Little kids love surprises! Witness their delight as they discover the unexpected inside inexpensive plastic Easter eggs, and create a painting as a result.
- an empty egg carton (to keep eggs upright)
- packet of 12 coloured plastic eggs, $2 from discount variety shop (make sure your eggs don’t have holes in them, some do!)
- paint (I used Crayola Washable paint pots which were $5.99 for six, from Woolworths – I bought these in my grocery shop one week)
- white paper
- glitter (optional)
- craft glue (optional)
1. Prepare the activity by pouring a teaspoon amount of paint into eight of the eggs. The paint must be quite thin to create the splatter effect, so you may need to add a small amount of water to it in a separate container first. Put some glitter into two more eggs, and some craft glue into the last two eggs. Remember which eggs contain the glue! Put the filled eggs into the cardboard
I split up the materials to make two kits, one for each of my boys, so they had six eggs each (four with paint, one with glitter and one with glue). I put different colours of paint into different coloured eggs to add to the element of surprise.
2. Place newspaper or tablecloth over your child’s work surface and put the white paper out. Let your child explore by opening each egg (but make sure if you’re using glue, that egg is opened first!)
3. Hang work on clothes drying rack or washing line to dry. This one can be used as gift wrap for Easter presents, to make a card for a special person, or to frame and treasure! This frame was under $5 from Ikea.
Rinse out your eggs and re-use them on Easter Sunday for a fun Easter hunt, as table decorations, or with some mini eggs inside for gifts!
Learn and Play
Toddlers crave independence. By giving them a little “kit” of materials and telling them to “go for it”, you are giving them space and resources to play and to create within the realm of their own ability. Because this activity is exploratory and play-based (opening the eggs and splattering the paint), the focus is placed on the learning that occurs while the child creates – their creative process.
Your toddler uses their fine motor skills to crack open the eggs, and may find it a challenge to re-close the eggs. As your child opens and splatters each colour, tell him or her the colour’s name and ask your child to repeat it a few times. If your little one knows their colours already, ask them to predict which colour might come from which egg, and then find out the answers together.