Although we started our Easter crafts with a life-sized bird nest for the girls this year, we haven’t done anything else to celebrate this festive season. I’ve been so busy with birthday parties, dance rehearsals and moving house that I didn’t realise, until yesterday, that it was Easter this weekend. Opps!
Luckily, I had a lovely little egg hunting activity all prepared for when Miss Possum came home from school today. I couldn’t think of a more relevant egg hunting activity then to make the aim to guess which animals lay eggs and which don’t.
What you’ll need for the hunt:
- 8 eggs
- Sewing pin
- Permanent markers
- Two containers
Preparing for the Hunt
1. You’ll need to blow the egg yolks out of the eight eggs. You can do this by using the sewing pin to make a hole in both the top and bottom of each egg. Then, gently blow on one hole, making theyolk come out of the other hole. If you’re finding it difficult, make the hole slight bigger down the bottom. I also rinsed the inside of the eggs with water and then dried them.
2. On four of the eggs, draw animals that lay eggs and on the remaining four, draw animals that do not lay eggs. Some examples:
|Do Lay Eggs||Do Not lay eggs|
|Penguin||Blue Tongued Lizard|
3. Set up two containers somewhere with one labelled lay eggs and the other do not lay eggs.
4. While your child is occupied inside the house, hide the eggs around the backyard.
The Egg Hunt
When you give your child the hunting basket, it might be a good idea to explain that they need to be very gentle with the eggs or they’ll crack. Now, ask them to find the eggs. When they find an egg, ask them what animal is on the egg and how do they know it’s that animal. Miss Possum loved this activity!Once they’ve collected the eggs, ask them to sort the eggs into the containers. Give them plenty of help, especially if you add tricky ones like I did.
Once they’ve sorted the eggs into their containers, the crafty fun doesn’t need to stop there. Miss Possum decided she wanted to paint the eggs and so we actually did another Easter activity that afternoon too. Tomorrow we’ll crush them and use them for more crafty fun. I love recycling!
I really love this activity, it’s an Easter egg hunt with an educational twist.
*You may notice that there’s a lizard in the do not lay eggs container. This lizard was labelled blue tongued lizard, which gives birth to live young. I told you I made it tricky for Miss Possum!