Easter time is approaching quickly!
Now we are heading toward the school holidays this is a great time to try some FUN learning activities with your child.
Plastic Easter eggs are easily able to be purchased at the moment. We find them such a motivating resource for children. With their lovely colours and ability to be opened, children love using plastic eggs to play games with. From very young toddlers to preschoolers ready for school there are lots of great games that can be created with plastic Easter eggs.
Now that the children are learning their letters and sounds, you can reinforce their learning by writing the letters in lowercase onto each half of the plastic egg.
You can choose to keep letters on the same coloured eggs for an easier matching activity which provides additional assistance to discriminate between the written letters. Children can match the letters to each other and try to find as many matches as possible.
When your child has achieved this easily, then you could change the resource by writing the matching letters onto different coloured egg halves. This increases the complexity of the skill as well as ensures you know how many of the letters your child can discriminate between. Don’t forget to name the letter as both the letter name and the phonic sound it makes.
You may choose to only focus on the letters that your child has already learnt in our program or you might like to use all of the letters of the alphabet. Children are able to practice their discrimination skills before they have learnt to identify the letters.
For more letter matching resources look HERE
Using the whole easter egg, you can add the letters of your child’s name. This task can build many additional skills.
You might ask your preschooler to cut and paste the FREE letter cards added here.
The skills involved in this task include fine motor as well as visual discrimination between the letters – including upper and lower case letters. This is a great time to reinforce the concept that the beginning letter of our names start with a capital letter.
Ask your child to order these letters in the correct sequence for their name.
They might like to extend this skill by drawing the eggs they have created and including their written name on the eggs
Upper and Lowercase Matching
This is a more advanced literacy skill for children who have already learnt to discriminate and name the letters and their sounds.
For this resource you prepare the eggs as for the Alphabet matching game; however you use lowercase letters on one half of the egg and uppercase letters on the other half. This activity requires more than purely matching and discrimination skills. The student also needs to understand that letters can be in both lowercase and uppercase font and will often not look the same as each other-they still make the same phonic sound.
To assist your child to identify their numerals, this game is great fun. Draw numerals 1-30 (OR higher or lower dependent upon your child’s individual skill level) onto each half of the plastic eggs.
The students are to match the numerals to the correct numeral match, while naming the numerals.
Other numeral memory match games can be found HERE
Numeral cards can be found HERE
Counting and Numerals
Prepare your plastic eggs with the numeral on one half of the egg, and a matching dot pattern on the other half of the egg. Students match the number with the correct counting concept.
More dot/numeral pattern cards can be found HERE
The ladybug dot memory match game can be found HERE
The alphabet and numeral plastic egg resources can all be used as sequencing activities to reinforce either alphabetical order or number counting 1-30. When the student has correctly matched the eggs as required by each game, they can assemble the eggs into the correct ordered sequence.
Find our FREE alphabet and number charts HERE
The butterfly alphabet sequencing is great fun! Look at this great resource HERE
Another FUN activity using plastic eggs, which reinforces School Readiness Skills; is colour matching and patterning.
Use the eggs to create colour combinations. The younger children can copy these colour combinations and reinforce their colour discrimination by naming the colours they are using.
Colour Sequencing and Patterning
Introduce your child to two and three colour sequences using the coloured egg formation. For the child who is new to colour patterning, only give them solid two colour patterns as shown in the photo
When your child is more confident with colour patterning, you can add a third colour to the pattern. You can also increase the difficulty by joining two different coloured halves to each other.
Find more great resources for teaching and reinforcing colour HERE
Easter egg learning is a fun and diverse activity. We hope you enjoy all of the different activities you can try. Please share your plastic egg learning experiences with us – we love to see children achieving:
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