Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Noisy eggs

To add a communication and  language spin to an Easter activity, why not hide different objects in plastic Easter eggs. Encourage your child to shake the eggs and find its matching noisy egg. By listening to the different sounds of the eggs and discriminating them, they will develop sound recognition, this in turn will assist with recognizing letter sounds. So get shaking and have fun!                                                

Who can play?
The activity is intended for children aged 3 years and over. However, f you add cello tape to the seal of the eggs younger children would love experimenting with the sounds the shaker makes (ensure that they are supervised at all times)

Be aware of the choking hazards that the objects could cause. Supervise children when playing this game, especially if little ones are around.

What do you need?
  • 12 Plastic eggs
  • Objects to place in eggs. I used rice, pasta, bells, pom poms, beans and left two empty.
  • Basket/tub to hide the eggs in
  • Shredded paper
  • Empty egg box that fits 12 eggs
  • Cello tape if you want to seal the eggs (so that the objects do not fall out)
How to set up the activity:
Taking 2 plastic eggs at a time, I filled them with the objects mentioned above. So that I had 6 pairs of noisy eggs. I placed some shredded paper in a basket and scattered the eggs inside. Next to the basket I positioned the egg box, ready for the eggs to be collected, explored and placed inside.


What did we do?
Bee looked excited when she saw the activity. She loved played hide and seek with the eggs in the shredded paper. She would take them out and shake them vigorously and then place them back into the basket.

Her next choice was to shake the eggs and then empty its contents on the floor. We talked about the objects she had found inside and she said "I knew that egg had rice inside!"

By this stage, the floor was getting a bit 'messy' so we began to put the objects back in their eggs. Bee enjoyed sorting the objects into their groups and counting them whilst putting them back in the eggs. 
She was also developing her fine manipulative skills whilst picking them up.

I then introduced the noisy egg game. The aim was to shake the eggs and find its matching egg. At first she didn't really seem interested, but I made it fun by saying I was a chicken and wanted to sit on my eggs, so that they could hatch. Before I could sit on my eggs, they had to be sorted into matching sounds. This got her attention and she soon began on the task.
Firstly she would shake and egg next to her ear, then pick up a matching colour egg and shake that too.

Once she had found the matching sound, she placed them next to each other in the egg box.

The eggs that contained the beans and rice sounded very similar, so Bee had to really concentrate to discriminate them. 
Bee figured out that eggs of the same colour, were also of the same sound, so I swapped them around to increase the challenge. At first she was surprised but it made her really listen to each egg for the matching sound.

Once the box was full, she asked me to sit on the eggs to hatch them. She thought this was very funny. Unfortunately, I do not have a photograph of this to show you.

What did we learn?
  • Communication and language- Listening to the sounds inside the eggs and matching them. Discriminating them and describing what she thought was inside.
  • Physical development- Fine manipulative skills when picking up objects and placing them in the eggs. Large manipulative when shaking the eggs. Developing coordination.
  • Personal, social and emotional- Playing a game together and developing relationships/social skills, 
  • Mathematics- Sorting objects, classifying and matching. Counting objects and eggs.
  • Understanding of the world- Learning about where an egg comes from and how it hatches.
  • Expressive arts and design- Making music with the shakers.
What could be done next?
  • Sing the I know a chicken song whilst shaking the eggs.
  • Play with the shredded paper. Trust me it might get messy, but the kids will love this activity.

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