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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Make a colourful Easter display to brighten up your setting

Easter eggs

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Early learning goal

Use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems.

What you need

Display board at the children’s height covered in green backing paper; paints and paintbrushes; ten sheets of green A4 carrd; ten sheets of A4 paper; safety scissors; strong tape or staple gun (adult use).

What to do

Encourage the children to paint colourful flowers, butterflies, bees, buds and leaves on to the ten sheets of green card to represent ten bushes in springtime.

When dry, tape or staple the top edge of each picture on to the display board to make ten flaps depicting a garden scene.

Next, encourage the children to paint groups of 1 to 10 colourful Easter eggs, on to the ten sheets of paper.

When dry, help the children to cut away any excess paper from around each group of eggs. Glue one group of eggs under each flap on the display board.

Use the display to find, count and compare the number of Easter eggs hidden behind each flap by asking questions such as, ‘Can you find the bush that is hiding the most Easter eggs?’, ‘Which bush is hiding the least number of Easter eggs?’ or, ‘How many eggs can you find altogether under these two bushes?’.

Further ideas

  • Invite the children to draw groups of 1 to 10 Easter eggs on to ten sheets of card. Label the pictures 1 to 10 and glue them in numerical order to create an Easter egg numberline.
  • Help the children to cut egg shapes from three different colours of paper, for example, red, yellow, and blue to create an Easter collage. Use the collage to inspire counting skills by asking questions such as, ‘How many red eggs can you see?’, ‘How many red and blue eggs altogether?’, ‘How many yellow eggs would there be if one more was added to the collage?’.
  • Decorate 15 cardboard eggs on both sides using paints, pastels, crayons or felt-tipped pens. Hang the decorated eggs in groups of 1 to 5 to create five Easter counting mobiles.

Support

Help the children to create a display that hides 1 to 5 Easter eggs.

Extension

Ask older children problem-solving questions such as, ‘Which two bushes are hiding a total of three Easter eggs?’ or, ‘Can you find three bushes that are hiding a total of six Easter eggs?’.

Find more activities like these in Christmas and Easter (Festival Fun for the Early Years series), available from Scholastic Ltd, priced £15. Call 0845 603 9091 or visit www.scholastic.co.uk

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