Egg-stra Easy Egg-tivities

I know it’s a silly title, but I just couldn’t resist.  With Easter fast approaching we had some fun with eggs and the letter E.  And these are really easy activities that you can do with things around the house.  Also, while it’s not listed on here, there is no reason why you need to wait until Easter to hunt for eggs around the house. Have mini-egg hunts without the candy.

Skills: letter recognition, math, visual discrimination, music, arts’n’crafts,
Prep: low

Chick & Egg Craft

The chick popping out of the egg is an oldie but a goodie.  We decorated the eggs with fun foamies–since I wanted it to just be designs and not little animals or pictures this time, I used the Art Deco fun foam pack I found at Walmart. For the chick I actually used a coloring page picture that I printed on cardstock and cut out.  To make it even easier, you could print out the chick on yellow paper.

We were just going to color the chick with marker but then I remembered I had some yellow feathers.  The girls got carried away with gluing on the feathers so then I added googly eyes and a beak.  The beak is made out of an orange pipe cleaner about 2 inches long.  I folded it like a figure eight and then folded it in half.  The girls have loved playing peek-a-boo with them!

Egg template from desmond.imageshack.us
Chick template from activity-sheets.com

The girls also enjoyed this basket of eggs gluing activity you can find here.

Letter E

My plan is to make one of these for every letter.  Today we did Ee and decorated them with eggs, well, Easter eggs to be exact.  We used stickers from Michaels (one of their $1 packs) but you could even cut out your own eggs to glue on.  We also did some other E printables–coloring them, tracing the Es with our fingers, and practicing the sounds it made.

Letter E template
Large sized Ee printable
Tracing Ee’s printable

Edible Nest

I’m not really crafty in the kitchen so I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this one.  It’s super simple but Mia and Zoe thought it was cute.  I grated carrot for the nest and used grape tomatoes for the eggs (but any round veggie would work).  I included a dollop of Ranch dressing in the center for dipping sauce.  I’m not sure if it was the novelty of it or the thinner pieces, but the girls ate far more carrots today than usual. 🙂

Egg Race

I was trying to get lunch made and the girls were getting cranky.  Then I saw the hard boiled eggs and remembered egg races from picnics–you know when you would race with an egg on a spoon (or maybe just I did that).  Because the girls are little, I used utensils I had for serving pasta that have more of a spoon part to them and of course hard-boiled eggs.  I got the girls all set up and then the went around the house balancing the eggs.  It turned out to be a great exercise for focus and balance–and I got to make lunch in peace.  They even moved on to smaller spoons, although the eggs did end up being  very cracked.  We will definitely be doing this again in the future.  I love it when activities just appear!

File Folder Games

We also played some egg file folder games.  One was cracked eggs where you matched the upper case letter with the lower case letter.  The game is in black and white so I colored the eggs myself to make it prettier and easier for the girls to distinguish the letters so that it was a little less overwhelming.  Older kids could certainly color the eggs themselves.

The other game is practicing visual discrimination.  They match the egg to the corresponding basket.  I liked it because it was a little more complicated.  The girls know their colors but this one had more than one color on each egg/basket.  They really had to look at the whole thing as opposed to just one color.  I used an exacto knife to slice the top of the basket so that the egg could slide into it.

Egg Letters Game
Egg & Baskets Game

Easter Egg Felt Board

This has to be the easiest felt board story to make!  It’s just five eggs.  Of course, you could decorate the eggs more instead of just cutting five eggs out of felt like I did (I had big plans for decorating them and making them look a lot cuter but those seemed to fall by the wayside).  I actually found two felt board stories–one adding the eggs and one taking them away.  I changed the colors just a bit on one so that you could use both together.  On the second one, we actually change the names of the family members to be our names, including the dog.

Hunting For Eggs from workofheart.bravehost.com
Hunting for eggs Under my bed,
I found one in a slipper, And the egg was colored RED!

Hunting for eggs, Now I have two,
I found one in the closet, And the egg was colored BLUE!

Hunting for eggs, What a lucky fellow,
I found one in a bucket, And the egg was colored YELLOW!

Hunting for eggs, Where none could be seen,
I found one in a shoe box, And the egg was colored GREEN!

Hunting for eggs, Quick as a wink,
I found one in the garden, And the egg was colored PINK!

