It’s springtime and Easter will be here before you know it. If dyeing Easter eggs with your kids is a family tradition, you may be looking for some ways to get more creative this year. Whether you have lots of small children, older kids or both, dyeing eggs can be a fantastic activity that lets everyone get creative and do something different. There are all kinds of ways to decorate eggs and this is a project that everyone can do, no matter how much of an artist you think you are.
Gather Everything You’ll Need
First, gather everything you will need and set it out so it is readily available. Have things like dye, hardboiled eggs, crayons, markers, paper towels, bowls and anything else you will need ready on your kitchen table. This makes it much, much easier to sit down and enjoy the process so that you won’t have to run around the kitchen trying to balance toddlers, dye and eggs all at the same time.
If you can, have a good idea of how you want to decorate your eggs before you even get started. This way, you’ll be sure to have everything you need ready to go. Also, don’t forget all the “extras” like painting smocks, hand wipes, a high chair, and other things your family will need to make getting creative easy.
Set up Shop
Before you get those eggs out, set up shop. Choose a space to work where you won’t worry about dye damaging carpet, upholstery or curtains and then get everything ready. If you want, you can cover the table with a plastic tablecloth and lay another one under the table to make cleaning up easy. Set things up in a logical way to make things easy for your little ones and to keep the mess as minimal as possible. For example, put an empty egg carton right next to the cups of dye so your kids can set them down in the right place immediately after dyeing them. Have a few things like paper towels, a damp rag and soap ready in case of accidents and to make quickly wiping up spilt dye easy.
You don’t have to stick with the traditional dunking, solid-colour dyeing method. Of course, this is fun and easy for small kids, as they can easily drop an egg in a cup, let it sit for a few minutes and then fish it out with a spoon. But, if you have older kids or just want to try something new, here are a few different ways to decorate eggs.
Use White Crayons
This is a classic method, but kids absolutely love it. Before you dye an egg, use a white crayon to create a design, like stripes, dots or shapes, or even write words, and then dye it as usual. The wax will repel the dye, leaving the marked areas white, and reveal your kids’ drawings.
Colour Instead of Dye
Ditch the dye this year and use markers or crayons to decorate eggs. This is a great method for very young kids and lets you get more detailed and creative. You can draw complete scenes on the eggs, faces or abstract designs.
Some egg dyeing kits come with stickers, but you don’t have to be limited to those. Stop by a craft shop and pick up some small stickers to cover your eggs with. Go with a spring or Easter theme or mix things up and just pick some fun stickers.
Rubber Band Designs
An easy approach for kids is to use rubber bands to create designs. Tightly wrap rubber bands around eggs, as many times as you want and using as many rubber bands as you want, and then dip them in the dye. When the eggs have dried completely, remove the rubber bands to reveal fun designs.
Decoupage Fabric or Cut Outs
Older kids can cut out shapes, pictures or letters from fabric or old magazines and then use decoupage to affix them to eggs. You can do this with white eggs, dyed eggs or even painted eggs.
Marbled Shaving Cream Eggs
This approach is truly unique. Smooth a three-centimetre layer of shaving cream onto the bottom of a glass pan with tall sides. Then, add several drops of food colouring (using a few different colours) and use a toothpick to swirl the food colouring through the shaving cream, making a swirled, marble pattern. Then, add an egg to one side and slowly roll it through the pan until it gets to the other side. Let it stand on a piece of cardboard for five to 10 minutes. Then use a paper towel to gently wipe the shaving cream off of the eggs, leaving a marbled pattern behind.
Sparkly Confetti Eggs
To add a little sparkle to your eggs this year, paint them with some bright, fun colours or pale spring colours. Then, while they are still wet, roll them through a bowl of sparkly confetti. You can cover most of the egg, letting just a little coloured paint show through, or just add confetti to the bottom portion, leaving the top a solid colour. Get creative this year and find new ways to let your kids decorate eggs. Kids of different ages will appreciate different projects, so choose something that fits your kids’ ages and personalities.
Don’t let it End with the Dyeing
The fun doesn’t have to end when your eggs are all dyed or decorated! Of course, the traditional activity is to hide them and let your kids hunt for them. But, there are all kinds of things you can do with them, from racing them as they roll down hills to rolling them into each other across the table to see whose egg is the strongest. Fun activities for toddlers include counting eggs, sorting them by colour or trying to balance one on a spoon while walking around obstacles in the yard.
This year, make your egg-dyeing tradition a little different by trying a new decorating method. Make the day easy and fun by preparing in advance, setting up shop and letting the fun continue all day long.
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