By Erin Hines

Egg-citing Extension Activities!

Happy Math and Music Monday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We did. I was traveling some of last week for work, so it was nice to be home with my family this weekend. I can’t believe Easter is next weekend! Time is just moving so fast. I have always loved Easter and this time of year for many reasons.   The main reason is, it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The other reason is… I also love Easter Eggs! As a teacher, I love all the many ways you can use/re-use Easter Eggs for learning manipulatives.

Fun Fact

“Creativity is making marvelous out of the discarded.” 

When looking for a quote for this blog, I came across this one and thought it fit perfectly. I want to inspire families, children and teachers to use their creativity when it comes to learning. I also love using and reusing materials to enhance the learning environment. I think it can help make an old concept new again… and Easter Eggs are some of my very favorites! We use them year around. They’re really one of the perfect manipulatives to use at home or in a classroom… Not to mention, they’re not very expensive!

When the girls were little and were learning their colors, numbers and letters, I would put plastic letters and numbers in the eggs or even colored paper in the eggs and hide them in the yard or around the house and send them on a hunt to find them. They would open them as they found them and then would tell me what was in them.

As they have grown older, I’ve started hiding trickier things like our phonograms, math problems and spelling words in them. Then when they find them, they get to tell me what sounds they make, solve the math problem or spell the word. I love using Easter Eggs because they make it fun and different.

Below are three NEW ways we are currently using our Easter Eggs!

One: we use them for a countdown to Easter! I went on Pinterest and found that I’m not the only one who loves to use eggs for other things. There are LOTS of great ideas. This year I wanted to do a countdown to Easter with the girls. There are several different ones, but we picked the 40 day one. Now, I have to be honest, I didn’t find it until not too long ago, so we are starting a little late. But I figure better late than never. This idea comes from: happyhomefairy.com. I printed the free download and put them in the Easter Eggs. The girls take turns opening one each day.  I encourage you to go check it out. Or if you have a different one you like, I wish you would share it with me! I’m always looking for new ideas.

Sister K and Sister P reading today's egg on our countdown.

TWO: we LOVE using them to extend the Ally Dog Depot Math and Music Concepts. The girls actually were quick to think of all different concepts we have been learning from the videos and apply them or enhance them with Eggs! Lol.

Egg Patterns!
Sorting Eggs!
Pretending to cook! (Sequential Order!)
Counting, Addition and Subtraction. (We see you Sister K)

THREE: one of our very favorites and yes, we have talked about it before, but it is just so fun… making egg shakers with Easter Eggs! The girls REALLY love to make these and really wanted this on the list. For this one, all you need are plastic eggs and something that moves around in the middle. We love to use our brainflakes, but you could use anything you have at home. We have used beads, pennies, etc. You might want to tape them shut so they don’t spill all over the place. Plus, if you have small children, remember you don’t want them to spill and become a chocking hazard. (Just keep that in mind.)

Then it’s time to play music or sing a song and shake those shakers!

Making Egg Shakers!

I hope these ideas will inspire you to keep your Easter Eggs this year and incorporate them in your child’s or student’s learning all year long.   Again, we would LOVE to hear your ideas on how you use/reuse your eggs. Please share on our social media pages (links below).

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