For weeks we have been counting the days until the official start of Spring.

And, today is the day!

Spring is a time of fresh new beginnings.

Baby animals and birds are being born. Plants poke their heads up through the ground after a long Winter’s nap. They shed their warm coats, opening up their buds to unfurl leaves and blossom into delights for our senses.
For the Christian faith, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, reminding them that He rose from the grave and those that believe will also experience eternal life.

Eggs are a symbol of new life and a new beginning, no matter what your faith.

The stores are filled with eggs of every color, pattern and type.
A favorite is the plastic egg.
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For years I would buy dozens of the colorful plastic Easter eggs after the holiday to provide supplies for the many activities you can do with them.
A favorite plastic egg activity at our house was making cardboard tube rockets. Half of an egg was the nose on the rocket. This activity took months to perfect by my second grader, so it will not be introduced today.
Below you will find many other fun, educational, quick, easy activities for you to create with plastic eggs that will help you interact with your child.
Remember safety is always a priority!
Play with your child 
Always supervise activities
Adapt activities to your child(ren)s age and stage of development.

EGGCITING ACTIVITES USING PLASTIC EGGS

Sensory Play

Fill a container with a sensory material of your choice.
Container ideas: plastic dish pan, cooking pot or deep pan, large plastic storage container, wheelbarrow, bucket, etc.
Sensory Material ideas: sand, packing peanuts, rice, beans, etc.
Hide the eggs and then let your toddler/preschool child go on an egg hunt.
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Family Interaction/Memory Makers

DAILY MESSAGE EGGS

Fill a basket with colorful plastic eggs.  Inside each egg write a note or message to your child and or spouse. Each day pick an egg and read the message

SURPRISE MESSAGE EGGS

Fill eggs with messages. Hide the eggs under pillows, in the corner of the couch, in a glass or mug, on a dinner plate, inside the dinner napkin, inside a book bag, on the seat of the car, on the  desk, in a kitchen or bathroom drawer,  etc.

Be creative!  Think about the places that will be seen each day.

Example messages:  You are loved.
Thinking of you.
You are eggstra special.
You light up my world.
It is eggciting to spend time with you
You are eggstrodinary!
You are a great eggsample to your brothers and sisters

Get creative with your messages and let your loved one know you are thinking about them.
Have a basket in the kitchen or living room to collect the eggs at the end of the day.
Talk about when the egg was found and how they felt after finding and reading the message.

Give everyone in the house a half a dozen eggs to fill with messages. Let each person hide their message eggs where ever they want. Talk about the egg hunt at the end of each day. If you want add a treat too!

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COUPON EGGS

Buy a dozen different color eggs for each child. You can color code them if you want. Example:  Susie gets pink eggs, Joey gets green, Henry has orange eggs and so on. Place a redeemable coupon inside each egg. Make your own coupons (hand written or designed on the computer).

Coupon ideas:     one bear hug from Mom, Dad, etc.
one giant family hug
free smile
a story read to you by Mom, Dad, etc.
a trip to the library or park for everyone
your favorite dinner or dessert prepared
play your favorite board or card game with family
one coloring session
one extra reading session or an extra book read at bed time
a family bicycle ride

As you conduct your annual Easter egg hunt include these coupon eggs. The kids will be eggcited!  It will add a twist to the annual tradition and continue to provide family interaction and fun for weeks to come.

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STORY STARTER EGGS

Place one small toy or item in several eggs then put them in a basket or empty egg carton. Choose an egg, discover the item inside and then create a story about that item.  One person can make up the story or you can take turns adding to the story one sentence at a time. You will be amazed at the twists and turns and unexpected plots that will be hatched.

Or, use these eggs as a memory game.  What’s inside or underneath?

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CRACKED EGGS

Use a cookie cutter to create an egg pattern. Cut out eggs from any resource available to you. Examples:  left over wall paper, wall paper sample books, construction paper, card stock, empty food boxes, wrapping paper etc.

After making the number of eggs you would like, cut each egg into two separate pieces. Do not make the cuts the same.  Change the shape and style of the “crack” in the egg.

