Activity: Colored Easter Eggs

 

Ages:            3-5,                                What you'll need:  Hard Boiled Eggs
Location:     Indoors                                                               Small plastic bowls
Skills:          Coordination, Small Motor                               White Vinegar
                                                                                                   Food Coloring
                                                                                                   Cellophane Easter Grass
                                                                                                    Plastic Tablecloth
                                                                                                    Large Spoon
                                                                                                    Water
                                                                                                    Cookie Rack
                                                                                                    Cookie Sheet
                                                                                                       
Background:
Easter is a time when families like to get together and make Colored Easter Eggs.  The children love to eat their creations and it is good for them at the same time.

What to do:
Place a plastic tablecloth on your table to make for easy clean up.  Mix a drop of food coloring and a tablespoon of white vinegar with 3/4 cup of warm water in a small plastic bowl.  Do this for each color available in a food coloring box and experiment with mixing colors.

Hard boil the eggs and allow them to cool thoroughly.  give your child crayons and have him gently make designs on the eggs.  The wax from the crayons will prevent the dye from coloring those parts of the eggs.

Have child use a large spoon to carefully lower the eggs into the dye.  Help him/her gently turn the eggs over with the spoon.  Remove the eggs from the dye and place on a cookie rack that is placed on top of a cookie sheet.  Allow the dyed eggs to drain and dry. 

Suggestions:
Display the eggs just before eating them.  Remember  to keep eggs chilled so they will not spoil.  Give your child a small basket and some cellophane Easter grass to create a darling display for the eggs.  

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