Dyeing Easter Eggs
Dyeing Easter Eggs. Ah, what fond memories I have of dyeing Easter Eggs as a child. Newspaper spread out on the dining room table. Gathering all the old coffee mugs. Dropping the color tablets in the cup and watching them dissolve. Then, the real fun started.
Fighting with my sister about who got to use which color. Or my mom making sure that we all got to dye the same number of eggs. Oh, and let’s not forget, the best part, getting mad over the fact that the egg would.not.stay. on the little wire spoon thingy (that’s its technical term). Oh my, there were many fits of anger over that one.
In the end, we really did have a great time. And I want my boys to have a good time dyeing Easter Eggs as well. For us Easter Egg dyeing is a Good Friday activity. Why? Because my husband has declared it so. So each Good Friday we will get the dye kits, the hard boiled eggs, the Sunday paper and spend a little time getting dye on our hands and faces and color some eggs.
Last year was the first year that we attempted Easter Egg dyeing with Jack. He was 18 months old so we figured that we would give it a shot. The only problem was that I kept going back to that darn wire spoon thingy. No way could an 18 month old make that happen. Then I happened to stumble upon the best tip ever. Plastic cups and a wire whisk. Yup, a whisk.
Here’s what you do. Instead of using coffee mugs, use disposable plastic cups for the dye. Then take an egg and put it inside your wire whisk.
Let you child mash the whisk into the plastic cup as much as they want.
They (probably) won’t break the egg and you don’t have to use the wire spoon thingy. Genius! It’s so much fun, your kids will ask to dye more eggs!
This is a great idea for toddlers and pre-schoolers, but honestly I really can’t see dyeing eggs any other way. I think we will stick with the wire whisk as long as we can. In fact, I hope one day my boys will look at their wives completely shocked that there is any other way to dye eggs.
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