Red and yellow, Green, pink, and blue.
I found five eggs -How about you?

Five Little Easter Eggs from mrsjonesroom.com
FIVE little Easter eggs, Lovely colors wore;
Mother ate the blue one, Then there were FOUR.

FOUR little Easter eggs, Two and two, you see;
Daddy ate the red one, Then there were THREE.

THREE little Easter eggs, Before I knew,
Sister ate the yellow one, Then there were TWO.

TWO little Easter eggs, Oh, what fun!
Brother ate the green one, Then there was ONE.

ONE little Easter egg, See me run!
I ate the last one, And then there was NONE.

Books we read…

We also read books that had an egg in it or featured the letter E a lot (that way the girls could find all the E’s on the title page–not the entire book or we would never finish).

The Odd Egg
by Emily Gravett

 

Celebrating the Easter Story

Here are some of the activities we’ve been doing to celebrate the Easter story.  I have more Easter activities that I will be posting shortly, but I tried to group like activities together.

Painted Crosses

I actually had a different cross craft planned but the Zoe found these when we were at Michaels so we switched gears and painted crosses.  They are only $1 but you could certainly make your own out of wood or cardboard.  And while I know that Jesus did not die on a shimmery pink cross, I think it’s important for the girls to connect with the cross and the sacrifice and salvation it represents.

We used the shimmer paint to give it a little sparkle and while I let the girls pick their colors, I also limited them to just a few choices that wouldn’t look too bad if they were all mixed together.  We also sprayed them with sealant afterwards and will be hanging them on the wall in their bedroom.

Easter Garden

My super awesome sister actually shared this idea with me!  We bought the terra cota base, some soil, grass seeds, and decorative stones at Walmart and used a 2 1/4 inch terra cota pot I bought at Walmart.  Next to the pot lying on its side, I put a rock to build up the hill.  Then we found the twigs to make the crosses.  I tied them together with thread but I’m warning you that was a bit of a pain.  Our’s looked a lot better before the dog got ahold of it and we had to pick the soil off of the grass.  And of course, our grass hasn’t grown yet.  You can actually find a picture of a prettier one here.

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

This is actually my favorite Easter book to read with the girls.  They are really into the Berenstain Bears right now, but, I mean, who doesn’t love the Berenstain Bears?  Jesus dying on the cross can be scary to some children, but what I really like about this one is that it tells the Easter story with all the important parts in a way that the kids can really understand it.  Some of the other stories are too graphic, or leave out important details (we have a book of Bible stories that leaves out the whole ascension into heaven), or they are just a little hokey.

 

Lenten Chain

Lent is hard for little ones.  Who are we kidding?  It’s hard for adults too.  Advent is filled with the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas.  There are parties to go to, cookies to bake, presents to get.  Lent, on the other hand, is a time of praying, fasting, and almsgiving.  It’s the holiest of seasons and yet for a child it’s the hardest in which to participate or even understand.

In order to help my girls recognize Lent, I made us paper chains to count the days until Easter.  Since the girls are still too little to do the cutting or stapling, I actually made them myself.  But I wanted them to be more than just a countdown until Easter so on each paper link I wrote a message of faith for the girls.  I kept them simple and joyful for a toddler.  Messages like:

Jesus loves you!
God made the sun and the stars!
Jesus is your friend!
God will always help you!
Jesus is with you when you are scared!
God made all the animals!
Mary is Jesus’ mama and our friend too!

I will be honest, it was hard at times coming up with the 47 messages.  Even though I was making two chains (one for each daughter), I just used each message twice and mixed them up when I put them together.  Each day Mia and Zoe will have different messages, but at some point they will have one they have already heard before, just reinforcing the message.

For the links I used purple since it’s the liturgical color of the season; however for Sundays and Ash Wednesday I used pink just to spice it up a little and make it easier to keep track of how many links there were.

We started on Ash Wednesday and so far the girls have really enjoyed it.  They love pulling off a link each day and finding out what the message is.  First they like to “read” it themselves first, usually repeating the message they had the day before.  Then they will let me read it to them.

  It does appear that this Lent we will also be focusing on patience and taking turns since they really wanted to just take off every link on the first day.  (On that first Thursday, the girls did sneak over to the chains and started pulling off links).

Hopefully this will help my girls feel more involved in Lent and help them to be saying a special extra prayer each day in their own way.

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