Easter Word List

Use these seasonal terms for worksheets and activities

Girl (6-7) holding Easter basket in garden
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Easter is a time of renewal. It falls each year in the early spring when flowers are blooming, plants are sprouting, and hatchlings are starting to break out of their shells and enter the world. Indeed, the season of Easter—the season of spring, really—is an annual time of beginning when much of the country is waking up and thawing out from a cold and bleak winter into a renewed world filled with signs of rebirth and splashes of color.

Use the season as a  thematic teaching tool.

Kids, seeing the changes in the season, will be naturally curious and interested in what is happening around them. Harness that curiosity with this comprehensive Easter word list to create many seasonal activities such as worksheets, writing prompts, word walls, and word searches. The words below are sectioned according to Easter- and spring-related concepts. Each section begins with explanation followed by a list of appropriate words.

April 

Explain to students that Easter falls in late March through much of April depending on the year. So April is a great month to introduce students to words such as:

  • Tulips
  • Pastel
  • Painting
  • Showers

You can explain that a 16th century English writer and poet named Thomas Tusser penned the phrase, "Sweet April showers Do bring May flowers," and that many writers—even the great William Shakespeare—were enamored of the month and wrote many poems and stories about this season of bloom.

If you have younger students, explain that this month is the time when tulips bloom, offering a great time for painting when the world sparkles with pastel colors.​

Easter

Easter, of course, is the highlight of the season for young children. It's a time for putting on bonnets, decorating and dying Easter eggs, grabbing a basket and scurrying to find the hidden eggs.

Children may be most interested in coloring eggs and finding candy, but don't forget to mention that there's even an annual Easter parade and bonnet festival in New York. This gives you a chance to cover geography, the planning and pageantry involved in staging a parade, and even possible art projects, like making bonnets.

  • Basket
  • Bunny
  • Bonnet
  • Chick
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Decorate
  • Dye
  • Eggs
  • Fun
  • Find
  • Grass
  • Hide
  • Hop
  • Hunt
  • Jellybeans
  • Marshmallow
  • Parade
  • Peeps
  • Treats
  • Lily

Spring

Spring, the season in which Easter and April fall, provides plenty of opportunities for learning and art activities. You can have students study the lifecycle of a butterfly, how vegetables such as carrots and flowers like daffodils grow. You can even throw in some science lessons such as how birds build nests and how hatchlings emerge from their shells. Or, take a field trip to a local pond and observe ducks and flowers residing there.

  • Butterfly
  • Carrots
  • Colorful
  • Daffodils
  • Duck
  • Flowers
  • Joy
  • Lamb
  • Plants
  • Nest
  • Hatch

Sunday

Though you can't teach religion in public schools, you can certainly mention that Easter is a religious Christian holiday where families dress up in nice, new clothes and attend church on Easter Sunday. This also gives you a chance to cover the days of the week and social norms, such as, "Why do people dress up to go to church on Easter (as well as for other special occasions)?" Use the season to teach cultural lessons, too, such as Holy Week and Easter in Mexico.

Easter—and the season that it falls in—provides an endless opportunity to teach writing, spelling, history, science, art, and more. Let these words be your guide to getting started.

  • Church
  • Family
  • New clothes
  • Sunday