I love spring! Besides being an Aries and obsessed with my birthday, my favorite part as a kid was our family Easter egg hunt. They were creative and magical! Looking back, I see all the work my mom put into making our egg hunts memorable. Truly, I need to pause to acknowledge all moms who frantically stuffed eggs and played Easter Bunny this past weekend –
You did it! I applaud you and your late-night efforts to keep the magic alive!
Now, if you are like my family, plastic eggs are still everywhere. Before you pack them away for next year, try getting creative! With more time spent at home during the pandemic, new activities can be hard to come by for your child. Sometimes, all you need to reignite interest is adding a new tool to an old activity. By reusing a plastic egg in everyday art, sensory, and learning activities, your child will be re-engaged and more importantly, they just might be occupied for a little while longer.
7 Creative Activities to Try with Plastic Eggs
- Maracas Fill your eggs with popcorn kernels, beans, rice, coins, or marbles. Use Washi Tape to seal the eggs. (Don’t forget to cover the holes on the top and bottom of the eggs!) Make it a sound matching game by filling two eggs with the same material, two more with another, etc.
- Rolled Egg Painting Take an Amazon box outside (I know you all have one!). Place a piece of paper at the bottom. Squirt some paint on the paper and place plastic eggs on top of the paint. Close the box then roll back and forth!
- Glow in the Dark Eggs Make eggs glow in the dark with mini glow sticks. Take them outside for a nighttime egg hunt. Get creative inside and build a dark fort to hid the eggs.
- Plastic Egg Sensory Bins Tap into your creative side to create sensory bins and sensory experiences that include plastic eggs. Try adding the eggs to slime or playdough! These are engaging activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
- Caterpillars and Snakes Grab some pipe cleaners and plastic eggs. Separate the eggs into halves. String and secure the first egg. Let your child string the other eggs, top the last one with its other half, and draw a face with sharpies to create their creature.
- Learning Activities Use the two halves of the eggs to create matching activities. For example, write uppercase letters on one half and lowercase letters on the other half. Then, encourage your child to match the two halves.
- Circle Painting Use one-half of the egg as a circle stamp. Place the egg in paint and print it on a piece of paper. Get artistic and use multiple colors of paint to add layers!