Easter Crafts, Cutting, Art Projects and Activities for Special Education

Activities to Support Fine Motor, Executive Function and Literacy Skills

Seasonal activities may seem "cute," but in many ways they harness your students' enthusiasm for the season while providing practice cutting, following directions, counting, reading and writing. These projects are designed to spread a wider range of age appropriateness -- not all cutsie projects that seem most appropriate to primary children.

Dot to Dots for Easter and Spring

A dot to dot chick. Websterlearning

These dot to dots support fine motor skills,hand to eye coordination and skip counting for students with emerging math and fine motor skills, at any age. Not purely "cute," you can easily use them with teens who need to practice counting and fine motor skills. Each comes in two forms: one counting by ones, and another either counting by fives or tens.

A Cutting Easter Bunny

A cutting Easter Bunny. Websterlearning

This Easter Bunny gives your students practice in cutting, which will help build fine motor strength. Your students will cut out the ears and an egg, color and mount them on the Bunny. If you want to step it up, you can have them cut out the body and mount both body and ears on a piece of construction paper. You can also print the bunny on construction paper, and print the template with the egg and ears on card stock, and have students use them as templates to trace and cut out the ears and egg.

A Cutting Easter Basket

Assembling the basket and eggs. Websterlearning

This activity is definitely appropriate for older (9-14) students with fine motor challenges. It provides opportunities for cutting, coloring and assembly.

The students will be coloring and cutting out the basket and the eggs. The eggs have fairly detailed designs to challenge the fine motor skills of your students. One of my primary autism students announced, when another child chose to color the whole eggs a single color, "This isn't a kindergarten project, Jordan! (not his name.)

Easter Cards

A good way to encourage your students to write, is to have them make Easter Cards for family and friends. You can use one of the ideas here from Sheri Osborne, or perhaps come up with some of your own! It can also be a great way to practice writing addresses and remember writing conventions, such as the comma after "Dear."

You might want to print the covers of the cards from Sheri's site and have students write personalized messages in them, or you might use them as models and provide a variety of media for your students to create their own cards.