Eggucational Activities

A quick Pinterest search for educational Easter activities for my son opened my eyes to a whole world of incredible, eggucational ideas involving plastic Easter eggs!  (You can buy them here or here.   Stock up after Easter for even better deals!)

The teacher/organizer in me decided to help you out by categorizing them by developmental level. Keep in mind, all kids learn at different rates and these are just general guidelines. Simply click on any image to link to the original source for information on each activity.

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Note, all of these can be modified to meet the needs of your learner. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make it easier by matching the top and bottom colors of the egg. Make it more challenging by using different colors for the top and bottom.
  • All of the language activities can be made more difficult by adding more complex vocabulary, longer words, irregular patterns, etc.
  • Math can be modified by using larger numbers, adding more complex skills, incorporating more than one operation into problems, higher level problem solving.

Before we get started, here is one more tip:  If it is something you only want for a one-time activity, use a dry-erase marker and wipe clean after use to do another activity. However, many of them make for great playroom activities year round- my son LOVED matching numbers and practicing upper and lower case letters with his eggs last year.

Babies

For babies, sensory bins are where it’s at. Seeing, touching, feeling, listening, exploring (and yes, tasting, so be careful) is their primary mode of learning. You can also begin working on colors, emotions, and animal sounds.

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Put construction paper in shredder to make grass - then let students sort eggs into proper container.Easter Egg Washing Set Up

Toddlers

There is a vast range of abilities at this stage. Focus on number and letter recognition, beginning letter sounds, counting, shapes, colors, and patterns.

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Preschoolers (ages 3-5)

Again, there are huge developmental differences in this age range. Focus on early literacy skills, sight words, word families, patterns, number correspondence, basic addition and subtraction (precursors to multiplication and division), classification, and experimentation.

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Plastic Egg Duck and Bunny Craft for Kids 

Primary Grades K-2

Expanding on a strong foundation, primary grade students are ready to work on fact families, place value, phonemic awareness, antonyms, synonyms, telling time, and building words.

 

  

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Intermediate Grades 3-5

Turn things up a notch in the intermediate grades. Combine several different operations at once, use larger numbers,  focus on fractions, percentages, and decimals. Study contractions, figures of speech, state capitols, the arts.

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 Contractions with plastic eggs ~ easy to match and then write on paper to show your work (Or, have an adult quickly check the eggs for accuracy before pulling apart and scrambling for the next center visitor.) 

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Middle And High School

This could easily continue with older kids too, but they might be too cool for it. Periodic table elements and symbols, anyone?!IMG_2571

Here are some other ideas:

  • Balancing chemical equations
  • Inventors and inventions
  • Famous literary quotes
  • Bible Verses
  • Sports teams and mascots
  • Metric Conversions
  • Foreign Language Vocabulary Terms

Adults

Oh no, I didn’t forget you!  Time for some EGGSERCISE!

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 Please share any other eggcellent eggucational ideas you have tried!

 

Some More Eggucational Activities

Compiling the eggceptional list  of eggucational activities really got me brainstorming. Here are the descriptions of my personal additions!

Babies:

Pick an egg, say the animal sound and have the child choose the picture of the animal that says that sound.

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Toddlers:

Match the beginning letter sound with the picture.

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Preschoolers:

Match the geometric shape with the number of sides.

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Match the picture with the word.

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Work on division skills by sharing eggs equally amongst a specified number of people. Work on classification by sorting eggs by color and graphing the results.

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Find rhyming words and put them together. Extend this activity by asking them to add another rhyming word to the pair. IMG_2531

Primary Grades K-2

Match the shape with the correct name. Incorporate a variety of geometry terms such as acute angle, line, vertices, etc.

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Intermediate Grades 3-5

Match Equivalent Fractions

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Match a mixture of decimals, percentages and fractions. This is an incredibly valuable skill in the “real world”!

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Really challenge them by doing this mixed math activity. It can be adapted to any academic level and really gets them thinking in different ways.IMG_2570

Help reinforce memorization of states and capitals.  IMG_2522

Make big numbers by placing varying digits on each egg half. Have students grab any 2 halves and put the egg together to create a new number.  Have them write the number out, emphasizing proper comma placement and then read the number aloud. You can even make it into a game by seeing who can make the highest number.

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Middle And High School

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Here is a list of ideas for middle and high schoolers:

  • Balancing chemical equations
  • Inventors and inventions
  • Famous literary quotes
  • Bible Verses
  • Sports teams and mascots
  • metric conversions (cm, mm, dm)
  • foreign language vocabulary

Please add any other eggcellent ideas you come across. Be sure to #strollersavvy!

Let’s Eggsercise! An Easter themed workout.

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  1. Cut out 10 strips of paper.
  2. On each piece of paper, write down an exercise.(Feel free to substitute as you see fit (haha!) )
    • Push-ups
    • Planks
    • Burpees
    • Wall-sits
    • Jumping Jacks
    • Squats
    • Lunges (both sides = 1 rep)
    • Sit-ups
    • Torso Twists (both sides = 1 rep)
    • Star Jumps
  3.  Fold each piece of paper in half.
  4. Randomly place the strips of paper into different colored eggs.
  5. Pick an egg and do the assigned number of reps for the exercise you chose. (For planks and wall-sits, multiply that number by 10 and do it for that many seconds. So if you choose green, that would be 5 x10, or 50 seconds.)
    • Green= 5
    • Pink= 10
    • Yellow= 3
    • Blue= 7
    • Purple =2
  6. Keep going until you have completed all 10 eggs. If you want an extra challenge, scramble up the papers and do another set or four!

Now Hop to it!

Be sure to check out this fun children’s fitness Easter Egg Hunt too!