When the Easter egg hunts are over and all the goodies are emptied out, what can you do with all those plastic eggs? Turns out, quite a lot! Plastic eggs are great for math skills, reading practice, science experiments, teaching genetics, and really fun arts and crafts. Watch our video for some terrific Easter egg activities for learning, then check out the rest of the list for even more fun ideas.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. Make compound words.
In this matching activity, use a black sharpie to write out the words on a mix of colors.
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5. 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.
6. 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.
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7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. Mix and match for a fractions lesson.
Here’s another 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.)
11. Teach genetics!
Teacher Cynthia D. shares this activity that uses both large and small plastic eggs. Larger ones are the “eggs” and smaller ones (with ribbon glued on) are the sperm. Each egg contains paper “chromosomes” inside and the goal was to determine the characteristics of the offspring.
12. Match states of matter.
Teacher Val K. shares this idea! He has a box of plastic eggs for his seventh graders. The top of the eggs reads either “Solid,” “Liquid,” or “Gas.” The bottoms have a variety of different items that fit one of those categories. Students match the eggs as a fun break or review in the midst of middle school madness.
13. Help with foreign language verb conjugation.
Use plastic eggs to have a relay race to practice different things in Spanish. Then, use these to practice matching subjects with conjugated Spanish verbs.
Learn more: Spanish For You
14. Pack their 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, then have a tasty lunch!
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15. 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
16. 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
17. 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.
18. 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.)
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19. 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.
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20. 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.
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21. 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!
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22. 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.”
23. 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
23. 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
25. 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
26. 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
27. 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
28. 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
29. 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
30. 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
31. 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.
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32. 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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33. Sort and match shapes.
Draw shape across both sides of the egg. Then break them apart for little ones to match up.
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34. 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
35. 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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36. 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 eggs and do a little incredible star-gazing. (Note: this activity requires dyeable plastic eggs. Find some here.)
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37. 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!
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38. 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.
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39. 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.
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40. Build a Humpty Dumpty sensory bin.
Read the story to your students and then let them use a sensory bin filled with eggs and felt characters and numbers.
Learn more: My Storytime Corner
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