I remember making little tulips with egg cartons and pipe cleaners when I was growing up. I was trying to think of something I could make with my kids out of old egg cartons and came up with this very simple matching game.
These would have looked better if my coloured markers had also been fine tip permanent markers but I didn’t have any. I know from experience that if I wait until I have everything I need for a particular project, I may never do it so I went ahead with the supplies I had on hand.
To create this activity, all you need is a styrofoam egg carton, a fine tip permanent marker, coloured markers, and scissors. It doesn’t get much more economical than that!
Cut the egg carton apart to create individual egg halves. Pair them up and create matching designs on both sides of each “egg”. You can create these designs yourself for younger kids or if your kids are capable, they can create the designs themselves. Once the game pieces are created, lay them out and have the kids match them up into pairs to create full eggs.
It’s difficult to cut the carton to create exact matches so this game also becomes an experience in fine motor practise as the kids have to essentially balance the top of the egg with its matching bottom!
I’m going to put these into their workboxes this week and use them as part of an Easter egg unit that we are going to be doing.
If you are looking for other easy activities, you may be interested in following my Kids Activities board on Pinterest.
Ang Johnson says
I love this! My 2 year old will flip over this, and I bet my 4 year old will get a kick out of making it! What a great idea!