The boys and I can’t walk into a store with out being distracted by aisle after aisle of eye catching Easter displays. For weeks they’ve been begging me for two things – jelly beans and egg dying kits. I enjoy coloring eggs as much (maybe more) than they do so I’m glad we won’t have to wait much longer.
Before you get started, here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating beautiful, eco-friendly Easter eggs.
1. Choose local, organic, pastured eggs and keep them refrigerated so you can eat them! It’s less waste and a healthy, colorful snack. This might be the perfect opportunity to get a picky kid to try a hard boiled egg.
2. Turn coloring eggs into a fun chemistry lesson by using foods and flowers to make your own natural Easter egg dyes. Here’s how you do it. Place the eggs in a pot in a single layer and cover them with water. Add one teaspoon of vinegar. Add the natural dye (fresh or frozen produce works best). Bring water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Try different fruits and vegetables and see which make the best dyes. You can find more details on this project and a complete list of ingredients by color here.
3. If you want something a little faster and easier you might like the Eco-Kids eco-egg kit. The dyes are made using natural plant, fruit and vegetable extracts. The kit comes with orange, blue and purple, but also includes a color chart for creating 6 additional colors. If you’re buying the kit don’t forget to check the Eco-Kids website for printable activity sheets, printable creature cutouts for your eggs and a detailed how to video. Savvy Source is offering half-off an Eco-Kids Egg Coloring Kit starting today so now is a good time to try it.
Check back later this week for more ideas on making over your Easter baskets.