Dyeing Eggs for Easter and a family tradition
Do you dye eggs for Easter? Have you ever tried it? It’s can be a super simple activity to do with your little critters and if you have more time, you can get a little more creative too.
What you need:
- Warm water
- Food Colouring
- Large coffee mug or cup
- Tongs or spoons
- Wire cooling rack or a sheet of polystyrene foam and pins
- Paper towel
- Rubber bands
What to do:
Boil your eggs til they are hard boiled – approx. 8 to 10 mins
Mix half a cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of vinegar and approx. 10 to 20 drops of food colouring (depending on your desired colour) Make as many different colours as you would like.
Once your eggs have boiled you can remove them from the water and gently dry them. While they are still warm you can place them in an egg cup for stability and draw on them with your crayons or pastels, or you can wait until they have cooled and put some stickers on them or rubber bands tightly around the eggs.
Now you can dip your eggs gently into the food colouring dye of your choice. Leave it there for approx. 3 to 5 mins to allow the egg shell to absorb the colour.
Remove the egg from the colouring solution and place on the cooling rack to dry. The cooling rack holds the egg up while it dries, creating a smoother coloured finish to your egg.
(One of the rubber bands that I attached came off in the colour solution so unfortunately we only got 2 lines instead of 4)
When the egg has dried you can remove your stickers or rubber bands to see what pattern you have created or leave them where they are if you like the created effect.
You can colour the eggs multiple times in different colours, only dipping different sections into the solution to create a patterned effect.
Remove your stickers and then dip the egg again to colour the spots a different colour.
Add the stickers after you have coloured the eggs.
Fun game to try:
In our family we have a family tradition. We dye our eggs on Easter Saturday and then on Easter Sunday when the larger family comes over the challenge is on. We all choose an egg – this is very serious business and all eggs are carefully inspected for their egg shell quality. Once everyone has chosen an egg we start to challenge each other to see whose egg is stronger. It is a simple test of tapping the eggs against each other and once you have a cracked egg you are out of the game. Eventually one person will be left with an egg that hasn’t cracked. This person is the winner! There is lots of laughing and tactical behaviour, theories of what end to use – the pointy end or the rounder end, people insisting that it’s better to be the tapper rather than the receiver of the tap, people hanging back waiting for others to go out first so they don’t have to challenge as many eggs, we have even had a cheeky family member who has tried to use a rock that resemble an egg until they were discovered. It is all in the name of fun and everyone looks forward to this fun Easter tradition.
Do you have a fun family tradition that your family do every Easter? Please share it with us on our facebook page – we would love to hear about it.
Have fun being curious together