Counting Caterpillar - Counting by 10's Game

Counting Caterpillar - Use leftover eggs to practice counting by 10.

My twins, who are three and a half, have recently become interested in counting by 10s. Before I put away the plastic Easter eggs for the season, I made them a math game where they could practice counting by 10. This Counting Caterpillar game is a great way to re-use some of those eggs you still have littering your house.

Supplies you will need:
  • 11 plastic Easter eggs
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Permanent marker

I used similar sized eggs for this game. I picked the sides that were more flat since it would be easier to write the numbers on them. I managed to find an egg that had a side with two holes in it, which were perfect for some cute antennae.

Simply cut your pipe cleaner so that you can thread it through the holes and the bend it.

Next, the Counting Caterpillar needs a face. After I drew mine with a permanent marker, I realized maybe orange wasn't the best color egg to use as it looked a bit like a jack o'lantern. Oh well, the kids never noticed.

Write the numbers, counting by 10s, up to one hundred on the remaining eggs.

I didn't want all the pieces getting lost, so I just labeled a small bag.

I was happy to see the girls taking turns with the game.

Lil C isn't counting by 10s yet, but she always loves being part of the action. Her sisters helped point to the number that was coming next and C added it to the caterpillar.

When they were done they checked their work.

If you still have any plastic eggs lying around, this is a great way to use them and create a fun learning game at the same time.

For more Math activities check out:

  Post It Math Games                                Clothespin Math Games

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  1. It's the perfect way for Lil C to learn: watching and interacting with the 'older' kids. I can't tell you how many math and reading games I made for my kids when I was homeschooling. They loved them, and the best learning takes place when kids are having fun. The photo of the labeled baggie with a game inside brings back so many memories!! :-)

  2. I love this idea! I have so many plastic eggs hanging around and had no idea what to do with them all, and we're working on number with the youngest right now. So great! Thanks!

  3. Judy, Glad I could bring back some memories for you. Sounds like you did lots of fun stuff with the kids.

    Jenn, I am always looking for ways to use those eggs too!

  4. So nice to see another great use for those plastic eggs. Great idea to use just half of each egg so they don't roll away! Renee

  5. what a great idea! i'm a teacher and I know I could use eggs for other things too - like spelling words. I should've bought more when easter was over!! maybe next year!

  6. I love when we can reuse things! My little one isn't counting by 10s yet but maybe we can just count 1-10!