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.

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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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Ideas For Celebrating Spring

We had so much fun making paper birds last week that I started looking for other ways that we have celebrated spring in the past, and look what I found!  I can’t wait to give these another go round, especially now that Em has such an artistic side:

1.  Cherry Blossom Soda Bottle Art

2.  Have A Reading Picnic

3.  Build Your Own Fairy Home

4.  Searching For Signs Of Spring

5.  Fingerprint Spring Flowers & Critters

6.  Fingerpaint Trees

7.  Footprint Butterflies

8.  Fingerprint Spring Birds

9.  Bird House & Feeder

10.  Egg Carton Ladybugs

11. Spring Thumbprint Art

12.  Watercolor Initials

13.  Leaf Prints

Since Baby H arrived, we haven’t had too much time for crafting, but as things settle down into more of a routine, moments like these will go back to being a priority.  I love simple, special activities that help me kids understand the world around them.  Plus our house is looking a little bare–I think it’s time I dusted off our fingerpaints and got crafty!  How about you?

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Spring Paper Birds

We’re happy to celebrate Mother’s Day and spring with a bright and cheerful craft from Happy Hooligans–spring paper birds!

This was simple and creative–just enough crafty fun for this mama right now!

All you need is a paper plate or a circle of cardboard or card stock.  I let the kids pick out a piece of colorful card stock, traced a circle, cut it out and folded it in half to create the bird’s body.  Then you need strips of colorful paper for a tail, feathers, googly eyes and a beak.

The kids put on their eyes and beak with glue, then I stapled the tails to the end of the bird’s body.  I had to give it a bit of a trim because the bird kept rolling backwards.  Don’t go overboard with your tail feathers!  Then glue some feathers onto the bird’s “body”–which was the kids’ favorite (and the messiest) part.

A simple way to say Happy Mother’s Day, Welcome Spring, or just have some crafty fun!  The kids loved “flying” their birds around the house to help them dry.  And to all you mamas out there, especially my very own fabulous Mama Jeanne, Happy Mother’s Day!  So much to be happy about.

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