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A Fun and Creative Game to Play with Plastic Easter Eggs!

Updated on April 6, 2012
Egg-cess of eggs!
Egg-cess of 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.


Seal the join well with tape.
Seal the join well with tape.
Fill two eggs with same filler (here popcorn kernels).
Fill two eggs with same filler (here popcorn kernels).

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:

  • sugar
  • salt
  • dried beans
  • rice
  • dry pasta
  • popcorn kernels
  • flour

Got it!
Got it!

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?!)

Have fun!

Check out these fun titles for more Easter crafts ideas:

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    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is such a clever idea for small children - they can learn to distinguish sounds, and maybe do a rhythm band afterward. Terrific idea here!

    • poowool5 profile imageAUTHOR

      poowool5 

      6 years ago from here in my house

      Thanks BigSerious! That's my "cutie" in the photo, not too old (yet) to have fun with his mom's silly games and ideas ;)

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      Christen Roberts Comer 

      6 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      Fun idea. :) And what a cutie in that last photo!

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      Malcolm Slater 

      6 years ago

      Check out the Scrambled Eggs board game on gamesplayuk.com (my invention)

    • poowool5 profile imageAUTHOR

      poowool5 

      6 years ago from here in my house

      Thanks Suzie. It's always fun to find another use for stuff that's kicking around the house anyway, and it keep the kids busy!

    • Suzie ONeill profile image

      Suzie ONeill 

      6 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      What a neat idea! I'll have to try this the next time a friend with kids comes to visit!

    • poowool5 profile imageAUTHOR

      poowool5 

      6 years ago from here in my house

      Thanks vinner. I checked out your hubs and they are well-written. Need more time than I had this morning though to digest them as I am not a techy person (still using a Blackberry, how backward is that?!) I'll take another look soon!

    • poowool5 profile imageAUTHOR

      poowool5 

      6 years ago from here in my house

      Thanks vinner! I have not figured out how to reply directly to Fan mail so have not been able to respond to some nice comments...bad hub ettiquette! But I appreciate your feedback very much.

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      vinner 

      6 years ago from India

      Good idea. I am a fan of your writings. Thank god I found you from the question answer area.

    • poowool5 profile imageAUTHOR

      poowool5 

      6 years ago from here in my house

      LOL to hildred's comment! You know, it's always the kids who have the ideas first, we just write it up into hubs!

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      hildred 

      6 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Ha! We used to do something similar when I was a kid at my house - only it was me playing with them as toys and putting all sorts of weird thing in them to get my parents to guess what they were. I think one time I put in unwrapped chocolate, forgot about it, and then when my mother found it the contents were melted and oozing out a crack in the seal. Good times.

      I'd forgotten about these colored eggs. Easter was always one of my fave holidays as a little kid. Nice hub!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Nice idea. This is a new spin on an old tradition. Nice work.

      Welcome to HubPages

    • poowool5 profile imageAUTHOR

      poowool5 

      6 years ago from here in my house

      Thanks for the feedback. Gotta keep recycling stuff, even plastic eggs, right? :) Like the suggestion for using it for a spring birthday party...great idea.

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      Krystal 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is a great game! I have used activities like this for getting kids ready to identify the different sounds of letters. This would be helpful in the class for kids 3-5yrs. Thanks for sharing :)

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      mathair 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      This is a great idea. I think it would also be a great game for a Spring birthday party.

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      Fiddleman 

      6 years ago

      We find those eggs all the time that were hidden all too well. Great ideas here.

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