About a month ago I grabbed some plastic eggs for my daughter’s sensory bins. As we have used them to put pom poms in, in the bathtub and to build with, I remembered all the fun my students used to have with them.
I wanted to share 5 simple activities you can put inside plastic eggs…but really you could put them inside anything they can hunt for! You could even just put them around your house!
I created printable versions of the activities but you could easily write them yourself or have your kids write their own!
It’s currently April 2020 which will go down in history as the 2nd month US schools and businesses shut down because of Corona virus. With so many kids at home, I’m hoping posts like this can keep them busy and ease some of worries you might be carrying.
Learning doesn’t have to be complicated and it SHOULD be fun. Most of us did not plan to homeschool and I doubt anyone planned on starting to homeschool during this time. So give yourself some grace and have fun with your kids. That’s what they will remember!
Each of these activities comes with a few different levels so you can figure out what works best for your kids at home or your students.
Match the Sums
For this activity, they will match the sum with corresponding number sentences. For young students, they might use number sentences that equal less than 10. After that, they will be ready for a 2 digit plus 1 digit (71+5) and finally, they’ll be ready for double-digit addition (24+51).
I suggest putting the sum and number sentence in different eggs and they can hunt for the matches. If you’d like to make it a little more challenging, just hide one of them.
First, hide the number sentences and let them solve on their own. When they’re ready for an extra challenge, hid the sums. Once they find the eggs they can come up with a few number sentences for each.
Fill in the Missing Numbers
For this activity, hide the number lines and missing numbers. Some of the number lines count up and some skip count (5, 10, 15, 20 or 2, 4, 6, 8). There are several different versions so you can decide what’s best.
Like above, you can just hide the number lines and have them come up with the missing numbers on their own.
To make it most challenging, just hide the numbers. Have them come up with their own number line for the missing number.
For this activity, your kiddos will match the place value blocks to the number. The easiest level has tens blocks and ones. Then there are hundreds, tens and ones. Finally, kids will use thousands cubes, hundreds, tens and ones to count.
For this activity, you’ll want to cut up the sight words and place all the letters in one egg. As students find eggs, they should unscramble the sight words.
Finally, for the last activity I typed up some comprehension questions that can go with any book. Before this activity, they should read for a few minutes. Ideally, our kids are reading half an hour to an hour a day while they’re home. But that’s not always possible so whatever you feel comfortable with is great! After reading, they can go on a hunt for their eggs. As they find the eggs, they can answer the questions orally or in a journal.
Like all of these activities, this one is best done with a family member or classmate! If you read a book together, share your opinions too! Students learn so much hearing other opinions!
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