Inside: Seven fine motor and sensory Easter activities for toddlers and preschoolers. They are fun and educational and will get your toddler in the Easter spirit!
Today I want to share seven fun and educational sensory Easter activities for toddlers that will get your child in the Easter spirit.
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I recently changed the direction of this blog to focus more heavily on bilingual parenting and how I raise my toddler, Lennox, in Spanish as a nonnative speaker.
Since I am raising Lennox in a minority language, one way I stay grounded through my own cultural identity is through holidays.
One of my favorite ways to show Lennox about the different holidays is through sensory, play-based activities.
These activities involve hands-on activities that allow him to execute his fine and gross motor skills and explore new sensory, holiday-related items.
It is an authentic learning experience for the whole family. On one hand we learn about each holiday in Spanish. This means Lennox and I get to learn new vocabulary words in Spanish. On the other hand, my Salvadoran partner gets to learn about American traditions. We get to experience the best of both worlds.
To get back to the point, below you can find seven sensory Easter activities for Toddlers.
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Sensory Easter Activities for Toddlers
1. Peep’s nest:
I don’t know about you, but as a child, I loved baking. Lennox takes so much interest in helping me clean and cook that I thought it would be fun to do some sensory baking with him!
The first baking activity we did was our peep’s nest made out of Rice Krispy treats. Rice Krispy treats are super easy to make.
Ingredients you will need to make the peep’s nest:
How to make the peep’s nest:
We put a whole stick of butter into a pot on low heat and let the butter start to melt.
Once the butter began to melt, we added an entire bag of marshmallows.
When the marshmallows started to get soft, we stirred them with the butter. Once they melted, we added 6 cups of Rice Krispies After all the ingredients were thoroughly mixed, we added the Rice Krispies to a non-stick muffin pan. We let the Rice Krispy treats cool and harden and then Lennox placed the Peeps into their Rice Krispy nidos (nests).
2. Easter Sugar cookies
Our next baking activity was sugar cookies. Lennox loved making the cookies as well as making a big mess.
We made the sugar cookies from scratch using this recipe. We used cutting boards to do the rolling.
Make sure you put flour not only on your surface but also on the roller when rolling out your dough. Next, we made our Easter shapes with these Easter cookie cutters, and I also used a knife to write out the words Easter and Pascua, Easter in Spanish.
We placed them on a cooking sheet covered in Parchment paper and then put them in the oven for 4-7 minutes. I like my cookies soft, so we took them out shortly before the instructed baking time.
The best part was next, the decorating. We made homemade icing and added 2-3 drops of food dye to turn our frosting into pastel Easter colors.
We took all of our ingredients outside since it was such a beautiful day, and to also avoid the toddler mess.
Then, we went at it. Lennox was confused at first but enjoyed making a mess on the cookies. I was shocked that he didn’t try to eat the icing. Whenever we paint or draw, he always puts the utensils in his mouth, but he didn’t try to put the icing in his mouth at all, only the sprinkle. Toddlers are strange, aren’t they?
It doesn’t get much more fun, sensory or delicious as baking cookies damas y caballeros.
Dye your Easter eggs with a natural dye with whipped cream! Not only is it sensory and sugary fun, but the set-up and clean-up are so easy!!!
4. Little Critter Creativity
In his Easter basket, Lennox got the Happy Easter Little Critter by Mercer Mayer. It comes included with Easter activities for your Toddler. One of those activities is a tear-out poster for some sticker fun.
Just look at that fine-motor concentration, will you! I love watching toddlers at work!
5. Box-dyed Easter Eggs
I was hesitant to dye Easter eggs with Lennox because he is still a bit young, and dyes can get messy.
However, when I saw this adorable Mickey Mouse Easter Egg Kit, I was persuaded. To make it easy and mess-free, I did most of the dying, but Lennox helped me put stickers on the eggs and had fun placing the eggs onto the egg holder. A perfect introduction to a holiday tradition.
6. Easter Bunny Color Sort
I found these cute little Easter bunny marshmallows at Giant and thought they would be perfect for sorting. Lennox and I talked about the color of each bunny then sorted them into different Easter cups.
7. Easter scoop & toss sensory bin
Last but not least, the standard sensory bin. We added Marshmallows, peeps and little tiny chicks and Lennox had a free for all touching, tasting, smelling, scooping, throwing and making a huge mess with all these little pieces. Let’s just say I had a blast cleaning it all up =) Lennox’s fun was worth it.
Well we’re pretty Easter’d out over here. We still have to hunt our eggs, but that we will save for Easter day. I saw the cutest Idea of attaching balloons to the eggs to make it a toddler-friendly hunt. I am very excited to try it out!!
Thanks for reading. I hope you have an exciting Easter like Lennox and I did =)