Here are some egg-celent learning games to play with your child!!
We used this game for our letter E activities a few weeks ago and Sweet Girl really enjoyed it. All you do is print off some pictures, cut them in half and place one half in an egg and the other half in a different egg. This is a great activity for language development since you can talk about the object once your little one finds the matching pieces. For Sweet Girl, I used all objects that began with the letter E sound to reinforce our letter/sound of the week.
I picked up some stickers at the dollar store and put the numbers 1,2,3 on the eggs. You can have your little one count and add just about anything to the eggs (pom poms, pasta, paper, stickers, erasers...). This activity also works on fine motor skills since they have to open/close the eggs.
Capital and lowercase letter matching
For this one, place the capital letter on one half of the egg and the lowercase letter on the other half. Then mix up all the pieces and have your little one match up the capital and lowercase letters. This can also be used with all capital letters or all lowercase letters to work on letter recognition.
Egg word scramble
This is an activity for older children who are working on spelling. All you need is some alphabet letters and either matching objects or pictures. Place both the letters and the object in the same egg. Explain to your child that each egg contains an object (or picture) and the letters that spell that object. Then have them open the egg and see if they can spell the word.
For a simple task, have your little one open all the eggs and then find the matching pairs. For older children or to make it a little more challenging, place all the eggs in an empty egg carton and play a little memory game.
Egg memory game
This one is somewhat similar to the activity above. Instead of playing a memory game where you try to find matching pairs, show your little one all the objects in the eggs and then place the tops on them. Then ask your child, "Where is the pig?". To make it easier just do one row at a time.
Add a variety of things to your eggs (marbles, rice, bells, etc), super glue your eggs together and then have your child try to find two matching sounds.
Use a marker to draw different faces on your eggs then separate your eggs. Either tell a short story or talk about an emotion and have your little one try to make the correct face (ie. "When Susie went to the store with her mom she got a balloon. How do you think Susie felt?"). For older children you can have them draw the faces on the eggs themselves.
Egg color matching
Super simple!! Just separate your eggs and have your little one put them back together.
Rotten egg game
You can play this game two different ways. For working on same/different, you can place like objects in all of the eggs except one. Then add a different object to the remaining egg. Have your child open the eggs and find which one doesn't belong or is different. To work on turn taking, you can put a variety of objects in all of the eggs except one (leave this one empty...that's the rotten egg). Then take turns opening eggs until someone gets the "rotten egg".
What about you???
Do you have any other learning games you do with your plastic eggs? Please share!!