Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How do you like your eggs?

Learn science, math, literacy and more with Easter eggs!
Look at the "sunny side" of all those plastic eggs you have. They make great educational tools, and are great fun. You will be surprised by how many ways you (and the kiddos) can play with them.


1. Easter sensory bin with the eggs -Spiderman loves playing with the sensory bin

Easter sensory bin


2. Match the halves - let the kiddos open up eggs of different colors and sizes, scatter them a bit, and let them re-make Humpty Dumpty. It takes concentration and fair amount of motor skills to line them up just so, and twist or snap them together!

3. Count 'em up - Use a number sticker or permanent marker on the eggs, and match them with objects. You could use pompoms, and to make it more interesting, match the color of the pompom to the egg. So arm yourself with 2 yellow pompoms to go with the yellow plastic egg with the "2" on it. For older preschoolers, spell the numbers - "two" instead of "2". We used the chicks from our sensory bin to count. Then Spiderman got the sand paper numbers, lined those up, and started putting right number of eggs next to each number...

4. Line 'em up - Use a sharpie, and write uppercase letter on one half, and lowercase on the other. Let them match the letters. For beginning readers, you could make word families, and see how many words your reader can make. C, H, R, M on upper halves, -at, -ug, -atch, and -ouse on the lower halves, for example. Batman can already read the words shown here, for him, it was to mix and match the halves of different eggs to form new words, like m-atch, or h-ug.
Word building with Easter Eggs



How many erasers in one egg?
 5. Make predictions - We had a bunch of small erasers in the sensory bin. That got us to thinking, how many could we fit in an egg? Choose big, medium, and small erasers (substitute filler of your choice). Ask them to predict how many of each kind might fit into the egg. Then count, and see how good of a fortune teller they were. They should be able to to see for themselves that they can fit more of the small erasers, and less of the bigger ones.


 6. Pattern power - Make patterns with then egg halves depending on what you have. The kids could stack them up like a tower, and the tallest one wins. Let the older ones come up with their own pattern. Given the eggs they have, they have to come up with a pattern that makes the tallest tower. 

Sink or Float?
7. Sink or float - Batman and Spiderman came up with hypothesis, and tested it out to see if the eggs float or sink. They got the empty ones will float right, but they were surprised to see the eggs filled with water stay at least partially afloat! Batman's conclusion - that's what happened to Captain Hook's ship when Sharky and Bones drilled a "small" hole in the ship, coz if it's too big, it would sink!
Then they had to think of how to make their ships sink completely, and spied some tiny pebbles in one of my vases. And out they came, as they were for a good cause, and down went the eggs...
Will the pebbles make the eggs sink?


7. Shake n Sound - A quick Montessori inspired sound set is shown below. Increase the number of egg depending on the complexity. Remember to choose eggs of the same size for each set (unlike me). I had the aforementioned pebbles, lentils, and rice. Shake, shake, shake, and then match the eggs with the same sound.

Sound Eggs

8. Speed Hunt - Ready, Set, Go!  Place the eggs in just one or two rooms. Winner - the one with the most eggs in 2 minutes! Turn the tables, let the kids hide them. Try to beat the winner. Batman actually used some camouflaging tricks when hiding his eggs!  

9. Shake your sillies out - Also called fine motor skills play. Fill the eggs with different motor skills. I added the number of reps for some good old fashioned math! So, "Hop, 5", "Jump 3". We had fun ones, like stick out your tongue, eat 6 raisins, cross the living room from the sofa without touching the carpet (aka, alligator pit). I had a pile of of pillow cushions placed right next to the sofa.

10. Water the letters - We had some with tiny holes, so we filled them up, and took them outside. Batman wrote some letters, chose one, and directed Spiderman to "water" that letter with his Eggy flowering can.  


11. Nesting (my favorite) - Batman came up with this all on his own. He gave me a big egg (with a shy smile) and told me it had a gift int it.I opened it up, to find an egg nested in it, and then to find another, and then a tiny pink eraser heart (from Batman's Valentine's loot bags from school) . Awww :)
Nested eggs with a special surprise!


More egg-cellent stuff here - Easter Fun!

I love the smelly eggs, and egg and spoon race (I am not saying "duh" to myself) Recycle Those Plastic Easter Eggs


For this post, and other fabulous Montessori ideas, and activities, check out these links.

Montessori MondayLike Mama~Like Daughter the educators' spin on it