Easter is just around the corner, and it’s time to get crafty. The bank holiday weekend means you’ll need plenty of activities to keep your kids busy, and we’ve got you covered.
The shops are filled with Easter eggs, and you could just pick one off the shelf… but, where’s the fun in that? Why don’t you get creative this year and get your kids to paint their own eggs?
Getting started is easy; you’ll need:s
- Food Colouring
- Tape or rubber bands
- Tongs or a slotted spoon
- Empty egg carton
- Old clothes or an apron (this could get messy!)
Once you’ve got your supplies, it’s time to begin!
Step 1: Fill saucepan with water, place on the stove and add your eggs. Bring water to a boil and then reduce the heat and let the eggs simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add cold water to stop the eggs from cooking – you may need to ask your parents or teacher to help with this part.
Step 2: Make sure you’re wearing an apron or old clothes – this can get messy. Also place old newspapers over the area you’ll painting on.
Step 3: Fill cups halfway with hot water, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of food colouring, one for each colour you want to use.
Here comes the fun part! Once your eggs and dye are ready, you can simply place the egg in the colour you want, leave it for 5 minutes and when you lift it out with your tongs you will have a perfectly dyed egg! But that’s not all, before you start dipping, there are lots of different ways to create different patterns with your eggs, here are just a few ideas that you can mix and match!
- Using a white crayon, write a message or draw a design on the egg before you dip it – when it comes out of the dye the wax will remain white, highlighting the design against the coloured background.
- You can create stripy designs on your egg by placing rubber bands or tape around your egg before dipping, when you raise it from the dye and remove the bands your egg will have stripes where the bands were!
- If you place a sticker on the egg before dipping and remove it once it comes out, the shape of the sticker will stand out against the background, try using a star, a fruit or heart if you have it.
- Once you’ve lifted your eggs from the dye, place them gently in the empty egg carton to dry. Once they’re dry you can hide them for a hunt, place them in a decorative basket, or if you’re really hungry, eat them!