ABC Egg Match: a fun Easter literacy activity.
Hippity Hop friends – Easter is on its way! With all these plastic Easter eggs floating around, we decided to build a simple Easter literacy activity using them. It worked perfectly!
Alphabet activities are a great way to build early literacy with your toddler or preschooler. This activity focuses on letter names and recognizing upper and lower case letters.
Setting up this Easter literacy activity was quick and easy.
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- Plastic eggs
- Empty egg carton
To set up an ABC egg match, I first pulled apart 12 plastic eggs and put them back together with mismatched colors (pink with white, etc). Next, I wrote an upper letter on the top half and a lower case letter on the bottom.
I did pick my letters carefully and chose 12 letters that look wildly different in upper and lower case form. Think letter Ee not letter Ss. My goal for this activity was to have my son (2.5) matching and identifying that Ff is an Ff regardless of which form is written.
Once my eggs were all alphabet labeled, I broke them apart and set them in a tray for my son to sift through. I did the first letter with him to model the process and off he went!
There were two fantastic challenges to this activity that I hadn’t expected. 1. All the lower case letters were then upside down as they sat waiting to be “found”. I was a little concerned when I noticed this but he still did great and was able to recognize the letters and their mates even upside down!
2. The other challenge was in actually attaching the top half to the bottom half. Tricky tricky! Eventually, with a little mom guidance, he started to get it down.
I loved this activity and I see so many great extensions or variations from it. You could draw shapes on the eggs to match. You could ask your toddler to find the correct colored top and bottom if they are working on color recognition. Oh – my other favorite: write a numeral on one half and draw corresponding dots on the other. So many possibilities!
This Easter literacy activity was perfect for us. It was easy to set up and fun to play. The added bonus is we are loving having these alphabet Easter eggs to play other games with, too.