Category Archives: Easter

Mix and Match Patterns with Plastic Eggs

Here’s an activity where I’m guessing you won’t have to spend one dime, just use what you already have!  Plastic eggs, crayons, and paper.  This was a great activity I found online that I prepared and stored away for after the baby was born.  I first gathered the plastic eggs from the basement so that I knew which colors I had to work with.  I then colored some mix and match eggs on cardstock. 

I gave J both the cards and the plastic eggs and told him his job was to create eggs to match the cards. 

This activity offered practice with color recognition, size recognition and fine motor skills.

For younger toddlers/preschoolers:  They might need help clicking the egg pieces together, but they can find the correct colors themselves.  Some might not yet be able to recognize the size difference in the top/bottom of the egg.

For older toddlers/preschoolers:  They can practice placing the eggs together themselves.  To add a level of difficulty, be sure to make it clear in your drawing which part of the egg is on top and which is on bottom.  This way they not only have to match the correct colors but also the correct part of the egg. 

Age attempted: 3 years

Easter Index 2011 page is up!

Check out the new Easter Index page and check out the fun activities I’ve discovered around the web.

ETA: Posting the list here before I delete the page.

Past Easter Egg Activities

Click on the pictures to take you to a description of the activities we did incorporating Easter eggs.

Plastic Easter Eggs put to use

I’m really late in posting about this since we did this back around Easter.  It really doesn’t have to be done with Easter though.

Egg Surprises – I found random “surprises” that could fit inside a plastic egg and also match the color of the egg.  J first opened each egg to discover what was inside and then he returned them to the correct colored egg.  Simple to create and fun for J!

I also did a number activity with the eggs.  I numbered 12 eggs and then we practiced counting by putting the eggs in order inside the carton. 

My SIL told me about an easy activity that my nephew’s preschool teacher did with the class.  She numbered 12 plastic eggs and then numbered the holes in an egg carton.  The kids had to match the numbers.  This would be something J could do better on his own.  With just the egg’s numbered, it requires me to stay with him to help. 

Altering the traditional egg hunt a bit - J actually had 3 egg hunts over Easter and I noticed that he J wasn’t too interested in the traditional random egg hunt.  He kept looking at me with this, “Why do I have to pick up the eggs??? I didn’t put them there!!”  But when I gave him a bit of a challenge along with the egg hunt, he really had fun with it. 

We did a solo hunt alone with these animal matching eggs I got at Walmart.  I started by showing him an animal egg and telling him to find the match somewhere in the yard.  Then we moved onto the next animal egg until we had matched them all.  He really liked this. 

We also did a family hunt with his cousins where he was given 2 different colored eggs to search for.  He could only pick up orange and green eggs.  This worked really well, kept him engaged and kept his older cousins from finding all the eggs before J got some. 

Age attempted: 23 months at first