Everyone’s got a favorite egg salad recipe to put all of the hardboiled eggs to use, but what can you do with the leftover PLASTIC eggs? There are always more plastic eggs than jelly beans and no one remembers where their plastic eggs are a year later. Here are some tips for fun educational activities and other uses for the leftover plastic eggs.
Hold Small Snacks: Put goldfish crackers, pretzel bites, Cheerios or whatever your kids may be snacking on in these fun-size snack holders. They make a nice change from the plastic bags and they add a little variety to your day. And to top it off, they are easier to find in your car, bag or whatever you use on the go.
Play Egg Word Scramble: This is a great activity for older children who are working on spelling. All you need is some alphabet letters and either matching objects or pictures. Place both the letters and the object in the same egg. Explain to your child that each egg contains an object (or picture) and the letters that spell that object. Then have them open the egg and see if they can spell the word.
An alternative for older kids is to put letters in the eggs and have kids make as many words out of the letters as they can.
Play Object Matching: Put pictures of small objects in the eggs. You need two of each object or picture. Have the kids one open all the eggs and then find the matching pairs.
An alternative for older children or to make it a little more challenging, place all the eggs in an empty egg carton and play little memory game by making them find two eggs that have matching objects or pictures.
Get Crafty for Halloween: Plastic eggs make great spider bodies. Paint the eggs back and glue four black pipe cleaners on one side. These are the legs. Use some white paint for the eyes and you have some scary spiders made out of your colorful eggs.
Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh: Stuff with potpourri and use the eggs as an air freshener by puncturing a small hole in the plastic or by using eggs that have holes in them already. Hide them under the couch, behind a chair, on a dresser….they keep your room smelling fresh all year long.
Donate Plastic Eggs: Give your leftover eggs to a church or organization that sponsors a community egg hunt. They’ll know where to find them the next time they need them!
No matter what you choose, you never need to let another plastic egg to waste.