The egg hunt is over, the candy has been eaten, and you are left with dozens of plastic eggs. Now what?? Use those plastic eggs in Spanish class, of course! (P.s. if you don’t have any, stop reading this and immediately proceed to your nearest Target or similar store because they should have some 75% off or more since it is just after Easter! Grab some discounted chocolate while you are there, too. Go ahead, you deserve it.😀) Here are FIVE ways I love using those leftover plastic eggs in Spanish class.
1. EGG HUNT WITH TASK CARDS
This can be done inside the classroom or outside in the much-needed fresh air! Before class starts, take a task card set and sort them into as many piles as you have different colors of eggs. You can either sort them so there is an even amount of work required for each group or use this as a great opportunity to differentiate. You will need an even number of eggs for each color (8 pink, 8 purple, 8 blue, etc.). I like to use 8-10 of each color. Once the eggs have been stuffed and hidden, divide students into as many teams as you have colors and give them instructions. Tell them they need to find all the eggs of their color, open them up, and work together to complete each task card on a separate sheet of paper. The separate sheet of paper is necessary because they will be turning in their answers and the cards will get reused. Once everyone understands, assign each team a color. I highly recommend not telling them their colors until RIGHT before the hunt begins or else you will have students looking early and not paying attention to instructions. After all the eggs have been found and task cards completed, have students check their answers. I like to project the answer key so students can self-check. Then they write the number they got correct at the top and turn it in. Once they have turned in their sheet, I let them put the task cards back in the eggs and hide them for the next class. Give them some guidelines so they don’t make them absolutely impossible to find or put them all in the same area. After class, I can quickly scan their answer sheets to see if the class is understanding whatever the task cards were about and adjust the next day’s lesson. It’s a really fun formative assessment!
2. TELLING TIME
For this activity, draw a clock face with hour and minute hands on one half of the egg and write out the time in Spanish on the other. Repeat on all the eggs. Students then need to match the clock face with the time in Spanish. This can either be done individually, in partners, or in small groups. Want to make it into a competition? Divide students into teams and have them race to put the eggs back together correctly!
Is your Spanish class not loud enough? Make maracas! Check out this blog post from A Thrifty Mom for step by step instructions on how to construct these fun little music-makers (hint: it’s really easy). I love how students can put their own creative spin on them when they decorate. Ties in a little culture, too!
Even if you aren’t good at art, you can still do this activity! (See picture below for proof. I am NOT an art teacher for a reason. Ha!) Draw a picture of an emotion on one half and write the corresponding emotion in Spanish on the other. Have students match the picture with the emotion vocabulary word that describes it.
This activity works GREAT with adjectives! Write an adjective on one half of the egg and its antonym on the other. Students need to think about the adjectives they have learned and which ones are opposites as they match up the halves correctly. You could also add another layer to this and have masculine and feminine versions of adjectives in the mix so students have to not only match the opposites, but also make sure they agree in gender.
Have you used plastic eggs in your Spanish class? I would love to hear how in the comments below as I think we are all looking for fun new ways to use those leftover plastic eggs! Have fun!