Easter Egg Play Dough Tray Activity

easter play dough Finding that fine line between setting something up that is exciting and interesting for your child ( or students ) and letting go of how they decide to use it can be hard. You envision this awesome idea but when you let go of it and they dive in they don’t always use it the way you intended. Maybe they spend a fraction of the amount of time you expect them to on it, maybe they turn it into a completely new idea, or maybe they ignore it completely. Don’t sweat it. Let them create their own experience and let go of your expectations. Observe and see what they are learning from how they have decided to play with the materials you have put on the tray. I imagined wonderfully patterned Easter eggs like ones she’d been drawing for days before I created this Easter egg play dough for her. Instead what she learned was that if you dip and roll the play dough in the collage materials , they stick. I think her lesson was a lot more exciting.

Gather your materials. I put out a egg mold, some play dough, gems, buttons, and beads.easter play dough

Start by making your eggs. I showed her how to make one then rolled it back into a ball so she could make it herself.  easter sensory

After that she added a few things. Not very enthusiastically.  easter egg sesory

She made a few more.easter egg fine motor

Then her face lit up as she dumped the decorations out and rolled her purple egg in it. easter egg discoveryNow it’s fun! She then took out the pieces she didn’t want, leaving only a few pink ones.

easter egg free choice activity

The white egg was next. When she didn’t do it at all I asked her why ” I am leaving it for you.” So I made it the way I wanted to now that it was my turn and she praised me after noticing my patterns . She still got the lesson about patterns I was angling for and one about me trusting her choices. When we follow their leads not only do they have more fun but they learn we trust their choices and value their ideas. There will be times when we chose to push ahead with our plan for the activity but when you don’t have to be inflexible I encourage you to throw the plan and sit back and watch.

Washi Tape Crafts – Easter Egg Banner !

easter egg craft for kids with washi tape We love washi tape crafts and I actually bought these rolls for something else but this craft couldn’t wait. Our bunnies are already out on our mantle and we needed something to complete our Easter decor. Handmade holiday decor is always my favorite. I love getting these crafts out year after year and hearing my children tell me the stories about how they were made.  This Easter craft is perfect for people who are a little gun shy about crafting mess but still want to make something colorful and fun with their kids.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper, washi tape ( affiliate link for the tape I used) scissors, pencil, and string if you are turning the eggs into a banner. washi tape easter egg craft for preschoolAlso I love using trays to keep everything in one spot.washi tape crafts

Start by drawing an egg on the paper. I made some and left some blank. easter egg crafts As you will see my daughter made her own after. I had a regular white pieces of paper folded and cut in 4 and eggs drawn on some but some left blank. I wanted to give her the option of making her own but not requiring her to.

Invite your artist to come create!Tape easter eggs

She got into adding the tape right away. I had to show her how to rip the tape once but after that she had a handle on it. You can also use scissors. Tape past the lines covering as much as the egg as you can. tape easter eggs washi tape

Cut out the egg once all the tape is on. egg washi tape craft Watching her cut gave me a jolt of nostalgia. She is growing so fast I can’t believe she is so good with scissors already. Wasn’t she just playing with blocks in her high chair? <— her first activity on the blog!

Repeat. easter egg craft for kids I made a few and she made a few. I am glad I had paper ready without any outline because she did want to make her own. easter egg craft

After you have a good collection of eggs easter egg crafts for preschoolflip them over and using the washi tape attach the eggs onto the string. easter egg banner for kids

Hang it up!easter egg craft banner handmade

 

Don’t forget if you don’t want a banner you can JUST make some eggs! washit tape easter egg craft for kids

Paint Easter Eggs in A Bag! { Color Mixing Too!}

mess free easter eggsI want to say that when you paint Easter eggs in a bag that it’s mess free and for many kids it would be but my little girl loves to get her hands dirty and insisted on reaching in and grabbing the painted eggs herself. Who am I to say no to that? That said, if a fear of a mess is something that stops you from getting artsy with your kids or if they are not interested in getting their hands covered in paint this Easter color mixing activity can be done without any mess . The Easter eggs we are using are artificial and coated with paper so they paint and dye just like real eggs but can be kept year after year.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper or wood craft eggs, liquid paint, gallon ziplock style bags, and something to rest the wet eggs on to dry. You may also want a piece of painter’s tape to hold the bag in place while pouring paint into it. shake painted easter eggs

Start by rolling the edges of a bag down and taping the bottom to the table to keep it all stable.

Pour the paint in. My daughter did every color the first time and was super excited about it!  shake painted easter eggs in ziplock bag

Pop the eggs in. ziplock painted easter eggsIt’s more fun if you pop two in at a time, especially if you shake it because they clang together. If you are doing this with real eggs only do one at a time or you will have shell everywhere. I imagined she’d shake the bag but she liked squishing it more. Which is fine, don’t get hung up on the little details like this. shake painted eggs

She reached in to grab the eggs but you can carefully dump the egg onto the carton for drying without ever touching it, which is what I did with the next four eggs. No need for little hands to get covered in paint unless everyone is cool with it!paint easter eggs in a bag

After the initial every color exploration we decided to make some colors. The first combination was the classic yellow and blue! color mixing and squish painting in a bag easter eggsNext up all the “girl colors” it doesn’t seem to matter how often I say colors don’t have genders, my daughter is think in the stage of classifying things by gender. I know that this is a stage and helps kids make sense of things but I would be lying if I didn’t say I am looking forward to the next phase. Please tell me I am not the only one?! easy painted easter eggs in a bagYou can use the same bag or grab a new one. If you want to reuse the best way to wash them out is to fill with water pour out, turn inside out and give a quick wipe.  Let dry . decorate easter eggs in a bag

 

Color By Number Easter Eggs

easter egg game for kids Math and art work well together with this simple game made for decorating Easter eggs. For kids who love art it’s a fun way to mix some math into something they like and for little math whizzes it gets them into a little art too! You could use real hard boiled and cooled eggs but we used craft ones from Walmart so our finished eggs could be brought out every Easter.

Gather your materials. You will need some craft eggs, permanent markers, some masking tape, and some dice.easter egg math game supplies

Start by adding numbers to your markers. I couldn’t find our masking tape so I used paper and taped papers with numbers on ( masking tape would be way faster) making sure that you use numbers that will be rolled.easter egg math game for kids

Time to play!

easter egg math game for easterRoll and count.easter egg math game for kids drawing

Color using the marker with the number you rolled. I let my daughter color as much as she wanted with each color but you could set a timer to keep things moving if need be.

Roll, count and color  again. easter egg math game for preschoolUsing dice doesn’t only work on counting as children get familiar with them they will start subitizing which is the ability to know an amount without counting. My daughter did it with the dice much to my surprise. She knew the individual amounts but then counted the dots to find out the sum. Older children could take it a step further simply adding the two amounts instead of counting all the dots. You could also use other operations like subtraction or multiplication for more able kids.easter egg math game for little kids

She adored this and completely covered her first egg then continued to play and play making even more.

7 Learning Activities That Use Plastic Eggs

7 Ways To Learn with Plastic EggsPlastic Easter eggs are great for hunting on Easter morning but I like using them for learning. These 7 easy learning activities all use plastic eggs and can be done before or after Easter. If you recycle your eggs year to year many of these activities will still work although you might need to wipe paint off a few . Do you have a plastic egg idea not listed? Add your link or idea in comments.

Roll & Paint – Math and painting activity.
Easy Peasy Color Matching
Plastic Egg Letters
Sink & Float – Egg Science
Upper & Lowercase Letter Match
Egg Bugs
Bunny & Egg Color Match