Monday, May 04, 2009

Kidcraft: coloring Easter eggs

Last month, we colored our eggs at home for the first time. It's actually quite easy and you get beautiful results! No need to buy those kits from the supermarket. If you already have food coloring and vinegar on hand, you're good to go.

Put 20 drops of food coloring into an old jam jar or coffee mug. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1/2 cup of room temperature water. Mix. Gently plop in your hard-boiled egg into the container. Leave in container until they reach the desired saturation. You'll have to check periodically by scooping the egg out with a spoon. Place back in egg carton to dry.

For the cool stripes, wrap a jumbo rubberband around the center of the egg before coloring. Remove rubberband after immersion.

Stefan wasn't interested in the activity, but we had a two year-old who was into it. His mom did most of the work, but I think he felt involved. This activity is probably best for ages 3 and up. Maylin, a six year-old, loved it and couldn't stop coloring eggs. You probably should have a dozen eggs per child on hand. Sounds like a lot, but really, this is quite addicting!

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