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What to do with those plastic eggs!

These little brightly colours oval containers are increasingly appearing on al the supermarket shelves at this time of year. But other that filling them with mini chocolate eggs and using them for an egg hunt, what's the point of them? And do you just throw them away after Easter or store them away for next year and then inevitably forget about them and buy another pack! We have a few ideas of alternative uses for them, which we hope you will find fun and not need to include masses of chocolate and sweets!
  1. Decopatch: You can decorate your eggs to use as Easter decorations by covering them in patterned tissue papers. We like using Mod Podge, but you could make up a mixture of water and PVA for a similar effect. http://www.craftideas.info/html/decopatch_easter_eggs_c.html
  2. Matching Egg Hunt: Mix up the tops and bottoms of your eggs into unique colour combinations, then create little cards with drawings of each of the eggs. Then show the children one of the cards and send them to find just that card before you show them the next. This is a great way to slow down an egg hunt and make the children think more about exactly what they are looking for. http://www.makeandtakes.com/on-a-hunt-for-mixed-up-eggs
  3. Time Game: Great for slightly older children. Write an analogue time on one half of the egg and the same digital time on the other half, then jumble up the eggs and see if they can match them up again. http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com/2013/03/what-time-is-it-telling-time-review-game.html
  4. Sound Matching: Fill pairs of eggs with the same objects and similar to a memory game you have to find the 2 eggs that sound the same. A great listening game for pre-schoolers and toddlers. http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/easter-egg-sound-matching-game/
  5. Tea Cups: Use the bottom of your eggs to make mini tea cups and host an Easter tea party. Just glue a large button to the bottom, a bead for the handle and decorate with jewels, stickers or glitter glue. http://www.creativityinprogress.com/plastic-easter-egg-tea-cups/
  6. Mini Gardens: Use your egg halves to create mini gardens, fill with a little soil and then sprinkle some seeds - grass, cress or small flowers. Or if you don't fancy getting muddy, fill with play dough and push in little plastic, pipe cleaner or tissue flowers instead, either way your little ones are sure to be delighted with their creations and they make great Easter decorations. http://www.mysocalledcraftylife.com/2013/03/21/mini-egg-landscapes/
  7. Glow Stick Egg Hunt: An alternative twist on an Easter egg hunt, take it into the evening. Fill each egg with a thin glow stick and hide outside, then have the children hunt for them in the dark. http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2014/02/glow-in-dark-easter-egg-hunt.html
  8. Egg Toss: Fill your eggs with rice or sand and use to throw into targets like a hula hoop or play a small game of boules.
  9. Coupon Egg Hunt: If you want to get away from chocolate overload, why not fill your eggs with little vouchers for other kinds of treats, like choosing a movie to watch, 15 minutes computer time, or choosing a special dessert, make them up to suit your family. http://thelarsonlingo.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/easter-egg-coupons-free-printable.html
  10. Rice Crispy Eggs: Mix up a batch of rice crispies and marshmallows and use your eggs as moulds for them to set in, afterwards you could even push in lolly sticks and dip in melted chocolate to turn into fun crispy pops. http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes/hidden-surprise-easter-egg-treats
  11. Lunch Box Treats: Fill eggs with small sandwiches, cubes of cheese, grapes and other small foods and have an Easter egg picnic lunch, you could also do this for a fun surprise lunch box. http://gluesticksblog.com/2012/03/easter-egg-lunch-hunt.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gluesticks+%28Gluesticks%29
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