Now the egg hunts and Easter is over. Surely there is some educational use for these eggs and candy. Short of sending your children into a sugar overload and filling recycling bins or storage bins with little plastic eggs; what do you do with all those leftover plastic Easter eggs and all the candy that filled them? You worked so hard to help fill hundreds, even thousands, of those little colorful plastic eggs. Have some fun with your leftover Easter candy and plastic eggs. Click through the list of nine helpful hints as to how to put these leftover candy and eggs to a purposeful use in learning.
Peeps Reenact History Scenes
Reenact a scene out of history, using marshmallow Peeps or chocolate Easter bunnies. Gather a variety of pre-wrapped candy shapes, and use wrapped candies to form houses or forts. For instance, Pixie Stix are great for forming triangular or square shapes, while wrapped hard candies or foil-wrapped chocolate eggs are great for creating circular objects.
Use pieces of candy for addition and subtraction word problems. It’s up to you if you choose to reward your child with eating some of the candy as a reward for correct answers, or for life-action subtraction.
Assemble your own Easter story for Bible time. Set aside a dozen of the eggs, and gather the pieces to fill your own Resurrection eggs set.
Egg Snack Trays
Of course, jelly beans can be replaced with snack-sized pieces of cheese or veggies. For snack time, fill the eggs with juice. Put them in the freezer. When they’re frozen, pop open one end of the egg, and you have a ready-made Egg-shaped popsicle. Or, fill each egg with small healthy snacks and display on the table as a snacking tray for healthy eating. Fill the eggs with cheerios, or other finger snacks, and they work great for a portable toddler treat pack throughout the year.
Creative Egg Flash Cards
Ditch the flashcards, and make your own set of colorful plastic egg alternatives. On the outside of each egg, write a vocabulary word or fact word. This could be names of presidents and their order number, state names matched with their capitols, scientific terms. Either write the fact and the answer on each side of the eggs and match them up, or write the memory word on the outside of the plastic shell and fill the inside with a slip of paper containing the answer. Go as elaborate or as simple as you choose. For elaborate, have students decorate eggs to match baby animals with their mature mommies. For instance, a hatchling with a hen or a calf with a cow.
Candy Shape Sorting
Have a preschool or early elementary child sort the candy by color, shape, or size. Do the same with different pieces of candy. Arrange the eggs or candy into shapes or patterns. Venn diagrams can even be used with plastic eggs or pieces of candy.
Musical Egg Shakers
Fill the eggs with rice or beans, tape or glue closed, and you have some ready-made shakers that work great for rhythm instruments. Put on some classical music, or learn different beats.
Plastic Easter eggs make excellent matching game toys for preschoolers or Kindergarteners. Line up the short ends with sequential numbers or letters. Use a black marker to write numbers and their corresponding number of dots or a capital letter on one half and a lower case letter on the other. Or, draw a clock and its corresponding time on matching pieces, and they are good for students even into early elementary.
Beautiful Egg Art
The eggs come in handy for creative art projects as well. Use your imagination, and decorate the eggs by drawing faces on them, painting them, or wrapping them in colorful tape. Or, dip them in paint and press them onto some poster board to create some fun art projects.