What creative projects did you do with your family this Easter? I hope some of you took some time to do something fun.
I bet many of you dyed Easter eggs. That is always a fun project to do with children. It can be messy and you may end up with pink and purple fingers, but it cleans up.
Instead of just dying eggs with the colored tablets and food coloring that most people use, I thought it might be interesting to also include drawing in the creative process. In the past we have drawn with a white crayon. This creates a resist and the dye does not attach to the egg where the crayon is. That gives you a white drawing with a dyed background.
When I went to my daughter’s home to dye eggs with the grandchildren I brought colored sharpie pens. The ink in the pens is permanent, so we were able to draw on the eggs and then dye them if we decided to. I cooked the eggs and let them cool. Then I dried them off really well. I purposely made sure the eggs did not get put in the refrigerator before drawing on them because I did not want condensation to be a problem. If you try to draw on a wet egg with a marker it will bleed and make a mess.
I created an egg using the markers to use as an example of what could be done with the marker. I had fun doodling and drawing designs, swirls, lines, shapes, hearts, squiggles, etc. on the egg. I used several different colors and decided that my next egg would be only black. I wanted to see how the design would look limiting my color.
My grandchildren saw my example and quickly got the idea. They grabbed markers and an egg and sat at the dining room table. My daughter decided she wanted to create an egg as well so we all went to work. It was amazing. All four grandchildren sat there in silence working on our individual eggs. I commented on the silence and decided this was a great way to get children to switch over to their right brain. The only talker was three year old, Andrew, when he wanted to get more eggs to draw on.
Usually when we dye eggs it is done in a matter of a few minutes and the children seem disappointed that we are finished so soon. But this time the drawing process made the kids take their time. They really thought about what they were creating. They took pride in the product. Some of the eggs were dyed after they were drawn on. I think they turned out nicely. How about you?