After seeing Ioan’s ‘Read and Spell Egg Smash‘, Finn wanted an egg smash of his own. It was no surprise that he wanted his to include numbers.


  • Egg shells with sums written on
  • Egg box
  • Baby chicks
  • Plastic eggs
  • Numbers


I wrote some sums on some empty egg shells. Finn had to read and answer the sum, in order to smash it.

The first sum he chose was “2+3=5”.

He kept turning the eggs over so that they were facing the right way because: “Don’t want any others to smash!”

Next he picked 2+2.


2+1. I was cruel and had filled Finn’s eggs with the crushed shells from Ioan’s egg smash to extend the activity. This meant they got progressively hard to smash.

1+1 was pretty rammed full with smashed up egg shells so took noticeably longer to smash.

For contrast, I added one subtraction sum at the end. After Finn had eventually smashed the egg for 2-1, he gave his silent cheer.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children handle equipment and tools effectively.


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add two single-digit numbers and count on to find the answer.