Now that Easter is on it's way, we have some really fun ideas that surround the use of the traditional Easter egg. All projects involve using hard boiled eggs.
Our most favorite activity revolving around Easter eggs is the traditional dyeing of the eggs for Easter decorations and Easter baskets. We gather the cousins that live close by and set out the hardboiled eggs on a big table. We give the kids old t-shirts to wear and then we use a pre-packaged egg dyeing kit. Next, we divide the eggs into small bowls in front of each child, so everyone gets to decorate the same amount of eggs. Give each child an egg dipper or spoon for dipping eggs. Set one cup of color in front of each child, then let them swap colors as they go.
Ways to personalize dyed Easter eggs:
- Have light color crayons available for drawing/writing on the egss before dipping into color.
- Use masking tape to tape stripes, diamonds, crosses ... any shape ... prior to dipping. Tape can be removed to get a two-tone effect, dipping into a secong color.
- Add sparkle glue for glittery eggs.
Make fun Easter Egg holders for Easter morning or Easter brunch. These cute Bunny egg holders are made from discarded paper tubes, using either paper towel tubes or t paper tubes.
Have a backyard Easter Egg hunt. We even have a fun page of printable Easter Egg Hunt invitations to print for your fun event. This is one of the kids favorite Easter day events. We like to hide the plastic eggs, filled with surprises. Try to find non-candy treats at the dollar store for fun ideas.
If you haven't hardboiled eggs successfully before, here are a few tips for perfect eggs:
- Let eggs arrive at room temperature before boiling.
- If you are in a hurry, set eggs in a bowl of wam water first to eliminate cold to hot shock of the eggs.
- Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water in pan to prevent eggs cracking. Occasionally, you will encounter eggs with very thin shells and some of these are prone to cracking. If an egg does crack while boiling, refrigerate immediately when finished.
- Boiling: Add pre-warmed eggs to boiling water (enough to cover the eggs) and boil gently for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and then run cold water over the eggs to cool. Once cool, set aside for dyeing or projects. If you will be using at a later time, put eggs in refrigerator.
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by Sharon Pierce McCullough