Play Rhyme-Mime Mania – Download selected rhyming phrases from EggMania and play an EggMania version of Charades. Cut phrases into strips and place in basket, bowl or bag. The “IT” person draws a phrase, and then acts out the words; other family members guess the phrase. Keep score or not; use a timer or not; have teams or not; even two can play. Enjoy!
Nutritionists and psychologists recommend happy talk at family meals, saying it’s best to avoid negative subjects and discussions when eating. For children to develop positive, healthy attitudes around food as well as family time, introduce some fun mental activities while eating together. This encourages everyone to eat more slowly and enjoy the time, which has health benefits to boot. Parents should strive to be enthusiastic and to participate fully. Kids will follow parents’ lead, mimicking their attitudes.These activities are entertaining,
educational, and help to develop kids’ imaginations and language skills.
Fact or Fiction?
Download the Fun Fact List and cut into strips; Place in a bowl in center of table. Parents and older kids can draw one to read aloud. Younger kids guess whether it’s true or false. While all EggMania Fun Facts are verifiably true, their uniqueness provides stimulating discussion and learning. Example Fun Fact: “Chickens have more bones in their necks than giraffes do.” Go figure!
Hunting Hidden Eggs
With no visible egg yolks or egg whites on the plate, eggs are not obvious in many menu items, Have children guess which dishes on today’s table have hidden eggs and which do not, while encouraging the subject of nutrition and how food is prepared. For fun, use a bowl of eggs as a centerpiece to stimulate discussion. And yes, be sure to put them back in refrigerator after dinner.
Hidden-Egg Dish Examples:
Meatloaf, meatballs, oven-fried chicken, quiche, pasta dishes, puddings, muffins, pancakes, waffles, Caesar dressing, Hollandaise sauce, etc.
Story Glory –
Have family fun with kids at dinner (or breakfast or lunch) while igniting their imagination and story-telling skills. Select an art page in the “Explore Art with Fun Facts” section of EggMania(these have no story text, just art!). Display on i-Pad for all to see. Using the illustration as a starting point, create a new story in which the entire family contributes. Decide the turn order, as to who goes first, second, etc. The first person begins the story with “Once upon a time there was…..” completing the sentence relevant to the illustration. The second person adds one or two sentences; the third adds another sentence or two and onward around the table for all to have a turn. No contribution is wrong; keep going until satisfied with story and its ending. Use a timer if needed to speed the process along. Adult family members can be sure to make this fun by contributing some hilarious or silly sentences. For older kids, a story category, such as comedy or serious drama, can be decided upon before beginning.
in the Kitchen
For kids who are interested in cooking, have them find recipes and create menus that use eggs. To double the fun, cut the recipe in half or double it as opportunity to teach / practice fractions and other math skills.