How To Decorate Easter Eggs with Children
10th March 2015
With Easter soon upon us, it’s never too early to start planning the exciting Easter activities for all the family to get involved in.
Symbolic of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, the egg represents new life and is a prominent part of the Easter festivities, whether it’s eating chocolate ones or decorating real ones.
So for those of you who fancy giving egg decorating a go with your kids this Easter, for some simple, easy fun, have a read through some of our egg-sellent egg decorating tips for some simple, affordable festive fun!
What you’ll need
Eggs (how ever many you want to decorate)
Preparing the eggs
First, you should make sure you are wearing old clothes or an apron, then it’s time to begin!
To get your eggs ready, you simply hard boil them in a pan of water. Bring the water to the boil, then turn the heat down and allow the eggs to simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. Remove them from the pan and place under cold running water, then leave to cool.
Let the fun begin!
Place sheets of old newspaper on the table, and once the eggs have fully cooled down it’s time to get creative with your decorating!
For younger children who want to get involved in the fun, they can use stickers to make their eggs colourful and decorative. You could even buy some googly eye stickers and make funny faces. Crayons are another great way to jazz up your eggs, just makes sure the egg is at room temperature in order for the crayon wax to stick to the shell.
If your children are older don’t limit their creative abilities by giving them the same options as your younger child. They could use pens instead of crayons, paint and glitter.
If they decide to use paint, why not experiment with sponges to create a textured effect on the surface. For glitter, use a paintbrush to apply the glue to the areas you would like the glitter to be, then sprinkle the glitter over the glue and allow plenty of time to set.
You could even try dyeing the eggs for a brighter appearance. Fill a cup halfway with hot water then add one teaspoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of your chosen food colouring. Simply dip your egg into the solution and place in the egg carton where it can fully dry.
To step it up a notch, you could even place tape around the egg, or stickers before dipping it in the dye. When the tape or sticker is removed it will leave patterns on the egg, rather than one block of colour.
Top tip: However you decide to decorate your egg, make sure you keep reminding you children to be careful with how much pressure they apply so the egg doesn’t end up cracking!
If you’re feeling in the mood for some competitive fun, you could turn it into a competition and reward the winner of the best decorated egg with a prize!
So there you have it. There’s no need to rush out and buy any special egg decorating sets as you will probably have most of the things knocking around in your kitchen cupboards anyway – and it will keep the cost down too!
Here at Tiny World, we plan many festive activities for the children in our day care to enjoy throughout the year. These vary depending on the child’s age and ability, so they can benefit from stimulating and rewarding play. For more information on our professional child care services, please feel free to give us a call today.