Children will improve their visual skills and have fun putting the cracked eggs back together.

  Store your game in a creative container.
Keep this in mind as you shop after Easter sales
or before you throw away a container from an Easter item.

EGG MATCH

Using the same egg pattern and materials from the activity above, cut out 2 eggs that match.  If using wrapping paper or wall paper be sure to match up the pattern each time in the same spot before cutting, to create two eggs that are identical.

Smaller children can match pairs, older children can play a lotto game. This will aid in memory and visual discrimination skills.

COLOR IDENTIFICATION EGGS

Write the color of the plastic egg on the outside of the egg.  Then take turns finding all the orange, or blue, etc.  Make baskets of different color eggs.

Write the color of the egg on the INSIDE.  Children spell the color of their egg and then check inside to see if they spelled the color correctly.

ONE-ON-ONE EGGS – a pre-math skill

You will need an empty egg carton and 12 different color plastic eggs.  On the BOTTOM of each egg cup, inside the carton, write one number using a dark colored marker.  Start with the number one and end with the number twelve.  Label the dozen eggs with one number (1-12) on each of the eggs.  Scatter the eggs around and let children find them, OR fill a basket with the numbered eggs.  Children then match the number that is written on their egg with the number in the bottom of the egg carton cup until they fill the carton with the dozen eggs.

 Another idea is to use a dark colored marker to write  the same number on the top and the bottom of the egg.  Or write a upper case letter on one half and a lower case letter on the other half of the egg.  Separate the eggs and let children put the eggs back together.  Check to see if they got them right!
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NESTING EGGS
Make up sets of eggs that fit inside of each other… nest. You can makeup same color sets or sets of different colors.  It is fun to see how many sizes you can fit into a set.

 

TOP  & BOTTOM MATCH EGG GAMES
Upper and Lower Case Eggs
Using a marker write a lower case letter on the bottom of the egg and an upper case letter on the top of the egg.  Take apart all of the eggs and put them into a basket.  Let children put the eggs back together as they explore the difference between upper and lower case letters.  Adults need to check results.
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Create a Word Eggs

Write a row of consants around the top of one half of an egg.  On the other half write the last half of a small word.  Then experiment with all the different words you can make.   Example:  “at”  can be bat, cat, sat, rat, fat, eat, hat… Children will have fun going through the alphabet to see how many words they can create.

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Opposite Eggs

Write opposites on each half of the eggs.  Separate eggs and then let children put them back together.

Examples:  Tall/Short  Hot/Cold  Big/Little  Happy/Sad  Before/After  Arrive/Depart   Ahead/Behind
Crazy/Sane  Day/Night   Dark/Light  Curly/Straight  Easy/Hard  Everything/Nothing  Fact/Fiction  Fast/Slow   Good/Bad  Girl/Boy  Hairy/Bald  Heavy/Light   His/Hers   Interesting/Dull  Kind/Mean
More/Less   Lost/Found   Many/Few   Near/Far  Neat/Messy   Never/Always   Nice/Mean  Odd/Even
Old/New   Young/Old   Open/Shut   Whole/Part  Past/Present  Ugly/Pretty  Push/Pull  Walk/Run
Quick/Slow  Rise/Fall  Quiet/Noisy  Remember/Forget  Save/Spend  Silly/Serious  Strong/Weak
Sunny/Cloudy  Tame/Wild  True/False   Under/Over  Yes/No   Water/Ice  Useless/Useful  etc.

Compound Word Eggs

Divide compound words writing one half on one side of an egg and the other half of the word on the opposite side of the egg.  Children can experiment with different word combinations.

