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The Legend of the Easter Egg Bag Book

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Leave it to a friend to remind me about The Legend of the Easter Egg, a well-loved book in our house, and the lapbook that I put together many years ago and shared at Homeschool Share. Yes, it’s true – I forget some of the printables I make. My brain must be getting old.

Legend of Easter Egg Bag Book

Instead of making a lapbook to go along with The Legend of the Easter Egg, we made a bag book. Curious what a bag book is? It’s super simple, I promise:

  1. Lay a stack of small paper bags on top of each other  {we alternated four bags top to bottom}
  2. Fold the stack in half {so they form a square booklet}
  3. Punch a few holes along the fold
  4. Tie a ribbon to hold the bags together.

The bags make a small book of sorts and then we added in fun clip art and lapbook pieces to go along with our book. {Here’s an online tutorial for making a bag book}.

While we didn’t use every lapbook piece from the Legend of the Easter Egg unit, we did read the book together almost every day and then picked a few things daily to talk about in more detail: weather, language, feelings, science, etc… It was a great way to talk about Easter and learn together – and most importantly, have fun!

The Parts of an Egg

examining an egg shell

We have plenty of eggs in our house, so we pulled an egg or two out to crack open and examine. This was a great hands-on time to look at a few parts of the egg: the shell, the yolk, the egg cell, the chalazae, and the albumen {the white}, and that tiny little air sac. There is a great go-along printable for the Legend of the Easter Egg lapbook that we used to label the parts after we poked and inspected our own egg.

EggSperiments

eggs in vinegar experiment

There were three egg experiments that we worked on together. First we hard boiled a LOT of eggs {had to save some to color later in the week!}.

  • Experiment #1: Which spins faster: a hard boiled egg or a raw egg? We made predictions and then ran our experiment. I can’t tell you the answer – you need to try it for yourself!
    the soft shelled egg that popped
  • Experiment #2: What happens when a hard boiled egg soaks in vinegar for one day? We actually soaked a hard boiled egg and a raw egg in vinegar to see if there would be any difference. Kaleb thought the squishy eggs were MUCH fun to poke, especially when the raw egg ‘popped’ and the shell was all limp on the plate.
  • Experiment #3: What happens when the egg from Experiment #2 sits out of the vinegar for 24 hours. We’re still waiting to see the results of this one, but Kaleb is checking it faithfully!

Weighing Chocolates

weighing chocolate

The little boy in story, Thomas, wakes up one morning in a candy shop {literally}. Every child’s dream, right? We pulled out our Chocolate Fix game and used our bucket balance scale to weigh the different chocolates and also compare their weight to other things around the room {crayons, paper clips, etc…}.

We also talked about the symbolism of the Easter egg, telling time as well as days and months of the year, winter weather {hail and freezing rain}, and quite a few other things that we pulled from the book The Legend of the Easter Egg. Overall, a fun week and we’re definitely going to make another bag book again!

 

This Week’s Featured Posts

Here are a few fun posts from families that linked up last week to the Preschool and Kindergarten Community. I love seeing your ideas and so appreciate you sharing with others!

bunny playdough mat

To go along with the book The Little Rabbit, Angelue from Nestpirations used a cute playdoh mat to work on 1:1 counting with her daughter. She has some other great ideas as well to go along with their unit.

125 Easter Egg Basket ideas

Need some last minute idea for Easter baskets for the kids? Moms Have Questions Too has 125 Inexpensive Easter Basket Ideas to share – and many are things that are non-Easter related, but things your kids still need and use.

Easter Egg Word Hunt

Tara from The Magnolia Barn shares a fun egg hunt for sight words that she put together for under $1 for her daughter. Games are a great way to make learning fun!

Resurrection Garden Tutorial 2

 

We loved putting together this Resurrection Garden last year {this year’s plan to make one got sidetracked when we all came down with a bug}. This is a no-fail way to grow grass and it sprouts quickly!!

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Easter Egg Activities


We’ve worked on our Easter Egg Lapbook this week and we’ve had such a great time with it. The girls were fascinated looking at Faberge eggs – and we had to see a picture of every.single.one. No small feat, when there were 68 made. Granted a few are missing – but still! We talked about Russia (since Faberge eggs were made there), learned about the parts of an egg, found out chickens have ear lobes – if you don’t believe me…better do a little research! It’s true!

Zachary joined us in coloring some eggs. We used some of the hard boiled eggs for experiments too. Do you think a raw egg or a hard boiled egg spins faster? Try it out!! We also soaked a hard-boiled egg in vinegar to see what would happen (other than it getting stinky, that is).

The girls LOVED estimating how many jelly beans they had in their bags….sorting and graphing them by colors, counting them out…and then getting to eat some too (and who can blame them, right?).

We are going to put all the lapbook pieces together on Monday, but at least they have now been finished. I’ll post them with their completed books soon!

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Legend of the Easter Egg

Our girls loved The Legend of the Candy Cane so much that I decided to create a unit study and lapbook for The Legend of the Easter Egg. If you are interested in doing the unit yourself, you can go to Homeschool Share and download all of the mini-books and unit there by following this link. Everything is there in one nice location. :)

Some things that we’ll be studying in the unit include:

  • The anatomy of an egg
  • Science experiments
  • Faberge Eggs
  • Geography: Russia (Faberge from here)
  • Why chicken eggs are different colors
  • Sequencing
  • Similes
  • Vocabulary
  • Time
  • Symbolism of Easter egg
  • Celebrations of Easter (Good Friday and Easter Sunday)
  • Poetry
  • Communion
  • Weather: Freezing rain and hail

Here are a few pictures of my lapbook that I tested out first. :) There were too many pieces to have it in just one folder, so it ended up being a double lapbook.

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