Zorbit and his crew have been busy painting eggs and weaving Easter baskets for this year’s Easter celebration. As part of their efforts to spread Easter cheer across the galaxy, they have come up with five in-class activities that will have your students hopping with excitement.
Students will even enjoy playing these fun games and activities at home over the Easter break. What better way to keep their math skills up to par while they are away from math class!
By participating in these activities, students will learn how to recognize and define object attributes, hone their mathematical operations skills, and even analyze and chart the sugary bounty they gather on Easter morning.
There is no need to go hunting for fun Easter activities for your K-3 math class this year. You can simply click here to download five sweet, chocolate-coated activities that have delicious, chewy math centres.
Let’s take a peek at the activities in Zorbit’s Easter basket.
Cut out the Easter eggs and lay them face up on a table. Students take turns choosing three eggs that share a common attribute. It’s up to the rest of the group to guess what the common attribute is!
You can use the same set of eggs to play another game as well. Lay the eggs face down. One at a time, turn them face up. As soon as a student sees three eggs with a common attribute, they call out the similarity and collect all three. Whoever collects the most eggs wins!
Students roll two dice and place counters to claim numbers on a hundreds chart. Students may add, subtract, or multiply the numbers on their dice to determine which number they claim. For example, if a student rolls a 5 and a 2, they may add them to claim 7, subtract them to claim 3, or multiply them to claim 10. The student with the most numbers claimed after five rounds wins! You can increase the difficulty by using more dice or dice with more than six sides.
Hide jelly beans around your classroom and in small teams, have your students retrieve as many as they can in five minutes. When time is up, teams will graph how many of each colour jelly bean they found and answer questions about their graph. Hang all of their charts up next to each other and pose questions like, “Which team found the most red jelly beans?” Data analysis has never been so tasty!
Your whole class has turned into bunny rabbits and are ready to hop! Create a pattern out of hops, and have your whole class repeat the pattern. For example, you might hop twice on the spot, and then hop forward once as a pattern. Another pattern could be turn left, hop forward, and then hop backward on one foot. Whatever the pattern is, asking them “What comes next?” is a great way to hone their pattern-recognition and bunny-impersonation skills. Students will also jump at the chance to make their own hopping pattern for everyone else to try out!
In this activity, students will use dice rolls to determine how to decorate their eggs. With one die representing a colour, and another representing a pattern, students will look to the dice to create one of 36 possible outcomes on their eggs. In doing so, they will learn about numeric representation and basic algorithms.
We've made things really easy for you and your students and put all of these great in-class activities into one package.
What math-based Easter activities do you use in your classroom? We’d also love to hear about how your students enjoyed these activities. Share your ideas and experiences in the comments below.