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Adding Language to The Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny is bringing chocolate and language this year!
It is a great time of year for a holiday break, especially when the Easter Bunny or my Aussie favourite the Easter Bilby is coming to your home or campsite this weekend to deliver chocolate treats. It is also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your kids. Each family celebrates Easter in their own way, however there are popular traditions that many also take part in. An Easter egg hunt is one of my favourite Easter activities and traditions. Not only do most kids love participating, an egg hunt can also be a fantastic way to target language skills!
The Easter Egg Hunt
The kids are running around excitedly with their baskets after you had the challenge and fun of hiding the eggs. So let’s talk about how we can build language into this activity.
You will be hiding the eggs all around the yard or house, placing them in strategic locations, ‘under’, ‘in’, ‘next to’ and ‘beside’ items. You can model these words when helping younger children find their treasure (e.g. “Look! What’s under the table?”), or for older children, you can ask them where they found their eggs. Make sure you repeat and emphasise the key location word.
Verbs – Action words
As your child is hunting for eggs, yell out an ‘stop’ or ‘freeze’. Then give your child an instruction, for example; ‘Now skip until you find the next egg’, or ‘jump to your next eggs’. You can work on the verbs; jump, run, skip, crawl, walk, roll, etc.
Same and Different Concepts
Once your child has found the eggs, you can group them based on size, colours, patterns, etc. Describe the different eggs using varied vocabulary, for example:
- Size: big, little, tiny, large – You could even ask your child to arrange the eggs from smallest to largest.
- Colours: classic (blue, red, pink, green) and abstract colours (aqua, violet)
- Patterns: stripes , dots, swirls,
- Textures: smooth, rough
You can then extend the discussion by asking your child to describe how two eggs are the same and how they are different. For example, they are both made of chocolate, but one might have a pink wrapper and the other might have a blue wrapper.
You can target specific concepts. For example, ask your child find “big” and “little” examples of their eggs e.g. “Find a BIG egg for Pop”, or “Find a LITTLE egg to give to your sister”.
Easter Egg Hunts in our region
Every year Hunter Valley Gardens put on a huge Easter Egg Hunt for families, every child will leave with a chocolate egg! https://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/event/giant-easter-egg-hunt/
The Newy With Kids Website has also listed other Easter events for families in the area. Follow the link to find out more: https://newywithkids.com.au/celebrating-easter-newcastle-hunter/
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