I’m Anna from The Measured Mom, and I saved eggshells all week so my three kids could do this E is for Eagle craft. But don’t worry — if you have just one preschooler, you can have eggs for breakfast and be good to go. It’s part of an ongoing Letter of the Week craft series here at Crystal & Co. We always include rhymes and books so that this is a true educational resource for you and your preschooler.
Letter of the Week Step By Step Tutorial:
You will need:
- letter E cut from black construction paper (see pattern: E is for Eagle pattern)
- egg shell cut from white construction paper (see pattern)
- eagle beak cut from orange construction paper (see pattern)
- eagle head cut from white construction paper (see pattern)
- tracings of your child’s hands, cut from brown construction paper
- large colorful paper (we used 12×12 inch scrapbook paper)
- googly eye
- a few egg shells, cleaned and dried
- toy hammer
- glue stick
- tacky glue
1. Attach the paper egg shell to the bottom of the paper using a glue stick.
2. Glue the paper hands about two inches above the egg shell as shown. Note: your child will be gluing a lot of pieces during this project, and it’s easy to put the glue on the wrong side and end up with a backward project. Teach your child how to lay out the piece as it should be, then flip it over and glue on the back. It will save you some headaches.
4. Add the white head to the top of the “E” so that it starts to look like an eagle. By the way, baby eagles are all brown — and if scientific accuracy is important to you, make this brown. I decided I wanted my kids to know it was an eagle, which they would not have known had I not made it look like an adult.
5. Add the eagle’s beak. Remember to lay it out first and then flip it over to put glue on the back.
6. Use the tacky glue to attach the eagle’s eye.
7. Here’s the really fun part! Smash the egg shells with a toy hammer.
7. Apply tacky glue all over the egg shell. Then attach broken egg shell pieces.
And here are our finished projects!
RHYME FOR LETTER E:
There are many different versions of this popular counting song. We like this one:
One elephant went out to play,
Up on a spider’s web one day.
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another elephant to come.
The web went creak,
The web went crack,
And all of the elephants
Came running back!
BOOKS TO READ FOR LETTER E:
But No Elephants!, by Jerry Smath
This was one of my favorite books from childhood, and I still think it’s adorable. Grandma Tildy does not want a pet, but agrees to buy one from the pet salesman every time he visits. “But no elephants!” When winter hits the salesman leaves his elephant by her door — when she finally relents and brings him inside, there’s a ton of trouble. But the kind elephant brings about a happy ending.
Edward the Emu, by Sheena Knowles
Edward is tired of being an emu. Every day he finds a new animal cage and pretends to be that animal. After sharing a cage with a seal, lion, and snake. Edward returns to his own cage – only to discover a new emu has taken residence there. “Hello, I’m Edwina! It’s nice meeting you. You’re the best thing I’ve seen since I came to the zoo!” The funny pictures and catchy rhymes make this a wonderful story.
Edward’s Overwhelming Overnight, by Rosemary Wells
This creator of the popular Max and Ruby books has countless other gems, and Edward is one of them. In this book he plays at a friend’s house but must stay overnight when a snowstorm comes. Poor Edward is too sad to play. He won’t eat, and he can’t sleep. In this book and its companions, Edward Unready for School and Edward in Deep Water, we learn that not everyone is ready for the same things at the same time.
For more preschool resources for the letter E, visit this page.
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Anna taught eight years and received her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on literacy. In 2007 she began her career as a stay-at-home mom. She has four children – a girl (6) and three boys (4,2,1). She enjoys teaching them at home and after her daughter’s morning at kindergarten. Anna blogs at www.themeasuredmom.com.