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Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Eggstravagant" Easter Activities

I stocked up on plastic Easter eggs a few weeks ago & K & I have been having so much fun doing a lot of different activities with them. I've compiled a list of things you can do with plastic Easter eggs for toddlers, preschool & school aged kids. Take a look:

For younger toddlers:

Loud & Quiet (or silent) Eggs
Get 12 plastic eggs (there should be 6 colors-2 of each). In 1 egg place a jingle bell. In the other matching coloured egg place some rice. Super glue both shut. Do this with all the remaining pairs of eggs. Your child will need to shake the egg gently & sort loud & quiet eggs. Practice saying "Loud" & "quiet".

Note: My son figured out how to break the eggs apart even though they were super glued together. Make sure you do this activity together because if your toddler can open the eggs it becomes a choking hazard. If your worried about getting rice everywhere leave them empty & sort loud & silent eggs instead.

Sorting by Size
Buy large & small eggs and have your child sort by size. Teach them the words "big" & "small" or "little".

Sorting by Colour
Buy 2 different coloured eggs & have your child sort by colours. Ex: Place the purple eggs in one basket & place the blue eggs in the other basket. You can also use egg cartons to do this activity or even a muffin tin.

Basic Directions
Put all of the eggs in the egg carton. Take all of the eggs out. Use the tongs to transfer the eggs from one place to another.

Egg Toss
Place a hula hoop on the floor & make a line with a skipping rope or a piece of masking tape secured to the floor a foot or so away. Stand behind the line & take turns tossing the plastic eggs into the hula hoop. You can also use a laundry basket.

Egg Roll
Using sidewalk chalk or masking tape make a finish line on the ground. Have a race rolling the eggs & see which one crosses the line first.

For older toddlers & preschool aged children:
Color Match
Break 12 eggs of different colours in half & mix them up in a pile. Match the colours together to form an egg. You can also do this by leaving the eggs together by painting each spot in the egg container a matching colour. Your child has to match the plastic egg colour with the colour in the container.

Surprise Eggs
Hide a small object in one of the eggs & give your child clues. Once your child finds the correct egg it is there turn to hide an object.

Break coloured eggs in half. On the top half of each egg write a number. On the matching bottom half place the same amount of stickers. Your child will have to count the stickers & match with the number.

Count & Deliver
Put out baskets with different numbers attached (or a picture). Have your child count & deliver the number of eggs to each basket.

Missing Eggs
Set out 3-6 different eggs making sure there is something hidden in 1 egg. Talk about each one. For example, name the colours with each child. Let your child close his/her eyes while you remove 1 egg. Then let your child guess which one is missing. Once your child guesses the correct one it is his her turn to be the "hider".

Break coloured eggs in half. On the top half write the upper case letter. On the matching bottom half write the lower case number. Your child will have to match the letters together to make an egg.

Sort & Graph
Sort a basket of plastic eggs by colour. Older preschoolers will be able to colour in a simple graph showing how many eggs there are for each colour.  

Multi coloured eggs
Mix up your eggs so that each one has a different top half to the bottom half. For example, top blue & bottom green. Make flashcards of each of the colour combinations. Hide eggs around the house. Let your child pick a flashcard & then hunt for the matching egg.

For elementary aged kids:

Hot & Cold
Hide the eggs around your house & let your child look for them. The eggs should not be in plain sight or obvious places. As your child moves towards the egg say "hot" & as they move further away say "cold". You can add "boiling" & "freezing" if your child is older & understands.

20 Questions
Hide different coloured eggs around your house. You child needs to ask you 20 questions starting with "Is it...?" to try & figure out where the egg is. This is really good for practicing prepositions with older children.

Egg & Spoon Race
Give your child a spoon & then put an egg on it.  See how long/ far your child can walk before the egg drops.

For All Ages:

Treasure Hunt
Fill eggs with treats or small toys. Hide the eggs & let your child find all of them. For older children you can make it harder by leaving clues.

I've tried all of these ideas out in the past. Some with my students when I used to teach & others with my son. There are just so many great things you can do! So what do you think? Did I miss anything? Leave me a comment with your ideas or link up to your blog post. I'd love to see what you've come up with!

Hope your Easter is "eggstravagant'!


  1. This list is awesome! I'm going to link up to it soon.
    We did an Easter countdown with the plastic eggs.


  2. Great ideas, thanks for sharing! I just found a huge bag of plastic eggs that I didn't know I had! We need to do some of these activities!

  3. They are all great games. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Thank you SOOOOOOOO much - I just found your blog & I am so loving it! I am going to borrow some of your ideas to do with my toddler. Thank you for sharing! :)

  5. I bought a heap of these colored plastic eggs in the post Easter sales last year. So far, all we have done is use them as sound shakers and matched the eggs containing the same sounds together. We will be using a few of your terrific ideas and we'll link back to your blog and this post when we do. Thank you for the inspiration.

  6. Wow! What an awesome list! I can't wait to go out and get more easter eggs now! Thanks a bunch!


  7. I'm glad you ladies liked them. Easter is over & we're still having fun playing with them! I'll be lucky if I can get rid of them by christmas! ;)

  8. What a great list! I did something similar. Your list is more thorough!


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