The Easter egg hunts are over and after emptying all the kids’ candy into one big bowl, you are left with a mountain of colorful plastic items that have no discernible purpose.
Well, instead of just tossing your eggs into the back of the closet or into the trash, why not use them all year long with some of these hands-on activities. They will get your kids moving and learning and using the eggs for more than hoarding sweet treats.
After feasting on chocolate bunnies, Jell-O eggs, and jellybeans, your kids are going to need some exercise. Why not use an Easter egg hunt as motivation to do just that? No Time for Flashcards invented exercise eggs that contain pieces of paper with prompts that get kids moving.
Jump as high as you can 10 times, crab walk around the couch, and touch your toes were just some of the prompts that this mom came up with, but the possibilities are endless. She hid the paper-filled eggs around the house and when her children found an egg, they had to perform the exercise. It’s not only a fun way to include movement in everyday life, but it’s also a great activity to do indoors when the weather is too wet to play outside.
We’ve all heard that children who participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities are more well-rounded students, but it’s difficult to know how to implement this type of learning into your children’s daily life.
One way to use these STEM skills is to give your child a variety of cardboard ramps (like these from And Next Comes L) and allow them to build their own race tracks for a plastic Easter egg to wobble down. It will get them thinking in a new way, and provide hours of entertainment.
Encourage your future engineer by allowing them to build towers with Easter egg halves. The Resourceful Mama gave her children a variety of plastic eggs and asked them questions about the best way to construct a successful tower. After attempting the activity, they talked about what they learned and how to build the structure better the next time.
Along with promoting good health and STEM skills, these useful eggs can also be used to practice math and language skills. The Happy Teacher created educational activities with Easter eggs including letter matching, compound word matching, word family practice, number matching, and addition fact family practice.
There’s no end to the ways plastic Easter eggs can be used. And with summer just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to gather ideas that will keep your kids occupied and avoiding brain drain.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.