If your house is like ours, then there are many empty plastic eggs now lying around in the aftermath of Easter… So, what to do with them? Here’s some suggestions about how to integrate speech, language & literacy activities into plastic easter egg recycling.
Speech + Plastic Easter Eggs
Motherhood Moments shared a ‘rotten egg’ game, where your child has to find the object in the plastic egg that does not begin with the target sound. If you took out the ‘rotten egg’, this would be a great activity to use as an auditory bombardment game. Or, you could use it as a speech sound sorting activity – words that start with your child’s target sound vs words that do not start with the target sound. Speechies – imagine the minimal pairs activities!
Time For Play strung plastic eggs together to make a snake – see her post for some tips to make it easier. This might make a good reward activity for speech sound practice – get a target sound correct, get half an egg to make the snake!
Family Chic made a pretty Easter garland using their plastic eggs. You could also use this as a reward activity – earn half an egg for each correct sound target, and use them to make something pretty for your home for next Easter.
Language + Plastic Easter Eggs
Donna at Perpetual Preschool had a great idea to use Easter Eggs to teach describing words and to practice following instructions. Collect a variety of eggs, and decorate them in different ways. Give one to each child in your class, and give an instruction eg. “If you’ve got a big egg, stand up and turn around,” “If you’ve got a sparkly egg, jump up and down.” If you’re working with only one child, change the instruction to “Find a big egg…” or “Find a sparkly egg…”
And another instruction-following activity (we love them around here!) is provided by the always resourceful Make and Takes – making their cute creatures will give your child lots of opportunities to practice listening and following instructions. You could always take it in turns and get them to be the one giving instructions.
The wonderful No Time for Flashcards re-used their plastic eggs to make little bugs. This would be a wonderful activity to use to talk about and describe facial features, such as eyes, eyelashes, noses, mouths, hair, etc…
The Lesson Plan Diva used plastic easter eggs to demonstrate how compound words are made with two smaller words. This could be a really funny activity, and give you lots of opportunities to talk about why some words make sense, and others are just silly!
Literacy + Plastic Easter Eggs
You could write on your easter eggs to help your child match the upper and lower case of letters, as shown by The Hill Family.
For those little ones who are beginning to read, you could use the eggs to practice word families, as shown by The Peterson Party.
We did this at home with Miss 5 and found that the game lasted longer using stickers from the label maker (the texta wore off from too much love!).
PlayDrMom has compiled a list of her own and many other magnificent ‘what to do with plastic eggs’ lists – check them all out for even more inspiration!