It is finally autumn and Australia anticipates one of their grandest tradition and celebration – Easter!
Yes, Easter. Unlike other parts of the world, Easter in Australia happens every autumn.
We did not move the date, we just sit on the south hemisphere, this is also why our Christmas celebration is bright and sunny.
Easter in Australia is a 50-day long celebration with lots of happenings in the community.
Easter in Australia is tied with religious beliefs and country’s own traditions.
Some activities educators can do to prepare children for Easter before the long Easter break:
For us in Australia, pancakes and hot cross buns are part of our Easter traditions too.
Some great stories are:
Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Although Australians use the Bilby, it would still be nice to for children to know about the bunnies.
Happy Easter Mouse by Laura Neumeroff
Mouse (from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) is in search for someone who left eggs all his house.
What is Easter? By Michelle Medlock Adams
This story talks about the real reason behind Easter celebrations.
Is a classic story by master storyteller Dr. Seuss
Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
This is not exactly an Easter story but it will serve a great resource before cooking pancakes for Shrove Tuesday!
Hot Cross Buns Rhyme
This is traditionally eaten on Good Fridays before Easter. You may teach this to the children as a rhyme or a song. They can recite or sing it while baking hot cross buns.
What is your favorite Easter story?
- Brainstorm with your children on ways they can do to protect the egg from breaking. Write their ideas.
- Test each idea to find out what will work best.
- Now it’s your turn, wrap the egg with a cling wrap and try to squeeze. It is unbreakable. The plastic helped protect the thin shell of the egg.
- Frozen eggs are also “unbreakable.”
Eggs in Soda and vinegar
This experiment needs a few days (at least 7 days) for effects to be observable.
- Get three clear plastic or glass cups.
- Place an egg in each cup. Put water in one cup, soda in the second cup and vinegar in the third cup. Each egg should be totally covered with liquid.
- Label each cups clearly. Let children observe what happens to the egg each day. Encourage them to draw and write it in a journal or notebook.
- On the seventh day, get all the eggs and show it to the children to compare.
- The egg in the water did not have any change while the shell of the egg in the vinegar disappeared (and made the egg bouncy).
- On the other hand, the egg in the cola should get a bad brown stain. If you brush it with a toothbrush, your children will see how difficult it is to remove the stain. The same thing can happen to our teeth if we drink colored drinks and not brush our teeth after.
Arts and Crafts
Drawing bunny pictures
All you need are paper, texta, pom poms and Hessian material for the bunny basket (optional).
The children drew their own representation of a bunny picture. They then chose the colour of pom poms that they like for the bunny nose. They also glued a piece of hessian below their drawing to represent a basket.
Easter egg finger painting
This is a fairly easy but fun craft. All you need is a pre cut oval shaped, brown paper and different colours of paint.
Simply let the children use their fingers to paint and decorate their Easter eggs.
Those cute little chicks are so irresistible. Let the children make some by providing precut round yellow pieces of paper, pre cut triangular orange paper for the beak, feathers, paddle pop sticks and texta.
- Let children draw the eyes and other details they may want their chick to have on the round yellow cutouts.
- Then, stick the beak and feathers. You may also just give the children some small piece of orange paper and let them tear a piece for their chick’s beak.
- As soon as the glue on the feathers dry, stick paddle pops on the back side.
Cooking is always a fun activity. Children can help during the preparation of materials and the mixing of ingredients.
During cooking time, remind children of the rules before starting to cook.
Pancakes are easy to make and yummy to eat.
1 ¾ c milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 c self-raising flour
1/3 c caster sugar
- Whisk milk, eggs and vanilla together in a container.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl.
- Stir in sugar.
- Make a well in the centre.
- Add milk mixture until combined.
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil.
- Scoop some of the mixture onto the pan and wait for bubbles to appear in about 2 minutes.
I like to make small pancakes – around 2-3 spoons per pancake so it’s almost bite size for very small children.
- Turn and cook for another minute or 2
- Transfer to plate and serve.
This recipe is from taste.com.au
Baking Easter biscuits
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
- ½ cups plain flour
Easter cookie cutter such as egg, bunny and carrot
- Sift the flour and sugar together.
- Add the butter and mix it until texture is like clay.
- Use rolling pin to flatten the dough.
- Use cookie cutter to mold the dough
- Placed the dough in the oven to bake at 180 Celsius for about 20-30 minutes (till its very lightly browned).
- Serve on a plate
Let children wear traditional aprons and be servers for the day.
Invite other educators in your school to drop by and give chips at every pancake or cookie order.
Don’t forget to save a batch of cookies and pancakes for your hungry helpers!
At the end of the day, help bring back your children’s perspective at the real reason behind Easter.
Special thanks to Gatanass for the main image.