ABCs and 123s

Polka Dot Discovery
I have done this activity for years and never once called the eggs Easter eggs, they were polka dots with surprises inside. Obviously if you celebrate Easter there is no reason to call them anything else but if you don’t celebrate Easter you can still jump on the polka dot bandwagon and use them to have fun learning.
1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic eggs that open with room to hide things inside, you can also use small gift boxes. Some paper, a marker, some scissors and basket or bag.
2. The great thing about this activity is that it’s versatile. If you are learning about shapes you can pop shapes in the eggs, if you are doing letters you stuff them with letters etc… So this next step is where you decide what to stuff them with and using a marker and paper make the surprises.
3. Stuff the eggs and either hide them for a hunt, or place them in a basket for your child to choose from.
4. When you child finds the egg make sure to ask them what color the outside is, and encourage them to open it up and find what’s inside.
5. If your child is a young toddlers you can simply put fun toys in and they will be kept busy finding them. Just opening the eggs are great fine motor skills practice!
6. One last note if you have an older sibling who is working on sight words at grade school you can pop those in some eggs for them too!

Egg Carton Number Match!

This is NOT an activity for toddlers, the pieces are small and a choking hazard
1. Gather your materials. You will need the bottom of an egg carton, some mini cupcake liners, some paper, a marker and a paper punch.
2. Write the numbers 1-12 on the inside of the liners, you don’t NEED the liners but it’s much easier than writing it on the egg carton directly. If your child is able have them write the numbers.
3. Place the liners in the egg carton.
4. Punch our your desired shapes with a paper punch. If you don’t have one handy you can cut out small shapes.
5. Count as you fill the cup cake liners.
Activity ideas

Now that you have made your tools here are some fun things you can do with it, depending on your child’s abilities.

1. With the cups filled , pull one liner out and count the pieces inside , ask your child if the number at the bottom is the same as they counted.

2. Empty out all the pieces and ask /help your child to fill them up, do this out of order for an extra challenge.