As a classroom teacher, I hate to throw stuff away. The only exception is if I've accidentally watched a few minutes of the show Hoarders.
It has helped me to move in and out of my classroom this year - I've been able to let a lot go. In my house, I now have a crazy insane amount of plastic eggs, and I need to get them out of here. Here are a few useful ways to repurpose the eggs:
1. Christina Bainbridge's Comprehension Eggs - I love, love, love these! I actually send the list of questions home with my kiddos to use at home when discussing books.
2. Eggs Full of Sound - I put a variety of household objects in plastic eggs, and they have to find the egg with the matching sound. Some great examples are: rice, screws, uncooked pasta, and toothpicks that have been cut in half to fit. In NC, 2nd graders learn a lot about pitch, volume, and vibrations in science. I give a basket of numbered eggs to each table and ask them to find the match and then describe the sound when you shake the egg. This is a great way to encourage them to be careful listeners during science. My confession - Since I usually forget what is in the eggs, here's my "cheat sheet:" put the same objects in eggs # 1 & 8, # 2 & 7, #3 & 6, #4 &5. Remember to tape the eggs shut. :)
3. Rachelle's Classroom Management using Eggs - I absolutely love this idea from What the Teacher Wants! Best part - it encourages them to be on task and reinforces the desired behavior. Fabulous.