Written by: Sue Jaeger, MS/CCC-SLP
Tis the season for Easter egg hunts!!! Why not incorporate the gross motor activity of an egg hunt with some language activities!!! Plastic eggs are inexpensive and can easily be adapted to target many language concepts! Here are a few that we have come up with!!
All you’ll need is a permanent marker, plastic eggs (that divide into two halves), and some treats (optional)
Draw simple pictures on each half of the egg that represent early opposites. Some examples include:
- One half of the egg has a small circle, the other has a large circle.
- One half of the egg has a short line, the other has a long line.
- One half of the egg has a happy face, the other has a sad face.
If you match your egg correctly, you can stuff it with a treat for the hunt!
Simple Emotions/ Early Social Language:
Matching the emotion word to the facial expression. You can draw simple line drawings of faces to depict happy, sad, mad, sick, just okay, scared, etc. then the other half of the egg would have the word to label the emotion.
You can take it a step further and stuff the egg with jelly beans, each jelly bean is given for a time/scenario that would induce that emotion. For example, if you were stuffing the “happy” egg, you could name “I got an A on my test” (stuff a jelly bean), “I won my soccer game” (stuff a jelly bean), “I went to the park” (stuff a jelly bean). The more scenarios you can name, the more candies you get in your egg!
If you match the emotions correctly, you can stuff your egg with a treat for the hunt!
Simple Sentence Structure/ Early word combinations
You could adapt this activity to focus on simple Noun + Verb sentence development.
On one half of the eggs you could put simple line drawings of boys and girls and on the other half of the eggs you would put simple line drawings of early verbs such as walk, run, jump, eat. You will most likely have duplicates of verbs as there are limited number of verbs that are easily represented with a line drawing. This is ok, as repetition is the key to learning!
As you match your eggs, have the child say the word combination you’ve created together! If you say your word combination correctly you can stuff it with a treat for the hunt!
There are ways you could adapt this activity to focus on various grammatical rules or vocabulary development. These variations would be more appropriate for a child/student at reading level as they would be difficult to depict with simple drawings.
- Irregular Past Tensed verbs. You could write the present tense form on one half of the egg and the irregular past tense form on the other
Run – Ran, Eat – Ate, Sit – Sat, etc.
- Irregular Plurals: Wolf – Wolves, Leaf – Leaves, Man – Men, Ox – Oxen
- Synonyms: Happy – Glad, Mad – Angry, Hard – Difficult
- Antonyms: Happy – Sad, Hard – Easy, Fun - Boring