Monday, March 18, 2013

16+ Learning Activities with Easter Eggs

They sell them for pennies.  And if you attend just one Easter Egg hunt you come home with 25+ of them.

Plastic Easter eggs.  A waste or fabulous teaching tools?

Easter eggs can bring fun to almost any learning objective any time of the year.   Here are some ideas to help get you started.
  • Math - Basic hide and seek.  Then have the child count how many eggs he found.
  • Colors - Have the child seek only one color of eggs.
  • Matching - Mismatch the eggs together.  Have the child disassemble the eggs and reattach with the correct match.
  • Letters - Write the capital letter on one half of the egg and the lowercase on the other.  Have the child match the letters.
  • Gross Motor - Play catch with the egg.
  • Group Games - Provide each group of two with a towel to hold.  Play catch with the egg by tossing the egg between towels. 
  • Race - Place the egg in a spoon and race to a designated spot without letting the egg drop.
  • Sensory - Place different items in the eggs to make different sounding shakers.  (May need to tape the egg shut.)  Shake with your favorite song.
  • Gross Motor - Place miniature golf with Easter eggs and a broom.
  • Letters and Numbers - Write a letter or number on a small piece of paper.  Place instead an egg.  Hide the eggs and have the child name the letter or number on the piece of paper. 
  • Fine Motor - Paint with the eggs.  Open the opened egg to dip in paint to form circles.  Or, roll the egg around in fingerpaint. 
  • Matching Sensory - Fill two eggs with the same item.  Create several more sets with different items.  Have the child shack the eggs and find the matching sounds.
  • Science - Place various items of weight inside the eggs.  Roll the eggs down a slope and compare times. 
  • Gross Motor - Have an obstacle race with the child holding the egg with different body parts.  (i.e. under the chin, under the arm, between the wrist)
  • Vocabulary - Hide various items in the eggs.  The much use a descriptive word describing the item found in the egg.  (i.e. soft, blue, heavy, smooth)
  • Matching - Cut large stickers in half.  Place each half on an Easter egg.  Separate the eggs and have the child match the pictures. 
Find more Easter ideas on the ABCJLM website.

What activities can you add?

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