We have been busy trying to stay busy at home these past few weeks. I’ve been preparing for some of the Easter themed fun that will ensue in the week ahead, and I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite Easter projects we’ve done over the years all using plastic eggs!
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You can play so many different matching games with plastic eggs. For young children, even matching the color and sizes of the two different parts can be a fun task. As your children grow, changing up the tasks can be fun too. Consider using a sharpie to write uppercase letters on one half of the egg, and lowercase letters on another, you could also match with shapes, and even math equations where children can match to the answer.
Of course kids love going on egg hunts. Usually at our house around Easter, the eggs are full of goodies and cash! But if you wanted to do several different egg hunts here are some ways to make them a little bit more creative.
Instead of hiding treats in the eggs, consider writing down a message letter by letter. As they find the eggs they have to try to decode/ unscramble the letters to solve the message.
You could also do another type of hunt where they can have a sheet of paper (maybe with a math problem, letter, shape – whatever skill you want to work on) and the solutions are hidden in the eggs. As they find the eggs they have to write the answer in the missing spot.
This is a super fun painting project. It’s even more fun if you have different sizes of eggs. All you need to do is put some paint in some paper plates or as shallow dish, and then use the eggs to make different shaped circles. If you want this project to be fancier, you can even use acrylic or craft paint on canvas. If you allow the colors to dry in between steps you can get a really cool effect.
Another fun thing to do would be to put a piece of vinyl in the shape of an egg or bunny on your canvas before painting. Once you’ve finished your egg prints and remove the vinyl, you’ll see the outline of the shape you chose.
If you don’t want to get too messy, you could also trace the eggs with different colors depending on the age of your children.
Egg Sensory Play
These eggs work as awesome sensory play instruments. I like to use them with playdough, kinetic sand, and even water or rice. They are great for filling, making shapes, or using as “cookie cutters” as your kiddos play.
Use a plastic egg to create a creature. You can use pipe cleaners, googly eyes, feathers, yarn or pretty much any craft supply you have hanging around to make little creatures or people. Glue dots worked best for me since I was worried hot glue might melt the eggs and liquid glue is just trickier to manage. I bet small pieces of tape would work too!
This activity is actually an all season activity for our family. My 8 year old LOVES designing scavenger hunts for our family. The eggs are a perfect thing to be “Searching ” for and the clue to the location of the next egg is easily tucked inside. Depending on the age of your children you could either design the scavenger hunt and have them be the “seekers” or you could have them design it and the grown ups go on the hunt!
If you’re feeling musical, you could try making some egg shakers. Explore which materials inside give the best “shake”. Different kinds of beans, popcorn, rice, pebbles, and sand are all good options (FYI sand doesn’t work well in the ones with little holes on the ends). As always, be cautious about the age of your child potential choking hazards! I was able to superglue eggs shut, but I still would definitely watch a young child closely with these!