- Age Guideline: 3 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Plastic Eggs
- Ping Pong Balls
- Permanent Marker
If you are making an alphabet game, you need 26 plastic eggs and 26 plastic balls. On each of the plastic eggs, write an upper case letter. Write a different letter on each egg so you have the entire alphabet on 26 different eggs. On each of the ping pong balls, write a lower case letter. Again, write a different letter on each ping pong ball. Place each ping pong ball into the corresponding egg (the 'a' ping pong should go in the 'A' egg, the 'b' ping pong ball should go into the 'B' egg, and so on).
These can be used for many educational games. Use your imagination!
For one game, you can spread out the eggs and balls and have the child find the matches and place the balls in the eggs.
For younger kids, just dump the eggs and/or balls on the carpet and have a search for the letter that you call out. For example, you say "find the letter r". The child or children then search through the balls to find it.
Another idea is to have the child line up the eggs and/or balls in alphabetical order.
If you want to work on number recognition and counting skills, write a different number on each egg. Draw a corresponding number of dots on each ball. Instead of dots, you can use small stickers. Place each ball in the matching egg.
Now, you can use any or all of the above alphabet games with the number eggs.
You can even expand on this idea farther to work on grammar skills, math skills, etc. Again, use your imagination!
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