Sprog has recently become rather obsessed with some cards that I got him where he matches 2 cards together, they have rhymes on them for when he’s older but for now he loves finding the animals. His favourites seem to be the mole (in a hole), the cat (on a mat), the kittens (in their mittens?!) and the top choice is the bear (eating a pear). All of these come accompanied by an appropriate noise or word; “teddy”, “mmmmaaaaoow” or “mole”.
I then spotted something when out and about where my teacher brain kicked in. I’m always very conscious of trying to support his understanding of the seemingly random festivities throughout the year. It must seem very odd as you first discover Easter… lots of eggs, some are chocolate, some mention of chicks and sheep and the occasional mention of some guy dying on a cross! We will obviously tackle the Christian story of Easter at another time but I wanted an activity where I could start to introduce these ideas to him.
So I created the Egg Snap Cards!
Various pieces of coloured card/foam shapes (although these aren’t necessary)
1. Either cut some different coloured card into egg shapes or get your foam shapes ready. I got ours from The Range.
2. Stick the egg shapes on top of different pieces of card. I used my trusty pack of A5 card again. Think about the colour combinations, some colours are easier to distinguish between than others. For example, yellow against blue is easy to distinguish but for more challenge a pale yellow card against a deeper yellow makes the task more difficult.
3. You can make the game more complicated by drawing patterns on the eggs. I used a felt pin on some and glitter glue. The glitter glue strips are meant to be quite challenging for Sprog to choose between as they are very similar, just horizontal in different directions.
4. Once everything is dry, cut the cards in half, snuffle and explain the game to your toddler.
I found that first time around, after I’d explained and modelled an example to Sprog, he actually just wanted to play with the cards by collecting them all up and laying them back out continually. Eventually though he did start to match up the cards. I only give him 4 sets to start with but I have 12 sets tucked away. Some are more difficult to introduce later on, some are just for back up in case he eats them!