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Plastic Eggs For Literacy (Repost)

 Yes, I am reposting this from last year, not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I’m pretty damn proud of these great literacy and math ideas!  Not to mention color recognition, fine motor skills…you get the point.  Read on and be glad you did, preschool parents.

(2013) 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.

Easter Egg Literacy Games @ Rub Some Dirt On 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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?”

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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.

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Rhyming Eggs @ Rub Some Dirt On It

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!

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Plastic Eggs For Literacy

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.

Easter Egg Literacy Games @ Rub Some Dirt On 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.

1

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.

1

 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.

IMG_7020

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?”

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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.

IMG_7045

Rhyming Eggs @ Rub Some Dirt On It

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!

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Favorite Craft #7: Alphabet Eggs

Easter has come and gone and after a wonderful celebration with family and friends, I am left storing my baby chicks and tucking away my Easter books until next year. But what about those stupid plastic eggs?

As far as I know, you can’t recycle them with your empty milk jugs and diaper boxes. They’re so cheap that it seems like a pain to store them when I can just buy 50 more for two bucks next year. I always feel so guilty about things like that, though! What’s a mom to do when the party’s over and there are a hundred egg halves kicking around underfoot, cluttering and cracking and irritating me to no end?

Well, you turn to one of my favorite blogs with the brightest ideas for all things parenting and fun. You may remember Modern Parents, Messy Kids from my Easter garland debacle, and the site is full of more beautiful and brilliant ideas like that. When I went MPMK on Monday, to my delight, I found yet another way to entertain and educate my kids, but this time, with an upcycling twist: 20 Activities for Plastic Easter Eggs! And considering the fact that I feel like I have three thousand eggs at my disposal, I bet I could get through all twenty, no problem.

Well, here is my favorite idea which led to one wildly successful morning activity with Jax. Upcycling (reusing my eggs for something even cooler) my plastic eggs into an alphabet game! If you know Jax, you know that this sounded like heaven to him.

Materials:
plastic eggs
alphabet stickers, upper and lower case

 

Directions:
Take 26 plastic eggs and break them apart. Put an upper case letter on the top half, and its corresponding lower case letter on the bottom half.

 

Break them up, scatter them on the ground, and have your preschooler match them up!

 

Instant educational fun!

 

Things To Consider:
How old is your preschooler? How confident are they in matching games? How large is his or her attention span? Jax loves letters, but doesn’t necessarily have the patience to dig through 52 egg halves for the upper case L. I was glad I decided to keep my upper and lower case letters the same color, so that if he had a yellow “G,” he could scan the other yellows for the lower case “g.” If he had to look through all the colors every time, he would have gotten frustrated too quickly.


Also, make sure your egg’s lower case letter is facing up when the egg is connected. That way it’s more clear to your kid that these two letters go together, big and small.

 

As you can see, I didn’t have all the letters of the alphabet (I bought a new package and they miraculously disappeared) so I used what I had and wrote the rest in with Sharpie. The Sharpie actually wiped off surprisingly easily, so be sure the ink is dry before you let your kids’ grubby little hands get all over them. Jax erased both the “z” and the “D.” He would hold the “z” in his hands and bring it close to his face and say, “Z, you’re my favorite.” He hasn’t let the little “z” out of his sight since this morning. He even said it goodnight to it before nap.

Here’s to reusing something you would normally throw away in a new way! Even if you only use these once, it will be worth the ten minutes it took you to create this activity. I’m going to store them away and have them be a go-to game on a rainy or sick day, or when I’m just out of ideas. I do love having a little something colorful and cool in my back pocket!

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Compound Word Eggs

I saw this idea on Pinterest way before Easter, and I had big plans to do it ahead of time so that you could read it and plan to save your plastic Easter eggs for just this activity.  However, I never got my act together–in fact, I even forgot to save eggs myself!  Luckily, I saw all the Easter stuff on clearance at Walmart and bought 30 of them for 30 cents a few weeks ago, and I have just been waiting for an opportunity to work this creative homeschool activity into our busy days.  Well it rained all of last week, so I had nothing better to do than to turn lemons into lemonade and whip up a literacy lesson or two with Jax.  Even Em tagged along at the end of this one!

So without further ado, please allow me to introduce Compound Word Eggs.

Compound words, as any good English-teacher-on-hiatus knows, are words made up of two words put together.  Like doghouse.  Dog is a word, house is a word, and if you put them together you get doghouse, a compound word.  This is definitely not an idea that kids need to know in preschool, but since we are familiar with the concept from Word World–episode Sandbox Surprise; I highly recommend it–and know the catchy little song from there that explains how you stick two words together to form a new word, I thought playing with compound words would be a fun way to pass a rainy afternoon.

Luckily my son is as big of a literacy dork as I am.  He was all in.

