Playing Preschool - Unit 13: Eggs

Updated: Oct 7

A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum


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The Incredible, Edible Egg!

When I think of eggs, I immediately think of baby chicks or maybe baby birds, but this unit reminded me that eggs are so much more! I marveled along with my toddler at all the different animals that hatch from eggs from tiny fish and tadpoles to the the largest bird, the ostrich, to perhaps the strangest creature known to man, the platypus. One of the books, Hattie Peck, took me by surprise (you can read about that here.) Beyond our reading, we had so much fun doing activities and crafts with real and plastic eggs from last year's Easter Hunt. Who knew there was so much to learn and do when it came to eggs?


Building Background Knowledge

Video Links


Suggested Books

*Books with an asterisk are my Top 5 Picks to Add to Your Home Library for this unit



Additional Book List

Books in bold are also suggested books in another unit.



Non-Fiction

Fiction

Additional Resources/Activities


Puzzles, Games and Toys


Activities

  • Developing Life Skills: Make scrambled eggs! Narrate your actions as you crack the eggs, beat them, pour them in a saute pan (with oil), let them set up, then stir, stir, stir and eat!



  • Field Trip: Visit a friend or neighbor with a backyard chicken coop and ask if you can help collect fresh eggs!

  • Read Along Play Along Activity: Use washable markers to make The Good Egg and his carton companions, then retell the story.

  • Sensory Activity: Let your child squeeze and try to break an egg (it can’t be done). Talk about how strong it is, then crack and explore a raw egg. Under extreme supervision and only if your child can be trusted to follow instructions not to put it in their mouth, let them feel the egg and yolk, poking and squishing it in their fingers. Wash hands immediately after what is probably the ultimate sensory experience!







Scaffolding/Extension


  • For the activity where the figurines "hatch" from the play dough eggs, I wasn't sure my toddler would be able to mold the dough around the animals so I went ahead and hid them while my toddler napped and he enjoyed the surprise of revealing what was inside. Then I let him try to hide them again and sure enough, he needed my help. I encouraged him to do it to build his grip strength, then finished molding them into the shape of an egg so he could "hatch" them again.

  • When doing the counting and grouping activity in Ten Eggs in a Nest, I added a visual element by color-coding the egg groups (1 pink, 2 orange, 3 purple, 4 yellow). We read the book several times and counted along. Grouping by color allowed him to the "see" the groups of eggs being joined.



What was your favorite part of this unit? What other books did you read? What other activities did you do? Please share your photos and feedback in the Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler Curriculum Facebook Group in Photos/Albums/Year 1 Themes Eggs


Until next time, may your coffee be warm and your toddler be busy!

Up Next: Playing Preschool: Unit 14 - Plants


See Also: Introduction to Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler, A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum, Unit 1: Apples, Unit 2: Colors, Unit 3: Nursery Rhymes, Unit 4: Clothing, Unit 5: Food, Unit 6: Five Senses, Unit 7: Teddy Bears, Unit 8: Things That Go Together, Unit 9: Community Helpers, Unit 10: Transportation, Unit 11: On the Farm, Unit 12: Weather




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