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Cooking A Hard Boiled Egg

Peeling eggs helps develop finger dexterity

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  • Use one or more eggs to make hard-boiled eggs. This activity uses a hot stove, watch and assist the child at all times.
  • A child places an egg in a saucepan and fills the saucepan with water until the egg is covered. Put a lid on the saucepan. 
  • Place the saucepan on the stove, turn on the stove and listen/watch until the water is boiling
  • When the water begins to boil, turn off the heat but keep the saucepan covered and on the burner
  • Set a timer with your child for 20 minutes. Leave saucepan on the stove with the burner turned off until the timer rings. 
  • Remove saucepan from the stove and pour out the hot water carefully (adult step)
  • Next, cover the egg with ice and cold water or just cold water in the saucepan. Set the timer for 10 minutes with the child.
  • When the timer rings it is time to take out the egg and peel 
  • Let the child hit the egg on a counter for cracks to appear and peel away the shell. Encourage the child to describe how the shell feels as it is being peeled.
  • Place the egg underwater carefully so all of the shells are rinsed off
  • Let the child cut the egg in half using a plastic knife. Encourage the child to point to the yellow part of the egg and see if he can remove the yellow yolk and place it on a plate.
  • Combine the egg yolk and egg white and smash into small pieces with a folk
  • The egg can be eaten like this, added to a salad, or combined with mayonnaise and other ingredients to make egg salad


Let the child peel the eggs after an adult does the cooking

Click here to watch a video about chickens


Add mayonnaise, pickle relish, and salt and pepper to taste for egg salad

Encourage the child to spread the egg salad on a piece of bread or cracker


Where do we get eggs?

How many compartments are in an egg carton?

How many eggs are in a dozen?


  • egg
  • stove
  • timer
  • plastic knife

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow" VIDEO
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"The Mitten" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"How Kind" VIDEO
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

"The Hokey Pokey" VIDEO
by The Learning Station (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448, II. Andante" VIDEO
by Mozart (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song" VIDEO
by Dora the Explorer

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)