10 Ways to Learn Numbers and Letters with Plastic Easter Eggs

Using plastic Easter eggs is a great way to make practicing numbers and letters more fun. Here are 5 ways to learn using plastic Easter eggs, with a letter version and number version for each.



Filling Easter Eggs
Number version: Use a sticker or permanent marker to number Easter eggs.  Have kids put the corresponding numbers of small objects into each (We used M&M's.)
Letter version: Label the eggs with letters and provide pictures or small objects beginning with each of the letters. I have finally learned that it's best not to overwhelm them with the whole alphabet. What works best for us is a few familiar letters and one or two others.

10 ways for preschoolers to learn numbers and letters using plastic Easter eggs

Hunting and Ordering Easter Eggs
Number version: Hide numbered Easter eggs. As kids find them, they can put them in the correct order. Label the egg carton if your child needs help putting them in the correct order.
Letter version: Use a segment of the alphabet instead of numbers.


Finding Treasure
Number version: Gather your numbered eggs and hide something small inside one of them. Call your child into the room and tell them which number egg has the surprise inside. Repeat.
Letter version: Label the eggs with letters instead of numbers. 


Playing Memory
Number version: Play the Memory game but instead of matching identical pictures, match a number to the corresponding number of dots.
Letter version: Match the letter to a picture of an object with the same beginning sound.

(Younger learners could just match identical numbers or letters.)

Delivering Easter Eggs
Number version: Set out baskets or large bowls labeled with numbers. Tell kids to help out the Easter Bunny by delivering the correct number of eggs to each basket. Make it even more fun by having the kids deliver each egg by balancing it on a spoon. 
Letter version: Decide on a way to sort the letters. You could sort round/straight, holes/no holes, vowel/consonant, monkey/giraffe/chicken for lower case letters (monkey letters have tails, giraffe letters are tall, and chicken letters are in between). Label each basket with a category and your eggs with letters.


Also, I love this way to create a graph with preschoolers using Easter eggs at Inspiration Laboratories.


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8 comments:

  1. These are wonderful ideas! We have been playing with our Easter eggs lately. We will need to try these, too.

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  2. These are such fantastic ideas! I can't wait to try them out with my toddler.

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  3. These are such fantastic ideas! I can't wait to try them out with my toddler.

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  4. These are such fantastic ideas! I can't wait to try them out with my toddler.

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  5. Gotta get some plastic eggs! These ideas are great. Thanks for sharing Lorie :)

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  7. Wonderful. I have a stack of these eggs and can't wait to try these games.

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  8. So many fun ideas! I love the hunting and ordering Easter Eggs! Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity with all of us at TGIF! I hope to see you back again today,
    Beth =-)

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