When the Easter egg hunts are over, families will find themselves with lots and lots of colorful plastic Easter eggs. No one wants these plastics to be trashed and filling up the land fills and yet you don’t want to continue fishing them out of your car, your kids’ pants pockets, from under beds or down in the couch cushions, so consider going green and reusing them in both creative and practical ways. First off, you’ll want to bag up a reasonable amount and store them away for next year so you won’t have to buy them again but you’ll no doubt have many left over. Here’s a tip; store them with your other Easter decorations so you’ll find them in time. Rabbits may get all of the credit for being incredible multipliers but I am convinced that plastic Easter eggs multiply just as rapidly as teachers, church youth groups, librarians and grandparents all help the Easter bunny fill those baskets to the brim.
Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs to Save Change:
Are you tired of the coins that are sticking to the cup holder of your car with coffee drips? Keep your coins out of the cup holders by using a plastic Easter egg as a coin holder for the car. When it gets to full, it is time to transfer to a piggy bank, splurge on a do it yourself car vacuum or donate to a charity.
Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs to Carry Jewelry when Traveling:
For longer trips, you may have an organized carrying case for your jewelry but for short trips when you just want to take one extra pair of earrings or a charm bracelet, a plastic Easter eggs will do the trick to keep your jewelry safely separate from your toiletries and it provides more protection than wrapping them in a paper towels or putting them inside of a plastic baggie.
Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs to Extend the Dramatic Play:
You can add to the learning and fun of dramatic play by adding a few of the plastic eggs to your cooking center, the soon to reopened sand box or even the bath tub. It is fun for young children to fill the plastic Easter eggs with water or sand and opening and closing them strengthens fine motor skills. Of course you can continue exploring colors and counting all along the way.
Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs to Store Play Doh:
After a while, the amounts of each color of Play Doh seem to dwindle away. Give small balls of Play Doh new life in a fun plastic Easter egg container. You can even store them in an egg carton.
Reuse Plastic Easter Eggs to Start Seeds:
By separating the halves of Easter eggs and placing them in egg cartons, you have the perfect nests for starting seeds. Fill the eggs with soil and add seeds, water and sunshine and you’ll soon have a dozen sprouts. I’ve seen preschools start seeds in the egg cartons themselves but it is really difficult to transfer those small clumps of dirt in one piece. The plastic Easter eggs will make this job easier and you’ll have more success transplanting your sprouts.
So the next time you find a plastic Easter egg in your shoe, don’t despair. Reuse it and make it go the eggs-tra mile.