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Eggshell Collages

Save the shells from a number of eggs and dye them with food coloring. Set out small containers of the dyed eggshells and liquid glue. Give each child a Q-tip or a small brush and a piece of construction paper. Have the children paint designs or pictures on their papers with the glue. Then have them sprinkle the dyed eggshells on their papers and shake off the excess.

Hint: To dye eggshells, add 1 teaspoon vinegar and a few drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup hot water. Drop crushed eggshells into the dye. Stir and spoon them out when the shells are the desired color. Allow the shells to dry in a warm (200 degrees) oven on a cookie sheet.

Variation: Have the children glue plain white eggshells on pieces of colored construction paper.

Happy Eggs, Sad Eggs

For each child, cut two large egg shapes out of construction paper. Draw a happy face on one egg shape and a sad face on the other. Give a pair of the egg shapes to each child. Then have the children hold up their happy or sad egg faces in response to such statements as these: "I played with a friend today. I fell and hurt myself. It's my birthday today." Let the children take turns making their own statements for the others to respond to with their happy or sad egg faces.

Memory Eggs

Place two or three different colored eggs in an empty egg carton. Show the eggs to the children and then close the lid. Ask the children to name the colors they remember seeing. Open the lid to show the children the actual eggs. Continue the game, adding a different colored egg each time.

Color Cups

To make this game, you will need an empty egg carton and several different colored eggs. Mark the bottom of each egg cup with a color corresponding to one of te eggs. Then let the children take turns placing the eggs in the matching colored cups.

Hint: For the games requiring colored eggs, purchase plastic eggs from a craft store, have the children paint Styrofoam eggs a variety of colors, or paint blown eggs with tempera, then shellac.

Pattern Eggs

Draw and cut out six large cardboard eggs. Glue a different pattern of fabric or wallpaper to each egg. Cut the eggs in half. Let the children take turns matching the egg halves.

Pass the Egg

Have the children sit in a circle. Let them pass around a hard-boiled egg while you play or sing a favorite tune. When you stop the music, the child holding the egg becomes the "egg-ceptional player".

Egg Relay

As a fun part of your "eggs-traordinary unit", plan an old-fashioned egg relay. Let the children roll eggs across the floor using straws or their noses.

Green Eggs and Ham

Saute 1 teaspoon chopped green onions, 1 teaspoon chopped green peppers and 1 tablespoon chopped ham in a pan with a small amount of oil. Stir in 3 teaspoons chopped spinach and add 1 egg that has been mixed with 1 teaspoon milk. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir constantly until egg is set. Makes 1 serving.

I Love Eggs

Sung to : "Frere Jacques"

I love eggs, I love eggs,

Yum, yum, yum, in my tum.

Scrambled, boiled or fried,

Any way I've tried.

Yum, yum, yum; yum, yum, yum.

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