My children look forward to dyeing Easter eggs every year. We have experimented with many different techniques throughout their childhood. I will share a few of our favorites with you today.
1. Use brown eggs. At first I did not think that brown eggs would work. After all, I spent my entire childhood dyeing white eggs. But now that we have used our brown eggs, I don’t think we will stop. The colors are so much more vivid and brilliant. You can tell which eggs were brown by looking at the basket of eggs in the picture. The most bright and deep colors are from the brown eggs.
2. Use a white crayon to decorate your egg. Before dyeing the egg, have your child draw a design or write their name on the egg. The wax from the crayon keeps that part of the egg from being dyed. It is a little difficult for the child because they cannot quite see what they have written. But as the egg emerges from its bowl, the result is magical for my children. Suddenly they can read their name or see their design.
3. Use rubber bands to make patterns. This technique is similar to tie dyeing in that you “tie” the egg up with different sized rubber bands. Then you drop the egg gently in the dye. The rubber bands like the wax in the crayon also protect the egg from taking on the dye color. The result is beautifully patterned eggs.
4. Dye half of the egg in one color and the other half another. This technique takes some patience on your child’s part. They have to hold the egg halfway into the dye until they are satisfied with the color. Then when that half dries, they dip the other end of the egg in a different color.
5. Use stickers when the eggs are dry. This is the easiest technique and especially great with small toddlers. They really enjoy selecting stickers and decorating the already dyed egg. Mine usually get too carried away with the amount of stickers, but that is fine with me.
6. Mix the colors to create a different color. Your children can easily learn about combining colors. Red and yellow make orange. Yellow and green make blue, etc. They can really make some interesting colors. Even if they end up with a black egg from using all the colors available, your children will have learned a great lesson in color.
The most important part of the egg dyeing experience is letting your child’s creativity go. Let it be their project with you in the supervisory position. Allow them to experiment and try not to take control of the creative process. I am sure that Michelangelo himself had failures as well as masterpieces. Nothing, especially the Easter eggs, has to be perfect.
Happy Easter! Happy Egg Dyeing! Try some of our techniques. Let me know what we can try. My children are just dying to dye.