Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What To Do With Those Plastic Easter Eggs

I was trying to think up some ideas of ways you could use plastic Easter eggs in an educational way. After Easter, it seems that those eggs get stored away until the following year when they can again be used for another egg hunt. Well here are some ideas I came up with. If you are a teacher, I was thinking that some of these ideas could be used as centers.

Fill an Easter basket with an assortment of eggs split apart. The students have to find the correct match up, connect the egg and place the complete egg in an egg carton. If you are trying this activity on older kids, try to mix up the colors so the answer isn't so easy to find. (Like a pink top with a green bottom.)
Math problem to answer match up - Write the problem on one half of the egg and the answer on the other half. Depending on the age level of the kids, you could do anything from simple addition to division.
Upper and Lower Case Match Up - Find an upper case letter and its matching lower case letter and connect the eggs.
Cursive to Print - Have the kids try to match up the correct cursive letter to the same letter in print. The could be a good activity when just introducing cursive, especially since cursive can feel like a whole new language to kids! :)
Dots to Numeral - For younger kids, have the them match up the number of dots on half the egg, with the correct numeral on the other half. (four dots = 4)
Numeral to Number Word - Four to 4
Word to Definition - This could be applied to spelling, vocabulary lesson, etc. On this particular activity, have the eggs whole and have the students place the correct definition to the word (typed out on a piece of paper by you) in an egg with the correct word.
If you have any suggestions that could go along with this, or other ideas for reusing those plastic Easter eggs, I would love to know what you are thinking!

7 comments:

jennifer said...

I just love the ideas on what to do with the gazillion eggs I have been keeping for years on end. I just found your blog and love the idea. I also am room mom for one of my children (K4). It is so hard to find (or should I say, go through) all the ideas online. Thanks! I will follow this blog often. Too bad I did not come upon this at the beginning of the school year...

Deb said...

We use those eggs for "Scrambled Egg Sentences." Type up sentences and then cut the words apart. The kids crack open an egg, arrange the words into a sentence, and then copy the sentence onto handwriting paper using their best handwriting and draw a picture to match.

mamaof3 said...

Love the scrambled egg sentence idea! My 6 year old son plays with the empty eggs long past Easter so I'm gonna try this to motivate him to practice his writing. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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