A Fun and Creative Game to Play with Plastic Easter Eggs!
Here's a fun craft/game to play with all those left-over plastic eggs!
It's a week after Easter and those frigging multi-colored half eggs are still littered all over your house, their goodies long gobbled up. Sound familiar? Well, gather them up, grab a kid or two and have some post-Easter fun with this easy craft and game.
This is a shaking, listening and matching activity that kids from 2-10 will have fun creating and playing. The idea is simple, takes only minutes, and I'll bet you have everything you need right at hand.
Step 1: Take two eggs, any color (doesn't matter if top and bottom match, as long as they connect) and fill them with roughly one tablespoon of dry pantry goods (rice, sugar, dry beans, or flour work well)
Step 2: Seal the eggs at their join with Scotchtape or similar.
Step 3: Repeat with another pair of eggs, using a different "filler" so that you end up with around ten pairs of eggs. (The more pairs, the harder it is to match them, so adjust according to ages of children. Four or five pairs would be good for toddlers/pre-schoolers.)
Step 4: Now, scramble the eggs! (you do know that I mean mix them up, right?)
Step 5: Finally, give each child a turn identifying the matching pairs by shaking and listening to the rattle of each egg.
Variations: Add a competitive edge! Time older kids to see who can correctly match all pairs fastest.
Little kids: once they've found a matching pair, can they name what is inside?
What other household stuff could be used for fillers? Marbles? Legos? Sand? Put the kids on it, and see if YOU can guess what they put in the eggs. (As always, be careful of small items that could be a choking hazard to young children.)
Suggestions of shakey "fillers" for the eggs:
- dried beans
- dry pasta
- popcorn kernels
This is a great activity for working those fine motor skills in little people. Plus it teaches kids to identify what's inside through careful listening, rather than classifying by appearances. (And isn't that something we should all be working on?!)