Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

10 Fun Ways to Recycle Plastic Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny has visited our house for more than 14 years, each time hiding a bunch of (plastic) eggs. 

Sometimes the egg hunt is inside, other years there will be eggs in the yard. 

And somewhere along the way, my kids got the idea that the Bunny brings different eggs each year.  Not sure where it came up but there were very specific --

"We have to leave out empty baskets for him to fill but he'll bring different eggs Mom, don't worry" :) 

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!

 

 Fun ways to recycle and reuse plastic Easter Eggs

10 Ways to Recycle & Reuse Plastic Eggs

Everything is more fun when it's hidden in a colored egg! 

Place a bunch of eggs in a large container and you can use them for some fun things:

 

1. SPELLING or SIGHT WORD PRACTICE

Write your child's spelling words or sight 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 your favorite Easter 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.  Here's a free printable list of Spring jobs that kids can help do around the house if you need ideas.

 

4.  MATH

Place the eggs in the large bin and younger kids can work on their counting.  For older kids, it will help them 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.  SNACK TIME 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 Egg Craft Ideas

Fun ways to recycle and reuse plastic Easter eggs

For the next few ideas, you'll need what I call "pac-man eggs" -- the eggs that are attached when you open them.  Here's a set from Amazon of Assorted Bright Color Hinged Easter Eggs in case you can't find them near you.   

 

DIY Easter 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!

If you'd like, you can also use glue when connecting the eggs to make it a more permenant decoration.

 

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.

Fun ways to recycle and reuse plastic Easter eggs

 

10. HAIR DECORATION

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

Fun ways to recycle and reuse plastic Easter eggs

 

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

 

 

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Guest - Tina @ Mamas Like Me on Monday, 25 February 2013 19:52

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

I absolutely LOVE that egg wreath! Pinned this great list :)
Guest - Mary Catherine on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 00:31

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

Thanks for some great ideas about what to do with those leftover plastic eggs! I'm loving the egg bracelet. :)
Guest - Kirstylee on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:03

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

These are great ideas. I especially love the spelling one. What a perfect way to make spelling fun!
Guest - MrsV on Friday, 29 March 2013 03:33

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.

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.
Guest - holli on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 19:00

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

Holli @ Full Hands, Full Hearts

This is also wonderful. Will post this link on my FB page. Love it! Holli @ Full Hands, Full Hearts
Guest - Barb @ A Life in Balance on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 21:34

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

I love all the egg ideas! We have a ton, too with 5 kids over 17 years of Easter.
Guest - Carol on Saturday, 08 March 2014 15:19

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

You can use plastic eggs to shake dice and roll for board games.
Guest - Jill on Monday, 17 March 2014 02:01

Great ideas!

We usually reuse plastic eggs for a few years honestly!
Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

Great ideas! We usually reuse plastic eggs for a few years honestly! Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!
Guest - Sylvia Jackson on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:59

The Easter egg wreathe is awesome.

The Easter egg wreathe is awesome.
Guest - Tracey on Monday, 24 March 2014 20:22

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

Great ideas! I am going to try the spelling one this week with my oldest. It should make doing homework a LOT more fun!
Guest - Kelly on Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:29

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.

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.
Guest - TheresJustOneMommy on Thursday, 26 February 2015 19:58

I love that wreath idea! Too cute!

Pinned for later!

I love that wreath idea! Too cute! Pinned for later!
Jacquie Fisher on Friday, 13 March 2015 17:05

Thanks!

Thanks!
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