Submitted by Dianne Park, San Diego, California

Idea posted April 19, 2004

For the little ones: How about using plastic egg shakers (You can make your own from all the colored eggs out there.) and reading Baby Rattlesnake and shaking on the ch ch ch parts. Also, use egg shakers to sing "Dip An Egg" (from Music K-8, Vol. 10, No. 4). I also did a circle game that can be done for any holiday by changing the words.

SONG: (to the tune of "This Old Man")
Easter egg, Easter egg
Who has got my Easter egg?
Number one, Number two, Number three, it must be YOU!
Take this Easter egg please do.
GAME:

Children sit in a circle. One person ("it") has a big, colorful paper Easter egg, or a basket with eggs in it. "It" walks or skips around the circle as everyone sings the song. On "Number one, Number two, Number three," "it" points to students one, two, and three as s/he passes them. On three, "it" gives the egg to the third student counted. Number three now becomes "it"- BUT the first "it" stays in the game by taking his/her place behind "it" (like a train). The game continues until all children have had a turn to be "it" and all children are in a train line. The final "it" gets to take the Easter egg train all around the room.

Kids just love this. We have played it with these words, too:

Valentine, Valentine,
Who will be my Valentine?
Number one, Number two, Number three, it must be you!
Take this Valentine please do. (Use a great big paper valentine.)
or
Leprechaun, Leprechaun
Who will be my Leprechaun?
Number one, Number two, Number three, it must be you!
Take this Shamrock now please do. (Use a big green paper shamrock.)
And so on.

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