Lots of plastic eggs rolling around your house this spring? Check out these awesome activities that simultaneously support development of many therapeutic skill areas!
Fill with rice or beans and tape them shut to make musical shakers, then check out some cool egg shaker songs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8oNcjRZyPc&list=PLcw3Y8sV0xpvvTJXzG2Ft2o93-ep3xMkp)
Pretend you are chickens caring for a nest, or a farmer gathering eggs.
Practice color matching by making felt “fried eggs” in corresponding colors and placing them inside. (http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/2012/03/colorful-egg-game.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FHmTrN+(Pink+and+Green+Mama)#.WKUeO7GZPR0)
Fill with shaving cream and hide tiny treasures (rings, coins, plastic animals, Lego mini-figures).
Make garbage bag parachutes for your eggs and have races to see whose falls the slowest!
Use a straw to play tabletop “egg soccer.” Experiment with straws of different widths and lengths!
Play an egg version of “hot potato” to a silly, fast-and-slow song!
Jazz up an egg hunt with animal walks and become a dinosaur, crab, frog, bear, or unicorn! Write the animal names and hide one in each egg, then move like each animal until you find the next egg.
Play detective! Turn an egg hunt into a scavenger hunt by making clues for each egg’s location.
Make a little or BIG fizzy eruption with baking soda and vinegar!
(little: http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/fizzy-eggs-easter-baking-soda-science-experiment/, BIG: http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/surprise-eggs-eruptions-easter-science-activity/)
Bring fun to bath time by experimenting with sinking and floating.
Use eggs as molds to build a castle with kinetic sand. Try one of these recipes!
Mix and match! Grab a Sharpie and doodle on each half of the eggs (upper/ lower case letters, dots/numerals/tallies/number words, matching shapes, math equations, beginning and ending sounds for phonetic blends, rhyming words). Stick with different colored eggs to make it easier, or use all of one color to increase the challenge.
Make Ninja Turtle sewer slime eggs!
Play restaurant! See how many egg dishes you can think up. Use this opportunity to make a menu (handwriting, planning, generating new ideas), take orders (memory, social skills), carry foods back and forth (balance, motor planning), and give a check (handwriting, money management, counting).
Grab your glue, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes and turn eggs into animals or your favorite characters (Minions! Nemo! Peppa Pig!). Thread a string through the holes and stack many egg halves to make a snake or The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Pack a silly lunch by placing halved eggs in an empty egg carton and filling them with finger foods (fruits and veggies, cheese cubes, rolled lunch meat, etc.).
Have an adult use a glue gun and create your own mancala game! Use jelly beans as pieces. (Rules: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-play-mancala-409424)
Challenge your friends to a wobbly spoon obstacle course or relay race! Find a large serving spoon (plastic or silicone are safest) and balance your egg. Set up a course and try to keep the egg on your spoon as you attempt to beat the clock, your friends, or yourself! Household “obstacles” can include empty food container “cones,” a tunnel or tent, pillows, outdoor landscaping, jump ropes, hula hoops, and even chalk lines. Be creative! Set a theme to the course for added fun (Underwater! Outer space! Fire Fighter!).
Get ‘em squeaky clean! For a new twist on a “car wash,” cover eggs in mud, chocolate pudding, or shaving cream and then create an “egg wash” station with sponges, sudsy water, squirt guns, bars of soap, and towels (http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/easter-egg-wash-water-sensory-play/). A great outdoor activity for a warm spring day!
Create your own “Minute to Win It” games! Find some ideas here, then use your imagination to create your own challenges! An egg-cellent opportunity for family game night! (http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/minute-to-win-it-easter-games-family-game-time/ )
Play egg memory. Place halved eggs in a 5×5 array on a flat surface and hide matching pairs of treasure underneath (various colors of jelly beans, toy chicks, pieces of cereal). Add or remove eggs to adjust the challenge.
Make popsicles! Have a grown-up drill a small hole in the bottom and fill using a funnel, then add a lollipop stick, wooden skewer (cut off points), or popsicle stick and freeze. This is a great way to try new foods! Steam fruits (and veggies!) and puree in a blender or food processor. Add a little of the water from steaming to thin them out and give the popsicles a great texture. Try different combinations of fruits and veggies and make a graph to see which combo is the household favorite!
Launch them! Check out this wide array of DIY egg launchers: http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/egg-launchers-easter-science-activities/ . Who can launch their eggs the furthest? How many can you get in the laundry basket in 1 minute? Can you knock over the tower?
Play “Stack ‘Em, Don’t Crack ‘Em” and see who can make the tallest tower. (http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2012/03/stack-em-dont-crack-em-plastic-egg.html)
Not ready for the fun to stop? Try 20 MORE fun games with eggs! (http://ohrubbishblog.com/2015/04/20-easter-egg-games-fun-plastic-egg-games-for-kids/)
Laura Nagel, MS, OTR/L