Tips for Dyeing Easter Eggs with Your Child

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Tips for Dyeing Easter Eggs with Your Child

April 3, 2015

I can’t believe it is already Easter – it seems to have snuck up on me this year. I love Easter – it usually marks the beginning of spring, extra time to spend with the family, usually a couple great meals and of course dyeing Easter eggs. We always love dyeing Easter Eggs at our house and it has become a tradition in our household. However, with a 2 year old it can sometimes be a bit challenging!

Here are a few tips I have found that work:

– Cover your working area in newspaper for easy clean up!

– Use a whisk – put the egg inside the whisk before putting the egg into the dye. This will keep your child’s hands clean and dye free but still allows the dye to get to the egg!

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– Use masking tape, stickers, elastic bands and other house hold items to make your design.

With this egg we loosely covered the entire egg in masking tape, so a bit of dye got in a few places, creating a tie-dye look

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Here is one we used elastic bands with

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– You can also use oil – oil will repel some of the dye. We did a light first dye (pink), covered the egg is grape seed oil (can use any type of oil you have at home) and put it in a darker colour (purple). The darker colour dyed some parts of the egg and not others

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– Make your own dye. We used water, food colouring and vinegar. You can also use Kool-Aid to get a variety of colours.

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– Use melted wax to cover parts of the egg you don’t want dyed.

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– It doesn’t have to be just dye on the egg – your child can colour the egg with crayons or markers. My daughter enjoyed dyeing the egg her favorite colour and then colouring on it with crayon. She eventually got a paint brush and painted a bit of dye on as well. The crayon will also repel any new dye the goes onto the egg – so you can colour the egg before it goes into the dye and when it comes out of the dye everything that was coloured on the egg will show up (hint: use a white crayon for this!)

– Most importantly, have fun with it!

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