12 Easy Developmental Easter Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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It’s hard to find easy developmental Easter activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Many Easter preschool and toddler activities are too complex, messy, and time-consuming.

The crafts involve scissors or dreaded paper mache. There are too many steps; they ask toddlers for more attention and dexterity than they possess.

Here’s a list of quick, easy, and developmentally appropriate Easter activities. Most call for materials you probably already have.

I look at most activities through a developmental lens, and Easter is no exception. These Easter activities for toddlers and preschoolers are listed according to the developmental area they enhance.

Fine Motor Skills

Activities that increase fine motor skills focus on small muscle groups (especially in the hands). Fine motor skill activities could be using tongs, kneading Play-Doh, and ripping paper.

Increased fine motor skills help toddlers and preschoolers use utensils, get dressed, and play efficiently.

  • Marshmallow Easter Bunny Craft from No Time For Flashcards: placing mini-marshallows in a bunny shape is a fun (and tasty) way to increase hand strength and hand-eye coordination
easy developmental easter activity for toddlers and preschoolers
Photo Credit: No Time For Flashcards
  • Bunny Handprint Card from The Best Ideas For Kids: these cards are adorable and grandparents will love them
bunny handprint developmental craft for toddlers and preschoolers
Photo credit: The Best Ideas For Kids
Egg Carton Easter basket easy developmental activity for preschoolers
Photo credit: Creative Family Fun

Sensory Activities


My autistic preschooler loves sensory activities. These activities give him a safe outlet to explore textures.

He doesn’t always feel like getting messy, so some activities are more hands on than others.

shaving cream dyed eggs easy developmental easter activity for preschoolers
Photo credit: Crafty Morning
easy developmental easter activity sensory bin
Photo credit: Learn Play Imagine

Gross Motor Skills

Activities that increase gross motor skills focus on bigger muscle groups like the arms, legs, and torso. Increasing gross motor skills helps children complete complex movements efficiently.

  • Life-Size Bunny Hop Board Game from Playground Parkbench: this delightful indoor game will help toddlers and preschoolers jump around and get some energy out
easy indoor easter gross motor activity for preschoolers and toddlers
Photo credit: Playground Parkbench

Pre-Writing

Holding and controlling a pencil is really hard for little hands. Pre-writing activities strengthen muscles and condition hands, helping kids make art and write stories.

  • Easter Worksheets from Mess for Less: this blog has thoughtfully gathered several fun and easy worksheets which will make toddlers and preschoolers happy to pick up a pencil

STEM Activities

STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM activities teach toddlers and preschoolers these four principles in creative ways.

Exposing preschoolers to STEM activities will increase problem-solving and critical thinking skills. STEM activities encourage toddlers and preschoolers to appreciate these subjects later, in a more rigorous academic setting.

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Photo credit: Simple Fun For Kids

I hope you love these easy, developmental Easter activities for toddlers and preschoolers as much as we do.

If you try any of these activities, take a pic and tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Happy Easter!

Love,

megan imhoff
Megan

Megan

Megan writes everything on Ish Mom. She possesses a bachelor's degree in psychology, a flair for theatrics, and a whole lotta nerve. She lives in the Midwest (and loves it) with her wonderful husband and three young boys.
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