Have fun this Easter with fun printable activities to improve your child's literacy skills.
Easter is a great time to get crafty and creative with your kids, and you can do it while building important literacy skills too.
To help you celebrate, we've put together some fun and easy activities to inspire some reading and writing fun this Easter.
Plus, download your FREE printable Easter activities to practise essential sight word and early literacy skills with your little ones!
The classic Easter hunt is a fantastic opportunity to practise reading and comprehension skills. Hide your Easter eggs around the house or in the garden. Write some fun clues on a piece of paper, for example, “I'm bound to get wet in the place I'm hiding” (shower, sink, near the hose), “You might find me admiring my reflection” (by the mirror), or “Flowery and green is where I can be seen” (plants).
Hand out your written clues to your egg hunters and encourage them to help each other read and decipher each one. You can also print out our Reading Eggs Egg Hunt activity sheet.
Experiment with words that begin with the 'ex' letter combination and sound like 'eggs' in words like 'eggs‑cited', 'eggs‑plode' and 'eggs‑perts'. Provide a large, egg‑shaped sheet of paper. Have your child turn it into a character based on their preferred 'ex' word (e.g. “Mr Eggs‑pensive” or “Ms Eggs‑pert”) by using crayons and other craft material to create a face, hairstyle and outfit that matches their 'ex' word.
For example, “Ms Eggs‑pert” might be wearing glasses, holding a book and sporting an academic dress. “Mr Eggs‑pensive” might be wearing expensive jewellery and driving in a fancy car. Let your child create their egg puns and use their imagination to invent quirky new characters.
Encourage your child to sit down and think about all of the things they associate with Easter, such as eggs, the Easter Bunny and hot cross buns. Write a poem titled “When I think of Easter”, made up of three stanzas that include six lines each. Write the beginning of each line for your child and have them fill in the end by inserting specific words.
Begin the first line for your child with 'When I think of Easter, I think of' and have them write two special features of Easter. Then begin the following lines with prompts such as 'I see', 'I feel', 'I pretend', 'I wonder', 'I try' and so on. Close the poem by repeating the first line.
For younger children, try writing an acrostic poem by putting the letters in 'Easter' down the side of the page. Then go back to each letter and have your child write a word, phrase or sentence that begins with that letter to describe Easter.
Draw several medium-sized egg‑shaped ovals on a large sheet of paper. In each oval, draw a zigzagged line in the middle to create a crack. On one side of each egg, write an uppercase letter and on the other side, write the corresponding lower case letter. Cut each egg half out and scramble your eggs. Have your child pair each uppercase and lowercase letter.
For older children, you can mix and match compound words such as 'armchair', 'barnyard', 'nothing', 'racehorse', 'milestone', 'toothbrush' and 'wheelchair'.
Take some sheets of construction paper and create eggs by folding the paper then cutting out an egg shape. Make sure to keep one side folded so that the eggs can open like a greeting card. Then cut out a sizeable 'wreath' using a sheet of green construction paper.
Inside each egg, have your child write an Easter wish such as 'Help a friend', 'Talk to grandma' or 'Make hot cross buns'. Decorate the front of each egg using crayons, magazine clippings or glitter. Attach the eggs to your wreath and hang it up on the wall.
ABC Reading Eggs includes hundreds of printable activities for kids. The easy‑to‑follow and highly engaging activities help build essential reading, writing and maths skills, and reinforce the award‑winning online lessons in the program.