Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Alphabet Egg Hunt

Here is a great way to reuse those small plastic eggs that the Easter Bunny has left behind and help children learn to read at the same time.


  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Plastic eggs
  • Pictures of animals cut from an old magazine (or printed from a computer)


Cut out several squares of paper small enough to fit inside the eggs. Write down the name of an animal (i.e. H-E-N) using one piece of paper for each letter. Place the letters inside of a plastic egg, along with a picture of the animal. You can use clip art images printed from a computer, old magazines, or draw a picture of the animal yourself. Make several eggs then hide them in the house or outside in the yard.

To Play:

Give your child a container with a handle and let them hunt for the eggs. When all the eggs are found open the eggs together. Spell out the animal’s name with the letters and sound it out to make a word.

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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