Easter around the World: Easter Classroom Activities For The EFL Classroom

Join a global community of over 200,000 TEFL teachers working throughout the world! Enrol me!

While it might seem like Christmas was just yesterday, it’s that time of year again when we are bombarded with chocolate eggs and eggs-tremely bad puns. Holidays and special occasions are great to introduce into the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom for a change from the curriculum. There are loads of eggs-ellent ideas for Easter classroom decorations and activities, which can easily be adapted for the TEFL classroom. 

But let’s first take a look at how Easter is celebrated around the world. 

Easter around the world

There are a number of different Easter traditions around the world. 

The world’s largest Easter celebration, which lasts one week, takes place in Guatemala. It celebrates the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ with marches and floats. In preparation for the marches, the streets are covered in flowers, sawdust, fruit and sand to resemble a colourful carpet. On Easter Sunday the celebration turns joyous. Fireworks are used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter in Guatemala

In Sweden, children wear old clothes to dress up as witches. They walk around the neighbourhood and trade homemade pictures and paintings for sweets and chocolates.

In some countries in North Western Europe, bonfires are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday.

In France, residents of a small village are known to make a giant omelette on Easter Monday! They use more than 4,500 eggs which feeds around 1,000 people!

In Spain, Easter is celebrated throughout Holy Week (or Semana Santa). Costumes of long robes and pointed hoods are worn in processions, and dramatic Biblical scenes are illustrated in floats.

Read more: Teach English in France and Teach English in Spain

Easter in Spain

On the Greek island of Corfu, people throw earthenware pots and pans filled with water out of their windows onto the street. 

Carb-lovers should consider heading to Italy for their Easter celebrations. 

On the island of Sicily there is a tradition called archi di pasqua (“Easter arches”). The people of the town decorate the main street with archways, domes and bell towers – all made from bread! Other natural elements like rosemary, asparagus and bay leaf are used, with the end result looking like the inside of a cathedral.

Easter in Sicily

In Poland, Easter Monday is celebrated as a water festival known as Wet Monday. If you walk the streets you’ll be soaked with buckets, balloons and water pistols.

Read more: Teach English In Poland

In Bermuda, people traditionally fly kites on Good Friday. These kites are hexagonal or octagonal in shape to incorporate a cross structure. Fish and hot cross buns are enjoyed throughout the holiday. On Easter Sunday, you can attend sunrise services on beaches around the island.

In Brazil, small towns host a carnival called Sabado de Aleluia to celebrate the end of Lent. They give each other large chocolate eggs, hollow or filled with treats.

Believe it or not, these are just a few Easter celebrations from around the world! 

Please note: Easter is a religious holiday. As such, be mindful of the situation you are teaching in. It might not be appropriate or relevant to discuss Easter in your classroom. But if you think it is a suitable idea for your classroom, here are some of our favourite ideas:

Easter EFL classroom activities

Holiday celebrations are always fun to bring into the TEFL classroom. There are loads of egg-citing activities you can do with all ages.

Easter EFL classroom activities for Young Learners:

  • Organise an Easter egg hunt. This can be around the classroom or even the school. The hunt can involve hunting for chocolate Easter eggs which each have a letter on it. After the hunt, students work together to make words with their eggs.
  • Find Easter-themed colouring-in activities, puzzles and crafts. There are loads of free Easter colouring pages for kids available online.
  • Hollow out real eggs by using a needle to prick a hole in each end. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow through one hole so that the egg white and yolk are forced out. Once the empty eggs are rinsed and dry, bring them into class to be decorated with paint, glitter or stickers.
  • Have a “sports” day, with bunny hopping races, egg and spoon races and pin-the-tail-on-the-bunny.
  • Teaching compound words? Use plastic egg to practise. Write words on each half of the eggs and students match them up to form compound word eggs. The same activity can be done with contractions, synonyms/antonyms or collocations.

Easter classroom activities ideas for the EFL classroom: egg decorating

Read more: 6 Differences between Teaching Adults and Young Learners

Easter EFL classroom activities for teens and adults:

  • Play a pub quiz using the facts from the Easter traditions around the world (see above). Create questions related to the facts. Students can either look up the answers or try to guess. The winning team gets an Easter egg, of course!
  • Bring Easter-related food into the classroom – think chocolate eggs and hot cross buns! Your students can compare the food they usually eat over Easter.
  • Let them browse the chocolate recipes from Cadbury. Each student can choose one they would like to make, read the recipe and explain to the class how to make it.

Remember, if you want to experience Easter in a foreign destination, sign up for one of our TEFL courses and you never know where you could be celebrating Easter next year.

Wherever and however you are celebrating, we hope you have a hoppy* Easter!

*Are we cracking you up yet or are you egg-noring our bad Easter jokes? 

Okay, we’ll stop now. 

Get Social

Follow us on social networks, join our newsletter - get the latest news and early discounts

Sign up to our newsletter

Follow us on social networks, sign up to our e-newsletters – get the latest news and early discounts

Accreditation Partners

The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

Product added to your cart

You have added to your cart:

Request call back

    Please leave your details below and one of our TEFL experts will get back to you ASAP:

    captchaType characters on the left:

    Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

    Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

    Thank you! Your message has been sent!

    Download the TEFL World Factbook

      Please enter your details in order to download the latest TEFL World Factbook.

      Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

      Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

      Thank you for downloading the TEFL World Factbook!

      If the TEFL World Factbook did not download
      > Click Here To Download <

      Download the Online Teaching Guide

        Please enter your details in order to download our Online Teaching Guide.

        Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

        Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

        Thank you for downloading our Online Teaching Guide!

        If the Online Teaching Guide did not download
        > Click Here To Download <

        Download Prospectus

          Please enter your details in order to download our latest prospectus.

          Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

          Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

          Thank you for downloading our prospectus!

          We hope you enjoy reading our prospectus, we have tried to make it as useful as possible! Please get in touch if you have any questions.

          If the prospectus did not download automatically
          > Click Here To Download <