We discovered a way to make our Easter Eggs much more unique. We Eggs-perimented with dying our eggs by using food we had in our kitchen. Amaze your children by dying their Easter Eggs with just fruits and veggies. It’s also a fantastic way to put any of your food that’s no longer good to eat to perfect use. Each egg will come out with a distinct and unique color. Check out how you can make your very own natural dye to try at home with your kids. Take advantage of the “Natural Palate” we were given. Sift through your fridge for colorful foods to use as your “dye”.
You can basically use anything when it comes to coloring your eggs the “natural” way. But here are some suggestions for obtaining certain colors. Remember, the longer you keep the eggs in the dye, the stronger the color will be:
Orange: Orange Juice, Paprika, Chili Powder, Oranges
Yellow: Turmeric (spice)
Purple: Grape Juice, Red Cabbage
Pink/Red: Strawberries, Red Onions, Beets, Cranberries
Brown: Black Tea, Coffee
You might want some hard boiled eggs handy before you tell the kids you’ll be coloring Easter eggs. It’s simple, but it does take time. And if your cherubs are eager to decorate, holding them off while the eggs boil and then cool may test your patience as well as theirs.
All you need is a pot with a lid, some water and white eggs. We placed our eggs in a single layer at the bottom of the pot and covered them with cold water just about an inch over the eggs. We put the the pot on the stove and waited for the water to boil. Nothing but water and eggs was added to our pot. And we waited for the water to furiously boil. Then we turned off the burner and removed the pot. Keeping the pot covered to contain the heat we set our stove timer to 18 minutes and waited.
Once the timer went off we brought our pot to the kitchen sink. With the faucet on warm water we filled the pot until it overflowed and brought the temperature down slowly. Then we gently scooped our eggs out of the water one by one and back into the carton and placed them in the refrigerator…and when they were cool to the touch, we made our announcement, “Who feels like coloring eggs?”
For spices, you use 2 Tablespoons. For fruits and veggies use about 2 cups. Fruit juices do not need to be boiled. Add your food choice of color to a couple cups of water and a couple tablespoons of vinegar and boil for atleast 15 minutes. Reduce heat and let it simmer until it is the color you want. Strain into a bowl. Submerge your egg until your desired natural intensity is achieved (you can even leave them in overnight). We chopped up 2 Beets and dyed our eggs pink. We’re pretty proud of how they came out!
On the Hunt…
Who says you can’t do something exciting with plastic eggs? Not all of us have the time to dye our eggs, let alone dying them naturally with food. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cause excitement for the kids. Grab a bunch of plastic Easter Eggs and little glow sticks. Plant the eggs around your yard for a special Night time Hunt. Let the kids find their eggs as they glow in the dark!
Place clues inside each of the eggs on how to find the Easter Basket (the grand prize). You could also write down special prizes they won (go mini golfing) to place inside each egg.
Try this fun way of putting your kids’ math skills to the test. Place numbers inside each of the eggs. Have them add all the numbers up at the end of the hunt. Whoever has the highest number wins the grand prize.