Up to 250 million plastic Easter eggs per year were produced in the US at the turn of this century. I wonder: for those that buy them, what do we do with all those eggs when it’s not Easter? I imagine they sit in a closet or end up in an attic. But what if they had some use at other times of the year?
Kids love learning when they think it’s a game. With that in mind, here are 3 educational games you can play with your kids using just Easter eggs, paper, Easter baskets, and scissors! You can make it competitive by setting a timer for the egg hunts or having kids compete against each other or in teams, if you’d like. If the weather permits, hide the Easter eggs outside!
1. “Scrambled Eggs”:
Write or type & print your child’s spelling words on a piece of paper with enough space between the letters to cut them apart easily. Put the letters for each word in a separate egg (so one egg would contain the letters “C,” “A,” and “T” for the word “cat”). Hide the eggs around your house. Once your child finds them, have him/her open each egg and “unscramble” each word by putting the letters in their correct order.
2. Vowels & Consonants Sort:
This is a great way to reuse your children’s Easter baskets. Label one basket “Vowels” and the other “Consonants.” Write or type & print several sets of the alphabet on a piece of paper with enough space between the letters to cut them apart easily. Put one letter inside each egg. After you hide them around the house and your child finds them, have your child open them to see whether a vowel or a consonant is inside before sorting each egg into the correct basket. You could also use this as a way to teach even and odd numbers: put a different number in each egg, and then have your child sort it into the “Even” basket or the “Odd” basket.
3. Syllables Sort:
This is perfect for reusing 3+ Easter baskets. Make 3 (or more) basket labels that say “1 Syllable,” “2 Syllables,” “3 Syllables,” etc. Put one label on each basket. Write or type & print spelling words on paper and cut them apart. Put one word inside each egg before hiding them around the house. Once your child finds and opens the eggs, sort each egg into a basket depending on how many syllables the word inside it has.
What are your favorite educational games? Please share below!