Happy Friday Everyone!
With Easter Bunnies and chocolate eggs all around, we are sharing a great activity that you can do with your little ones for this upcoming Easter Weekend! You can find the printable PDF for this activity below as well as some tips from our awesome Behaviour Interventionist, Swanna to help you maximize all the learning opportunities in this activity!
Tip #1 – this activity is great for requesting and labelling items, asking for help, and matching. You and your kiddo can take turns matching the parts of the bunny picture onto the template and create natural opportunities for your child to ask for items they want (e.g., “I want the ears”, “egg please”) or for them to label the items they see in the picture (e.g., “I have a purple egg and mommy has a red flower”). This activity is also great for targeting picture matching skills and depending on the level of the learner, there are many opportunities for your child to ask for help within this activity, like cutting, glueing, etc.
Tip #2 – once the bunny is all put together, you can add a variation to this activity by turning it into a silly game for targeting the identification of body parts. For example, you can find a toy carrot and ask the child to “feed” the bunny by asking them “hey the bunny is hungry, can you put the carrot in the bunny’s mouth?” or other silly actions like “can you tickle the bunny’s stomach with the carrot?”. Make sure you follow up with a fun, genuine, and silly reaction once the child correctly identifies the body part (i.e., “mm the carrot is so yummy and crunchy” or “oh that was silly, the bunny is so ticklish!”. You can also put the carrot or another motivating item on the bunny’s body parts and ask the child to label body parts by saying “where is the carrot on the bunny? and the child says nose!
Tip #3 – for advanced learners, you can target fine motor skills by asking your child to cut out the items on the template. To make it more motivating, you can draw shapes such as a square, triangle, rectangle, or circle around the item and then ask your child “do you want to cut the square item or circle item” so they can practice cutting straight or curvy lines.
You can also add other elements aside from shapes for cutting like numbers, letters, words, etc. if identification of numbers, letters, reading words, etc. are skills you want to naturally teach your child within this play activity!
We hope you enjoy this week’s activity!