Easter Sunday

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*download FREE Golden Days at Home Easter Cutting templates

Spring is here and alongside the budding anticipation of blossoms, fresh green grass and bird song, is Easter. Many Easter celebrations revolve around children. Families create traditions to share the magic of this season of new growth. Parents may pass on to their children familiar activities beloved in their own childhood of egg dyeing, hunting for eggs and discovering goody-filled baskets on Easter morning. New to you ideas can also become incorporated into your family festivities through the years.

Easter Sunday Lunch was a tradition both my husband and I enjoyed as children even though we grew up in opposite hemispheres. Glazed ham, baked sliced potatoes and a colorful choice of desserts/pudding (USA/South Africa) were always featured on both Easter menus. As we started a family of our own, we naturally carried on these familiar festive foods spontaneously adding new items through the years: seven-layer salad, cloverleaf rolls and hummingbird cake. Easter lunch became a family affair with everyone taking part in the preparations helping in food prep, clean up or setting and decorating the table.

When each family member, including young children, takes part in a group project or event it is more fun for everyone. Each person understands they are an essential part of the whole. Kids benefit from having a role to play. The satisfaction of knowing they have contributed to Easter Sunday Lunch makes a lasting impression on the happiness of the day.

To support your family’s Easter festivities, we have created cutting templates for young children to contribute to the family celebrations. Download the templates for a paper bunny chain and lengths of Easter grass to decorate the family table and all around the house.

Includes 3 cutting activities for varying scissor-use abilities:

Bunny template – comfortable with scissor hold and following lines

Easter Grass Template – comfortable with scissor hold, beginning following lines

Easter Grass with no template – beginning scissor hold and cutting motion

*Instructions for teaching correct scissor hold

  • Place scissors in front of child on table so they may choose to use dominant hand.
  • Thumb and pointer are placed through finger holes with middle finger resting comfortably on the outside of the scissors.
  • Hand is turned so thumb is up.
  • Using free hand, place paper inside open scissor blades. Spread index finger and thumb as wide as possible. Cut with a squeeze and release motion. Practice, practice.

FREE! Golden Days at Home Easter Cutting Template

Instructions:

  1. download Easter Template (Paper Bunny Chain & Easter Grass)
  2. gather materials: tissue paper, scissors, children’s scissors, paper clips, tape, pencil
  3. cut out templates

For Paper Bunny Chain:

  1. fold large sheet tissue paper accordion style in 6-inch sections
  2. fold top edge down to match bottom edge, press finger along folds
  3. place Bunny template on folded tissue paper matching thin line at face to right fold and thin line at tail to left fold
  4. use pencil to outline Bunny template onto tissue paper, remove template
  5. secure paper clip to hold tissue paper at face and tail folds
  6. a child comfortable with scissor hold and following lines cuts along lines but DO NOT cut along face and tail folds
  7. gently unfold Bunny Chains using tape to connect at face and tail ends
  8. use to decorate

For Easter Grass using template:

  1. fold large sheet tissue paper accordion style in 6-inch sections
  2. fold top edge down to match bottom edge, press finger along folds
  3. place Easter Grass template along bottom edge of tissue paper and follow markers to draw 1-inch lines up from bottom edge
  4. a child comfortable with scissor hold and is beginning to follow lines cuts printed lines
  5. gently unfold Easter Grass lengths using tape to connect edges
  6. use to decorate

For Easter Grass without template:

  1. fold large sheet tissue paper accordion style in 6-inch sections
  2. fold top edge down to match bottom edge, press finger along folds
  3. teach child proper scissor hold and cutting motion
  4. child holds paper in free hand and makes cuts up from along bottom edge
  5. gently unfold Easter Grass lengths using tape to connect edges
  6. use to decorate

Enjoy your family’s Easter Day!

Janet Nicole Meyer

Janet Nicole Meyer

The founder and author of Golden Days at Home preschool curriculum savors all opportunities to play and travel with her now grown children. She and her husband hike, bike and enjoy living on a stream in Boulder, Colorado with their elderly English Mastiff, Roxy.

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