Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter Game for Kids: Chick and Egg Color Match


Happy Easter by Kurt Wiese was orginally published in 1952, but it is not an Easter book that I grew up reading. It's a shame because it is a wonderfully sweet book that I would consider a staple for any Easter basket.
In the story, two little rabbits go out to collect  eggs to paint and hide in people's gardens. It is almost Easter and they are short on time. The two little bunnies can only find one hen who has to be strongly convinced to give up her eggs that she has been sitting on for three weeks! The bunnies take them home and paint the eggs with colors left from the last rainbow. As they paint, they receive a wonderful suprise!
The illustrations are simple but have that "vintage quality" that is making a comeback in many hot picture books today.
The text layout is a bit strange as some sentences oddly break from one page to the next. It is something to be aware of when reading aloud or perhaps to point out to a young reader when doing a book introduction.

Spoiler alert: To understand the craft for this book, you have to know the ending to the story. The wonderful suprise is that the eggs begin to hatch. Each chick that comes out of the egg is the same color as the egg was painted! There are no Easter eggs that year only beautiful chickens.
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After reading the book, we made a fun color match. I found pom poms in the color of our Easter eggs. We glued a large and a small pom pom together to make a chick. You could make these fancier or even just use a single pom pom to represent a chick.
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The boys matched the chick to the correct egg and closed the egg. This was a fun activity because my two year old could participate but my three (almost 4) year old really enjoyed it too.

What is your favorite book to stuff in an Easter Basket? I shared a few of ours last year. The Easter bunny is looking for some new suggestions for this year!


6 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book, and I think my 2 year old would really like the activity as well!

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful book! I love vintage pictures. Your activity book looks like lots of fun.

    JDaniel is getting the Jesus Story Bible this year for Easter.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

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  3. sounds like a great book...thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did on Adventures in Mommy Land, hope to see you again soon!

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  4. My favorite Easter book is Easter Egg Tree. I hope to share it later today including the craft.

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  5. Thank you for sharing with the Kids Co-op. I hadn't come across this book before but love the colour match up idea.

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