Easter Egg Box for Toddlers

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Activities for Toddlers for Easter

I love using Easter eggs for all kinds of activities with toddlers.

Here’s a version for children who are at the early talker or prelinguistic level targeting attention, turn taking, and early imitating and requesting.

Materials: Cut holes of various sizes in the top and sides of a larger cardboard box. Gather lots of plastic Easter eggs.

How to Play and What to Say

Show the child how to push the eggs through the holes in the box. Establish a cute verbal routine with single words and short phrases to use as you play. Say something like, “Egg. See? Push! In!” Ask something such as, “Where did it go?” Repeat with all the eggs.

When the box is full, shake the box and say, “Listen! Shake! Shake! Shake! I hear it! Eggs! Let’s get them out!” Dump the eggs out with a cute verbal routine such as, “1…2…3…Whee!” Pause to see if a child will fill in a word like “3” or “Whee” after you’ve said the same words many, many times.  Repeat the routine using your same words.

If a child is developmentally ready, cue him to request another egg by saying “egg” or another all-purpose requesting word or using signs such as “more” and “please.” By doing this, you’re teaching requesting without the pressure of changing the target word.

For children who don’t understand how to ask for what they want, be sure to work on requesting nonverbally using signs or gestures.

Activity Variations

This activity will be especially FUN using many, many eggs with small groups of children in daycare, group sessions, or even siblings at home. Once the children have explored and played with the box, introduce a “racing” kind of game. Place the box across the room and show the children how to run get an egg from a bucket or container and then run back to shove it in the hole in the box. There’s no need to use teams or determine “winners” for this kind of game with young children. After the eggs are finished, clap, cheer and repeat the activity!

When other children who are verbal are present, set up requesting situations so that the child you’re working with can hear other children ask for the eggs. If the child you’re working with signs, teach the other children the same sign/s to use to request another egg.

 

Laura

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