Early Years Easter Eggs

Easter isn’t far away now being on 27th March this year. A traditional symbol at this time of year is the egg as for many it represents the coming of new life. In pagan times it was associated with spring festivals and for Christians it denotes the resurrection.

A great activity for young children is to decorate their own eggs. We have two types of eggs available for you – 50mm paper eggs and 78mm polystyrene eggs.

Paper Eggs
These are about the size of a medium egg. And, because they are made from spun paper they have a bit of weight to them. This makes them ideal for balancing on a spoon.

A few years ago I put together our egg and spoon race pack which has proved popular. The children can decorate their eggs and then play games and take on challenges. Here are some suggestions.

See who can balance the egg on the spoon for the longest. Once they can do that add in challenges such as standing on one leg or walking in a figure of eight.

When the children have got the hang of balancing the egg on the spoon you can then have an egg and spoon race! Or, you could build an obstacle course and time the children going round it.

Another fun game is Hide The Egg – basically the same as hide the thimble but with the egg. Choose whether all the children look for the egg or just one. It’ll be fun for the child looking and for the group to be shouting ‘hotter’ or ‘colder’ depending on how close the hunter is to the egg.

A great painting activity for 18 months to three year olds is to dip an egg into paint and then roll it around on paper laid in a tray. This will make a picture and decorate your egg at the same time. See how I did this activity with marbles and pom poms.

My last suggestion is Egg in a Basket. Depending on the age of the child this could be as simple as taking the eggs out of the basket and then putting them back in. For older children you could ask them to put certain colours back in the basket. Or you could write letters or numbers on the eggs and ask the children to select these.

Decorating Eggs
The polystyrene eggs are bigger than the paper eggs so younger children will probably find them easier to decorate. To make adding decoration to the eggs easier I suggest you push a pencil or stick into the bottom of the egg. You can then leave them in a pot whilst drying. The following suggestions can be used with both types of eggs.

Use paint or felt tips to add colour and designs to eggs.

Cut out pictures from magazines and glue onto the eggs then cover in several layers of PVA for a strong stick and polished shine. Having a colour base can make this look very dramatic.

An easier version of this is to cover the eggs in small pieces of coloured tissue paper. Glue and stick until the egg is covered. Using different colours will create a dramatic effect.

Alternatively, go for the Fabergé look and use shiny sequins and metallic paint. Or put out an array of collage so the children can really go to town on their creations.

But whatever you do, have an eggciting time with your Easter activities!

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