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Plastic eggs are not just for the Easter season! Use these cheap accessories to occupy and entertain your toddler during those long winter days. Check out our fun letter hunt activity enjoyed by my 3 year old!
Last summer my girls had lots of fun splashing around at their stand up water table but once the weather turned chilly and we were no longer using it outside for water play, I decided to clean it and bring it inside for special sensory table activities. This is the first of many sensory table activities I hope to do this winter.
Since Brielle is really into learning letters lately, I used some simple items we already had in our craft closet and holiday bins to put together this activity one evening after Hailey went to bed.
- Plastic Easter Eggs (seriously you can never have enough to keep buying them during the after holiday clearance sales!)
- Paper and Marker (I cut a long piece from our paper roll)
- Letter shapes (our magnetic ones came with our beloved easel!)
The setup was simple, write all the letters and numbers on the paper and fill the eggs with the letters.
Once she opened an egg and identified out loud what letter or number was inside, she was off to hunt on the sheet for its location.
Tip: while Brielle is focused on her letters, she doesn’t yet recognize most numbers. I wrote them all in order, staring with “0”. If we do this again, I’d start with “1” and put “0” after “9”. When I’d tell her what number was in her hand and ask her to count until she finds it on the sheet, she got confused as the “0” was in that first spot.
She thought this was really fun and got excited when she immediately could recognize the letter inside the egg. I also had some eggs that still had stickers in them from our last activity, which were just a bonus to her.
She did this for a solid 45 minutes before her attention started to waver and I had to jump in and help for the last few. Next time I would take out those extra eggs that were filled with stickers so she had a focus on just letters.
Overall I think it was a great first step into educational play activities with her this winter and can’t wait to try more and get Hailey involved in sensory table play!