Plastic Easter Eggs are an Easter staple in our house. I have fond memories of hiding and hunting the plastic eggs with my best childhood friend. Even though the eggs had nothing in them at the time, we would spend hours hunting! Hunting eggs are fun, but what else can you do with those pastel beauties? Create some learning fun of course! Check out the ideas below for using Easter Eggs to help your child learn:
: Program the top of an egg with a lowercase letter and the bottom of the egg with an uppercase letter. Break them apart and have your child match the lettered eggs!
: Fill with beans, bells, rice or pasta. Tape shut. Use a shakers when singing to help keep the beat.
: Gather enough eggs to spell out your child's name. With perm. marker write each letter of your child's name on each egg. Mix up. Have your child put the letter of thier name back together. Make this a more challenging activity by breaking apart the eggs and having your child put the letter together.
: Break apart eggs of different colors. Children match up the correct colors.
: Use eggs to count or fill eggs with small objects and count them.
: Gather an even number of eggs. Fill two eggs with one material, such as beans. Fill two other eggs with a different material, such as cotton balls. Continue until the desired amount of eggs are created. To play, children shake each egg and by sound try to match the eggs.
collect 26 eggs, program each one with an alphabet letter. Challenge your child to find an object that fits inside of the egg that starts with that letter. This may need to be done over a period of time. Or, only fill certain letters.
: Turn the egg sideways. On the small end, write a word family, such as 'at'. On the other half of the egg write beginning letters around the egg that create 'at' words. Such as a 'c' to make 'cat'. Turn the half with the beginning letters to create new 'at' words.
: Dump out a bag of eggs. Sort into piles by color. Graph how many of each color of egg was found in the bag.
: Use different sizes of eggs as a fun nesting activity. Help your child fit smaller eggs inside larger eggs.
Patterning and 1:1 Correspondence
: Using an egg carton, use colored eggs to create a pattern. Place the eggs in the carton left to right (just like when we read).
: Fill several eggs with fun treats, such as a sticker, gold coin, necklace or tattoo (whatever you would like to put in). For each egg give your child 3 clues. Such as, it is sticky, it has a bunny on it and you put it on your shirt. Have your child predict, based on the clues, what is in the egg.
: open an egg, use half of the egg to make perfect playdough circles. Great for pretend 'cookies' :)
: Does your child have trouble shaking a dice and rolling it? Place the dice inside the egg, shake and open.
: Write math facts on the outside of an egg, place the answer on the inside to create a self-checking math activity.
: Dump and Pour-- Give your child 3 eggs and a Gerber's Puff container. Show baby how to fill the container and dump it. To make the game more challenging add the lid to Puff's container for baby to take off and put on as well.
How do you use Easter eggs for learning?? I would love to hear it!