Yes, I know Easter is over. However, this past week was "E" week at our school, and the activities were too egg-citing not to share! Eggs were the curriculum focus, set by our classroom teachers, and it certainly was a creative hit. (Make sure you hard-boil the eggs prior to these activities.)
> For our first activity, we dyed the eggs. What a great way to practice learning and naming color words! Also, we had fun dropping the dye tablets into the water and vinegar and guessing what color would appear in the water. There are numerous speech and language opportunities embedded in this traditional, inexpensive, and oh-so-simple activity!
> For our second activity, we peeled the eggs and made egg salad. Each student had the opportunity to choose the color egg they wanted using a basic sentence strip, such as "I want a green egg." Next, they each peeled their own egg. To make the eggs easier to peel, I gently tapped each hard-boiled egg on the bowl to get the peeling process started for the children. (Note: We kept the shells, as they were needed for our third activity.)
Next, each child used an egg slicer to dice their egg and prepare it to be mashed into egg salad. After slicing, all the eggs went into one big bowl. We added some mayonnaise, salt and pepper and got mixing!
Once all the eggs and ingredients were mixed together into a delicious creamy egg salad, each child was given a half slice of bread and a plastic knife. They were instructed to cut their piece of bread in half so they had two square quarter bread pieces. Each child was given a scoop of egg salad and shown how to spread it on their bread, place the second piece on top, and make their own mini egg salad sandwich! I was surprised how many loved our recipe and asked for seconds. Bon appetite!
> For our third and final activity, the students used the colorful egg shells to decorate beautiful and vibrant foam flowers for springtime. Each child was given a few small foam flowers (about four inches in diameter), glue bottles, and lots of colorful egg shells to paste onto the flower shapes. It was messy and beautiful all at the same time!
Enjoy these activities now, or keep them in your back pocket for next year at Easter time.
Either way, we are proof these activities are fun all year round!