Oh, Easter. What a fun holiday. I love putting together cute Easter baskets and watching the excitement of my kiddos during an Easter egg hunt. And this year, I decided to stretch out the festivities a little longer than the usual one weekend fling.
We already had a ton of plastic Easter eggs, so I figured – why not really put them to good use?
Every new Easter Egg activity we tried was SUPER easy. And kept my kiddos entertained for a good long while. Which is always a win for tired moms, right? In fact, my daughter kept coming back to some of her favorite activities, over and over again, all on her own.
So, if you’ve got some Easter eggs just sitting in a box collecting dust, here’s your sign to pull them out and introduce these fun new activities to your kids!
No Extra Materials or Prep Needed
1 – Building towers: Separate the Easter eggs into halves (you may need to break the skinny plastic piece that sometimes connects them). Help your toddler stack the eggs together to form a tower. You could sort the egg pieces by color or simply see how tall of a tower you can create before it falls over.
2 – Easter egg train: I’m not sure why kids love this activity so much, but hey, it’s sooo easy, so I’m all for it! The gist of the activity is to just line the eggs up in a long “train” on the floor. You could make trains that are specific colors or introduce the concept of simple patterns (red-blue-red-blue). You could also encourage counting – “make a train with 5 eggs” or “make a train with 16 eggs.” Or say something like “let’s see how long you can make this train!” Seriously, so many possibilities for such an easy activity.
3 – Create shapes: Use your Easter eggs to create shapes and pictures on the floor. My daughter loved making flowers and triangles.
4 – Sorting colors: We’ve already talked a little bit about color sorting, but this could be a fun activity all by itself. Simply sort the eggs into piles by color. That’s it. Easy peasy. (Or, if you want to take it up a notch, consider using other objects with distinct colors. Like pompoms, stickers, or small toys. Sort those objects into matching eggs.)
Activities with Paint
5 – Circle stamps: Open the egg and coat the end in a small amount of paint. Show your toddler how to press the egg onto a piece of paper to create a stamp.
6 – Paint roll: With the egg closed, dip it in paint. Tape a piece of paper onto a ramp, and roll the egg down over and over. You could also tape a piece of paper to the inside of a box (or cooking dish- we used a 9×13 pan), drop the painted egg inside, and let your toddler move the box around to create a similar painting.
7 – Paint and wash eggs: Let your toddler paint a couple of Easter eggs. Sometimes it’s fun to have a different “canvas” and Easter eggs are perfect for this! Because they’re plastic, the paint will stick long enough for a fun activity but be super easy to remove later. We even made an activity out of washing the eggs later. I gave my toddler a small bowl of soapy water and a sponge. And then she got to scrub the eggs clean. She loved both the painting and the washing. (Our 1 year old enjoyed “painting” with water too!)
Activities with Tape & String
8 – Rescue the eggs: Place your eggs inside a box, and put tape in crisscross patterns across the top, leaving some gaps. Let your toddler try to retrieve the eggs by reaching through or removing the strands of tape. My toddler loved using tongs to reach through and grab each egg.
9 – Taping as a skill: Show your toddler how to tape eggs to a flat surface, such as a tabletop or the side of a box. We found it easier to give our toddler pre-cut tape strands. But if your kiddo is old enough to do this activity independently, go for it! We also tried pinning our eggs to the same box with thumb tacks- a even finer motor skill.
10 – Fill the shapes: Use tape (or string) to outline a few simple shapes on the floor. Then, let your toddler fill in the shapes with their Easter eggs. Again, color sorting is optional here.
11 – Egg chain: A lot of Easter Eggs come with tiny holes on each end. I’m not sure why. But I’m not complaining because it works great for this activity! Cut a length of yarn or string, about 12-15 inches, and tightly wrap tape around one end to form a sort of needlepoint. Then, tie a knot in the other end. Show your kiddo how to push the needlepoint end through the holes in your Easter eggs. (It works better if the eggs are in halves.) Let them keep stringing eggs onto the yarn to their hearts content. This was one of my daughter’s favorite activities.
12 – Egg action prompts: On small pieces of paper, write various prompts – hop like a bunny, roll like an egg, flap your arms like a butterfly, etc – and place them inside the eggs. Scatter your eggs on the floor or hide them around the room. As you go from one egg to the next, encourage your toddler to follow the prompts.
13 – Hot and cold: This one is super easy and a classic. This only require one Easter egg. Hide the egg somewhere in the room, and teach your toddler how to play the game. In case this game is not familiar to you, here’s how it goes.. When they move closer to the egg, you say “warmer,” and when they move further away, you say “colder.” When they’ve nearly reached the egg, say “hot!” After your toddler understands the concept, let them try hiding the egg, while you become the seeker.
14 – Egg toss: Okay, there are a ton of variations on this activity. Basically, you’re just going to use the Easter eggs like balls. So, you could toss an egg back and forth or pass it around like hot potato. My preferred activity would be to encourage my toddler to toss the eggs into a box, basket, or some other goal. You could even set up a point system, with closer baskets being 1 point and further baskets being 5 points. That way, there’s a clear purpose and eggs aren’t just being thrown around chaotically. Because, you know, kids.
15 – Clean up (or something like that): This is worth mentioning because I think we as moms sometimes overcomplicate things. Kids can find entertainment in simplicity, and that was definitely the case for my 1 year old. I was a little surprised by how excited he was when it came time for clean up. He LOVED picking up each Easter egg and putting it away in a box. Then he dumped the eggs out all over the floor, and happily cleaned them up again. Don’t forget to watch for these simple and sweet moments. Whether it looks like an official activity or not, your kiddo is likely to come up with their own happy form of play. And when they do, don’t stop them or be too eager to move on to the next thing.
There you have it! 15 super easy activities to get your moneys worth out of those Easter eggs!
Let me know which activity you’re excited to try! I love hearing from you!
Are you looking for a way to make Easter more Christ-centered? In addition to all of our fun Easter egg activities and annual festivities, we started a new tradition this year! We did an Easter Advent Activity to focus on Christ and explore Holy Week. Check it out here!