In my opinion, there is no better way to teach young children than through games and fun activities. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers can pick up so much just by playing! All children learn best when they are enjoying it. And aren’t we, as adults, just the same? Make something fun and it is sure to be more memorable!
Today I am sharing some ways you can intentionally teach young children concepts they need to learn with plastic Easter eggs. You may be surprised at the number of things you can do with simple plastic eggs. They make great educational tools!
How to Use Plastic Eggs to Teach Toddlers and Preschoolers
1. Match the Colors – Randomly place twelve plastic eggs in an old egg carton (two of each color). Have your child rearrange the eggs so all the colors are side by side. While you are working together, identify the the colors of each egg.
2. Pair the Letters – With a permanent marker, write an uppercase letter on one side of the eggs and a lowercase letter on the other side. (Or you can use stickers instead of writing). To play the game, separate the eggs and allow your preschooler to match up the letters. As an easier alternative for toddlers, you can hide the eggs and work on letter recognition as they find each one.
3. Count the Pom Poms – Place pom poms in the plastic eggs (1 in one, 2 in another, etc.). If you wish you can write the number on each egg. Have your child open each egg one at a time and count the pom poms. Another way you could play is to have a bunch of pom poms in a container and have your preschooler count and place the amount of pom poms into the corresponding eggs you have numbered. The number of pom poms you can cram into an egg will, obviously, depend on the size of your plastic eggs. I suggest getting the big ones!
4. Build a Tower – This is a fun activity to introduce the idea of patterns to your preschooler. Stack plastic egg halves in a pattern and allow you child to copy it as they build their own tower (or they can continue the pattern by continuing to build on yours). You can also use this as a counting game. Have your toddler count as they stack the egg halves and see how many it takes before they topple over.
5. Follow Directions – Print off this free printable and place the inserts into the eggs. Hide the eggs around the room (or house) and then follow the directions inside the eggs.
6. Refine Motor Skills – Does you toddler need to work on motor skills? Write different ones on separate slips of paper and place them into plastic eggs. (For example: jump, skip, touch your nose, etc). Hide the Easter eggs and then do the activities as you find them.
7. Recognize Shapes – Find small objects of different shapes (or draw them on slips of paper) and place them in plastic eggs. Have your child identify the shapes after finding the eggs. You can also create large shapes on the floor or a table with the egg halves for more tactile learning.
This is by no means an exhaustive list ideas as you are limited only to how creative your imagination is. (Or to what you borrow from someone else!) Do you use eggs as learning tools in you home? I would love for you to share some of your own ideas in a comment!
How have you used plastic Easter eggs for educational purposes?