Images and words: Sara Conway
1 Treasure chest: ahoy there! An egg box is the perfect place to store treasure.
You’ll need: egg box, paint, paper, jewels
- Your kids paint their egg box. We used contrasting colours for the top and bottom.
- Now they decorate the box. We added strips of paper and gems.
That’s it! What will they keep inside?
2 Jazzy turtle: sparkles make these turtles extra special.
You’ll need: a cup cut from an egg box, paint, glue, sequins (or glitter), green paper, scissors, a pen
- Put the egg cup on the piece of green paper so your kids can draw the turtle’s head and flippers.
- Now they lift away the egg cup and paint it to make the turtle’s shell.
- While it dries, they cut around the head and flippers so they have one complete turtle body. And draw on a face.
- Finally, they glue sequins (or glitter) to the shell, and then stick it on the turtle’s back.
3 Rock chick: superstar chicks they can make in 5 minutes.
You’ll need: two cups cut from an egg box, yellow paint, orange paper, plus glitter (optional rock chick bling)
- First ask your kids to paint the egg cups yellow.
- While they dry, they can draw and cut out feet, a beak and sunglasses. And add glitter to the sunglasses if you have it.
- Now they glue the two cups together so they make a round body. The egg cups have little peaks on them, which when positioned like the picture look like little wings.
- Now your kids stick on the glasses, beak and feet. That’s it!
4 A little pot for planting in
Give your kids 6 cotton wool balls to dip in water and pop in the egg box cups. Then they sprinkle cress seeds over each ball and press lightly. Finally, they position them in a warm sunny spot and… wait! Cress should appear in 24 hours, and it should be tall enough to snip and eat within 7 days.
5 Collect and count game
Write numbers inside an egg box’s cups and send your kids off on a mission to fit that many objects inside each cup. Inside, they could try raisins, cereal hoops, mini toys. Outside, they could try petals, leaves and twigs.