What is Easter? An easy, make-it-yourself book

If your kids are like mine, they have been asking a lot of questions lately.  What is Easter?  Why is it on a different day every year?  What does Easter Bunny have to do with eggs?  Bunnies do not lay eggs!  Since kids learn best by doing, I decided to prepare a project in which they could put together their very own Easter book.  This book answers all the questions – bunnies, eggs, Easter food, candles, candy and more.  I have attached all of the materials we used for this book at the end of this post as Information Sheets.  I hope you will print it out and put this book together with your children.  My kids are cut-and-glue project maniacs, so they had a blast putting it together.  I hope your kids will enjoy it too.  And perhaps you will learn something new about Easter too.

We have done a lot of books of this kind and what I like to start with is a folder to provide a good, solid cover for the book.  If you can find a folder without pockets, please, let me know.  I’ve been after one for years and haven’t found it yet.  So what I do is buy a two-pocket folder (like this one) and cut out the pockets.

Then I put together the information sheets.  You can print them at the bottom of this page.  I like to include both facts (The tradition of painting eggs started in Ancient Egypt) and trivia (Around the world 700 million peeps are sold for Easter).  I had a lot of fun putting this project together.  I have never actually wondered what is Easter.  Every Easter day of my childhood I just ate my eggs and Easter bread and asked no questions.  Did you know that the word “Easter” is relatively new?  There is no definite evidence either way, but one of the most widely accepted theories and the one that seems reasonable to me is Eostre- Easter one.  Before Easter people celebrated the season of spring
with a feast honoring Eostre, the Saxon
goddess of spring and when English Christians were choosing a name for their holiday they picked one that sounded like a well-established holiday of the time Eostre because they wanted their celebration to be accepted.  Not only the name, but the bunnies and eggs came from the same source too.  They are established pagan symbols.  All throughout I had to keep in mind that my target audience is a 4-year old and a 6-year old, so I had to keep it simple.  I like to have a section called Vocabulary where I throw in all the concepts that I think might require additional explanation.  As you put the book together or read it, you can throw in a discussion question, “What images would you choose to represent Easter?”

Once I print out the pages with all the information I cut out colored shapes (to cover the writing) and the pictures (that go on top of shapes).  In this book we have nine sections: What is Easter, Why Eggs, Calendar, Bunnies, Easter Bunny, Candle, Easter Food, Vocabulary, and Candy.  My kids like to glue the pictures on top of colored shapes and then I help them to glue them to the base paper in such a way that they could be lifted up and down.  So, kids can look at the picture of the Easter Bunny, lift the flat and you can read to them that “the idea of Easter Bunny originated in Germany…”

When I pick the colored shapes I like to have a variety of different kinds mostly for visual appeal, I guess, unless I am teaching geometric shapes.

Happy Easter!

Information Sheets

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