Stay-at-Home Activities for Kids
During this time of health crisis and stay-at-home mandates for us, I’m trying to ease the boredom by reading stories on my new You Tube Channel, Creating Smart Readers. After reading each story, I suggest a few activities to keep the kiddos busy. You can use this wonderful story as an introduction to an egg decorating activity. You may also want to explore the region of Russia where the story takes place. Kids can also draw beautiful designs on oval shapes on paper if eggs are not appropriate.
Rechenka’s Eggs is a classic children’s story about hope and caring. While it is centered on a trip to an Easter Festival, the story is also appropriate for anyone celebrating Spring.
This story will introduce egg decorating as a great family fun activity. You can decorate real eggs in the Pysanky way as shown in this story or you can simply draw an oval and decorate an egg on paper.
If you want to enhance the story, a detailed Read-Aloud Guide is available for a free download. Rechenka PDF
Egg Decorating Information
I am including some online addresses to making Pysanky eggs and the meaning of the symbols used. Some are very intricate, so please look at them first to see if they are good for the ages of your children. You can also do a Google search for Pysanky egg symbols for a quick look at various authentic symbols. When I worked in an elementary and high school school a few years ago, I used the symbols for the children and teens to use for both decorating paper eggs and to identify with them in writing an autobiography.
The following two images are for some of many books available on amazon.com.
Of course, you can just do your usual egg decorating if you wish or make a drawing of an egg that you can decorate on paper. Have fun with it and make it as elaborate or simple as you wish.
A Word on the Lexile Level
Notice that Rechenka’s Eggs is a picture book that is advertised (on amazon) for children to read alone from Pre-School to Grade 3. However, a Lexile Level (reading level) of 610 from the chart on the right translates to beginning of grade 4 for an average reader. As I always say, the best thing to do is to read it to and with your children first and then let them go off and read on their own if they wish. When books are too hard for a child, it is difficult to understand tricky words, the message of a story, and hidden meanings. If you read it first, you become the model as you guide your children through a story. In this way, you show them how you want them to read on their own. So, please be aware of your child’s reading level and enjoy being the adult guide for reading.
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