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Help your children use these methods for coloring hard-cooked eggs.
Paint eggs with water and cover with small pieces of colored tissue paper. As the eggs dry, the tissue pieces will fall off, leaving faint, pastel patterns.
Cover eggs with squares of crepe paper and secure with rubber bands. Paint the covered eggs with water and allow them to dry. Remove the paper to reveal unique designs.
Save, wash, and dry white and colored eggshells. Crush the shells and place the pieces in small containers. Cut construction paper into seasonal shapes, such as flowers, eggs, or bunnies. Set out the shapes along with glue and cotton swab applicators. Then invite your children to decorate the shapes by gluing on the eggshell pieces any way they wish.

Cut egg shapes out of heavy paper. Print uppercase alphabet letters on half of the shapes and matching lowercase letters on the other half. Place the uppercase-letter eggs in a box and hand out the lowercase-letter eggs to your children. As you remove each uppercase egg from the box, display it and have the child holding the matching lowercase egg bring it to you. Continue until all the letters have been matched.

Count with your children while putting eggs into the cups of an egg carton and taking them out again.
Set out small, medium, and large eggs. Invite the children to sort the eggs into three baskets by size.
Fill pairs of eggs with small objects, such as pennies, dried beans, paper clips, and jingle bells. Seal the eggs closed. Let the children shake the eggs to discover the pairs with matching sounds.

Divide a piece of paper into four equal squares, and fill the squares with these pictures: a hen sitting on a nest, an egg in the nest, the egg beginning to crack, a chick hatching from the egg. Make duplicated copies of the paper for your group. Let the children color their papers, if desired, and help them cut their papers into the four squares. Then invite them to arrange their squares in the order in which a chick hatches from an egg.
Tune: "Jingle Bells"
Colored eggs, colored eggs,
See them all around.
Red eggs, blue eggs, yellow eggs,
See them on the ground.
Colored eggs, colored eggs,
Green and purple, too.
Let's go hunt for colored eggs,
Eggs for me and you.
Elizabeth Scofield

Place red, blue, yellow, green, and purple egg shapes around the room. Invite your children to search for the eggs and place them in six baskets that you have marked with matching colored ribbons.


Once there was a little egg, that sat upon a wall.
Soon he started to wobble, then he started to fall.
He cried out for help, as down, down, he fell.
I grabbed him in my hand, so he didn’t crack his shell.

But later, when he thought his troubles were at an end,
My mother cracked him in a bowl, I watched him drop right in.
This story has a sad end, for the little egg any way.
But as for my family, he brightened up our day!
                                                                Jean Warren
(Encourage your children to discuss what mother might have been cooking.)


Tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It"

Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
I would roll and roll around,
Rolling all around the ground.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
Liz Ryerson

Let your children roll around like little eggs as you sing.

Try one of these suggestions at snacktime.
Make egg salad to serve in lettuce cups or in sandwiches.
Let your children help make deviled eggs.
Offer scrambled eggs with toast triangles.