We sat together while I put the words on each egg using stickers.  I wanted him to be sure he could read each word by himself.  I think at this age it is very important to have the compound word parts be the same color, so he can eliminate incorrect word pair choices by color.  But some words had multiple options for pair partners, so sometimes he mixed it up.

For example, he took the sand from sandbar and the man from snowman and turned it into sandman.  I’m not sure if that’s even a real word, but it gave us a chance to talk about Mr. Sandman and sing that song from the 1950’s (not so much Enter Sandman by Metallica).  Toolbox was easy, but I also created the option to create mailbox and shoebox, so there were some alternatives to the same word.

Anyway, Jax was a huge fan of this game because it was a kind of challenge, and he had to figure out which words sounded right.  His favorite was when he discovered the word baseball.  He used his typical manly face and said, “All right!  BASEBALL!”  And he was wearing his Sox shirt, too.

Now I’m not an expert on literacy; I just know what works for my kids and since they are little reading rockstars, I think perhaps I may be on to something.  But one thing I do know for sure is that kids, especially boys, love to learn by doing–by manipulating things with their hands and fingers, thus imprinting this information deep in the foundation of their brain.  In other words, if your kids don’t like to sit still and read books, try thinking of other hands-on ways to make reading fun!

After Jax had solved all his compound word puzzles and Em had woken up from her nap, I still had plenty of eggs left to recycle a great idea I have shared with you before, but it bears repeating since it’s so fun and easy.

All you have to do is write capital letters on one side of a plastic egg, and its corresponding lower case letter on the other side.  Then break them apart and have the kids match them up.  This was difficult for Em because her lower case recognition is pretty inconsistent if the lower case letter doesn’t just look like a mini version of its upper case partner.

But that was fun, too, because Jax got to play the role of teacher–one of his favorites.  I separated all the capitals into one pile and all the lowers into another, and Em would grab an upper case letter and identify it.  Then she would go look for its partner based on color.  If she found one she didn’t know, she’d hand it to Jax and ask him what it was.  This happened quite a bit and he loved being the big shot big brother.  Then they were both proud of themselves when they found a matching pair.

Em was still grumpy from her nap and not at all ready for her close-up.  But although she wasn’t photo-ready, she did have fun.

But when Jax started building two-letter words, she quit.

Whatever, show off.  Enough learning for today, Mom.  Let’s go have a tea party.

Dorky mom, out.

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Alphabet Matching Eggs

I’m recycling this post from last year.  I have another fun idea of teaching reading with plastics eggs, but I don’t have any!  Until I find some, enjoy this very popular post from last spring.
Easter has come and gone and after a wonderful celebration with family and friends, I am left storing my baby chicks and tucking away my Easter books until next year.  But what about those stupid plastic eggs?

As far as I know, you can’t recycle them with your empty milk jugs and diaper boxes.  They’re so cheap that it seems like a pain to store them when I can just buy 50 more for two bucks next year.  I always feel so guilty about things like that, though!  What’s a mom to do when the party’s over and there are a hundred egg halves kicking around underfoot, cluttering and cracking and irritating me to no end?

Well, you turn to one of my favorite blogs with the brightest ideas for all things parenting and fun.  You may remember Modern Parents, Messy Kids from my Easter garland debacle, and the site is full of more beautiful and brilliant ideas like that.  When I went MPMK on Monday, to my delight, I found yet another way to entertain and educate my kids, but this time, with an upcycling twist: 20 Activities for Plastic Easter Eggs!  And considering the fact that I feel like I have three thousand eggs at my disposal, I bet I could get through all twenty, no problem.
Well, here is my favorite idea which led to one wildly successful morning activity with Jax.  Upcycling (reusing my eggs for something even cooler) my plastic eggs into an alphabet game!  If you know Jax, you know that this sounded like heaven to him.
Materials:
plastic eggs
alphabet stickers, upper and lower case
Directions:
Take 26 plastic eggs and break them apart.  Put an upper case letter on the top half, and its corresponding lower case letter on the bottom half.
Break them up, scatter them on the ground, and have your preschooler match them up!

Instant educational fun!

Alphabet Matching Game @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Things To Consider:
How old is your preschooler?  How confident are they in matching games?  How large is his or her attention span?  Jax loves letters, but doesn’t necessarily have the patience to dig through 52 egg halves for the upper case L.  I was glad I decided to keep my upper and lower case letters the same color, so that if he had a yellow “G,” he could scan the other yellows for the lower case “g.”  If he had to look through all the colors every time, he would have gotten frustrated too quickly.

Alphabet Matching Game @ Rub Some Dirt On It
Also, make sure your egg’s lower case letter is facing up when the egg is connected. That way it’s more clear to your kid that these two letters go together, big and small.

