Make Scramble Eggs Tonight, Have Fun Tomorrow

May 20, 2010

The humble egg carton is a wonderful thing.  Here are three ways to use it:

  If you don’t have painting pots, an empty egg carton makes for a wonderful pallet.  It’s a cheap way to distribute paint, especially if there are a lot of children.

 Compartmentalise glitter, glue and craft bits and bobs for ease of distribution.

 After reading Picklebums fabulous We Play… sorting post, it occurred to me to use the egg carton as a nature sorting tray. Look what we found outside our house.

Make scramble eggs tonight, have fun tomorrow.

 

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TrishNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Luv your idea …at one of the schools i work at in Prep – they use egg cartons for the paint also just as u have suggested and they put the paints into bottles with squirter lids so kids can put their own paint into the egg cartons…looks like loads of fun!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Yeah, it’s an idea used by many schools and groups.

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BernadetteNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

These are a great idea and I have a heap of egg cartons I wasn’t sure what to do with.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Great Bernadette, now you have some ideas. My fav was the nature sorter. There’s nothing quite like going outside with kids.

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Busy Brissy MumNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Good thinking Kelly! We use egg cartons for paint trays too but to turn them into sorting trays is a great idea. Might have to copy!! I also loved Kate’s We Play post.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

It was a fab activity. Thanks Kate!!!

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MichelleNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

the possibilities are endless! love and egg carton – love eating eggs :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Eggs: the all round winner!

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PollyNo Gravatar May 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Love the title of the post — very clever!!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 21, 2010 at 7:10 am

HA! Thanks Polly.

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DebiNo Gravatar May 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I love your idea to sort things from nature. My 2 year old would totally dig that! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Have fun with it Debi

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KatherineNo Gravatar May 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Lovely idea! Might have to use it on my little cousin Charlie when i next baby sit him :)

K xx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I think he will love it K.

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Christie - Childhood 101No Gravatar May 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

You are just full of great ideas!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Thank you kind lady

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KathleenNo Gravatar May 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I like the idea of the nature sorting tray – a bit like those old “cabinets of curiousities”. And the flowers look really pretty nestled in it – I wonder if it could be a table centerpiece at the end of the day?

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I like that idea

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MelissaNo Gravatar May 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

That looks like great fun :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Yep

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katepickleNo Gravatar May 24, 2010 at 11:51 am

ah the humble egg carton.. hours and hours of fun!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar May 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Thanks for the inspiration Kate.

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Meeya WrightNo Gravatar June 10, 2010 at 12:14 am

Old post I know… ;) Haven’t had a chance to pop on properlyfor a little while sorry :S

Love it Kell! We often make ‘people’ with all the egg cup bits that I rip apart individually. We stick on eyes and bits of felt for hair and buttons and whatever we can find! And each person represents a different person in the family. The lid of the egg carton then becomes their ‘car’ and that lasts until it all gets destroyed or the next egg carton comes around ;)

Such a shame there’s so many egg/wheat/dairy allergies around now that children can’t explore ‘reverse garbage’ type of creativity at playgroups and kinders with egg cartons, cereal boxes or yoghurt containers anymore.

xoxo

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eli22No Gravatar January 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

The humble egg carton is a wonderful thing.  Here are three ways to use it:Luv your idea

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ErinNo Gravatar March 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

A couple of fab ladies at our play group cut it up so you had two egg parts and put some holes through the side to put in some leg pipe cleaners (3 holes each side) pop some googly eyes on the front, pain to decorate or use glitter glue what every and we made bugs. they were cute and my 2 and 4 y/o loved them :)
i also use them at home for paint pots or glue pots :)

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