With Easter coming soon, I thought it’s time to do some Easter activities for kids … so we played with plastic eggs.
To be honest with you, I planned to do only one activity, but my kids decided to experiment and play a bit more, so we ended up doing 4 Easter activities for kids instead of just one.
These are the things we did:
Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt
A game for 4-6 year old kids to learn the alphabet, recognize letters and learn how to trace them.
Color and Shape Matching
A game for 2-4 year old kids to learn the colors and find similarities and practice sorting in general.
A discovery game for 2-4 year old kids to learn the colors in a playful way and discover in a non messy way what happens when you combine colors.
A game for 2-6 year old kids to practice the fine motorics while building towers which also encourages them to think out of the box.
What you need for these Easter activities for kids:
- A pack of plastic eggs like such as these (the size of the eggs is not that important)
- A permanent marker
- A sheet of paper with the alphabet written on it.
As preparation I wrote on each half egg the big and small letters of the alphabet (one letter group per egg) and then separated them.
Next I wrote the alphabet (small and big letters) on a piece of paper. This actually proved to be a challenge for me because towards the end I noticed that I forgot some of the letters. So the order of my alphabet is not quite right …. but I made sure that all letters are there, and in the end that’s the most important ;-).
Also, don’t worry if you have fewer eggs than the letters of the alphabet. I had the same issue, but you can read below what I handled it;-)
This is how we played our alphabet Easter egg hunt:
Lukas is 4 and does not yet know the letters. He had the task to “hunt for the big letters” and match them with the ones on the sheet of paper. Once he found them, he circled them and tried to trace them on the paper.
Victoria is 6 and she knows most of the letters but cannot write all of them just yet. Her task was to find and match the small letters with the big letters that Lukas found. And then, with the “help ” of Elena (2 years), she re-assembled the matching half eggs to form an egg.
In our case, not all letters on the page had matching eggs (I had fewer eggs than the number of letters). So we adjusted the game and I challenged them to find out which were the letters that had no matching eggs.
They actually did not fully finish the game because Elena decided to do some color sorting, and Lukas started experimenting with light, so we moved to the next activity.
The plastic eggs come in different colors, so one of the Easter activities for kids that you can do is to invite the kids to sort the eggs (or half eggs) by color and/or by shape (the upper half of an egg has a different shape than the lower one).
I started playing this with Elena (to exercise her color vocabulary) but in all honesty this game also did not last too long. That’s because Lukas decided to try something else, which got everybody super excited, so we all moved to the next Easter activity for kids.
Like I said before, Lukas decided to try something new with the plastic eggs. He figured out that he could put half of and egg in front of his eye, and he’d look like a pirate!
Of course the color matching we did before was not as much fun as this new discovery, so everybody joined him.
Then he started adding more layers and noticed how the colors he was seeing were mixing resulting in different colors all together.
The plastic eggs are a bit transparent. So if you layer them in front of the eye and look towards the window or another source of light, you see the different colors and the combination effect.
This is a to difficult game for a 2 year old and Elena did not really get the concept of looking through the eggs. But she did her best to join the fun, which is also kind of sweet 🙂
Once Lukas had enough of this, I noticed he started stacking the half eggs into a tower. And that’s how we moved to the next Easter activity for kids.
The task was simple, to make towers by putting half eggs one on top of the other. Then we thought of making 2 different towers: one tower by using only the upper half, and another one just the lower half. We wanted to see which tower is higher.
The kids soon noticed that stacking the upper half is relatively easy, while making a tower from the lower half of the plastic eggs is quite a challenge. This challenge got Victoria thinking … so her solution was to give the tower a point of support. That of course after trying out some different hypothesis 🙂
And once the towers are made, just watch the kids to see what else they come up with. In our case, Lukas decided to go the extra mile and this is the result: a bent tower 🙂
Yeah … we did all these different Easter activities for kids in one afternoon because short attention spans require more variation 🙂 However besides the first Easter activity for kids which I prepared in advance , I had nothing else planned and just followed the kids’s lead. And we had a great time!
A small bonus, in case you’re looking for more Easter activities for kids that involve plastic eggs I have a pinterest board with over 30 Easter activities for kids to inspire you (and me) and check also this egg creative challenge project with lots of other Easter activities for kids that turn around eggs.
Are you doing any Easter activities for kids involving plastic eggs? If so, do share! I’m always interested to hear what others are doing.
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