 

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Examples of compound words:

1st Grade Compound Words:
bedtime, bluebird, cowboy, cupcake, notepad, pigpen, popcorn, rainbow, starfish, sunset

2nd Grade Compound Words:
barnyard, butterfly, daylight, drumstick, flagpole, jellyfish, mailbox,
notebook, raincoat, suntan, bathroom, catfish, doghouse, eyeglasses,
footprint, lipstick, outside, pineapple, rowboat, seashell, birthday,
classmate, doorway, fireplace, homework, lovebird, peanut, ponytail,
sailboat, snowfall

3rd Grade Compound Words: backyard,
downtown, overcoat, railroad, sidewalk, stepladder, teaspoon, waterfall,
workbench, baseball, earring, necktie, playpen, seafood, skyscraper,
sunrise, thumbtack, windmill, yearbook, daydream, handshake, nightgown,
racetrack, shoelace, spaceship, teardrop, textbook, toothbrush,
windshield

4th Grade Compound Words: afternoon, dishwasher,
fingerprint, grandmother, motorcycle, playground, suitcase, teammate,
watermelon, yardstick, aircraft, downstairs, fisherman, horseback,
necklace, saltwater, sunlight, thunderstorm, weekend, chalkboard,
dragonfly, flashlight, keyboard, password, sandpaper, surfboard,
toothpaste, worldwide

5th Grade Compound Words: boxcar,
earthquake, firecracker, handwriting, homesick, lifeguard, newsletter,
rattlesnake, skyline, swordfish, breakfast, endless, gingerbread,
headphones, layout, newcomer, overdue, shipwreck, stepmother, tombstone

6th Grade Compound Words:
broadcast, deadline, headache, mankind, meanwhile, overseas,
sightseeing, straightforward, timetable, viewpoint, courthouse,
guideline, landmark, marketplace, playwright, silverware, thoroughfare,
trustworthy, undergraduate, weatherproof
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Expression Eggs

When children are upset or angry they often do not have the verbal resources to label those feelings.  This usually results in physical aggression.  Draw a picture of an emotion on one side of the egg and write the word to describe that feeling on the other side.  Have the children match feelings with the word used to describe that emotion.  Equipping children with vocabulary to describe their emotions help them manage their anger in constructive, rather than destructive ways.

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Spelling  or Vocabulary Word Eggs

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This can be done in a variety of ways:

1.  Using the spelling/vocabulary word list enlarge and make two copies.  Cut each word apart.
Leave one word whole and cut the duplicate word into individual letters.  Include in the egg:
the whole word, the individual letters and a picture of the word, OR just the whole word and the
individual letters.
2.  Practice the spelling word list and then open eggs that include just the individual letters.  Child
must unscramble the letters to spell one of their words.
3.  Provide a picture of the word and the individual letters. Child must unscramble the letters to
make the words.
4.  provide a list of words and eggs with the individual letters.  Child marks off words as each egg
is completed.

 

Sight Word Eggs
Write a sight word on a slip of paper and insert into an egg.  Do this for your child’s entire sight word list.  Fill a basket.  Then take turns picking an egg and practice reading, then spelling that word.  You could also write the words on the outside of the egg, but that would remove the element of surprise and mystery… which equals more fun!
Memorization Eggs
Write or type up the what you are trying to memorize.  Cut it apart into individual words or phrases.  Place one word or phrase in each egg.  Mix up the eggs. Then, open each egg, pulling out the individual word/phrase and put it all together.
Examples:  Bible verse, poem, address, amendments, full name, alphabet, numbers, etc.
MATH EGGSTRODINARE
Counting Eggs
Write a number on one half of an egg.  Draw the appropriate number of dots on the other half.  Children count the dots and find the number that matches.  Great for number recognition.
An alternative for the very small child is to just count a basket of eggs.  You can also count all the yellow or blue or green eggs.  Separate the colors and then count each pile.
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 Solve the Problem Eggs
Write a simple math equation on the outside of one half of an egg.  Write the answer on the other side of the egg, on the outside.  Then separate all the eggs and let children put them back together.  This is a lot more fun than flashcards.  An adult needs to do this with the children to make sure they are getting the problems correct.  If not, the pieces go back in the basket and they try again.  This is done until all the eggs are put back together.
Self Correcting Variation of this idea:
Write the problem on the outside of the egg.  Write the answer on the INSIDE of the egg.  You could also put beans, pennies, macaroni etc. inside that could be counted to check the correct answer.
Example:  2+2= on the outside.  Inside the number 4 could be written and there would be 4 beans inside to count.
What other plastic egg activities can you create?

Wishing you an EGGciting time!

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