Bath Time Fun!
The easiest way to have fun with empty plastic eggs is to throw them in the bathtub! What child wouldn't enjoy sitting in a bathtub with bright, colorful, floating eggs! Your child will enjoy opening the eggs, filling them with water, and closing the eggs trying to keep in as much water as possible, only to find out that the water escapes from the holes at the top/bottom of the eggs. All this play is actually teaching your child science concepts. Your child will discover that if he/she holds a water-filled egg very still, no water will come out of the holes (due to surface tension), but upon shaking it, the water will come out. Your child will be experimenting with trying to make the eggs sink and will delight in finding out that they can fill the eggs with water by simply immersing the closed eggs into water, thanks to the holes at the top/bottom of the egg. This year, we took the idea from Who Arted? and added bubble bath, hid Legos and plastic animals inside the eggs, and had a bath time egg hunt!
Egg Hunt Lunch
This creative idea from Gluesticks will make even your pickiest eater excited to have lunch! Simply fill each egg with different lunch items (sandwich bites, goldfish, fruit, cheese, etc.) and use an egg carton to hold the eggs up. You might even stick a tiny piece of chocolate in one of the eggs and have your child hunt for the chocolate. The only rule is that he/she has to eat whatever egg they've opened until they've found the chocolate!
1, 2, 3... Egg Math is For Me!
Prepare your eggs by separating the egg tops from the bottoms and using a sharp knife to remove the sharp nub. Do not use scissors because they doesn't take off the whole nub!
Number Recognition - Write each of the digits 0-9 on both halves of 10 eggs so that when the eggs are closed, the numbers are side by side. Separate the eggs and mix them in a pile in front of your child (or scatter them around the house/yard for another egg hunt). Have your child find each pair and say the number when a match is made.
Ordering Numbers - Have your child put the eggs in an egg carton in order from least to greatest. For younger kids, write the numbers on the egg carton and have them match the egg to the space in the carton and then practice saying the numbers in order. You can even string the egg halves up and make a snake or caterpillar.
Counting, Matching Quantities, 1-1 Correspondence - Draw a number on one half of an egg, and draw that number of dots on the other half of the egg. Separate the eggs and have your child make matches.
Recognizing & Ordering Larger Numbers - Write the numbers 0-9 on both halves of one egg, so that when the halves are rotated, a new 2-digit number is formed. Have your child practice saying the numbers. Make multiple eggs to practice ordering 2-digit numbers.
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division Facts - Practicing basic math facts is way more fun with eggs than flash cards! Simply write the problem on the top portion of the egg and the answer on the bottom portion of an egg. To make it harder, make sure that colors aren't matched when you write the math fact!
A, B, C, D, E, G, G
Matching Uppercase Letters to Lowercase Letters - Write the uppercase letter on one half and the lowercase letter on the other half. Separate the tops & bottoms, mix them up, and let your little one play (and learn).
Word Families & Beginning Sounds - Write the word family on the bottom half of the egg, and on the top half of the egg, around the circumference, write the various letters of the beginning sounds on the other egg. For example, write "ap" on the bottom half, and then the letters c, g, l, m, n, r, s, t, y, and z around the edge of the top half. When the child twists the eggs, it would form a new word (cap, gap, lap, etc.)
Compound Words - Write the first half of the word on the top part of the egg. Write the second half of the word on the bottom part of the egg. Let your kid mix and match, read the word and have fun!