Dye Happy! Easter Egg Colouring with Kids

A roundup of all you need to know to dye happy this Easter! Enjoy these tips and ideas for some colourful & memorable Easter egg colouring with your children.

Photo Credit. Rita Maas, found on www.realsimple.com

Egg decorating is an easy and beautiful activity to share with your kids – and it’s even better when you can keep it natural. Here’s how:

  1. Start by picking up your egg dyes…in the vegetable section of your grocery store! Here's where the fun begins. Many veggies and fruit make natural dyes when you boil them (i.e. no weird chemicals required). Choose onion skins (for golden brown), spinach (for pale green), red cabbage (sapphire), turmeric (bright yellow) and beets (for rosy red). And if you want more colour charts, we have a Pinterest board calling your name.

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    Image source: Deb Thompson - Just Short of Crazy

  2. Next, try this basic recipe for pretty pastels: start by filling your pans with just enough cold water to completely cover your eggs. Chop and peel your veggies into separate pans for each color, put in a tablespoon of vinegar and add eggs. Heat and let boil for 10–12 minutes, then let eggs dry on a cookie rack before popping them back in their boxes. Keep in mind these hard-boiled eggs will have to be refrigerated!

  3. Get your own eggs! If you have the time, this is a fun opportunity to visit a local farm and meet the chickens! Your kids will be impressed. Here's where you can find a listing of egg farms around BC

     
  4. Get beautiful! While you’ve got eggs on the boil, try wrapping eggs with string or rubber bands (as seen below) before boiling them for pretty stripes like these, gradate them by placing eggs in a cup of dye and adding a little more water every 10 minutes for these, or wrap them in flowers and ferns (secured with panty hose and twist ties) for this effect. You might even try your hand at no-skill-required crayon pysanky. Ooh la la!

     
  5. If you have older kids who can stand a longer activity, you’ve got to try making an Easter tree. This European tradition starts with a family walk to pick forsythia or pretty branches torn down by spring storms. You can use this tutorial on hollowing out eggs by poking a hole in either end and blowing the contents into a bowl (and yes, consider this your excuse to make scrambled eggs for lunch!) Dye eggs as you would normally (just poke them down with a spoon if they float) then run a thread through them to hang them on your tree. Bonus: your beautifully decorated hollow eggs will last for years—just pack them away in their egg carton to store them.

     
  6. Get a little feisty! Once you’ve admired your beautiful hard-boiled eggs, it’s time to dig in. In Eastern Europe, families put pretty hard-boiled eggs on the Easter table for “fighting eggs.” To play with a friend, pick up an egg, count to three, and knock your eggs together. Only one will crack! (The loser can comfort themselves by enjoying their delicious creation.)

We’ve put together a Pinterest board here and we’d love to hear the results of your vegetable dye experiments on our Facebook Page! Happy Easter everyone! 

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