My Review of The Easter Egg:
The rabbits hold an Easter egg decorating contest each Easter, and Hoppi with excitement prepares for his first one. As he bounds through the forest, he sees all the wonderful ideas of others (chocolate eggs, story eggs, etc.) but still cannot think of an idea for his own egg. Then he finds a baby robin egg that needs someone to care for it until it hatches. Will Hoppi’s care for the egg exclude him from the contest or will Hoppi’s egg be the best entry of all?
My opinion: The Easter Egg has beautiful, detailed drawings that children will love looking at, and the story is engaging and will interest children. With a low text per page ratio, this book is appropriate for even young children. (For another review see Kirkus Review)
Free Printables for The Easter Egg:
Jan Brett’s website (a wonderful source for coloring pages and activities) has a great set of detailed coloring pages that can be placed together to create a The Easter Egg mural. This mural would be a great activity for both the classroom and home. The pictures are detailed enough for older children to enjoy coloring.
All about The Easter Egg coloring pages (some of the page is in color and some left blank for the child to color)
Activities for The Easter Egg:
Chalk Talk - writing activity about Hoppi and crayon resist drawings of eggs
Decorating Eggs – Supply different materials to decorate eggs with. Have your children make their contest winning eggs making different types of decorated eggs. Some ideas:
- Glitter Eggs
- Temporary Tatoo Eggs
- Pressed Flower Eggs
- Memory Eggs (I created these eggs as a Grief Activity but the idea can be used in other ways)
Play Dough Art – Another version of the decorating eggs idea would be to have your children make a mold of an egg out of play dough (if you place the play dough inside a plastic egg you get a decent egg shape). Then the children can decorate the play dough eggs with different sorts of objects. (For ideas of objects that can be used with play dough art see my 50 Ideas to Take Play Dough from Blah to Bling post.) By the way, napkin rings make great egg pedestals.
Selfless Acts Easter Egg Wreath via The Educators’ Spin on It
|Play Dough art activity to go with The Easter Egg by Jan Brett|
Do you have any other activity ideas for The Easter Egg by Jan Brett?