Easter and Literature Connections Fun!
The following fiction and nonfiction books are "eggs-actly" right for children who are curious about Easter eggs and ALL eggs! If you
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- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
After reading this magic book by Dr. Seuss, set up an egg-coloring center. Give each child a hard-boiled egg. Provide egg dyes
in red, yellow and blue. Encourage children to predict what color will be made by dipping eggs in combinations of colors.
After predictions are made, the fun part begins by dipping the eggs in the colors!
- Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross.
This book is perfect for discussing that we are all a little bit different and a little bit alike. After discussing this, ask each child
to think of something that makes them a little bit different from everyone else. Have them to illustrate and write about these ideas.
Put these pages together for a class booklet and let each child share his pages during group time.
- Bently & Egg by William Joyce.
After discussing this book and the ups and downs of poor Bently, have an obstacle course that includes some of the story-related
events. Each child might carry a plastic egg on a spoon around a stuffed animal, then transfer the egg into a basket with
a helium-filled balloon attached. Then carry the egg to a hat in which he carries the egg to the water table. Then he places the egg
in a toy boat and sails the boat by blowing, fanning or making waves. Finally he dries the egg off and draws whatever he thinks
will hatch from the egg and names it. Put these pages together to share at group time.
- The Easter Egg Farm by Mary Jane Auch.
After reading the book, use one or more of the following decorating ideas for eggs:
Cut giant Easter eggs from 12x18 sheets of construction paper or tagboard. Mix sweetened condensed milk (like Eagle Brand) with food coloring to create several colors of "paint". Paint this mixture onto the eggs and let dry thoroughly. This will take awhile! When dry, these eggs just glisten!!
To make an egg, trace an egg pattern onto white construction paper, and cut out the outline. Using crayons, draw and color an Easter scene on the cutout. Add decorative lines with crayon. Brush on a water-and-food-coloring wash (1 cup water to 4-5 drops of food coloring) to cover the entire egg cutout.
Give each child a large tagboard egg cutout. Encourage to decorate with such items as pasta pieces, dried beans, fabric scraps,
colored toothpicks, glitter, and sequins.
Give each child one tagboard egg cutout. Add food coloring to several different containers of light
corn syrup. Encourage children to fingerpaint their eggs with the corn-syrup mixtures. Let the eggs dry for a day or two before
- An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni.
Before reading the story, ask the children to predict what will be in the egg. Read the story. Afterwards discuss the predictions and the
actual outcome. Then ask them to imagine what Jessica will find next. Have each child write about and illustrate his idea. Put these pages
together and share at group time.
- The Egg: a First Discovery Book by Gallimard Jeunesse.
After reading the book, give each child a construction-paper egg. Encourage them to write a favorite egg recipe and illustrate it. Put these
pages together for sharing at group time.
- A Nest Full of Eggs by Pricilla Belz Jenkins.
After reading the book, make bird's nest with the children:
1 (12-oz.) bag butterscotch bits
1 (5 oz.) can chow mein noodles
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
1 bag small jelly beans
Melt the butterscotch bits in a pan over low heat. Add noodles and peanuts to the melted bits and stir. Drop large teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto 2 cookie sheets lined with wax paper. Shape each nest with your fingers. Put 4 or 5 jelly beans into each nest. Chill in the refrigerator. Makes about 15 nests.
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