Today, I’m bringing you a gross motor activity involving plastic eggs. This is a part of our Activity of the Day series. This week, we’re focused on simple play activities involving plastic eggs since Easter is right around the corner. Many of these can use other materials in place of the plastic eggs.
First off, I want to remind you to use plastic eggs with this activity. We’re going to be throwing the eggs so you want to avoid real ones! This activity can be done outside if needed.
- plastic eggs
- bucket or box
- tape (optional)
- Place the plastic eggs in a pile.
- Make off a spot on the floor as the standing line. (Tape can be used for this.)
- Place the bucket, box, or other large container a short distance from the standing line.
- Invite your little one to toss the egg into the container.
Babies (under 1)
This activity can be modified for babies that are crawling and walking. Instead of asking them to throw the eggs, invite them to put the eggs in each container. This is a great way to practice the concept of putting things away.
Young toddlers may not have the ability to throw yet. Invite these little ones to put the objects in each container. Older toddlers will enjoy practicing their throwing skills. Keep in mind that they do not have good range at this age and may need the container very close.
Preschoolers typically enjoy the chance to throw something. You can extend the learning by counting how many eggs make it into the container. You can also identify the color of each egg before throwing it into the container.
Big Kids (6+)
For big kids, invite them to help you set up the activity. Show them how to measure the distance between the standing line and the container. You can change up the distance and make predictions about how that will affect the activity.
This activity can be adapted in many different ways. You can practice taking turns if you have multiple kids. (If you only have one kid, join in and practice turns that way!) You can also turn it into a game and practice score keeping. Include more than one container and assign them different values. The possibilities are quite endless depending on what you can find around your house. You can also use a hula hoop in place of a container.
This activity is a part of our Activity of the Day series. This series was created to help parents with activities to do during school closures due to the coronavirus. Check back every weekday for new activity that you can do with kids of all ages!