When spring rolls around, you’ll find plastic eggs everywhere. When the hunts are over, and all the treats are gone, there’s still plenty to do with those little toys. These Easter egg activities can help kids learn math, practice spelling, explore STEM, and more. And don’t forget all the adorable crafts you can use them for!
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1. Play with Eggimals
Go wild with creativity and let kids turn plastic eggs into adorable animals. Give them felt, foam, beads, markers, glue, and other supplies, and you’ll be amazed at what they come up with!
2. Race plastic egg rockets
First, decorate eggs to look like rocket ships. Then, use a drinking straw attachment to help them zip their way along a string. Zoom!
Learn more: Inspiration Laboratories/Racing Rockets
3. Try to sink an egg
Kids learn best through hands-on experiments. Give them some plastic eggs and items to fill them, like coins, marbles, pom poms, etc. Let them try to guess what will make the eggs sink in a bin of water, then check their predictions.
Learn more: There’s Just One Mommy
4. Float fish in the tub
These floating egg fish are tons of fun, whether kids play with them in a sensory bin in the classroom or at home in the tub.
Learn more: The Pinterested Parent
5. Hunt for alphabet eggs
Grab your alphabet beads and pop one into each egg. Kids find the eggs and fill up their alphabet sheet, one by one. (Find more cool ways to use alphabet beads here.)
Learn more: A Little Pinch of Perfect
6. Twist eggs to practice word families
Write several letters vertically on one half of an egg. Then write a common ending on the other half. With just a turn or twist of the egg halves, students can make different words. Try using these when they’re writing poems!
7. Recognize synonyms and antonyms
There are so many cool matching Easter egg activities to try. For this one, write synonyms and antonyms on egg halves for kids to pair up.
8. Form compound words
Learning compound words? Try matching up plastic egg halves to make new ones!
Learn more: The Lesson Plan Diva
9. Match up contractions
Write out the expanded and contracted form of words and phrases on the tops and bottoms of eggs. Students match and make a visual connection between them. This kind of hands-on learning can make a real difference.
10. Sort eggs by parts of speech
Work on nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more with this easy-prep plastic egg idea. You can hide them for a seek-and-find game or just have kids pick the eggs from a basket and sort them one by one.
Learn more: For the Love of First Grade
11. Use “scrambled eggs” to practice spelling words
What a fun way to practice spelling words! Use the free printable at this link to get the letters you need, then cut them out and place the letters for each word into an egg. For an extra bit of fun, hide the eggs around the room and have kids hunt for them first.
Learn more: This Reading Mama
12. Play hide and seek to learn numbers
Help preschoolers work on number recognition with this sweet activity. Simply hide an object beneath one of the egg halves, then have them work to find it! They can guess randomly, or you can give them clues like, “The number is larger than 4 but smaller than 12.”
13. Thread a number snake
Let little ones practice counting by stringing together egg halves labeled with numbers. Add some googly eyes to the first one, and you’ll have a cute little snake to play with too.
Learn more: I Can Teach My Child
14. Count to 100
Fill each egg with a handful of numbers. Kids can work together to see who’s able to fill up their chart the fastest!
Learn more: Inspiration Laboratories/Plastic Egg Hundreds
15. Replace flashcards with eggs
This is WAY more fun than flashcards, don’t you think? Simply write problems on one half and solutions on the other. Then let kids match away!
Learn more: Premeditated Leftovers
16. Mix and match for a fractions lesson
Here’s another one of our favorite matching Easter egg activities; this one using equivalent fractions. (Tip: For a more difficult challenge, mix up the colors of the egg halves so kids can’t use that as a clue.)
17. Make change to fill the eggs
Dig into your coin jar and have students find various ways to make up the amount written on each egg. They can then trade eggs to check their work.
18. Learn to tell time
This one takes a bit of prep, but it’s such a clever way to help kids practice their time-telling skills.
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19. Put together colorful patterns
Little ones will like this color mix-and-match activity as they work on patterns and the fine motor skills needed to fit the egg halves together.
Learn more: Powerful Mothering
20. Create the cutest lightning bugs
This is one of the most adorable Easter egg activities ever! Get the full DIY at the link.
Learn more: The Keeper of the Cheerios
21. Blast off with rocket eggs
Put on some safety goggles and get ready for lift-off! This simple experiment uses Alka-Seltzer tablets to turn eggs into rockets.
Learn more: The STEM Laboratory
22. Teach genetics
Easter egg activities aren’t just for little ones. Try using this idea to tackle genetics as you introduce the concept of Punnet Squares in your biology class.
Learn more: Science Matters
23. Conjugate foreign language verbs
Conjugating verbs (especially irregular ones) is one of those things that you just have to practice to learn. Match up subjects with their proper verbs for a fun way to get that practice!
