Early Literacy Easter Activity

I've teamed up with some other East Coast bloggers with loads of ideas for fun Easter activities and crafts this week (sneak peek of them all below!). After you read this, be sure to hop on over to their blogs through the links at the end of this post!

As I was getting out our Easter decorations last week an avalanche of plastic eggs crashed down on me. As I scrambled (get it? Scrambled? ha!) around trying to find all the matching tops and bottoms I started to think about ways we could use these eggs as learning activities for Miss M (5.5 years old) and Mr. M (3.5 years old),

First I made this Name Egg Puzzle to help little ones learn to spell their name. Then I hatched this egg-citing early literacy activity that kids of all ages will have fun with AND learn from (sneaky education is my favourite kind of education).

Miss M is in grade primary this year and, as anyone with a kid in school knows, it's all about the sight words. These are the words kids first learn to read by sight (rather than having to carefully sound it out) and new ones are added to the collection each week. Mr. M can't read at all yet but he can recognize most of his letters so this works for him too. This activity is easy to adjust based on your child's literacy level (even if it's a "zero" right now).

I'm always looking for ways to practice these words at home so we created this sight word egg hunt that both kids love doing (like SO MUCH love. Like..looking for chocolate eggs is *almost* going to be a letdown if there isn't a word on it kind of love).

To create this game all you need is a bag of plastic eggs that crack in half and a permanent marker.

Write a word on the top half and the bottom half of each egg. They don't need to be actual sight words, you can adjust it based on your child's ability level. For example, they can be simple one to three letter words (think a, hi, me, boo) or single letters (A, B, C). Make sure you print clearly and that the words look exactly the same (no fancy cursive writing here).

Show the kids how each egg has a top and bottom that match in colour and text, and then "crack" the eggs in half. Have the kids go in another room and then hop around the house hiding all those egg halves. It's good practice for you for the big day too!

Hand each kid a basket or bag and release them from their hiding place to go hunting for egg halves. Reinforce that this is a project they're working on together and is not a competition (maybe it's just my kids, but something about egg hunts brings out the inner gladiator in them).

Once they think they've found all the eggs, have them dump them out in one spot and help each other find matches. Even Mr M (who can't read) was helping by sorting all the eggs by colour first. Once he did that, he tried to match up the words by comparing one against the other - even if he wasn't able to read the words, he could tell that the letters were the same and that's an early stage of literacy so....reading win!

When there is an egg half that they can't find a match for, set it aside until all the other eggs are matched. Then see which ones don't have matches and send them off running again looking for the last eggs. Great fun, learning AND exercise. And you get to relax with a cup of tea and sneakily snack on those chocolate eggs that I *know* you have stashed away somewhere for moments like these.

Thanks for reading! Now be sure to check out these other clever Easter crafts and activities below from some of my talented East Coast blogging friends.