The other day Em and I were putting away groceries when she discovered a bag of plastic Easter eggs that I had saved with some preschoolish activities in mind and forgotten. So I pulled them out and repeated an activity I did with Jax a couple years back that was such a hit, I knew she’d enjoy it.
First I created a matching game by writing upper case and lower case letters on either side of an egg, then breaking them apart. Her job was to scan all the eggs and find a match.
Some potential mishaps to be aware of: lower case y and h look a lot alike when turned upside down. Probably should have made them different colors to help her notice they are not the same.
Also, lower case b, p, q, and g are easily confused–make sure you choose different color eggs for each. Same for w and m.
In the end you will have a rainbow of literacy that will be as much a reward for you as for them! It’s quite an achievement!
Now when big brother came home, I had put a few eggs aside as a challenge for him (with a little fine motor skills work thrown in as a bonus). We have made compound word eggs in the past, but this time I had a couple different ideas–number literacy and rhyming.
For Jax, I put numbers on either side of an egg, so that when I called out a number he could spin it to find the correct number. Really helps for the confusion of “Is thirty-one 1-3 or 3-1?”
And another fun thing to do–similar to the Word Family Driving Game we played this winter–is to put the ending of common words (like -op, -ar, -it, -at) on one side of the egg and a list of letters that form a word on the other side. These words are all in the same word family and rhyme, which is a fun and important skill to play with.
All this upcycled fun with eggs you would have thrown away anyhow, or can pick up for a quarter the week after Easter! Enjoy some time with your little ones, learning as you go!