In preparation for Easter this weekend we did an Easter Egg science project! We used bright c
olored fruits and vegetables to dye hardboiled eggs. We tried onion skins, turmeric, blueberries, red cabbage and beets. Ava and Anders dipped and turned the eggs to make sure they were covered with liquid. They also decided when to take the eggs out or keep them in the dye if we thought they needed some more time! It was an awesome DIY kid project.. just make lots of hard boiled eggs because there were definitely some smashed eggs! 🙂
Ava showed up to the party in her usual preferred attire.. swimsuit. This girl is ready for summer.
- Hardboiled eggs
- Onion skins
- Turmeric, you can use the fresh root or dried ground powder
- Red cabbage
- White vinegar
- I’m sure there’s more of a science behind this and there are a ton of resources online for naturally dyed Easter eggs, but for us this was more of an art than science.. here’s what we did.
- I boiled some beets and saved the liquid – pretty pink!
- Microwaved frozen blueberries with some water and mashed them with a fork – gorgeous robin egg blue
- Boiled onion skins (just peel off the outer dry golden layer of skin) – golden yellow color
- Boiled some grated fresh turmeric root – this yielded a beautiful orange
- Boiled some red cabbage and saved the liquid – this was the faintest color – didn’t do much for our dyeing project.
- We put each of the dyes on bowls and stirred in a tablespoon of vinegar
- Then we submerged boiled eggs in the liquid and let it soak for between 2-10 minutes
- We watched the eggs turning color and made observations on what the colors were.
- Voila! Beautiful Easter eggs