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The Easter Bunny has visited our house for more than 14 years, each time hiding a bunch of (plastic) eggs.  I hate throwing things out -- so with more than 100 of these crazy things in the house, I really needed to find some good ways to put them to use. 

Here are some fun & practical ways to reuse plastic eggs.

 

Fun Ways to Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs

 

The Egg Jar

Everything is more fun when it's hidden in a colored egg!  Put a bunch of eggs in a large container and you can use them for some fun things:

 

1.  SPELLING

Write your child's spelling words on a slip of paper and put each one in an egg - then let them pick an egg and you can read them the word.  It also works great for math facts.  Doing homework was never this fun!

 

2.  READING

Write the names of spring picture books or favorite books on paper slips and put them in the eggs.  Then your kids can pick an egg each night to choose their bedtime story.

 

3.  HOUSEHOLD JOBS

Have a hard time getting kids to do their chores/jobs?  Use the eggs!  Fill each egg with the name of a job/chore - kids can choose an egg each day to learn how they can help around the house.

 

4.  MATH

Use the eggs in the large bin to help kids practice their estimation skills - ask them how many eggs they think are in the jar, and then take them out and count them.  This is also a fun game if you're hosting an Easter Brunch - have each guest guess how many eggs are in the jar and give a small prize to the winner.


5.  MORE MATH

Another idea for math practice - fill each egg with a coin, have your child choose one egg color, pull out all the eggs of that color and add up the coins.  Then move on to another color.  This helps with coin recognition and counting money skills.


6.  SCIENCE

Visit No Time for Flash Cards for a great "Does it Sink or Float" science activity using plastic eggs.  Thanks Allison!

 

7. JUST PLAIN FUN

Fill the eggs with small snacks (raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit) and let your kids randomly choose what will be in their snack mix each day for a fun after-school treat ;)

 

Recycled Craft Ideas

For the next few ideas, you'll need what I call "pac-man eggs" - the eggs that are attached when you open them.

 

Make your own Easter Egg Wreath

 

8.  EASTER EGG WREATH 

I love this because it's so easy & colorful!  Find a dozen or more of the same size "pac-man" type eggs and open them all.  Then attach two eggs together by snapping the top of one to the bottom of the other. 

Continue to connect a top from one egg to the bottom of another (they should all snap together easy since they will be the same size).  When you get to the last one, just connect it to the one you began with, and TA-DA! - Instant egg wreath for spring!

 

Wearable Eggs

9.  BRACELET

My daughter gets credit for this next one (she's so creative!) - she put the eggs together in the same way (connect the bottom of one "pac-man" egg to the top of another) and made a shiny and fun egg bracelet.

 

10. HAIR DECORATION

Or decorate a ponytail by putting an egg chain around it.

 

What are some fun ways you recycle or reuse plastic eggs??

 

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Comments

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Tina @ Mamas Like Me Monday, 25 February 2013 · Edit Reply

I absolutely LOVE that egg wreath! Pinned this great list :)

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Mary Catherine Monday, 11 March 2013 · Edit Reply

Thanks for some great ideas about what to do with those leftover plastic eggs! I'm loving the egg bracelet. :)

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Kirstylee Wednesday, 27 March 2013 · Edit Reply

These are great ideas. I especially love the spelling one. What a perfect way to make spelling fun!

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MrsV Thursday, 28 March 2013 · Edit Reply

I work with first grade students. On the top and bottom of each egg I wrote 1-12. The children can put different eggs together and add the two digits. In lower grades you could match the numbers. In higher grades you could multiply the numbers or use keep adding digits.

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holli Tuesday, 02 April 2013 · Edit Reply

This is also wonderful. Will post this link on my FB page. Love it!

Holli @ Full Hands, Full Hearts

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Barb @ A Life in Balance Wednesday, 05 March 2014 · Edit Reply

I love all the egg ideas! We have a ton, too with 5 kids over 17 years of Easter.

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Carol Saturday, 08 March 2014 · Edit Reply

You can use plastic eggs to shake dice and roll for board games.

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Jill Sunday, 16 March 2014 · Edit Reply

Great ideas!

We usually reuse plastic eggs for a few years honestly!
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Sylvia Jackson Tuesday, 18 March 2014 · Edit Reply

The Easter egg wreathe is awesome.

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Tracey Monday, 24 March 2014 · Edit Reply

Great ideas! I am going to try the spelling one this week with my oldest. It should make doing homework a LOT more fun!

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Kelly Thursday, 27 March 2014 · Edit Reply

use the top and bottom to write numbers eg. top '8', bottom 'eight'. match word to number. this can be used for matching all sorts of maths facts, upper and lower case letters, sight words, word families, antonyms etc.

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Yvetta N Monday, 07 April 2014 · Edit Reply

After Easter, we used the extra eggs to make egg maracas. We used paper mache' and paint to create some fun looks. The children enjoyed making them so much that we made many extra and donated them to a local preschool for fun music time. Just make sure to seal them and make sure the kids are old enough to not put them in their mouth. :p

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