My seven year-old has been working on contractions lately. To reinforce what she has been learning, I came up with this simple learning activity using plastic eggs.
To set up the activity, I used a black permanent marker to write the two words that form a contraction on some of our plastic eggs. (You could also use masking tape on the eggs if you don’t want to write on them, but I have found hand sanitizer cleans the marker right off afterwards.)
Then I cut strips of paper and wrote the matching contraction for each egg.
How we worked on contractions with our plastic eggs:
We did several activities with our eggs.
To begin with, I had her read each plastic egg and then put the corresponding contraction inside the right egg. This helped reinforce what each contraction stands for.
The next time we played, the contractions were already tucked inside the eggs. Again I had her read each egg. This time she guessed what the contraction would be aloud. Then she opened the egg to see if she was correct. Finally, she wrote the contraction down on her paper. This reinforced not only what the correct contractions were, but also helped her work on spelling them correctly.
Finally, I put all our eggs in a container. When I called out a contraction, she had to choose the right egg. When she opened it up she found the strip of paper to check and see if she had chosen the right egg.
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Interested in other ways to learn with plastic eggs?