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DIY Easter Egg Numeracy Puzzles

Mar 23, 2015

With Easter weekend just a couple of days away, I’ve been having a blast making a few fun and easy little things to include in my daughter's basket. While she’ll get her fair share of edible treats, I also really love mixing in some non-edible goodies too, so in addition to our fun chocolate play dough surprise eggs, I recently made this simple Easter egg puzzle set focused around numbers. Not only was it incredibly easy to make, but it required only a few basic craft materials we already had in the house, and it will allow my little one to practice matching numerals, number words, and dots — all through play!  It’ll also be a perfect Easter-themed activity to take along on different outings we have planned throughout the weekend, so a win all around really.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • craft foam
  • scissors
  • a permanent marker
  • a large egg-shaped cookie cutter (not required, but helpful)

Supplies needed: craft foam, scissors, permanent marker and a large egg-shaped cookie cutter.

Time to get started! Press your cookie cutter down onto the craft foam sheets to create several egg-shaped outlines.

I love using cookie cutters on craft foam because it’s quick and easy and there’s never any leftover pencil marks to deal with, but you could just as easily draw and cut out your own egg shapes too.

Impressions left in pieces of craft foam by an egg-shaped cookie cutter.

Next, cut out the egg shapes.

A stack of egg-shaped foam cut-outs (pink, purple, white and yellow).

Now for the fun part! Cut each foam egg into three horizontal parts using different types of lines. Zig-zags, wiggly lines, curved lines — anything goes so long as the parts are big enough to write on afterwards.

Six eggs, each cut into three pieces with different kinds of cuts (zig-zags, waves, etc.)

Now for the last step. Use your permanent marker to add the numerals, number words and dots to each of the eggs. The marker will need a couple of moments to fully set, so just be careful not to smudge as you work.

Finished puzzles. The top section of each egg shows a numeral, the second section has the number spelled out, and the bottom section contains the corresponding number of dots.

And that’s it! When the pieces are dry, stack them up and tuck them into a bag tied off with a pretty ribbon. Add the puzzle set to your little one’s Easter basket and you're done!

A stack of finished numeracy egg puzzles sitting next to a small drawstring bag.

Article Author Jen Kossowan
Jen Kossowan

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Jen is a teacher, blogger, and mama to a spirited little lady and a preemie baby boy. She's passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, adores travelling, and can often be found in the kitchen creating recipes that meet her crunchy mama criteria. You can follow Jen on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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