Imagine excellent activities that are filled with fun and learning at the same time. Easter eggs provide this in a variety of ways within a speech and language setting. This is the best time of year to purchase more eggs to use throughout the year. Check out the wide variety of eggs in different color schemes, characters, and more. All of these would work well to inspire kids during speech and language sessions.
When you look at plastic eggs, think about their size and what you could put into them. A wide variety of toys, prompts, coins, or other key word items will work within them. Depending on the desired goal, you can quickly change up the contents to work for multiple students with a variety of needs. You could place photos/pictures, words, directions to follow, clues, or little prizes. In addition to this, you can color code eggs for each student. If one child is working on final |m| sound while another is working on |fl| words, you can accommodate the eggs for each. If there are not enough eggs in a specific color, use sticker dots on the eggs and each child will be responsible for finding as many of their colored dot eggs.
When you begin, explain to each child what they will be hunting for. Give everyone their own basket to collect eggs and have fun. Set a timer and allow everyone to go searching for their own eggs. As the time runs out, get the group back together in one location. Take turns going around and opening up eggs and using whatever prompt/word/phrase or direction is within it. Incentives could also be used to reward each child for the eggs they found and the tasks within that were completed.
Another great way to use eggs if there is no time for a big egg hunt is to have a mini egg hunt with all of the eggs in a basket or container. The eggs could contain pairs of rhyming words or words that have the same target sound. Kids take turns picking an egg within a basket to locate the match. If a match is not made, the next person takes their turn. To help younger children, you may put stickers on the outside so it become a memory matching game, or mix up egg colors to make unique combinations that will assist the process. In addition to this, more ideas would include synonyms, verb tenses, and vocabulary. When a match is made, they may use the words in a sentence to earn a sticker or reward.
Share the Easter egg ideas with the families you are working with. Send lists of words that each child is working on so they can make their own hunts or games to play at home. Be sure to give word lists in the language spoken at home to help all of the multilingual speakers to be more comfortable participating in the activity.
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