Make learning fun this Easter season with this “Match & Color” Easter egg activity that can be adapted to practice sight words, the alphabet, numbers, or just about anything! With multiple free printable pages and a customizable template, you can play over and over again!
We’re in full celebration mode around here this week. We have two birthdays to celebrate in the family (my husband and his younger brother) as well as Easter, so I’m up to my eyeballs in cake, candy, and wrapping paper. In fact, I just got back from the grocery store where I put all sorts of things in the cart that I don’t usually buy. Little Brother was thrilled! It’s going to be a busy week…but a fun one, too, I hope!
Despite our chaos, I wanted to be sure to get this fun activity into your hands before the Easter bunny makes his rounds. It’s a simple printable learning game that is adaptable for just about anything you want to practice with your child. I used it for sight word practice with my five-year-old, but I’m including a blank template so you can fill in the eggs with anything you want…letters of the alphabet, numbers, simple math equations, etc.
While we’re on the topic of sight words, can I just tell you how magical I think it is to watch a child learn to read? As a middle school teacher, my students all came to me knowing how to read–at least on some level–so teaching my oldest son to read has been an incredible adventure. It’s required a lot of trial and error, but over the course of his year in Kindergarten, he’s really started to unlock the key to literacy. I’m both thrilled at his progress and a little reluctant to let him grow up. Reading is awesome. End of story. 🙂
Because he’s been working so hard at reading, I wanted to come up with a fun way for him to practice his sight words and increase his reading fluency. If you don’t know what sight words are, they are the most common words that appear in text. We encourage kids to memorize this particular set of words by “sight” instead of relying on sounding them out every time (phonics) because it speeds up fluency significantly. For this activity, I used the list my son brought home from school, but you can get several sight word lists here for free.
I made three sight word pages for you to choose from, all using words from Fry’s first 100 words. If you have a more advanced kiddo, you can use the blank template to adapt the activity to practice anything you want.
Match & Color Easter Egg Learning Activity
What we’re learning:
- sight words (or alphabet, numbers, etc.)
- fine motor skills (coloring)
- pencil grip
- plastic Easter eggs
- free printable word sets and coloring pages
- crayons/colored pencils/markers
- Print out the coloring page of your choice & the corresponding list sight words.
- Cut the word strips apart and put each in its own egg.
- Alternatively, make your own word strips and fill in the blank template.
Playing the game:
- Invite your child to “crack” an egg and see which word is inside.
- Have your child read the word on the paper (with help as needed) and color the egg of matching word on their page.
- Repeat until all eggs have been opened and eggs are colored.
See, it’s super simple! Your child may choose to color each egg a different color, make color blocked stripes like my son did, or decorate them any other way they desire (polka dots, anyone?). This activity was a great way for my son to wind down after a crazy day of school, and he really enjoyed “decorating” the Easter eggs.
What are your kids learning right now? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can come up with some fun activities for you!