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How are you feeling out there these days, Little New-Yorkers? Now more than ever we each need to practice balance, self-care, and accepting those we love (even if they can be a bit rotten sometimes). That’s our theme this week as we explore Jory John and Pete Oswald’s The Good Egg and create our own rotating, egg-themed mood meter and coloring pages. Don’t crack under the pressure! Join us and accept the ups and downs of being feeling humans with this charming story and activity inspired by some deep-feeling eggs.
Eggs are fragile, eggs are special, eggs are beautiful! Take a look at this decorative egg ornament In the New-York Historical Society’s collection.
Why do you think this artist might have chosen an egg shape for this object?
If you had this object in your home where would you keep it and how might you use it?
We don’t know much about this special egg ornament, but what we do know is that the person who made it took a lot of care to create something so delicate and detailed.
In Jory John’s world, eggs aren’t only fragile—they experience the whole range of human emotions! What do you think this egg would say if it could talk? As a delicate, but solid; simple, but a multi-faceted object, eggs are the perfect metaphor for treating others’ feelings (as well as our own) with tenderness and care.
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us for Little New-Yorkers @ Home LIVE every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 featuring a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly stretches and exercises, and a storybook reading, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Paper or cardstock to print out the egg face templates and coloring page (template 1, template 2)
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- 1 stick (can be a pencil, popsicle stick, etc.)
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home! And if your final product looks different than what you see here—that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in your egg feeling faces
Look at the eggs and think about how you can use colors and details to reflect how they’re feeling. This content egg is wearing a fancy beret! Make it your own.
STEP 2: Cut out eggs
With grownup help or supervision (safety first, people!), carefully cut out your eggs, so you have two pieces, ready to stick together.
STEP 3: Attach eggs together
Using a stapler or tape, attach the two eggs so their faces are on the outside and the blank backs are on the inside. Make sure you don’t tape over the whole bottom–there should be a small opening for the final post to fit through.
STEP 4: Attach post for base
Using a pencil (as we did here), popsicle stick, or any kind of stick-like object, create a base for your egg to twirl between feelings. Make sure the opening is a snug fit and voila! You’re finished.
BONUS CRAFT: Coloring page!
Color in all the funky feeling eggs in whatever style you want! Check out the eggs in your refrigerator (if you have some) for inspiration or google some images of birds’ eggs—some are bright blue! Or, color them in rainbow mish-mash and let your imagination run free.
Once you’re finished, use your two-sided egg to show how you feel today! For an added challenge, create your own face template that shows two different emotions and put them together. Create many feeling faces and put on a puppet show where characters cycle through emotions at warp speed! The drama! Also, if you loved the delightful egg coloring page, create your own! Just make a drawing using only black pen or marker and let your little one’s colorful imagination run wild.
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below.