Science: Do a unit on animals that lay eggs. Lifecycle of a chicken. Learn about which backyard chicken breeds and the color of eggs they lay. Also, natural Easter egg dyes, including natural pastel dyes and marbling! Also science of eggs and trying some fun egg experiments. My favorite is crystal egg geodes.
Art: Coloring eggs last year provided a good supplement to an art lesson we had done the previous week, which was mixing primary colors (red + blue=purple, etc). This came in handy since Tim’s favorite color is purple and there is never purple. My then 7 year old daughter was so proud to know a way to help her brother get the colored egg he most desired. Also, wax resist (writing or making designs on eggs in wax crayon prior to coloring). Famous paintings that include eggs, such as this ones by Dali. Also, my kids loved this coloring book which was a great mini art history lesson.
Math: Talking about our favorite way we like our eggs prepared and then making a graph of our family members’ preferences. How many eggs in a dozen? a baker’s dozen? Also, counting the eggs colored. We have backyard chickens, so counting and graphing how many eggs we get in a week; graphing according to chicken to find out which chicken is giving us more eggs to color, etc. are always great math ideas. Doubling an egg recipe
Life Skills: White vs. yolk; breaking and separating eggs. My girls are 4, 8 and 10. All three can separate eggs accurately. Don’t underestimate what you can teach a preschooler to do! For older kids, how to boil and peel and egg, following a recipe (deviled eggs, quiche, etc) or how to steam your eggs!
Spelling: Create an age/grade level spelling list this week that uses Easter words (egg, chick, bunny, jelly bean, grass, rabbit, tail, basket, peep, hunt, Easter, dress, suit, color, dye, whisk, morning, lily etc) or maybe a list that is more Religious (palm, Sunday, Jesus, resurrection, cross, crucify, sacrifice, church, hymn, etc) Sequencing: Sequencing is a great life skill. Sequencing in writing (older kids) or verbally (younger kids) the steps they need to do in order to color the eggs can be simple or complex depending on their ages. Either way, it is great reasoning/problem solving. (gather (or buy) eggs, boil eggs, mix color, place eggs inside colored liquid, check color, remove to dry, eat)
History: Easter symbols and traditions, history of Easter Island, history of Russian/Faberge eggs, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday ( these also lend themselves well to a Geography lessons of Easter Island, Russia, and Jerusalem).
Writing: Write a poem about an egg; for example a haiku about an egg they colored and decorated. Have your children write a story about a lonely Easter egg that was not found during the Easter egg hunt. Have your kids pretend they have interviewed Humpty Dumpty…what happened before and after the wall and when he fell? (Older kids will come up with an imaginative back story!)
Reading: for you: Check out Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele. It’s my go-to book for chicken keeping for families with lots of informative information about eggs. The other books on the market just don’t compare.
Most activities can be incorporated into several different subjects. For both typical kids and kids with special needs this is beneficial as it helps them see the same thing in different ways and learn different skills across different subjects. Be creative and feel good in the fact that activities need not be expensive or complicated to be beneficial and fun!
P.S. With five little ones loving to color eggs, we usually do a couple of different batches over a couple days period, coloring about 6- 7 dozen eggs total. Forget the egg dippers that come with the kits, regular table spoons work great for putting the eggs in and out OR if you have really little toddlers, preschoolers, or kids with fine motor issues….use a WHISK to color eggs. So much more maneuverable…less frustration for them, less mess for you…
Coloring eggs, while being a great Easter activity, also works in nicely with so many subjects/units.
Here are some ways we used eggs and coloring eggs in past years to teach across multiple subjects.