When spring rolls around, you’ll find plastic eggs everywhere. But don’t throw them away after the egg hunts are done, as there’s still plenty to do with those magical little eggs! You would be surprised with all the creative ways they can be used to help kids learn math, practice spelling, explore STEM, and more. And don’t forget all the adorable crafts you can use them for! Check out our list of the best and most innovative plastic Easter egg activities!
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1. Play with Eggimals
Go wild with creativity and let kids turn plastic eggs into adorable animals. Give them felt, foam, beads, markers, glue, and other supplies, and you’ll be amazed at what they come up with!
2. Race plastic egg rockets
First, decorate eggs to look like rocket ships. Then, use a drinking straw attachment to help them zip their way along a string. Zoom!
Learn more: Inspiration Laboratories/Racing Rockets
3. Try to sink an egg
Kids learn best through hands-on experiments. Give them some plastic eggs and items to fill them, like coins, marbles, pom-poms, etc. Let them try to guess what will make the eggs sink in a bin of water, then check their predictions.
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4. Float fish in the tub
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5. 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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6. Make toy cupcakes
If you have a toy kitchen in your classroom, this is the perfect plastic Easter egg activity for you. Use paint pens to let your students decorate their “cupcake,” then add a pom-pom and wrapper as the finishing touches.
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7. 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!
8. 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.
9. Form compound words
Learning compound words? Try matching up plastic egg halves to make new ones!
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10. Match up uppercase and lowercase letters
This is the perfect activity for pre-readers since it will help them identify upper- and lower-case letter pairs. You can use letter stickers or just write the letters on the eggs with a Sharpie if you’re in a pinch.
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11. Match up contractions
Write out the expanded and contracted forms 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.
12. 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
13. 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
14. Determine if eggs will sink or float
Fill plastic eggs with different items, then have students hypothesize whether they will sink or float. Some ideas for fillers include LEGO bricks, feathers, coins, rocks, and dry pasta.
Learn more: No Time for Flash Cards
15. 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.”
Learn more: Little Bins for Little Hands/Number Recognition Game 1-20
16. Thread a number snake
Let little ones practice counting by stringing together egg halves labeled with numbers. Add some googly eyes to the first one, and you’ll have a cute little snake to play with too.
Learn more: I Can Teach My Child
17. 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!
Learn more: Inspiration Laboratories/Plastic Egg Hundreds
18. Replace flash cards with eggs
This is way more fun than flash cards, don’t you think? Simply write problems on one half and solutions on the other. Then let kids match away!
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19. Mix and match for a fractions lesson
Here’s another one of our favorite 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.)
20. 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.
21. 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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22. 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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23. 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
24. Get creative with kinetic sand
Start off by having your students enjoy some sensory play with the plastic eggs and the kinetic sand. Once they’ve done that for a while, watch this video and see if they can make a perfect circle shape using the eggs.
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25. 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
26. Teach genetics
Easter egg activities aren’t just for little ones. Try using this idea to tackle genetics as you introduce the concept of Punnett squares in your biology class.
Learn more: Science Matters
27. Conjugate foreign language verbs
Conjugating verbs (especially irregular ones) is one of those things that you just have to practice to learn. Match up subjects with their proper verbs for a fun way to get that practice!
Learn more: Spanish for You
28. Pack 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 and then have a tasty lunch!
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29. 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.
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30. 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.
Learn more: Little Bins for Little Hands/Fine Motor Activities
31. Spread eggs of kindness
While kids learn a lot of important lessons in school, lessons on kindness might just be the most important. Have students write messages of encouragement, love, or kindness and put them inside plastic eggs, then leave them around the school’s grounds for others to find.
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32. Shake it up and make some noise
Fill plastic eggs with different materials like colored sand, Poly-Pellets, and rice. Use them for a music lesson on rhythm and explore the different sounds each type makes.
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33. Float away with plastic egg hot-air balloons
This is one of those plastic 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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34. 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 during 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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35. Learn to recognize different emotions
Social-emotional learning is such an important part of school. Create different expressions on the tops and bottoms of plastic eggs and then let your students create their own emotion egg.
Learn more: A Little Pinch of Perfect
36. 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.
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37. Paint a plastic egg masterpiece
Circle art is one of our favorite plastic 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.
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38. 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.
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39. 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/Spinning Eggs
40. 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
41. 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.
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42. 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/Egg Stacks
43. Pot 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
44. 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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45. 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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46. Sort and match shapes
Draw a shape across both sides of the egg. Then break them apart for little ones to match up.
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47. 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
48. 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 using dyable plastic eggs and do a little stargazing.
Learn more: Dream a Little Bigger
49. 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.
Learn more: Teaching With Jennifer Findlay
50. 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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51. Build a Humpty Dumpty sensory bin
Read the familiar story to your students. Then let them play with a sensory bin filled with eggs and felt characters and numbers.
Learn more: My Storytime Corner
52. Experiment with light
Purchase some of these finger lights in bulk and let students experiment with putting different-colored lights inside different-colored eggs. This would make for a really cool glow-in-the-dark egg hunt too!
Learn more: Early Learning Ideas