Al and Etta Jelly Bean Song

Al and Etta are two little bunnies who really want to help deliver Easter eggs. But first they need to be able to collect a basket full of jelly beans to show that they can be trusted to deliver Easter eggs.

Tune: Allouette

Al and Etta, they went out to get a
Basket full of jolly jelly beans.

Jolly jelly beans of [green]
Now you know just what I mean
Beans of [green]
Beans of [green]
Whoa!

Other verses

Red—That’s Exactly what  I said

Pink—That’s exactly what I think

Blue—one for me and one for you

Black—I keep them in a great big sack

White—I like to eat my beans at night

Yellow—that’s a helpful bunny fellow

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Easter Egg Decorating

I didn’t realise how much time children would spend decorating felt eggs until I created this set for my grandchildren. I asked them to choose the colour of the eggs they wanted to decorate and then provided lots of felt decorations for them to use. This is a simple idea – which provides open ended opportunities for play and creativity and which leads to discussions about colours and patterns and how many, and what shape and lots of vocabulary development. Children can decorate together – having to share and cooperate with finite resources or work on their own.

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Egg Hunting Baskets

Tune : Are you Sleeping?

Hunting eggs
Hunting eggs
one by one
one by one
Put them in a basket
Put them in a basket
Oh what fun!
Oh what fun!

Practice counting to five whilst hunting for eggs.

Find the number of eggs to match the word or number on the basket.

Learn to recognise numerals and number words.

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Little Bunny, Little Bunny Hide and Seek Sizes Game

This is a fun interactive game that children love to play. It encourages vocabulary development and practice describing eggs by size.

This felt set is easy to make. No sewing at all.

This is how we play.

First, put the three different sized eggs on the felt board whilst discussing each egg’s size – you can use the words large, medium and small or big, middle sized and small or biggest, smallest, or largest – there are so many opportunities to expand vocabulary  in a meaningful and fun way.

Then, in a sneaky way,  hide one of the rabbits underneath one of the eggs. If children are younger you might need to let the rabbit poke out just a little in the beginning.

Then chant with the children:

Little Bunny, Little Bunny

Wont you come out and play

I wonder which egg your’re hiding under today.

Are you under the [large/medium/small ] egg?

Let’s take a peek.

Children then take turns guessing which sized egg the rabbit is hiding under by identifying an egg by size and removing it to search underneath for the rabbit.

If the child’s guess is incorrect replace egg and begin again.

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Little Chick, Little Chick Hide and Seek Game

This is a fun interactive game that children love to play. It encourages vocabulary development and colour recognition.  Depending on the concepts you are trying to develop you can make the eggs using plain coloured felt as I have or introduce patterns. This felt set is easy to make. No sewing at all.

This is how we play.

First, talk about the eggs, highlighting colours, perhaps you could count them as well.

Then,in a sneaky way, hide the chick underneath one of the eggs. If children are younger you might need to let the chick poke out just a little in the beginning.

Then chant with the children:

Little Chick, Little Chick

Playing hide and seek.

Are you under the [colour ] egg?

Let’s take a peek.

Children take turns guessing which egg the chick is hiding under by identifying an egg by colour and removing it to search underneath for the chick.

For example:

Are you under the red egg?

If the child’s guess is incorrect replace egg and begin again.

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Five Little Easter Eggs with a free template

Five little Easter eggs,
lovely colours wore,
Mother ate the pink one,
Then there were four.

Four little Easter eggs,
two and two, you see,
Daddy ate the green one,
Then there were three.

Three little Easter eggs,
before I knew,
Sister ate the purple one,
Then there were two.

Two little Easter eggs,
oh, what fun!
Brother ate the yellow one,
Then there was one.

One little Easter egg,
See me run!
I ate the last one,
And then there were none.

This is such an easy felt set to make. Decorate the eggs with Ric Rac as I have done or use your imagination and try sequins and ribbon.

I’ve provided a template for the egg pattern here.

 Felt Board Magic – Five Little Easter Eggs Template.

 

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Hildy the Hen

My hen, Hildy, has a secret
Of the most amazing kind.
For Easter she laid patterned eggs
That she, herself, designed:
Eggs with diamonds,
Eggs with stars,
Eggs with twinkly-winkly bars,
Eggs with crescents,
Eggs with flowers,
And two eggs with rainbow showers!
My hen Hildy is a marvel.
She’s a darling and a dear.
Best of all, she promised me
To lay them every year!

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B U N N Y

Tune: BINGO
There was a rabbit that I once knew
And Bunny was her name-o.
B-U-N-N-Y
B-U-N-N-Y
B-U-N-N-Y
And Bunny was her name-o!
There was a rabbit that I once knew
And Bunny was her name-o.
B-U-N-N-Hop
B-U-N-N-Hop
B-U-N-N-Hop
And Bunny was her name-o!
As each letter is removed from the song turn the bunny over so we can only see her tail as she hops away.
You could clap instead of saying hop or you could actually hop or jump.
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Hippety-Hop, Hippety-Hay Five Little Bunnies

Hippety-hop, hippety-hay
Five little bunnies went out to play.
Hippety-hop, hippety-hay
One little bunny hopped away.

Hippety-hop, hippety-hay
Four little bunnies went out to play.
Hippety-hop, hippety-hay
One little bunny hopped away.

Hippety-hop, hippety-hay
No little bunnies went out to play.
Because they all have run away.
Hippety-hippety-hop, HAY-HAY.

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Author: Opal Dunn from the book Hippety-Hop, Hippety-Hay: Growing With Rhymes From Birth To Age Three

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