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Easter Activities

Here are some ideas of Easter inspired activities you could do over the 'Easter holidays'. Remember to share any you do on to Tapestry I would love to see them.

Easter crafts

Above are some ideas based around egg boxes.

Try to make a spring/Easter animals such as a rabbit or chick. Maybe you could make a Easter wreath to display on your front door.

 

Below are some other ideas involving hand prints, toilet roll tubes, paper plates or other things you might be able to source at home.

Make an Easter bonnet.

Make an Easter garden.

Easter cooking

Make some Easter cakes or biscuits - remember reading and following instructions are a great way of developing your reading skills. 

Materials

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • 6 cups of crisp rice or rice krispies
  • mini eggs

Instructions

  • Melt the butter over medium heat and stir in the marshmallows.

  • Stir until it is all melted.

  • Pour over the crisp rice cereal and stir together.

  • Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray

  • Shape the nests. I found it helpful to also spray a spoon and use it to help make the shapes. You could do this by hand but it is messy!

  • Once they have cooled down you can add the eggs.

Easter nest cakes

Ingredients
90g Cereal – shredded wheat
100g Dark Chocolate
1 tbsp Golden Syrup
50g Butter
100g Bag of mini eggs or similar
6 Muffin cases

 

Instructions            MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN ADULT TO HELP YOU!

  • Break up the chocolate and put it in a heatproof bowl, add the butter and golden syrup too.
  • Then place the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, making sure the bowl's bottom doesn't actually touch the water below. Heat until it's all melted together. 
  • Meanwhile break the cereal up and put it in a bowl.
  • Once the chocolate mixture has all melted pour over the cereal and mix it well.
  • Spoon the mixture into muffin cases, then using a spoon, flatten the centre, to make a nest shape. 
  • Then place some chocolate eggs
  • Place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to set.
  • Then your Easter nests are ready to eat and enjoy! YUMMY!

Easter biscuits

Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

Instructions

1.Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

2.Put the butter in a bowl and beat it until soft and creamy.

3.Beat in the sugar, then the egg and vanilla

4.Finally the flour to make a dough. If the dough feels a bit sticky, add a little bit more flour and knead it in.

5.Pull pieces off the dough and roll them out to about the thickness of two £1 coins on a floured surface. 

6.Bake for 8-10 mins or until the edges are just brown. Leave to cool for 5 mins, then serve.

 

These will keep for three days in a biscuit tin.

Easter Science Experiments 

Try to write up a prediction (what you think might happen) before your experiment and a conclusion (what did you find out|) afterwards. If you can write a method or your results to I would love to see. 

Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop Experiment

 

Place a boiled egg into ziploc/food bags filled with different items to cushion the fall and see which protect the egg the best.

 

Points to consider

What variables do you need to keep constant to make the experiment as accurate as possible?

Variables to keep constant

  • Height to drop the egg
  • Force at which to drop the egg – we used the same person to hold the bag as high as they could and then drop without using any added force. This meant the height and force should be the same for each egg.
  • Amount of material to test – this is a tricky one. We drew a line on the bag and filled to the same height with each material, there are some issues with this as the bubble wrap had more air gaps than the other two materials.
  • Placement of the egg – if the egg was on the bottom of the bag it wouldn’t be cushioned so we tried to make sure the egg was in the middle of the material we were testing.
  • Surface on which to drop the egg – this should be the same

Variable to change

  • The material used to cushion the egg.

Humpty’s egg drop instructions

Place your material to test in a food bag, add the egg and make sure it’s completely covered by the test material.

Hold the bag at the top as high as you can and drop the bag.

Check the egg for damage.

Repeat for each material, if the egg cracks use a new egg for the next test

Extension Humpty Dumpty Science Ideas

Can you try the experiment dropping the egg onto different surfaces or from a greater height?

What other materials could you test?

 

Further idea:

Build Humpty Dumpty a Wall

Can you build and test a wall for Humpty Dumpty?

Suggested materials to test

Sugar cubes

LEGO

How to build a wall for Humpty Dumpty

Build a wall and test it by rolling a marble towards it.

Remember to make each wall the same size and use the same marble and amount of force behind the marble when you roll.

Can you use something to stick your wall together?

Egg shell experiment

Materials Required

  • 2-4 clear glasses
  • Water
  • White wine vinegar
  • Coke
  • Orange juice
  • Paper towel
  • Pencil and Notebook (to write down observations)

How To Set Up The Egg Shell Experiment

You want at least two clear glasses. One to add vinegar to (white is better visually but you can use dark vinegar) and one to add water to. The water is the control substance that will do nothing to the egg and keep it exactly the same. If you have enough glasses and the ingredients you can also use a glass of fizzy drink (we used coke) and a glass of fresh fruit juice (we used orange juice).

Place the same sized egg in each glass and cover with each of the liquids you’re using.

Leave the eggs for 24-36 hours and see what has happened.

 

The Science behind Dissolving An Egg Shell

The vinegar will start to react straight away producing loads of bubbles as the calcium carbonate in the shell is dissolved by the acetic acid producing carbon dioxide.

 

 

Bouncing Egg Science Experiment

And there’s more!

The egg without its shell and now full of extra liquid, will bounce!

But how high will it bounce?

Egg in a bottle experiment

Supplies Needed

  • Hard Boiled Egg (shell removed)
  • Glass Bottle
  • Thick Piece of Paper
  • Match or Lighter

Note of Safety: Because the experiment involves fire, adult supervision is required. Please take the appropriated measures to ensure everyone stays safe.

Want Step by Step Video Instructions? Watch the Detailed Egg in a Bottle Science Experiment Step by Step Video

 

Step 1 – Position the egg near the empty bottle. This is needed because you have to move fast once it is time to place the egg on the bottle.

Step 2 – Take a strip of thick paper. Thick paper is important, because you need something that won’t burn too quickly when you light it on fire during the next step.

Step 3 – Light the piece of paper and drop it into the bottle.

Step 4 – Once the paper is burning, carefully but quickly drop it into the glass bottle.

Step 5 – Immediately after you put the paper in the bottle, place the egg on the top of the bottle.

Step 6 – Watch as the egg begins to slowly move into the bottle.

 

How Does the Experiment Work?

Air pressure is the reason the egg to moved into the bottle without us touching it. Let’s explain exactly what happened:

  • When we started the experiment, the air pressure inside the bottle was the same as the air pressure outside of the bottle.
  • After we placed the burning paper in the bottle, the air inside the bottle began to heat up and expand.
  • A few seconds after we placed the egg on top of the bottle, the fire went out and the paper stopped burning. This caused the air inside the bottle to cool down and contract.
  • When the air contracts, the air pressure inside the bottle was less than the air pressure outside the bottle.
  • Then the higher air pressure outside pushed the egg down into the bottle.

Writing tasks

Here are some interesting pictures, talk about them to someone at home. 

Maybe you could write a caption or a short story based around a picture or two. 

Other ideas

Make an Easter card for a friend or family member and post it to them.

Have an egg and spoon race.

Read the Easter story.

Make a cross out of lollypop sticks.

Learn about the lifecycles of different animals such as chickens, sheep or rabbits.

Grow cress in an egg shell - remember to draw on a face!

 

Have a wonderful Easter!

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