Animals That Hatch From Eggs

My four year old came up with a great idea.  We were reading a Dinosaur Train book about how Buddy hatched from an egg when he said, "We should do a project about eggs hatching!"

I'm pretty much always up for a project and it seemed like a good opportunity to talk about all the different animals that hatch from eggs. I found the perfect book at the library called Chickens Aren't the Only Ones.  Of course, it's all about the different animals that hatch from eggs.  It gives enough good scientific information to be appropriate for older readers, but it's so concise and engaging that my toddler and preschooler enjoyed it too.  The illustrations are great and could keep you busy for a long time.  There were lots of animals that I didn't know/wouldn't have thought of included in the book.

For our project, we folded paper in half and cut egg shapes, leaving the top connected so we had an egg that opened. 
Drew told me what animals he wanted written on the front of each egg.  It would have been impossible to include all the animals from the book, so he chose his favorites. 
The idea was for him to draw the animal inside the egg so when you lifted it up, the egg hatched.  No go.  He is rarely in the mood for drawing.  So instead we chose pictures of each animal on the computer, printed them off, and he cut and glued them inside.
Then we made a paper plate nest for the eggs.  He came up with the idea of cutting the sides of the plate to look like a real nest.  (That kid is pretty smart in my totally unbiased opinion.)
When it was dry, he glued his eggs into the nest.
You could also sort the animals into different nests like "reptiles", "birds", etc.  The book gives enough information for that, but we were happy combining them all into one.

We also read some fiction books about eggs and did another egg project.  I hope you'll check out that post too!

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11 comments:

  1. Love this idea! We do a portion of a unit in our preK curriculum concerning animals that hatch and animals born alive. This is the perfect project thank you for sharing!

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  2. Cute idea! My son and I were talking about ducks this past week and how they hatch from eggs and verbally brainstormed other animals that did, too! But I really like this visual and the fact that you can make it into a sorting activity!

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  3. So fun. You have such great ideas. I pinned this to use when my baby grows up a bit.

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  4. Such a cute activity! And great bit of learning to go with it!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  5. What I love most about this activity is that it was Drew's idea. :)

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  6. love this idea, pinning, will defo be doing this with my kids soon

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  7. Those are great ideas! You and your son are very creative. :)

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  8. This is a really cute idea! Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

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  9. What a fun idea! And what a great way to help kids understand all the different animals that lay eggs! Thanks for sharing on TGIF! Looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow,
    Beth =-)

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  10. will pin.. love it. I love when my kids come up with the ideas for what they want to learn!

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