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Who’s In That Egg? (Life Cycle Activity)

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Opening eggs to see which animal it has.

Opening eggs to see which animal it has

With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to do something with an egg theme but not looking to be Easterish, so to speak. Since we had been talking about animal classification, Spring themes, nests, eggs and life cycles, I chose to mix the themes into this egg-based life cycle activity. I cut out and colored small pictures of various animals (all who lay eggs or begin their life cycle as an egg). I placed each one into Easter eggs and built a lesson around it. My son opened each egg one at a time. He had to identify each animal and answer a few questions. He then had to place them into appropriate classification groups and find the commonality with all of them (*). This was a fun and effective activity. My son really enjoyed it.

This activity can easily be tailored for different grade levels: you can keep things simple for younger kids or build a lesson with more complex questions for older ones. These are some ideas for questions:

  • What animal is it?
  • What animal classification group does it belong to?
  • What are some characteristics of this animal?
  • What kind of habitat does it live in?
  • How does it move?
  • What sounds does it make?
  • Can you tell me the stages of their life cycle?
  • Is it cold-blooded or warm-blooded?
  • Have you ever seen one of these? If so, where?
  • What do they all have in common? *(lay eggs or begin life cycle as an egg)
  • If you could be any of these, which one would you choose and why?

What You’ll Need:

Small cut-outs of various animals that lay eggs or begin their life cycle as an egg.

Plastic eggs and small cut-outs of various animals that lay eggs or begin their life cycle as an egg

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This entry was posted on April 7, 2014 by in Nature, Science and tagged , , , .
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