I think shaker eggs are a great exploratory learning tool to have in any preschool or home – and visually interesting shaker eggs are even better! We’ve made fancy shaker eggs before, and they have been so popular that I couldn’t resist this new variation after finding clear plastic Easter eggs for sale – along with beautiful colored sand.
We sealed the eggs with electrical tape, just like last time, after first trying a couple of much less satisfactory methods. I’ve never had any trouble with the electrical tape, but I like to explore my options. If you do try this, be sure to stretch the electrical tape slightly as you go along, as that creates the perfect seal.
We made three different kinds – eggs filled only with colored sand:
Eggs filled with poly pellets (originally purchased for use in our owie dolls, but have proven useful in a lovely variety of ways):
And eggs filled with both colored sand and poly pellets:
Besides making the eggs more visually exciting, the different fillers provide a range of sounds. The poly pellets are loudest, the sand the quietest, and those filled with both fall somewhere in between. The ones with both also provide a mini density lesson, since the less-dense poly pellets rise to the top as you shake the egg gently back and forth. I also used the tape to create a subtle color wheel lesson – matching complementary colors as much as I could with some limited colors (and a limited understanding of the color wheel – let me know if I got completely off with any, color wheel experts reading this?)
Lily thinks that all of the shaker eggs should belong to her, because she loves them so much – and, apparently, every two-year-old needs twenty-three shaker eggs (one egg arrived cracked, sadly). Thanks to lots of work on sharing, all three kids have enjoyed playing with the eggs, shaking them to music, and running miniature egg hunts in preparation for Easter. It’s probably best that they practice that last skill, since I’ve noticed that – so far, at least – they are much better at hiding than finding!