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What To Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

I have a huge bag of plastic Easter eggs waiting to head to the attic. It seems silly to me that I am storing an item that is so rarely used. As I was filling Easter baskets, I was brainstorming some ways we could stretch their usefulness in my home. 

Here’s what I came up with (I’m sure Pinterest is OVERFLOWING with more activities, and I’m sure my kids will give me some plans of their own. This is just a very basic start.):

1. Matching Sight words

Sight words can be challenging to learn! Being able to pick a word out of a pile requires some great thinking skills! Begin with the eggs that detach. If you need to, cut the connector tab.  I recommend using the same color eggs, so you know your child is reading, not color-matching. Using a Sharpie (does that word make anyone else happy?), write the same sight word on the top and the bottom. Repeat this for 9-14 words. Put the egg halves in a pile, and have your child match them. If it seems too simple, add in a timer! The faster a child can recognize their sight words, the better! Play for a few days until they memorize those words. Then you can begin with a new group of words.

2. Fill and Weigh

Go for a search around your home for items that could fit in the eggs. Fill at least 10 eggs. Guess which item will be heaviest. Then weigh the filled eggs on a balance. Talk about lightest and heaviest. Experiment with egg combinations to balance the weights.

3. Color Sort

I know this idea is quite simple, but it’s great for toddlers. Pick one egg up and announce the color, “Blue”. Ask, “Can you find me another blue egg?” Continue until all of the blue eggs are in a pile. Then try another color. You could also set out colored pieces of construction paper, and have your child set the correct color eggs on the paper. 

4. Secret object

Hide an object in the egg. Give clues until your child can guess what the object is. If it gets too tricky, open the egg for the reveal, and then let them try. Take turns until you run out of tiny objects. You may want to start with a container of small items such as a rubber band, uncooked pasta, a few tiny toys, etc… That way your child has a starting point from which to guess.

5. Patterns

Pick out eggs and place them in a repeating pattern in a line. Start simply. See if your child can discover the pattern, and then let them create one. Take turns, and get more challenging to keep it exciting.

6. Addition and Subtraction

Easter Egg Alphabet Games
Easter Egg Math Games

This will take a few moments of prep work. Using a Sharpie and the disconnected egg halves (I recommend using all the same color eggs for this one again), write a number and a plus sign (or minus sign) on the top section, and an addend on the bottom section. Place the correct sum of Cheerios, raisins, or another snack inside. For example, “9 + “ goes on the top, “7” goes on the bottom, and 16 Cheerios go inside. Have your child solve the fact, open the egg, and count the Cheerios to see if they were correct. If they were, let them eat the snack. 

You could also skip the snack, and place the addends on the top half (“9 + 7”), and the sum on the bottom half (“16”). Disconnect the eggs, and have your child connect the eggs until all of the eggs are complete.

7. Uppercase to Lowercase

Easter Egg Addition Games

Again using the same-colored detachable egg halves, write an uppercase letter on the top section and a lowercase letter on the bottom. Have your child rummage through the pile to connect them. 

8. Counting

Simply count the eggs! This requires no prep and you can do it over and over. Group the eggs by color if you wish, then count each group, and then add the groups. That way you are working on addition too.

9. Guessing Capacity

Using the tiny objects you found for the “Secret Object” or “Fill and Weigh” activities, ask your child how many of that item will fit inside an egg. For example, “How many paper clips will fit inside this egg?” Keep filling up the egg until you reach your answer. Try this with several items until you see your child’s estimation skills become precise.

10. Let them be the creators!

Let your child play with the eggs in water, sand, or play dough. Just let them fill, spill, and explore! Or, with some supervision, let your child use stickers, glue, googly eyes, and markers to design their own eggs. This may not be the most educational idea, but it is cheap and fun!


Posted on April 8, 2015 and filed under Building Your Home.

Creating Memories of Dad

Sadly, my father passed away when I was pregnant with my first child. Obviously heartbroken, I was determined to help my children experience as much of their grandfather as I could summon. One undeniable fact about him: my dad had great style.


Whatever the occasion, he was prepared and dressed appropriately. So when I found out I was expecting a son, I chose five favorites from my dad’s dress shirt collection. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to utilize them, but I knew I had to have a touch of my dad’s style in the baby’s nursery. A pillow case turned out to be the best use for those stylish threads.

I am a novice seamstress, so typically I see a picture or get an idea in my head, and just figure it out as I go. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest projects I’ve tackled.

how to sew pillows from mens shirts

Simply buy a pillow form, remove the shirt's pocket, cut the shirt into two squares—making sure to leave a 2-inch border around the pillow for sewing. Next you turn the squares inside out and sew three sides together. Turn the pillow case over, insert the pillow form, and sew the final side. (More detailed pillowcase sewing tutorials can be found on the web.) I am in the process of embellishing the light blue pillow with ribbons. Many fun details can be added should a simply-patterned shirt be chosen.

A couple of tips about this project:

  • Leaving the button seam as a detail allows for a washable slipcover!
  • Resew the pocket onto the front to place sweet notes in for your child.

Fast forward a bit… I am now expecting my third son and I love having a keepsake of my father’s style for each of my boys. When I see the pillows, it reminds me to talk about my sweet dad. I intend someday to put memories of him in that front pocket, and to encourage my kids with something my dad would love about them.

I will also admit that I am looking forward to the day I bring home a baby girl and I get to make her a little dress out of one of Dad’s shirts. Until then, I will cherish every tickle match that occurs on the fabric of those treasured pillows.

Posted on March 5, 2015 and filed under Building Your Family.