Shiloh is enjoying sorting so much that I have another sorting activity to follow the sorting with beads post I shared yesterday. This time we were sorting with Easter Eggs. I changed a few things based on the experience with the beads and it was a great success!
Materials needed for sorting with Easter eggs:
Foam glitter Easter egg decorations
Memory tray (this was supposed to be for scrapbooking, but it was perfect for sorting.)
Of course, you *could* try this with real Easter eggs, but knowing my preschooler, that would have resulted in egg peels everywhere, so I was glad to stick to the decorative eggs instead.
I have been eyeing this tray in craft stores for a few months, trying to devise a reason to need to buy it. I finally gave in to my craft-lust and used my coupon to buy it without a real plan.
However, once I saw the Easter eggs I knew that they would provide the perfect first use for the tray.
To prep the activity for my preschooler, I simply dumped the eggs into the main section of the tray.
Then, I placed one egg of each color into the smaller sections.
After having done the rainbow beads already, she very quickly understood what I was hoping she would do and set right to work.
I didn’t give her instructions, but she was able to correctly sort all of the eggs in just a few minutes.
In addition to this being a great activity for talking about colors, it also worked on her pincer grasp. I love watching her delicate little fingers pick up objects and move them around. She seems like she would be so rough, but she’s always very dainty when she’s doing fine-motor activities.
This went perfectly with the other fine-motor Easter activities that we’ve been doing. While we don’t have a set time for Shiloh to ‘work’ we do try to make sure that she gets some focused time practicing different skills throughout the day. However, most of her time is spent building her actual playing skills which are very important at this stage in her development.
As with all our activities, you know your child best. If you feel your child is not ready for this activity, please be wise and Pin it to use when he is older. If your child would put items in his mouth, this is not the activity you need right now.