Some of the best money I have ever spent on Speech-Language therapy materials was on plastic Easter eggs! I bought my eggs at least four years ago and I have never had a child who didn't enjoy going for an egg hunt. In fact, some children like the egg hunts so much that they request this activity long after Easter is over.
In years past I have usually hidden folded up pictures of their targets inside the eggs; while it might not seem exciting, it is usually a hit. I have also sometimes used the animals from Discovery Toys - Busy Farm.
This year I decided to use the animals from my "Who Lives Where?" game (currently available on Amazon). I bought this game several months ago at a toy store in Napa (I can't recall the name, but it was a great store). I only just opened it a couple of weeks ago, as I was worried the kids wouldn't like how plain it is (because of the wood) or that they would feel it is for little kids. I couldn't have been more wrong. The kids have loved this game!
Before the child arrives I put the animals inside the eggs. Since I have 12 eggs, and there are 20 animals, many of the animals have to double up (except of course the whale and the elephant, because they are too big). Then I hide the eggs around the room. As you can see from the pictures the hiding spots can range from quite obvious to a little bit tricky, in order to keep it moving fast while still being interesting.
When the child is there I tell them that each time after they [fill in the blank with whatever they are working on], they can go find one egg and bring it back to the table to open it. I have found I can get a lot of "work" out of them for one egg. Once all the eggs have been found, we use the same animals to play the "Who Lives Where?" game.
The premise for this game is simple: divide up the animals between the number of players (10 animals each for 2 players, 6 animals each for 3 players, or 5 animals each for 4 players). There are wooden blocks with animal shapes cut out. Each block fits a pair of animals. There is a triangular piece of wood that goes on top of each block to cover the animal shapes and to form the roof. Each player takes turns lifting up a roof to see if they have an animal that fits inside and everyone must try to remember who lives where. The first person to find the homes for all of their animals is the winner. Of course before someone gets to take their turn, they need to say their target.
Some of the children I saw this week were also working on vocabulary or word retrieval skills. For those children I created some playing cards with pictures corresponding to the animals from the game using LessonPix (a website that may be tied with my plastic eggs for best money spent on SLP materials - review to come). I printed the cards on card-stock and sent them home for practice. You can access the cards via the link below.
All of the children I saw this week loved these Easter themed activities and it was very quick to put together between appointments. Maybe next year I will try something new from Pinterest (as long as I can use my eggs!).
Did you do anything special for Easter?