin of the Easter Bunny. We learned about the little bunnies early life, how he learned to make Easter eggs and, finally, how he became the bunny children everywhere know and love. As we read through this story, the children were eager to locate, and point out, where the Easter Bunny was in all of the illustrations.
Our craft today was a giant egg made out of construction paper. The children cut the egg down the middle in a zigzag pattern, and then glued a chick to the bottom half of the egg. I attached the bottom and top halves together with brass fasteners so they would open and close in a hinged motion. The children then decorated their eggs with markers and sequins.
Here are the children cutting out their eggs, and preparing to glue on the little chicks.
Now comes the fun part, the sequins and markers!
This was a wonderfully enjoyable Storytime. Happy Easter everyone!