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Games and Activities
Elmer Elephant has enormous ears. Ella Eagle laid eleven eggs. Elsie eats eight eggs. Ernie eel enjoys exercising. Ernie easily erases errors. Every evening Eric Elk escapes.
Tell the children to answer "yes" or "no" to these questions and to explain why they answered as they did. Can an envelope be empty? Is eleven more than eight? Is an easel elastic? Would an elevator eat eggplant? Are earmuffs electric? Can you hear an echo? Is an evergreen a type of tree? Are some elephants enormous?
Decorate an Enormous Box and fill it with things that begin with "E"such as egg, egg beater, egg carton, earmuffs, earphones, earrings, elephant, elf, engine, envelop, erasers, elastic, easel, etc.
Print the letter Ee on several index cards and also print previously taught letters on other cards. Have the children wave their elbows in the air when they see the letter Ee on a card.
Exercise with the children. There are a lot of video tapes out there designed for exercise activities for children. See Exercise link at bottom of this page.
Egg to Bird
Talk about the process of an egg becoming a chicken or other bird - Have pictures or laminated cards depicting the various stages of a baby bird hatching.
Have an Egg relay race using plastic eggs - see who can get all the eggs in the basket first.
Cut out pictures of things that do and do not use electricity. Ask children to sort the pictures. Discuss how some of these devices are used. Invite an electrician in to talk about his/her job.
Provide egg cartons for counting and making sets. Write numbers in the bottom of the cups. Have the children count the correct number of beans, buttons, etc. into each cup.
E's in the Eggs
Label stickers with E's and attach them to large plastic eggs. Inside each egg put a picture of something whose name begins with E. Place the eggs in a basket. Have the children sit in a circle with the basket in the middle. Let each child in turn take an egg from the basket and name the letter on it. Then have the child open the egg and name the picture inside.
E Practice with grids Invite children to form the capital letter E using available large blocks. Talk about the different number and sizes of blocks the children used to make the letter. Have children trade blocks and form the letter E again.
Emergency Talk about and then practice with the students what to do in case of a emergency. Explain that the best thing is to go get help from a grown-up. If no one is around, they should dial the emergency number they learned and tell what happened, give their name, say their telephone number, and give their address. Stress the importance of staying on the phone to take directions and to answer any further questions.
Collect five plastic eggs that are all the same color. (Or use eggs of different colors and mix up the tops and bottoms.} Using a permanent felt-tip marker, write the numerals 1 to 5 on the top halves of the eggs and draw corresponding numbers of dots on the bottom halves. Place the egg tops and bottoms in two separate boxes. Then let the children take turns finding the matching numbered halves and putting the eggs together. Extension: When the children have correctly matched the egg halves, let them fill the eggs with corresponding numbers of dried beans, if desired.
Feed the Elephant
Draw an elephant face on the side of a large cardboard box and cut a hole for its mouth with a knife. Give each of the children several unshelled peanuts and let them take turns "feeding the elephant" by tossing the peanuts into the elephant's mouth. Add more peanuts to the box at end of the game and let each student reach in and grab a handful. Let the children keep and eat as peanuts as they can hold.
Pass the Egg
Have the children sit in a circle. Give each child a plastic spoon. Have one child be the starter and give them a plastic egg. Have the children pass around the egg using the spoons
Egg Carton Toss
Give each child an empty egg carton. Ask them to open their egg carton and lay it on the floor. Take a few steps back and toss, one at a time, a handful of beans or other small objects. When they are finished, have them count how many objects landed int he sections of the egg carton.
Ask the children to form a circle, each child standing with feet wide apart. Ask them to hold their arms down in front of them with their hands clasped for trunks. Let them roll a ball across the circle trying to get it through someone else's legs. They may use only their trunks to stop the ball. If the ball does go out of the circle through someone's lets, that person must run and get it and bring it back. Add more balls to the circle as the children become proficient.