Reuse, Reduce, Recycle–a saying that I hear so many times, yet fail to fully live out. We recycle in our home, but if I’m honest, I get stuck sometimes wondering how to reuse many items. I mean, come on Trader Joe’s, even though your characters joke about it on your grocery bags–I am not going to frame a bag and hang it on my wall! This year, however, I decided to reuse my son’s Easter eggs and transform them into learning tools. It made for a great Earth Day project and will foster learning in our home!
I started by collecting his empty eggs and grabbing my permanent marker. Then, I created a simple uppercase and lowercase letter matching egg for my daughter when she gets older. As pictured below, I wrote the uppercase alphabet on one side of the seam and lowercase on the other. With a twist of the egg, children can match the uppercase letter with the lowercase. A fun, easy tool for parents and children to gain understanding of uppercase and lowercase letters.
I wanted more of a challenge for my toddler, so I decided to take it a step further and make CVC–consonant, vowel, consonant–word family eggs. Be sure to check out the full list of CVC word families below. With each twist of the egg, a new word appears! I tried one with my 3 1/2 year old, and he took to it very quickly. What a fun learning tool to use at the breakfast table, in a waiting room, at a restaurant, or just sitting on the couch together!
CVC Word Families
-ad bad cad dad fad had lad mad pad rad sad
-ag bag gag hag jag lag nag rag sag tag wag
-am cam dam ham jam ram yam
-an ban can fan man pan ran tan van
-ap cap gap lap map nap rap sap tap yap zap
-ar bar car far gar jar par tar
-at bat cat fat hat mat pat rat sat vat
-ed bed fed led red wed
-en den hen men pen ten zen
-et bet jet let met net pet set vet wet yet
-ig big dig fig gig jig pig rig wig
-in bin fin gin kin pin sin tin win
-ip dip hip lip nip rip sip tip zip
-it bit fit hit lit pit sit wit (I intentionally let off zit. We will leave that for the teenage years!)
-og bog dog fog hog jog log
-op bop cop hop mop pop sop top
-ot cot dot got hot jot lot not pot rot
-ow bow cow how now pow vow wow
-ox box fox lox
-ug bug dug hug jug lug mug pug rug tug
-un bun fun gun nun pun run sun
-ut but cut gut hut jut nut put rut
From my family to yours, I hope that you and your little ones enjoy reusing Easter eggs as learning tools!