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Easter egg hunts are always a kid favorite this time of year so I decided to add some egg hunting fun into our centers! This free Egg Hunt Short Vowel Activity is the perfect way to celebrate while strengthening important literacy skills. It’s easy to prep and great for small groups or independent practice!
*Pair with our Easter Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Egg Hunt Short Vowel Activity
You can use this activity in a couple of different ways! It’s perfect to use as an egg hunt, where students search for the eggs like a “read and write the room” activity, or you can use it as a small group sort.
Students can also use it both ways, by doing the egg hunt first, then sorting the eggs after.
How to Prep
This short vowel activity includes 5 basket cards (one for each vowel) and 30 Easter egg cards. Each egg card has a simple word and picture clue for your beginning readers.
Then simply cut them apart. I used a paper cutter to cut the eggs to make it even faster.
Time to Play!
My favorite thing about this activity is how versatile it is. Below are two of my favorite ways to use this activity in the classroom!
If you are using the game as an egg hunt, simply tape the words at various heights around the room. Some fun hiding places can be the backs of chairs, sides of cubbies, or on the front of the teacher’s desk. Keep them visible but in a variety of locations.
Then print out a recording sheet for each child, and give them a pencil and clipboard to write on.
Before letting the kids begin, model how to do the egg hunt. Search for an egg, then read it aloud. Now go through the process out loud about how you determine which vowel to write it under.
Repeat with a few more words until you feel that your class understands the expectations of the activity.
While the students are searching, walk around and have them read the words out loud to you to quickly check for understanding.
Word and Picture Sort
This activity is also a wonderful word and picture sort for beginning readers.
Just lay out the baskets, and have students read each word then determine which vowel the word has. Place the word with the correct basket. There are 6 words for each of the vowels.
You can differentiate by only sorting 2-3 vowels at a time. For example, just lay out the “a” and “e” baskets. Then only have the egg cards for the short a and short e sounds. This will make it less overwhelming for beginning readers.
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