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Easter Maths Activities for the Classroom

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From counting eggs to looking at patterns on Easter eggs, there are plenty of Easter maths activities that are the perfect way to celebrate the impending Easter break all while remaining educational at the same time. We put the Teach Starter teacher team on the (egg) hunt for some ways to inject some Easter themes into maths lessons for kids.

 Easter Maths Activities for Kids

Easter Number Identification: Hundreds Chart Mystery Pictures

Practice number identification with your young mathematicians and add a hint of mystery to your maths rotations with a hidden picture activity. Following the colouring guide, students reveal chicks, bunnies, and more Easter-related pictures.

Easter maths mystery puzzles

Get 9 different pictures with this Easter Mystery Pictures Printable.

Easter Addition and Subtraction

Take addition and subtraction to the next level by giving it an Easter chick twist.

In the Easter Maths rotation activity, students represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts. They also develop a range of mental strategies for addition and subtraction problems. You will need:

  • dice
  • mini whiteboards
  • Easter chicks.

Ask your students to:

  • generate two numbers by rolling two dice
  • collect the corresponding number of chicks for each number rolled
  • write an addition number sentence to represent the problem
  • calculate the total number of chicks and complete the number sentence
  • explore the commutative law for addition a + b = b + a
  • encourage students to put the largest number first.

Measuring with Bunny Footprints

In my favourite of the Easter maths activities, students use informal measurement (bunny footprints) to measure the length of objects in your classroom. I found these Easter bunny footprints at my local cheap shop. If you can’t find them, it’s super easy to make your own by drawing around a stencil and cutting out a few at a time. Here’s how:

On a mini whiteboard, create a simple table that includes a list of objects to measure and a column for recording results. Objects on your list could include:

  • desk
  • window
  • whiteboard
  • pencil
  • object of choice.

Students measure the length of the objects listed in the table using bunny footprints. Encourage your students to record their measurements in the results column. Remember to discuss part measurements and whether you will include them or disregard them.

Check out our Informal Units Rulers to use later in the year! For more brilliant ideas and resources for teaching informal measurement read my blog Teaching Measurement | The Best Informal Measurement Activities.

Bunny Origami Activity

Take a mindfulness break with your students with some origami time that helps them learn about 2D shapes! This fun bunny rabbit origami may not scream “Easter,” but it’s a nice way to bring some Easter math into the classroom in a way that isn’t focused on the holiday — making it more inclusive.

Print a copy of the step-by-step rabbit origami instructions for each student to follow along.

rabbit origami for kids


Easter Egg Estimation & More

Easter eggs abound, so put them to work! Print these dotted Easter eggs for a host of math activities, including:

  1. Reinforce one-to-one correspondence. Encourage your students to count each dot on the egg only once with one touch per object. Use concrete materials such as counters to support less confident learners.
  2. Practice estimation. Have students estimate the number of counters they will need to cover each circle on the template. Then, have them check their guess!
  3. Investigate and describe patterns formed with counters.

Easter egg estimation activity


Easter Basket Capacity

It’s a pretty sure thing that middle years students will love to estimate and measure the capacity of an Easter basket. You can ramp up the enthusiasm even more if you brave it and use Easter treats. First up, here’s how to make the basket…

 

Things to do:

  • stock up on five different Easter themed objects such as chicks, bunnies and perhaps some treats such as small chocolate eggs, medium chocolate eggs and you’ve guessed it, large chocolate eggs (be mindful of food allergies).
  • set up 5 workstations, with each station including a pile of one type of Easter object/treat and at least one of the students’ baskets.

Your lesson might look something like this…

  1. Ask the class, “What am I measuring if I want to know the capacity of the basket?” Discuss.
  2. As a class estimate how many objects/treats will fit into the basket. Record the estimates on the board.
  3. Model how to fill the basket, demonstrating how the treats can be rearranged to fit more in and explaining that the treats cannot go past the top.
  4. Divide the class into five groups. Each group is assigned to a station.
  5. Students fill the basket, count how many treats fit inside and report them to the teacher who can collect the data the students’ behalf.
  6. After five to ten minutes, students neatly unpack the basket and rotate to the next station. Have students rotate through all of the stations.

Get more fun Easter maths activities plus more Easter-themed activities created by the Teach Starter teacher team!

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