Are you home with your sweet kiddos right now and trying to come up with activities for multiple ages? Well, these four activities with plastic eggs are perfect for you! With these plastic eggs activities you will keep your kids engaged and learning!
Things you will need:
– Plastic eggs
– Expo Marker (optional)
– Paper and writing tools
– Small toy objects that you already have
– Letter magnets (optional)
Literacy Activity #1
First, use the Expo marker and write a letter on the smaller side of the egg and write the rest of the word on the longer part of the egg. If you do not have an Expo marker that’s okay! Just write it on small strips of paper and tape the letters to the eggs.
Next, have your child rotate the egg halves around to make new words. You can have them write down real words and nonsense words. When using this activity try to make different eggs with different phonics skills. For example, on egg can have r controlled vowels -ar, -er, -ir, and ur parts on the longer egg. Also, you can make other plastic eggs with long vowel sounds, short vowel sounds and more!
If you use an Expo marker you can rub it right off and make new phonics eggs often!
If you have younger kids you can write a capital letter on one side and the lowercase letter on the other side of the egg. Then your child can match the uppercase to the lowercase letter. If your child isn’t quite ready for that just write a capital letter on one half of the egg and the capital letter on the other half of the egg. Then, they can match the capital letters.
If you have older kids you can write prefixes on one side of the egg and root words on the other. These are some common prefixes to use: pre-, re-, mis-, dis-, and un-. Or write root words on half of the plastic eggs and then suffixes on the other. Some suffixes include -ly, -ful, -less, -ous, and -able.
Literacy Activity #2
Have your child match magnetic letters with written letters. If you do not have magnet letters no need to worry! Just write on pieces of paper and put inside the eggs instead. If you have younger children just have them find eggs and match the magnetic letters (or written letters) on a piece of paper that has all the letters. This one is easy to set up and it works on fine motor skills and matching! Which, are both important for your littles!
If you have older kids at home, you can still do this activity! For example, you can put small toys/objects inside each egg. Have them match the object with the first sound of each object. For instance, the sock in the egg matches with the “S” letter card. You can even reuse the same objects and have them match the item with the middle/vowel sound or ending sound. This is a great phonics activity that you can mix up daily!
If you have older kids, you can have them spell each object on a piece of paper. Or you can have them sort the objects based on syllables. Also, with older students, you can hide words, prefixes, suffixes in each egg. Your child can practice writing rhyming words or use the prefixes/suffixes to make a new word.
Math Activity #1
Much like the first literacy activity, you can take the plastic eggs and Expo marker and write down math problems on the halves of the egg. See picture for reference. Then on a piece of paper you can have your child write down the problem and answer.
For your younger children write the number on one half and draw dots on the other half that match. For example, I would write the number 5 on one half of the egg and draw five dots on the other half. Once, they have matched those up they can trace the number 5 on a piece of paper, put five stickers on the number five on a piece of paper (optional) or write the number five themselves on a piece of paper.
For older students you can write addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems on the eggs. These are great to review and practice!
Math Activity #2
Create math puzzles to hid in the eggs. On a piece of paper cut out different size rectangles with different edges. Write a math problem on one half and the answer on another half. Then hide in separate eggs. Have your child find the eggs a complete each math puzzle. This is a perfect way to review math facts and hunting for eggs makes it more interesting and engaging for your littles!
Again, you can create puzzles for your little ones by writing the number on one half and dots to correspond with it on the other half. Also, for your older students you can write addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division puzzles too. If you are feeling ambitious create some word problems with answers so your child has to solve word problems to review too!
Furthermore, you can hide different shapes in each plastic egg too. You can draw them or find shapes around your house to put in each egg. Then your child can sort shapes by color, size, number of angles, number of sides and more.
Have more than one child?
No problem! Some of the activities they can do next to each other. The activities where you write with Expo marker on the eggs your children can do side by side. For the other two activities, you can have one child only get a certain color of egg and the other child only hunt for a different color egg. You can even have them hunt in separate rooms or at separate times too!
There are so many ways you can use plastic eggs during this time at home. Try these four out and comment below with how they went!