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

 

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up we spent some time talking about St. Patrick and that saints are people who love God very, very much.  We also used it to do a lot of math and counting activities.  I actually had a few more things planned but my little leprechauns got so into counting their gold that we didn’t get to everything.

Skills: math, counting, fine motor skills,
Supplies: green felt, green posterboard, green yarn, file folder, pennies, ink & paper

Pots of Gold File Folder Game

Little leprechaun pots of gold seemed like a perfect way to practice counting.  This was the first file folder game I’ve made all on my own (well, to be honest, that my husband designed and I put together).  Usually I find others online but I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  We’re focused on counting and not as much the number symbols so instead of matching the leprechauns with the numbers on them, we just counted out pennies for each pot of gold.  For my girls at this age, it probably would have worked even better had I put each pot of gold on separate notecards, instead of the file folder with all of them, since they became a little overwhelmed with all the pennies.  But now I have it ready for next year when it will be easier and they can also match the little number leprechauns.

Apparently Mia became a little leprechaun because she kept grabbing the bowl of pennies and saying “My pot of gold!”  🙂  We ended up getting out two more bowls and practiced counting out pennies into their own bowls and then building towers with the pennies.

Pots of Gold File Folder Game

St. Patrick Action Story

We recently did an action story and the girls really enjoyed it. So I did one today for the girls to learn about St. Patrick. It’s pretty hokey but they had fun doing the motions. The girls loved the snakes so even after the story we spent a long time being snakes and then yelling “Go away snakes.”

St. Patrick lived a long time ago (wave back with your hand) and far away (wave far off) in Ireland. Ireland is across the ocean (make waves with hands) with rolling hills (draw hills with hand). St. Patrick loved (cross hands over chest) God (point up) very much. He loved (cross chest) God (point up) so much that he wanted to tell everyone about God (wave pointed finger like talking to someone). He told everyone in Ireland how much God (point up) loves (cross chest)us (point to self).

St. Patrick loved (cross chest) God (point up) so much that he could do special things. Ireland had lots of snakes (wiggle like a snack and stick out your tongue). The snakes (wiggle) were scary. St. Patrick loved (cross chest) God (point up) so much that God (point up) helped him get rid of the snakes (wiggle). St. Patrick said “Go away snakes!” (shout “Go away snakes!”) and the snakes (wiggle) went away. St. Patrick knew God (point up) could help him do anything.

Shamrock Felt Board Story

I really liked this Shamrock felt board story from preschooleducation.com.  I’ve been trying to get away from the 5 little whatevers for each holiday but I really liked this one because it was a little different.  The girls also really taking the pieces off of the board and this one forced them to take turns.

Five green shamrocks growing outdoors,
(Child’s name) picked one, and that left four.
Four little shamrocks, green as they can be.
(Child’s name) picked one and that left three.
Three little shamrocks playing peek-a-boo.
(Child’s name) picked one and that left two.
Two little shamrocks nodding in the sun.
(Child’s name) picked one, and that left one.
One little shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day fun.
(Child’s name) picked it, and that left none.

Lacing Shamrocks

I just cut out Shamrocks out of green posterboard and then punched holes along the edge for the girls to lace yarn through.  To make it easier I attached a little “needle” made out of a pipe cleaner.  Since we had sewn the mittens before, we experimented a little with different stitches.

Other Printables

Lately Zoe and Mia really like pasting things in place so they really enjoyed the shape and pattern printables I found at First School.  We also coloring some St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages.  Here are the ones we did:

Shamrock hat shape matching
St. Patrick’s Day pattern activity

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