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Decorating Easter Eggs with Kids

Easy, eggxellent ideas for springtime coloring fun


Grandfather and granddaughter decorating Easter eggs
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Easter is one of those holidays that while the day itself is always a wonderful celebration, the weeks leading up to it is also a big part of the festivities. From planning Easter egg hunts to meeting with the bunny and filling baskets there is always something fun to do. This is especially true for decorating Easter eggs. Sure, it would be easy enough to buy one of those coloring kits from the store, but if with a little advanced planning and creative thinking, you can turn dyeing Easter eggs into a fun family activity. Here are some easy ideas that even the littlest of preschoolers can get involved with.

  • Place different rubber bands of different widths across the diameter of the egg in different directions. Have fun removing and adding bands as you put the eggs in different dyes. See what kinds of color combinations you can make.
  • This one is messy, but fun. Brush craft glue onto eggs and then roll in glitter for a sparkly finish.
  • Get a bunch of stickers from the craft or dollar store and let your preschooler stick them on white or dyed (make sure they are dry first) eggs wherever they like.
  • Turn Easter eggs into tiny friends with google eyes, tiny candies, yarn and markers. Have kids make faces using the various materials. Can they make one for every member of the family?
  • Make jewelry-box worthy gem eggs by glueing flat-sized jewels in different shapes and colors all over your egg. Finish by outlining each gem with gold and silver glitter glue.
  • You can produce gorgeous swirled eggs by simply adding a little vegetable oil to each container of of dye/water mixture. Put the egg in the dye and gently swirl it around with a spoon. Pat dry and repeat with as many different colors as you like.
  • Once you have hard-boiled the eggs and they are still warm, let your little one color on them with crayons. The heat from the egg should melt the wax a little, making for a cool effect.
  • Glue small objects such as elbow macaronis, buttons and beads onto the eggs. When the glue is dry, you can paint for a colorful look or leave as is.
  • Dye eggs as usual, or paint them. When they are your desired shade, take sponges that have been cut into fun shapes (duck, bunny, flower, etc.) and dip them into white paint and then onto the eggs.
  • If you are confident in your drawing abilities or are just doing a random design, color on each egg using a white crayon. Dip into dye and wait for your results to appear.

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