Last year we seemed to acquire lots of plastic hinged eggs, I have no idea where they came from, they just seemed to appear and multiply. We did use them last year for a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt, and thankfully they made there way into my seasonal storage, otherwise known as the bottom of my cupboard. This year they have been turned into egg word spinners to help my eldest charge with his reading and word recognition. They have actually gone down really well, but that could be down to the fact that there is a sweet hidden inside for when he has finished doing all the words.

To make your own egg spinner you will need:

  • Plastic eggs – available from your local supermarket
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors

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How to:

  • If your eggs are hinged together, cut them in half so they are able to spin around when joined.
  • On one half write your letters that can change and on the other half write the blended sound. E.g. if you are doing sh as your blended sound at the beginning of your word, you would write sh on the top half of the egg, then on the bottom you would write the rest of the words – op, ell, ed, in etc

If you want to make it slightly more enjoyable then you could hide a sweet inside the egg, so when they have read every word the egg magically opens to reveal the treat inside.

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This activity may aid in the development of:

  • Word recognition
  • Blending sounds
  • Reading
Just like magic, a sweet appeared

Just like magic, a sweet appeared

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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