Learn more: Spanish For You
24. Pack snacks in plastic eggs
How fun is this? Fill each egg with small snack items, and hide them around the room. Kids find them all and then have a tasty lunch!
Learn more: Gluesticks
25. Clean up with Easter egg bath bombs
Easter egg activities like this one are science and craft rolled up into one! Bath bombs work due to the chemical reaction of acids and bases. Make your own with the recipe at the link.
Learn more: Mom Foodie
26. Strengthen fine motor skills
Have younger students practice sorting and colors while also strengthening their fine motor skills. All you need are plastic eggs, pom poms in matching colors, and a giant set of tweezers.
27. Shake it up and make some noise
Fill plastic eggs with different materials like colored sand, poly pellets, rice, and more. Use them for a music lesson on rhythm and explore the different sounds each type makes.
Learn more: Mama Smiles
28. Float away with plastic egg hot air balloons
This is one of those Easter egg activities that is so impressive, people won’t believe that kids made them! Learn how it’s done at the link.
Learn more: Snowdrop and Company
29. Get moving with brain boost eggs
Fill plastic eggs with ideas for movement, like “Hop on one foot 12 times, then switch.” Use them when you need a brain break throughout the day. Have one student pick an egg and read the activity out loud. Then everyone joins in on the fun!
Learn more: Eats Amazing
30. Build STEM egg towers
It’s a simple concept, but it can be quite a challenge. Who can build the tallest egg tower? Try timing this one, and hold several rounds so students can keep perfecting their designs.
Learn more: The Resourceful Mama
31. Paint a plastic egg masterpiece
Circle art is one of our favorite Easter egg activities because there’s so much you can do with it! Little ones will simply enjoy stamping circles, but older kids can play around with patterning, use circles to create figures, and more.
Learn more: Buggy and Buddy
32. Plant a mini garden
How pretty will a row of these colorful plastic egg planters look on the windowsill? Use them to start seeds for transplanting or grow microgreens that will be ready to eat in just a few weeks.
Learn more: Made With Happy
33. Spin eggs to set a record
Weight the bottom of each egg with a bit of Play-Doh, then take them for a spin! Kids will love getting some practice using a timer and seeing who can make their egg spin last the longest.
Learn more: The Educator’s Spin On It/Spinning Eggs
34. Build a better egg launcher
You won’t believe how many ways there are to launch a plastic egg across the room! Visit the link for a whole collection of DIY Easter egg activities that will get those plastic eggs airborne.
Learn more: Little Bins for Little Hands/Egg Launcher
35. Use your listening skills
Fill plastic eggs with a variety of objects, then have kids shake them and try to guess what’s inside. This is a simple activity that will really put their observation skills to the test.
Learn more: A Grace-Filled Classroom
36. Engineer a plastic egg and Play-Doh structure
Plastic eggs and Play-Doh are the only materials you need for this unique STEM challenge. Give them a goal (tallest, longest, able to hold the most weight) and be amazed by what they create.
Learn more: The Educators’ Spin on It/Egg Stacks
37. Pot up some plastic egg succulents
How sweet are these plastic egg “cactus” pots? Expand the experience by learning more about succulents as you work.
Learn more: Julie Measures
38. Turn plastic eggs into magnets
Use modeling clay to add magnets to the inside end of each egg. Kids can stick them together in patterns, build structures, and more.
Learn more: Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
39. Balance wobbly eggs on a spoon
Here’s a great idea for working on dexterity, balance … and patience. Can your kids balance a “wobbly egg” on a wooden spoon and carry it across the room?
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40. Sort and match shapes
Draw a shape across both sides of the egg. Then break them apart for little ones to match up.
Learn more: School Time Snippets
41. Run plastic egg races
Play around with inclined planes and run a series of egg races. Try eggs of different sizes and see what happens when you change the angle of the ramp.
Learn more: Little Bins for Little Hands/Plastic Egg Races
42. Paint gorgeous galaxy eggs
These beautiful creations are two Easter egg activities in one. Before you make them, learn more about galaxies and the astronomical objects found in them. Then, make your own using dyable plastic eggs and do a little incredible star-gazing.
Learn more: Dream a Little Bigger
43. Review with an egg hunt
What a terrific way to review for an upcoming test! Get a free printable answer sheet to use with this activity at the link.
Learn more: Teaching With Jennifer Findlay
44. Come down to earth with egg parachutes
Give your students the supplies they need (egg halves, coffee filters, plastic straws, wood craft sticks, and masking tape) and challenge them to create a working parachute. This is an inexpensive STEM challenge they’ll love.
Learn more: JDaniel4’s Mom
45. Build a Humpty Dumpty sensory bin
Read the familiar story to your students. Then let them play with a sensory bin filled with eggs and felt characters and numbers.
Learn more: My Storytime Corner