Here’s a fun Montessori-inspired sensory activity you can do with all of those plastic Easter eggs you have laying around. This sensory project focused on baric (weight) touch and counting. We’ve been working on skip counting so for this particular project we skip-counted by 5. To do this, I gathered several plastic eggs and dried beans. Then I left one egg empty, filled one with 5 beans, one with 10 beans, one with 15 beans, one with 20 beans, one with 25 beans, and the last one with a lot of beans (more than 25). First, to work on WJ’s sense of weight, I placed the plastic eggs on a tray and then had him pick up two eggs at a time, one in his right hand and the other in his left hand, and I asked him “do the eggs weight the same or are they different? Which one weighs more/less?” We did this several times with the eggs on the tray. Next, I had him order the eggs from lightest to heaviest on the tray with the lightest on the left and the heaviest on the right. Third, we worked on counting. I wrote the numbers o, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and the word “Lots” on index cards. I had WJ tell me identify each of these numbers. Then we compared the numbers. I had him tell me if the number on the index card was greater than or less than the number on another card. Once we were done talking about the numbers on the cards, I put them down on the tray and had WJ take one egg at a time and count the number of beans inside the egg. When he was done counting, I had him put the beans back in the egg and place the egg on the correct index card. He got very excited when he was done counting and found the correct number on the index card. This fun Easter egg-inspired sensory project teaches the following skills:
- Baric Touch (weight comparison)
- Matching Quantities with Numerals
Have fun playing and teaching your little ones with all of those plastic Easter eggs you have in your home!