As a Montessori teacher, I loved to introduce oviparous animals with fillable eggs in the spring. My 4-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, has been totally in love with plastic Easter eggs since she was a toddler. So I decided to introduce oviparous animals with the eggs this year.
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Materials Used for Oviparous Animals Book and Easter Egg Work
- Montessori Services Basket
- Free Oviparous Animals Emergent Reader by Deedee Wills at Teachers Pay Teachers
- Small Plastic Easter Eggs
- Safari Ltd. Good Luck Minis – Backyard (frog, snake, and cardinal), Wild American (alligator), and Sea Life (sea turtle) to go with the types of animals in the Oviparous Animals book
Introducing Oviparous and Viviparous Animals
There’s a variety of ways to introduce oviparous animals, but I simply used the printable book. It’s an emergent reader, which Zoey loved. Its explanation of oviparous and viviparous is very clear. For example, the page with the alligator says: “Is an alligator oviparous? Yes, it lays eggs.” It continues in the same way with a snake, frog, and turtle. Then it shows a mother and baby giraffe with the words: “Is a giraffe oviparous? No, giraffes are viviparous. They give birth to living offspring.”
Zoey stapled the book right away so that we could read it. She couldn’t wait to open the eggs after reading the book, so she completed the book later. Then Zoey wrote her name on the book cover and colored all the animals. She colored them in rainbow colors, which was very cool!
Zoey was so excited to open all the eggs to see the animals in them! She repeated the activity a number of times.
Materials Used with the Book Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones
- Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
- Variety of Safari Ltd. Animals that Lay Eggs (I’ve linked to my post with lots of free TOOB keys that make it easy to see which animals are included)
- Large Plastic Easter Eggs (many of the Safari Ltd. animals need large eggs)
I love Ruth Heller books for their information and rhyming verses. Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones is perfect for introducing a wide variety of oviparous animals.
I kept both baskets on our shelves after Zoey worked with them. I’m sure they’ll continue to be a super-fun spring activity for her.
Extended Work with Oviparous and Viviparous Animals
Update: Zoey, wanted to do more Easter egg activities the day before Easter, so we did another extension of our oviparous animals/viviparous animals activities. I had some plastic Easter eggs that change colors outdoors, so I placed a Safari Ltd. oviparous animal in each one. Then I hid a variety of viviparous animals in the Easter grass in an Easter basket underneath the plastic eggs. We took the eggs outdoors to observe the color change. Then we sat under a tree with almost-4-month-old Sophia on a topponcino on the grass. In this photo, Zoey just opened the egg with the duck-billed platypus. It was a fun activity and a great way to enjoy the outdoors!
Note: For free printables for extended card work, check out the free oviparous animals printables at MontessoriSoul.
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