Egg Decorating

Egg Decorating

Easy ideas for making colored eggs with your preschoolers. Try one technique or try them all!

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Egg Decorating

Craft Features

Parent Supervision Needed
This craft requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or intricate handiwork.
Lots for Kids to Do
This craft has plenty of steps kids can do, like tracing, coloring, decorating, and cutting with safety scissors.

Developmental Skills

Create with Us
Create with us skills involve self-expression, experimentation, and imagination through visual arts (like painting and sculpting), dramatic play, cooking, and dance.
Ages: 2-6

Materials

  • 1 dozen large (or extra-large) white eggs
  • Butcher paper or plastic tablecloth
  • Aprons and disposable food-handling gloves
  • Assorted egg dyes
  • Egg carton
  • Package of rubber bands (assorted sizes)
  • Wax crayons
  • Vinyl stickers
  • Tempera paints or poster paints
  • Sponges
  • Small, thin nail (handled by adults only)

Directions

  1. Preparation

    Boil a dozen eggs in a large pot and let them cool thoroughly. Prepare the egg-dyeing area by covering a table or countertop with butcher paper or a plastic tablecloth. Kids should wear an apron and food-handling gloves to avoid staining. <br /><br /> Set up the egg dyes in separate containers. Make sure the eggs have cooled before starting. Use an empty egg carton turned upside down as a drying rack for your dyed eggs.<br /><br /> Now you're ready to begin!

  2. Rubber Band Resists

    This is an easy way to create striped patterns on your eggs. Begin with a bag of assorted rubber bands in differing widths. Wrap several rubber bands around an egg before dipping in a bowl of dye. Remove or add more bands between dyeing sessions to create stripes or interesting patterns. For best results, start with lighter colors first. Be sure to let the egg dry completely before removing the rubber bands or before dipping in a second dye.

  3. Colorful Crayons

    Wax is the best way to create patterns on an egg, however, handling hot wax with small children can be dangerous, so the easiest way to do this is to use crayons. Let your child draw designs on her egg before immersing in the dye. Wherever the crayon leaves a mark, the egg will resist the dye. This works best when a dark-colored crayon is used with a lighter-hued dye, for example, red crayon with yellow dye, or vice versa. Parents can also introduce kids to the art of Pysanki, or Ekranian egg decorating, by placing the eggs in tinfoil in the oven for about 5 minutes at 200&#176;F. When the crayon starts to melt, parents can wipe off the wax, revealing the patterns below.

  4. Sticker Stencils

    Buy vinyl stickers or paper reinforcements in an office-supply or craft store. Stickers with graphic shapes work best, and this technique is easiest for younger children. Basically, kids place the stickers on their egg before immersing in the dyes. As with the rubber band technique, allow the eggs to dry before removing the stickers.

  5. Sponge Painting

    To begin, set up bowls of tempera or poster paints instead of food dyes. Buy inexpensive sponges and cut into various small shapes--squares, triangles, circles, zigzags--and assign one or two sponges to each bowl of paint. Let kids paint or stamp designs onto an egg or one that has already been dyed and is completely dry. Allow eggs to dry between each application of paint.

  6. When You're Finished

    Dyed, boiled eggs should be kept in a cool place or at room temperature. They should be eaten within five days of cooking. If you don't want to eat the eggs, blow out the contents of your eggs using this technique: 1. Gently shake the egg to help break the yoke. 2. Use a small, thin nail to poke a hole in the bottom and top of the egg. 3. Blow out the entire contents of the egg and let it dry. This technique is best when dyeing eggs with older children (emptied eggs can be a bit fragile). However, once dyed these hollow eggs can be kept as long-term, colorful keepsakes.

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