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EGG GAMES

With a package of plastic colored Easter Eggs plus a little imagination,
you can create many fun inexpensive learning games for your child.
 
COUNTING EGGS
Hide 4-8 plastic eggs in your yard.
Give your child a basket and let him search for the eggs.
When he is done, have him help you count how many eggs he found.
Extension: You could also ask him if he found any eggs that were the same color. Have him pair the eggs that match. How many pairs did he find?
 

MATCHING SOUNDS
Take six plastic eggs and fill them halfway with three different ingredients and secure the tops. Fill two eggs with each item such as, flour, rice, and beans. Mix up the eggs and have your child shake the eggs and find two that sound the same. Open the two for your child to confirm that they really do contain the same ingredient.

As your child gets good at identifying these three sets, add three more with different ingredients, such as, salt, large beans and macaroni.

 
COLOR MATCH-UPS
Set out twelve plastic eggs. Two of six different colors. Give your child an empty egg carton and have her place the eggs in the carton in color pairs, ie, two green, two yellow, etc.
 

COLOR MEMORY GAME
Again using an empty egg carton or a small basket, place three to four eggs of different colors inside. Name the four egg colors to your child by pointing to each egg. Have your child turn around while you remove one colored egg. When your child turns back have him tell you what color of egg is missing. Let your child have a turn removing an egg while you turn around.

 
NUMBER RECOGNITION
Take six plastic eggs and place a white or yellow circle sticker on each one. Next, take an empty egg carton and cut it in half. Place a sticker in the bottom of each egg cup. Number the circles on the eggs and in the cups with numerals from one to six. Have your child match up the numerals by placing the egg labeled "1" into the cup labeled "1", etc. You can also have your child place corresponding numbers of small beans into each egg before placing it into the correct cup.
 

PASS THE EGG
Have your children sit in a circle and pass around a plastic egg. Play a tune on a piano or use a CD. When you stop the music, the child holding the egg gets an egg surprise; such as a small piece of chocolate. By controlling the music, make sure that everyone gets at least one surprise.
 
EGG RELAY
Have an egg relay with your children. Let your children roll eggs across the floor, using a straw or with their noses (but no hands).
 
HAPPY/SAD EGGS
Take two eggs and using a black marking pen, draw a happy face on one and a sad face on the other. Place the eggs in a bag. Have your children, one at a time, draw out an egg. If the child draws out a happy face, have him tell why the egg is happy. If the child draws out a sad face egg, have him tell the group why the egg is sad. Encourage your children to use their imaginations to come up with a short story about the egg.