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Egg-Cellent Activities for Social Emotional Learning

April 11, 2022

Are you ready to celebrate Easter with your class and/or family? It’s easier than you think to revamp traditional Easter activities into EGG-cellent social emotional learning opportunities. 

Mindful Easter Egg Painting

Many kids need positive outlets to manage their emotions, and art activities allow children to relax and put their worries and fears aside while focusing on the task at hand. 

Gather the supplies: Eggs (plastic or hard-boiled eggs), paint, muffin tins or paper plates, and paper. 

Let’s paint: Turn on a song and instruct the children to paint how the song makes them feel. Once they finish painting their eggs, ask the kids to explain all the feelings illustrated on their eggs. Do they feel more relaxed after completing the activity? 

Start an Egg-Straordinary Conversation

Use intentional conversation starters to transform an Easter gathering into intimate, fruitful conversation or help classmates get to know each other better. Conversations like these promote self-awareness and self-confidence while encouraging kids to listen to perspectives of others. 

Gather the supplies: Plastic eggs, paper, pen, scissors

Let’s chat: Fill plastic eggs with conversation starters and place them in a basket or bowl on the table. Take turns selecting an egg and answering each question. Here are a few kid-friendly and festive conversation starters: 

  • What is your favorite Easter treat? 
  • Name one thing you like about the person to your right. 
  • What is your earliest Easter memory? 
  • What Easter tradition do you enjoy most?
  • What is the best gift you have ever been given?
  • If you had a $100 bill in your Easter basket, what would you do with it? 

What’s in the Egg? 

A festive take on a favorite Guion The Lion activity, “What’s in the Bag.”  This simple activity will really put their listening and problem-solving skills to the test! 

Gather the supplies: Plastic eggs, pen, paper and a mystery item

Let’s guess: Ask each child to find something unique to put inside their egg and write down 3 clues to read to the other children. Take turns reading the clues and making guesses. Can they guess what’s in the egg? 

Hoppin’ Easter Egg Hunt

Let’s get moving! The Hoppin’ Easter Egg Hunt is a great outdoor activity to burn some extra energy from all the Easter candy and encourage kids to take on a challenge. 

Gather the supplies: Plastic eggs, paper, pen, scissors

Let’s hunt: Fill plastic eggs with fun movement challenges, and hide them around the yard, park or playground. When an egg is found, everyone has to stop and do the challenge before they keep hunting. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Hop like a bunny on one leg
  • Do a cartwheel
  • Tell a joke
  • Do 5 jumping jacks
  • Quack like a duck
  • Sing your favorite song
  • Do a somersault
  • Do the chicken dance
  • Countdown from 10
  • Do a headstand

What are your favorite Easter activities for social emotional learning? We’d love to hear! Follow Guion the Lion on Facebook or Instagram to join the conversation!  

Add a copy of Guion The Lion to your Easter Baskets

Every child loves a colorful bedtime story! Add a story of empathy and acceptance to your kids’ Easter baskets this year. Guion the Lion is a children’s book about an imaginative little lion who sees things differently from his friends. Using colorful illustrations and charming animal characters, the story portrays that new perspectives and appreciating differences can open the door to unexpected fun. Order a copy of Guion The Lion today! 

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