Hello, My Gals,
Happy Good Friday to all who celebrate! On this day, we observe how Jesus died for our sins 🙏💓
It’s also the time of year where we put candy in plastic eggs and hide them for little ones to excitedly discover 🐣🐰🍫
My little ones are still too young for Easter Egg hunts, but my oldest at 20 months has had a plastic egg obsession for a month or two now. And he hasn’t even seen all of those surprise egg videos on YouTube. He likes them without knowing they’re “cool” 😎🤓😂
And since he loves playing with these things so much, I figured I would try to incorporate them into our daily learning routine, and thought I’d share our activities with my fellow home-schooling Mamas!
Okay, so maybe this is one of the more obvious activities, but it’s a good one! I got a dozen colorful plastic eggs at Target for only $1!! 🙌🙌 And I held on to Vinny’s Easter Basket he got from his Auntie Angie last year.
For this counting activity, I simply scatter ten of the plastic eggs about the living room floor, and let Vinny collect them into the basket, counting how many eggs to in as he does so. Then when and if he takes the eggs out, I count them as he does that.
Another fun thing we started doing is putting pom-poms inside the eggs, and then cracking them over his head. He absolutely loves this activity. We simply take the plastic egg apart, put pom-poms inside while counting them, and then take the egg and count up to the number of pom-poms inside and crack!
I would definitely do this activity supervised with kids under 3, and make sure you clean them all up afterwards!
Though most of them come in just a few pastel shades, playing with plastic eggs is a great way to strengthen color skills.
While we play with them, I will say aloud which color each egg is while Vinny picks it up. Pretty simple and straight-forward.
But then I like to take it a step further. While he takes a nap or overnight while he’s asleep, I’ll take some of the eggs and switch the color shells around. Then the next time we play with them, I’ll say, “Uh-Oh! These don’t match! Let’s find their matching colors!”
For this activity, we take the eggs apart (one of Vinny’s favorite things to do with the eggs), and then I will hold up the shell for Vinny to find the matching color to. Once we put the matches together, I’ll say the color aloud to Vinny. Again, pretty simple and straight-forward, but fun!
I know, how can you teach opposites using plastic eggs?
By getting different sizes!
I got six larger sized plastic eggs from Target for $3. I initially got them to put on our floating shelves for seasonal decoration, but since I ended up with some left over, I figured I’d let Vinny add them to his collection. I also intend to fill them with some healthy gummy snacks, semi-dark chocolate, and cheddar bunnies for his Easter treats.😋
Anyway, since he has these different sized eggs, I figured I’d use them to teach him the difference between “Big” and “Small.”
For this activity, I’ll simply put the two different sized eggs of the same color together and tell him which one is big and which one is small.
Sometimes I’ll even put the smaller egg inside of the larger egg, creating sort of a nesting doll. When Vinny cracks open the large egg, I’ll say “Big!” and then when he gets a hold of the other egg, I’ll say “Small!” He got the concept pretty quick the first time we did these exercises, and would point to the big one and say “big!” and to the small ones and say “small!”
These are just a few examples of some imaginative games you can play with your little ones as a fun way to help them learn! 😁😆💡📚
What are some other activities and games using eggs I haven’t thought of? Let us know in the comments! 💬
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