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E is for Egg Cartons

And yet another fantastic alphabet activity from Pinterest that Noah absolutely loved:

(Here’s the original pin:)

Letter of the week – Egg Carton E

Let’s face it, arts and crafts are messy.  And it’s just not worth it to me to do 15 minutes of supply gathering and prep work in order to do a 5-minute activity followed by another 15 minutes of cleanup.  For what?  For an awesome project that might make it to the honorable mention sections of my wall and might not.

I loved the thriftiness, the look and the sensory appeal of this egg carton E, but what I loved even more is that I saw several ways to extend the use of this project.  Here’s my version:

Activity:  Egg carton E

Supplies:

  1. Egg carton cut into four sections:  One with five cups, three with two cups.
  2. Large piece of construction paper, cardstock or poster board.
  3. Bottled glue and a paintbrush.
  4. Permanent marker.

Directions:

  1. Draw an upper-case E on your poster board in the size that will be covered by your egg cartons.  Draw a smaller E underneath to serve as a model.
  2. Allow your child to paint glue onto the bottom of the egg carton segments and glue them on the cardboard E.  The longest segment should be used to form the vertical line of the E.
  3. Allow to dry and then hang or proceed to extension activities.

Extension Activity 1:  1:1 Pom Pom Correspondence

This extension activity is pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll let the picture do the talking – ice tongs, pom poms and your egg carton E.

Extension Activity 2:   Uppercase E and Lowercase E Egg Matching

Color Coding Labels, which can be found in the office supply section of your local store, are extremely helpful when it comes to multi-purposing materials.

For this activity, rather than try to fit my pen into the egg carton sections to write the letters, I wrote 5 uppercase E’s and 6 lowercase e’s on the stickers and then applied them to the egg carton sections.  When finished, this approach allows you either to simply remove the stickers and apply new ones, or you can apply a new sticker directly over the old ones. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Then I wrote the same number of E’s and e’s on plastic eggs.  Noah’s job was to match the uppercase and lowercase egg Es to the uppercase and lowercase E sections of the egg carton.  If I didn’t have so many plastic eggs to use up, I would have used the removable color coding labels on the eggs as well.

Do-It-Yourself Light Box

After a little research,  I whipped up my own version of those highly acclaimed light boxes I keep hearing so much about.  It was way easy, and I’m thrilled to have another medium for Noah to explore.

Project:  Do-It-Yourself Light box

Supplies:  

  1. 9 x 12 metal pan with clear or opaque lid
  2. aluminum foil
  3. sheet of white typing paper or parchment paper
  4. battery-operated light source (I used two small push lights and one 6-inch flourescent light)
  5. double-sided tape

Directions:

  1. Line pan with aluminum foil (for its reflection properties), extending up the sides of the pan.  Hold in place with double-sided tape.
  2. Tape paper to the top of the lid.
  3. Adhere lights to the inside of the pan with double-sided tape.
  4. Turn lights on.
  5. Turn lid upside down on top of pan.
  6. Take light box into a dark room and add a little imagination.

Now’s the fun part!  Start searching your house and your local dollar store for items to use on your new light box.  Colored translucent objects are spectacular on this, but anything that benefits from backlighting will be delightful fun for your little one.

Hunting for Plastic Eggs on the Light Box

I’ve been seeing a lot lately in the way of activities based around those oh-so-groovy light boxes.  I decided to give it a try and came up with my own low-budget version of a light box.  Then came the hard part, what in the world to do with it.  With plastic Easter eggs everywhere I look, there was only one answer for this day.

Noah just did color matching today on the light box.  We opened up the eggs and separated the top from the bottom and spread them out on the box.  I love the way these eggs are made, because it gave us a great opportunity to review big and little.  For each egg Noah needed a big half and a little half, and of course we reviewed our colors.  He couldn’t wait to get her hands on this, neither could Bella or Andres.  This was a great fine motor exercise as well with all the opening, closing and snapping.

I’m not quite sure why kids love these light boxes so much, but I think I’ll go with it.  Noah didn’t so much as peep a protest during this activity.  Whatever works, right?