Sticks, Stones and Eggs

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It's great to get outside without wooly hats and gloves and hearing the birds singing again inspired an easy egg themed sensory play activity.

I left some egg-shaped pieces of card, some with numbers written on them, outside with a collection of sticks, stones and leaves and a few crayons. It wasn't long before more sticks and pieces of bark were being added to the collection, eggs were being decorated and a nest was being built.

This activity provided a hands-on opportunity for developing children's numeral recognition, counting and ordering skills and, as they played, they used lots of mathematical language including; more, less, longer than, shorter than and bigger.

What you need:

  • Egg-shaped pieces of card (Cut these out from recycled boxes and write numbers on some of them but leave others blank)

  • A collection of objects found outside e.g. sticks, leaves, stones

  • Crayons, pens and/or pencils

Activity develops:

  • Fine-motor skills
  • Exploration of the natural environment.
  • Language and communication skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Social skills
  • Creativity

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