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.
Eggs are a symbol of new life and a new beginning, no matter what your faith.
EGGCITING ACTIVITES USING PLASTIC EGGS
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!
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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,
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,
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
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.
Spelling or Vocabulary Word Eggs
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
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