 

As you can see, I didn’t have all the letters of the alphabet (I bought a new package and they miraculously disappeared) so I used what I had and wrote the rest in with Sharpie.  The Sharpie actually wiped off surprisingly easily, so be sure the ink is dry before you let your kids’ grubby little hands get all over them.  Jax erased both the “z” and the “D.”  He would hold the “z” in his hands and bring it close to his face and say, “Z, you’re my favorite.”  He hasn’t let the little “z” out of his sight since this morning.  He even said it goodnight to it before nap.

Here’s to reusing something you would normally throw away in a new way!  Even if you only use these once, it will be worth the ten minutes it took you to create this activity.  I’m going to store them away and have them be a go-to game on a rainy or sick day, or when I’m just out of ideas.  I do love having a little something colorful and cool in my back pocket!

This craft was featured on BlogHer on the Green page!  Exceptionally exciting!
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Same Old Eggs, New Twist

Easter has come and gone and after a wonderful celebration with family and friends, I am left storing my baby chicks and tucking away my Easter books until next year.  But what about those stupid plastic eggs?

As far as I know, you can’t recycle them with your empty milk jugs and diaper boxes.  They’re so cheap that it seems like a pain to store them when I can just buy 50 more for two bucks next year.  I always feel so guilty about things like that, though!  What’s a mom to do when the party’s over and there are a hundred egg halves kicking around underfoot, cluttering and cracking and irritating me to no end?

Well, you turn to one of my favorite blogs with the brightest ideas for all things parenting and fun.  You may remember Modern Parents, Messy Kids from my Easter garland debacle, and the site is full of more beautiful and brilliant ideas like that.  When I went MPMK on Monday, to my delight, I found yet another way to entertain and educate my kids, but this time, with an upcycling twist: 20 Activities for Plastic Easter Eggs!  And considering the fact that I feel like I have three thousand eggs at my disposal, I bet I could get through all twenty, no problem.
Well, here is my favorite idea which led to one wildly successful morning activity with Jax.  Upcycling (reusing my eggs for something even cooler) my plastic eggs into an alphabet game!  If you know Jax, you know that this sounded like heaven to him.
Materials:
plastic eggs
alphabet stickers, upper and lower case

Directions:
Take 26 plastic eggs and break them apart.  Put an upper case letter on the top half, and its corresponding lower case letter on the bottom half.

Break them up, scatter them on the ground, and have your preschooler match them up!

Instant educational fun!

Things To Consider:
How old is your preschooler?  How confident are they in matching games?  How large is his or her attention span?  Jax loves letters, but doesn’t necessarily have the patience to dig through 52 egg halves for the upper case L.  I was glad I decided to keep my upper and lower case letters the same color, so that if he had a yellow “G,” he could scan the other yellows for the lower case “g.”  If he had to look through all the colors every time, he would have gotten frustrated too quickly.
Also, make sure your egg’s lower case letter is facing up when the egg is connected. That way it’s more clear to your kid that these two letters go together, big and small.


As you can see, I didn’t have all the letters of the alphabet (I bought a new package and they miraculously disappeared) so I used what I had and wrote the rest in with Sharpie.  The Sharpie actually wiped off surprisingly easily, so be sure the ink is dry before you let your kids’ grubby little hands get all over them.  Jax erased both the “z” and the “D.”  He would hold the “z” in his hands and bring it close to his face and say, “Z, you’re my favorite.”  He hasn’t let the little “z” out of his sight since this morning.  He even said it goodnight to it before nap.

Here’s to reusing something you would normally throw away in a new way!  Even if you only use these once, it will be worth the ten minutes it took you to create this activity.  I’m going to store them away and have them be a go-to game on a rainy or sick day, or when I’m just out of ideas.  I do love having a little something colorful and cool in my back pocket!

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Easter Blessings

These little bunnies and I have had a very busy week.  School vacation is a blessed mix of laziness and adventures, sleeping in and staying up late.  What with all the long drives, visitors, evenings with friends and daytime excursions, the blog and its obligations kind of slipped my mind.  But I wouldn’t want to forget to commemorate this Easter and all the fun we had, so here we are again!

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The day before Easter, we drove down to Massachusetts to spend the night with family.  Then we woke up Auntie Amanda and Uncle Chris bright and early to play, open Easter baskets, and have some fun before heading over to Grammy’s for dinner.

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My aunts and uncles, my kids’ aunts and uncles, lots of food, handmade name tags, and plastic eggs made for one very festive afternoon!  I love watching my kids connect with extended family, especially mine since we’re so far away.  I grew up with them in my own house, and having my kids love and appreciate them means everything to me.  It’s an extra blessing in my book.

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And in the spirit of Williams family Easters past, there was an epic egg hunt, for all the bunnies, even the big ones!

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After the egg hunt, there was room for one last cupcake and some more cousin fun before we hit the road to get our pup from the kennel.  We all (especially Little H!) made the most of it.

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One, two, three, four, five times blessed…more than that.  We had so many wonderful reasons to smile that day, and I’m glad I took a minute to reminisce and appreciate it all!

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