Easter writing activities can grow out of a significant number of images and concrete detail. Spring and Easter bring associations with rebirth, regeneration and renewal, as well as a wealth of opportunities for you to gather freshly sharpened pencils, journals and a pastel colored marker or two to express yourself in the written word.
Spring and Easter bring a time for reflection upon things past as a basis for renewal and rebirth. People who grew up during the 1950s and 1960s can recall finding live, dyed chicks, baby ducks and bunnies alongside their baskets on Easter mornings. Vintage Easter cards, either genuine or reproductions, provide great inspiration for descriptive writing activities about Easter.
Describe details you recall about past Easters. Recreate through writing those times for your children or grandchildren. Shiny new patent leather shoes, straw pocketbooks, white or pastel gloves, a new Easter outfit and Easter hat were the norm during those decades. Describe every bit of the dotted swiss and lavender organza skirt you can recall. Don't forget to write about activities you did after Sunday lunch. Hiding real hard boiled, colored eggs to hunt will conjure a story or two. Easter corsages with their long corsage pins, wind-up toys, plush bunnies and jelly beans provide even more details to stimulate your thinking.
Journaling author Natalie Goldberg, in her "Writing Down the Bones", advises writers to "know the names of things." To create mental images in a reader's mind, the writer needs to paint a specific word picture. Generic terms such as 'flower' or 'bush' or 'tree' carry little image juice. Instead, use specific names of flowers that bloom in springtime and around Easter, such as dogwood, weeping cherry, hyacinth, crocuses, daffodils, forsythia, tulip trees and azaleas. Write down the names of as many specific spring flowers or trees as you can think of as a divergent thinking writing activity. Then concentrate on those specific items you associate with a story that you can expand upon in your writing. The day lightning struck the old dogwood tree is bound to be a hit.
Eggs bear associations of fertility and creation of new life. To prepare for a class or writing group, insert writing prompts into plastic Easter eggs. Have students select an egg and use that prompt to create a new piece of writing. Thus, the writing will become what grows from the egg.
You could do the same thing with Easter seeds, bulbs or other spring-related items.
So many stories have grown up around how certain flowers came to be. The narcissus gained its name from the associated Greek myth, as did anemone and hyacinth. Bring in an Easter bouquet of real or artificial flowers and write myths that explain how the flowers got their names, or how they came to be. Remember that original myths were created by imaginative minds.
Use blossoms or plants with specific shapes to create writing. Use a four-leaf clover as a pattern to cut out many other four-leaf clovers. Hand these out and have students write a brief story about a lucky day experience they had. Cut out rose petals and have students write what they consider their positive personality traits on the petals.
Possibilities for Easter writing activities are as many and varied as the images the season itself brings with it.