Easter Egg Fun

The kids and Rachel and I decorated Easter eggs last Friday.

We tackled this activity early this year because we have three major family events in the next ten days, so it worked best for us to jump in early.  Guess what.  We had so much fun!  I think this is the first year I can honestly call our egg dyeing event “fun.”  It only took me seven years to figure out what works.  Today I’d like to walk you through what we did and hope it makes your egg dyeing as stress-free as possible.

I bought six dozen eggs, one dozen eggs for each person {including my 20-month-old}.  It seems like a lot, but I have discovered that anything less than twelve eggs just doesn’t give each child enough egg fun.  I boiled the eggs in the morning so they would have plenty of time to cool before our 4:00 start time.  {I had to toss one egg due to a cracked shell.}

While the kids were napping, Rachel and I set up all the supplies on the dining room table and prepared the dye.

We covered the table in brown kraft paper, put out a sheet pan for each kid, and set out glasses for the dye.

I also used the kitchen shears and cut the egg cartons into half-dozen sections.

Each person got two sections of eggs {this comes in handy later…} and a paper-towel-lined tray.

Once everything was set up, we mixed the dye.   I have found short heavy glasses to work best for holding the dye because you can tell what color the dye is, and they don’t easily tip over.  {I ran out of glasses, so I also used two glass bowls}.  Since we had six people working at once, I bought two kits this year so we could have two of every color.  This helped keep impatient bickering to a minimum and adding to the overall enjoyment factor for me.

Each kit only comes with one wire wand, which proves to be highly inconvenient when there are six hands trying to work at the same time.  I have found a plastic spoon works just as well, and I put one in each glass.  No more fighting over who has the wand!

Keep in mind…every bit of prep work happened without children in the room.  This saves so much time and mess and conflict.  Set the scene first, and then bring your kids into the room.  Everyone will have more fun.

I had only one strict rule during our activity:  little hands do not move glasses full of dye.  The kids would tell us what color they wanted, and Rachel and I would put that glass on their tray.  Then when they were done with a color, we would move it off their tray for them.

This seems like a small detail, but it proved to be major.  Little arms reaching across the table to lift higly pigmented liquid is a recipe for disaster.

The big kids could manage dipping and removing the eggs themselves, but the little girls needed help.

We let the eggs dry on the paper towels.

Here’s where it gets interesting.  I always use the eggs we color to decorate the house because they are so pretty.  And since I take home decor somewhat seriously, I have never allowed my kids to use those tacky stickers and other add-ons that come in the egg-dying kit because, well…I don’t like junky-looking kid eggs in my pretty little baskets all over the house.   There, I said it.  I know, I know.  I’m awful.  But, I know that my kids like to be kids, and they think google eyes and stickers are awesome.  My solution?

This year I let them each pick out one-half of their eggs {perfect opportunity for a home-school fraction lesson} for me to use to decorate our home, and they got to put anything their little hearts desired on their other six eggs.

Not only did this make them giddy with delight, it doubled the duration of the egg-dying activity.  Beautiful.

Let’s see…what else.  Oh, yes.  Twenty-month-olds are too young to understand the concept of egg dyeing.    Twenty-month-olds want to play with eggs and dip their hands in dye and touch everything.  I realized this about half-way through our time and gave Lillian a bucket of plastic eggs to play with.  Everyone was much happier.  Save the real eggs for the older kids.

After all was said and done, we ended up with a platter of two dozen very cute kid eggs…

and four dozen beautifully dyed eggs for me to set out around the house….

As it turns out, the kid eggs look really fun when they are all grouped together on a platter with some paper grass.  Plus it’s fun to hear each kid point out which eggs are theirs and what each one is about {“That’s my funny egg…and that one is my crazy egg…and that one is my TCU egg…that one has green hair…”}  I feel like I’m growing.


Happy Easter Egg Fun!


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6 Responses to Easter Egg Fun

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  2. Wendy says:

    I so love it when your honest ;-) These look fab!

  3. Krista says:

    I get you. Somehow all of our sticker wind up in the trash can- mysteriously, I tell you. Proud of you, K! I will forward this on to Jeff as he is the egg guy at our house. GREAT tips!

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  5. Sarah Wolfe says:

    Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have to try this :)

  6. Sandra Sasser says:

    Cute…I LOVE seeing my grandkids…SO precious!

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