### Easter Egg Literacy Activities for Kindergarten {Freebies Included!}

Yesterday I shared some math activities using plastic eggs. You can find that post HERE. Today I'm back sharing some Easter egg literacy activities. Even though these activities use Easter eggs, you could use them anytime during spring...even after the holiday has passed. Kiddos love these plastic little eggs. As a kid, I remember playing with them for weeks after the Easter bunny left them. Times haven't changed much...kids are still doing it! So let's take advantage of that and sneak in some learning!!

On to some Easter egg literacy activities...

First up is this CVC activity. Students open the egg and unscramble the letters to spell a CVC word. They find the matching picture and write the CVC word underneath. I'll put a link to the recording sheets towards the bottom of this post. I included some cut apart letters if you don't have magnetic ones. :)

Word family practice.

Sight word match up. Write the sight word on the tops and bottom of eggs. This activity can easily be differentiated by using different colors for the tops and bottoms. Or you could scramble the letters on the top of the egg and have students match to the bottom, where the word is written correctly.

Another sight word activity. I put magnetic letters in the eggs. Students open the egg and unscramble the letters to spell a sight word. I have sight word cards displayed in this center so students are able to refer to that for help if they needed.

Here's the recording sheet for that activity. Students match the number on the egg to number on their paper and write the sight word.

This activity is like an Easter egg hunt in the classroom! Well...kinda. I put one letter in each egg and put the eggs in a basket. Kiddos are so excited to see what's in the egg! After they open the egg and identify the letter, they match it to the uppercase letter on the mat.

This is similar to the first CVC activity I shared, however with this activity students are drawing the pictures. I love doing these types of activities because the drawings they come up with are so fun to see!

For this activity I wrote several letters around the top of the eggs. I wrote only one ending on the bottoms. Students read the onset and rime to determine if it is a real word or a nonsense word. Students make two columns on their white boards and write the real words on one side and nonsense words on the other.

For this activity students match the tops and bottoms of eggs to make rhyming pairs. They record their answers on the lines.

This activity is similar to the one I shared above. It's great practice for onset and rime. On the top of the egg I wrote a beginning sound. On the bottom of the egg I wrote word families. I make several of these eggs and put them in a basket.

This is an easy activity to use during guided reading. Students pick an egg from the basket {which they LOVE} and read the words on the egg. Students blend the onset and rime together to read the word. You can have students write the words on a dry erase board.

Leave me a comment below telling me how you use plastic eggs in the classroom!

Thanks for stopping by and reading all about the Easter egg literacy activities!

### Easter Egg Math Activities for Kindergarten {Freebies Included!}

Happy {belated} Easter!!!!! Haha I'm not quite sure how to start a blog post when the holiday was almost two weeks ago! For the record, I had really, really good intentions of writing a blog post about using plastic eggs in the classroom, but time just got away from me. I know I can't be the only mama that happens to. Please tell me you understand?!?! Better late than never, right? Or the cup could be half full and we could say I'm just really early for next Easter! Yeah, let's go with that one! :)

So hopefully you'll be able to read through this post and save a few ideas for next year. Or you can use them next week because let's face it, kids love these little plastic eggs ANYTIME of the year. There's just something magical about them. My daughter plays with her eggs for weeks after Easter.

I should confess I am a plastic egg hoarder. My egg habit collection is almost as bad as my mini eraser collection. The eggs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. You have to have a variety. This year I added butterfly eggs, dinosaur eggs, bunny eggs, and a few others to my growing collection.

Because there's just so much you can do with them, I'm breaking this into two different posts. Today I'm going to talk about math activities. Later this week I'll come back and share some literacy activities.

So let's get started with some Easter egg math activities....

For this first activity I put two different types of mini erasers in the eggs. On the outside I wrote the letter that corresponds to the recording sheet. Students count each set and create an addition sentence and record it on their paper.

Tally mark practice!

Students are practicing counting on with this activity. On the tops of the eggs I wrote the letter that corresponds to the recording sheet. On the bottom I wrote a number and then put some erasers in the egg. Students begin counting with the number on the outside of the egg. They use the erasers to count on and then record the number.

Some base ten practice. Students match the number on the top to the base ten on the bottom.

Students count the number of erasers and write the number word on their paper. You could also write the number on the top of the egg and the number word on the bottom and have students make a match that way.

Here's another activity to practice addition {or subtraction}. Just write two equations that equal the same number. Students solve the equations and match the tops and bottoms.  For students who need to be challenged, you could mix addition and subtraction. So 3 + 3 could be paired with 10 - 4. I added mini erasers to this activity for extra support.

Here's one to practice part-part-whole. Students counted each color of eraser to determine the two parts and then recorded the whole number in the larger egg.

Practice making ten by matching up the top and the bottom of the egg. I also added some mini erasers to this activity to help students add the numbers.

For this counting activity I re-purposed the plastic egg containers from Costco. I cut the lid off and wrote the numbers 1 - 24 in the bottoms of eggs. {Don't throw away those tops...read below from some ideas on using those}.

This is where my hoarder sized stash a healthy supply of mini erasers comes in handy. Students identify the number on the egg and put that many erasers in the egg. For some fine motor practice have students use tweezers or a spoon to pick up the erasers.

Since I used so many bottoms for the activity above, I was left with quite a few lonely tops. Rather than toss them, I used them for another activity. I decided to write numbers on them and have students put them in order. You could have students count up or practice counting back. Another idea would be to practice skip counting with this activity.

Here's a fun little challenge...Have students put the numbers in order by stacking them. It's harder than you think!

So there you have it. A few of the ways I use plastic eggs in the classroom. How do you use them?

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