A classic strong-willed child, Ashley fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian in 2005 only to realize a new dream had formed, having a family with her husband (another strong-willed child). After much heartache, they were blessed with 2 daughters (4 and 5) and a son (19 months) who are all proving to be just as spirited as their parents! Though she is still working part-time, she fills her days off with fun activities and lots of learning with her three kids. And this is where the blog comes in, Life with Moore Babies is where she documents the activities they do and the places they go in hopes that someone might be inspired to do some “fun learning” with their kids. You can find Ashley on Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, and Twitter.
My girls have been bothering me for nearly a year to dye eggs. Ever since they received a free kit with their stuffed dinos from Build-a-Bear. I placed the kits up on a shelf, and of course forgot about them except for the random times someone would see them and quickly request to use them. Finally we did. There was nothing special about the actual kit, but a simple white crayon made a rhyming game out of it! To start with, you boil your eggs. Common sense I know, but I’m pretty excited by this super easy way I learned to hard “boil” lots of eggs at once, in the OVEN! Just place eggs in a mini muffin tin and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. After baking place in an ice bath for 10 minutes, and they are ready to eat. Of course, you don’t have to cool them as much to dye them.
After cooling them I used a white crayon to write a word on each egg. I chose 4 word families and did 4 words in each family.
The girls were sooooooo excited to dye eggs, and then they learned there would be a surprise. They were in such a hurry to find the surprise that they barely stuck them in the dye before pulling them out again!
The first two words were dog and mug. No rhymes yet, but they went into the muffin tin to dry.
The girls happily continued dying eggs and finding words. I even convinced them to leave the eggs in a bit longer, so they would be a prettier color.
We lined up the rhyming eggs in the muffin tin as we found them. By the end they had each read all the words and identified which ones rhymed.
I quickly realized I should have made more eggs. We had dyed them all and read them a few times, but the girls still wanted to dye eggs. No problem, they just redyed the eggs we already had; might as well add color mixing to the fun!
The colors really did end up quite pretty; even on the few that got dropped!
This was such a fun activity that could easily be altered to fit what your child is working on right now…..letters, numbers, sight words, and pretty much anything else you can think of! So if you are dying eggs you might consider adding some learning in too; you could even have a rhyming word egg hunt once they were all dry!
I am so thrilled to have Ashley from Life with Moore Babiesdoing a guest post today on my blog. Her site is chalk full of fun hands on activities that are just my speed. I love her creativity and she has some of the luckiest kids I know to have a Mom like her. Make sure to hop on over and say “Hello!” after reading her post today.