Need a fun activity for your plastic Easter eggs? This fine motor Easter activity is eggcellent! (see what I did there?) Here we are, a week away from Easter and a pile of plastic eggs that need love. I had the perfect fine motor Easter activity for my toddler and preschooler that I cannot wait to share with you.
You don’t need to spend much money to help improve a child’s fine motor strength, and this simple activity with a box and kitchen tongs is here to prove it.
This Easter activity is simple
- Grab the plastic Easter egg from the bowl using kitchen tongs.
- Drop the egg into the hole.
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What are your toddler and preschooler learning?
- Fine motor strength when grasping the eggs
- Hand-eye coordination
- Holding the egg steady to place it into the box or container
- Moving left to right (just like we read and write)
- Squeezing just enough to transfer the egg but not too much so that it comes apart
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Good news! We like to keep things simple; many of these supplies will already be in your home. Grab a box and take a look at the supplies listed below.
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Plastic Easter Eggs
Colorful plastic Easter eggs to use this year and save for next!
Tongs are incredible for fine motor strength! Get yourself a few of these to get your little ones practicing.
My toddler LOVED this fine motor Easter activity
Not only did he play multiple times, but then he began playing by his own rules. Do I allow this? Certainly! Listen carefully, and you will hear your toddler take the play promptly in a direction that wows you.
Remember, toddler activities serve a few intentions:
- Allow a child to create
- Expose a child to a skill
- To be able to drink your morning coffee as your child plays
PRO TIP: Provide the idea and allow some flexibility to let children take the lead.
Preschool variation to the fine motor activity
I changed our game slightly for my almost five-year-old by swapping the box for an egg carton. Doing so would require a more steady hand and coordination. I knew he was ready for the next level.
My preschooler’s task was to pick up and carry each egg. I told my son that the eggs were lava and hot to the touch. (We take lava very seriously here, so that was a no-brainer for him to use the tongs.)
The egg crate was the cooling section, so he could arrange the eggs once they entered to his liking. Again, I provided the Breakfast Invitation play prompt, and my preschooler put his spin on learning.
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This fine motor activity is like our other favorites that reuse a box to play.
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