Easter is a special time each year. The weather is starting to change and the cold days of winter make room for the warmth of spring and summer. If your child is in school, the end of the academic year is finally in sight. But that also means that the start of the next school year is just around the corner! With a few days set aside for time with family, Easter is a wonderful occasion to spend time with the young children in your life and engage in some fun and educational activities together.
This group of 10 Easter worksheets includes worksheets that focus on fine motor skills, visual discrimination skills, auditory processing skils, and pre-reading skills. To get your child in the Easter spirit (and to warm up his fine motor skills), I suggest beginning with the tracing outline worksheet, where your child will need to carefully trace around the outline of a chocolate Easter bunny.
Continue the fine motor practice with the next two worksheets that introduce words associated with Easter and challenge your child to trace over dashed-line letters. After your child practices fine motor control by tracing the letters in each word, you might ask him if some words look familiar from posters, store signs or greeting cards for the Easter holiday. You can also reinforce these special words with the holiday sight word flashcards included in this group of Easter worksheets. Where possible, ask your child to match the sight words on the flashcards to the words he traced.
The worksheet with identical (and different) pictures will give your child the chance to use his visual discrimination skills to spot the picture that is not quite like the others in the row. After he finds the correct choice and circles it, ask him to explain to you why he chose that picture. This is a good opportunity to reinforce descriptive words such as the names of colors and the terms right and left.
Then it will be your child’s turn to listen to you as you give him oral directions for pasting Easter pictures in the appropriate squares. If he is ready, he can cut out the five pictures at the bottom of the page for additional fine motor practice. As with all cut and paste worksheets, ask your child to place the pictures in their correct positions on the page before he uses his glue stick. (It is easier to make any necessary changes that way.) Your child can also hone his listening skills with the fun clue game, in which you read aloud three clues and your child needs to select the Easter-themed picture that is being described.
Now that your child’s “listening ears” are perked up, he can practice listening for syllables in words. For these worksheets, your child can label the pictures as he likes, since he can clap for each “word part” he hears in the word he chooses to name the picture. You can make this activity more fun by renaming the pictures and having your child clap on the syllables for the new names. For example, an Easter basket can be called an egg holder which would have three syllables instead of four! Or maybe your child can rename the jelly beans and call them candy.
I hope everyone who celebrates this holiday has a lovely time with their friends and family this week and weekend. Happy Easter!