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Egg Shell Art
You will need:
crushed egg shells
food coloring
construction paper
You will need a large amount of crushed egg shells for this activity. Sending a note home to parents asking for leftover shells will help. Soak egg shells in a solution of food coloring and water. Prepare a number of different colors. When shells are the color you desire, remove and spread on paper towels to dry. Direct children to make a large, simple drawing or design and to glue on the crushed egg shells wherever they wish. Allow artwork to dry before displaying.

Fun With "E"
Cut out large letter E shapes. Make a collage of pictures of things beginning with E. Let the children cut out the pictures and glue them on.

Place several pieces of white paper between two pieces of grey paper and cut out an elephant shape. Teach a lesson on elephants that are an enormous size. You can talk about sizes big/little. Glue on pictures of elephants and other enormous animals.

Decorate egg shapes cut out of wrapping paper or construction paper. You can also play a matching game if you cut out 2 egg shapes out of each type of wrapping paper, wallpaper sample, or construction paper.

Decorate envelopes and let the children draw an elephant, or decorate a paper egg to mail to a friend or grandparent.

Easter E
Draw a large block capital and lowercase 'E'. Color, paint, or decorate the "E" with stripes, polka dots, or some other Easter egg design. Stay inside the lines!

E is for Eggs
Distribute an empty egg carton and twelve small paper eggs to each group. Have children cut E-pictures from magazines, glue the to the eggs, and place the eggs in the egg carton. Help the children label the backside of the eggs with the picture name.

Use a large sheet of paper on which is written the following statement, "I have two ears to hear with". The children can paste pictures of things, which make a sound that they can hear.

E Practice
Invite children to form the capital letter E using craft sticks. Glue to construction paper.

Pattern Eggs
Draw and cut out six large cardboard eggs. Glue a different pattern of fabric or wallpaper to each egg. Cut the eggs in half .Let the children take turns matching the egg halves.

Patterned Egg Match-Ups
Cut 6 to 10 egg shapes out of cardboard. Cover each shape by gluing on a different pattern of wallpaper, wrapping paper or fabric. When the glue has dried, cut each egg shape in half. Mix up the halves and give them to your children. Let them take turns putting the egg shapes back together by matching the patterns on the egg halves.

Eight spider leg hats
Make bands that will go around each student's head. Cut eight black strips of paper for each student. Have the student count the strips. Staple four legs on each side of the hat. On eight small circles write or trace the numbers one to eight. Glue the circles to the end of each leg. Eyes can be added to the band. Color a spider and number/trace a number on his legs.

E gross motor Elephants
Make enormous elephant ears. Using gray paper make a hat with enormous elephant ears. First use one or two sheets to make the headband. Fold the paper in half the long way a couple of times to make it stronger. Measure the hat size on the child's head. Staple to secure the hatband in place. Use an entire sheet for each of two fan shaped elephant ears. Attach them to the side of the hatband. Expand to a large muscle skill movement game. Have your children put their hands in front of their face like an elephant's trunk. Start the game with a simple elephant walk. Then go through the elephant's day. Have the children stretch and do what elephants do. Stretch and pick leaves from high in the trees or grass from down low on the ground. Try having your elephants hold trunks or try an elephant hug.

Get out all your easels and different kinds of paint, chalk, etc.

Use plastic eggs (from Easter) and have the children glue Easter-egg grass in half of an egg. Show them how to make a chick by gluing two cotton balls together and making a tiny face on the top ball. Have them put their chicks in their eggs and use stickers to decorate the outside of the eggs.

Ask the children to cut out a large round shape for the face of an Eskimo. Show them how to glue white cotton balls around the face for the fur of a hood. Have them glue or color on other features. Talk about why Eskimos need to be dressed in warm clothing.

Egg yolk painting
Take egg yolks and add food coloring. Makes a very pretty and shiny picure.

Paper Plate Elephant
The children paint paper plates gray. Add construction paper ears, eyes (the BIG wiggly ones look cute), then cut out a circle from the center of the plate - this is where the children stick their arms through to make the trunk!!

Easy Elephants
You can make elephant trunks by painting paper towel rolls gray and when dry the children can put them on and pretend to be elephants.

E Collage
Have each child bring in a picture from home of something that begins with the letter"e". Then, after each child says what they brought in, make a class collage of all the pictures.

Egg Carton
Make an egg carton nursery by placing empty eggshell halves in the cups of an egg carton. Fill with potting soil and plant a couple of radish seeds or carrot seets in each shell. Try putting under a grow-light or in a sunny window to hasten growth.

Plastic Eggs
Write sentences on writing paper, cut them apart, and insert a sentence in a plastic easter egg. Students draw an egg from the basket and write their sentence on paper. When finished, they can trade egg for a different one.

Use a heavy piece of paper shaped like Elmo's head and then tear and glue on red paper so it looks like Elmo's fur, then of course add the rest of the features, they look adorable.

Number 8 books
For each student staple 5 half-sheets of paper together. On the front write "book of 8s." Using various stamps the students will stamp 8 prints for each page. Squares may be used as guides for stamping. On the last page color the number eight.

Eyes and Ears
Have children draw a face on a piece of paper minus the eyes and ears. Have them look through magazines to find pictures of eyes and ears to glue to their picture.



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