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
Looking for a super cheap, super fun Halloween craft that you can involve the kids in? My soon-to-be 4 year old and 18 month old had a blast making our “Happy Little Ghosts” craft. All you need is a box of tissues, cotton balls, thread and a needle (you do the thread and needle part, kids can do the tissues and cotton balls part)! 🙂
Supplies (makes 10 ghosts)
- 10 tissues
- 10 cotton balls
- Spool of white sewing thread
- Needle (for sewing thread)
- Scissors (for cutting thread)
- Thread needle with 2 feet+ of thread, and center the needle in the middle of the thread
- Tie the ends together in a knot, so that you now have a double thread
- Lay a tissue on a flat surface (kid activity!)
- Place a cotton ball in the center of the tissue (kid activity!)
- Gather edges and pick up tissue, holding it so that the cotton ball is completely covered and cinch up the tissue where the ghost neck will be (kid activity!)
- Stick needle just below covered ball and make two circles around head and cinch up (parent activity here and rest of craft! :))
- Stick needle into ‘neck’ and up into cotton ball, so that it comes out on the top of the head
- Pull upward, cut needle off string, tie strings together with a knot
- Voila! One done! On to the next one! Ava was running such a little ghost craft factory that I could not keep up. Anders meanwhile was having lots of fun pulling tissues out and tossing cotton balls all over.
Tip: You get a different effect if you wrinkle the tissues a bit (which is why this is such a great kid craft) and you can do this at the first step or even after the ghosts are hung! 🙂
A beautiful, inexpensive, and FUN activity with kids! Only about a few weeks late, but figured I’d post it as inspiration for next year! 🙂
What you need
- Fresh tree branches (Forsythia, dogwood or other work well)
How to make your Easter Tree
- Select fresh white eggs and blow them out. Here’s how: 1) make a small hole in each end by tapping/chiseling with the tip of a sharp knife, 2) poke a toothpick inside one of the holes to break yolk, 3) then blow the egg white/yolk out into a bowl, 4) wash off egg and let try. This is a tricky process and not recommended for kids – you should do this first and then you can have the kids help with dyeing the eggs. More tips here.
- Dye eggs and decorate as you wish – some metallic paint brushed on dyed eggs is a fun way to add some sparkle or shine!
- Hang by tying some sewing thread to a 1/2 toothpick inserted into the egg to create a stopper.
Ava quickly became a pro egg dyer!
My Easter Tree via Instagram!