Well, Easter is over and if your house is like mine, then you keep finding empty plastic eggs EVERYWHERE. In beds, on couches, in the fridge (seriously). Instead of packing all of them away for next year, why not make some fun DIY learning games for your kids? These egg-cellent activities (like what I did there- “egg”cellent?!) are easy to make and super fun- and they promote learning! They are easy to store too, if you reuse some egg cartons and store them inside, they would stack nicely on a shelf, ready to go when the learning mood strikes! Most of these learning activities take very little prep or materials, and most use just the egg and a permanent marker. They can be acted for little kids and older ones, so just adjust accordingly to your kid’s abilities. So, without further a-do, here are 15 egg-cellent learning activities for all of those empty easter eggs!
1. Capital and lower case matching
Write the uppercase on one side of the egg and the lowercase on the other and have your little one match the two together!
2. Math Fact Eggs (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division!)
This is a great one because it can adapted to kids of all ages. Write the fact on one side and the answer on the other. This is a fun way to practice those basic math facts so kids can begin to commit them to memory instead of trying to figure out each and every one. Works great for addition, subtraction, multiplication or even division!
3. Contraction Eggs
Learn this contraction much easier with this fun game. Write the contraction on one part and the two words that make it up on the other. Have kids match them together.
4. Sight Word Matching
Write the same sight word on each part of the egg. Mix them all up and have your kids match the words and they will be learning those basic sight words at the same time.
5. Word Family Phonics Practice
Teach your kids their word families by writing the ending part of the word on one side of the egg and all of the beginning consonants on the other, kids can twist the egg to match the initial sound to the ending sounds and read many words at once!
6. What’s in my Egg?
Put a mystery item in the end and use some 20 question style questions to figure out what is in each egg.
7. Rhyming Eggs
Write a pair of rhyming words on each part of the egg and have your kids match the words to boost their reading skills.
8. Number Match (dots or tally marks)
Write a number on one part of the egg and write either the corresponding number of dots or even tally marks and have your kids match.
9. Synonym Matching
Older kid can lean two words that mean the same thing by matching them on these plastic eggs!
10. Digital and Analog time matching
Draw the digital clock to the hour, half or quarter hour on one part of the egg and the analog clock (with the hands!) on the other. Match to practice reading both types of time.
11. Sorting by color or shape (for little kids)
Self explanatory, but this type of activity is excellent for little kids! Have them sort by color or mix up some bigger and smaller eggs and have them sort by size. Sorting by attribute is a very important skill for all kids to learn.
12. Opposite Eggs
Write a pair of opposites on eggs and have your kids match them, think combos like big/small, hot/cold, tall/short for younger kids, or gigantic/teeny, ancient/modern, or clumsy/graceful for older kids. This activity will be fun and a great vocab builder too!
13. Build a Number
This is a great one for preschoolers, write a single number on each part of the egg and have your kids match and read the numbers to you. 2+1= 21, 1+3=13, or 4+4=44. This is great for number recognition!
14. “Sound Match”
Put the same sets of items in two eggs and have you kids shake the eggs to try and match the sounds.
15. Compound word matching
Match two small words to make a compound word: hot + dog = hotdog, fire + man = fireman, or snow + ball = snowball.