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Color Easter Eggs

It just wouldn't be Easter if you didn't give your kids a chance to color Easter eggs. For generations, those who celebrate Easter have enjoyed time spent decorating Easter eggs with dyes, glitter, crayons, stickers, wraps and more. Go on and get your supplies, boil your eggs and gather the kids for Easter egg coloring fun. While you're picking out those much needed cartons of eggs, try to splurge a little on some unique egg dying kits for an extra special year of Easter egg decorating that the children will love!

Traditional Easter Eggs

From stripes and polka dots to neon egg dye and sparkling glitter, there is no counting the endless combinations of decorated eggs. Egg dying has been a long-standing tradition that involves hard boiled eggs, a lot of coffee cups, warm water, a hint of vinegar and some egg dying tablets. Add stickers, glitter, crayon decorating and other creative additions to the mix and you've got an afternoon activity full of fun and creative stimulation for the whole family.

Decorating Easter eggs is a somewhat messy activity, but as long as you lay out a few newspapers or, even better, a plastic table cloth, your nice kitchen table will be just fine. This also means that you and the youngsters shouldn't be dressed in your Sunday best because egg dying means getting stained. Wear an old t-shirt or an arts and crafts apron if you happen to have one left over from any finger painting sessions.

When you go to color Easter eggs, you should think about grabbing a couple boxes of some inexpensive, run of the mill crayons. Crayons are made of wax, and using a white crayon (an egg dying kit will often come with a miniature white crayon for this exact purpose) to decorate eggs will allow for more intricate and detailed designs to be created. Take your white crayon and a cool boiled egg and draw whatever you want on your egg with the crayon. If you have trouble seeing what you are drawing, you can use any other light color like yellow so that there is just enough color to draw by. As soon as you are done, drop the egg into a cup of dye. The areas that you colored with crayon will resist the dye and remain white. If you want to die those areas another color, you can remove the wax by submerging the egg in very hot water for a few minutes (wait until the original coat of dye is dry). Wipe the warm wax off with a dry paper towel and submerge the egg into a different color. The parts you colored with wax will now turn the color of your second dye. This method is called wax-resist dying.

Some people complain that using egg dye, glitter and other messy materials to color Easter eggs is unnatural and not conducive to a simple holiday. If you feel this way, skip the packaged egg dying kits and try using natural egg dyes, made from common leaves, flowers, and vegetation. There are a lot of recipes for natural egg dyes online. In general, you can use common sense to figure out what plants, fruits, and vegetables will work for dye. Grape juice, for example, will yield purple eggs. Boiled spinach will create green eggs. Turmeric or saffron makes yellow eggs, and so on. Experiment with the produce and spices you have on hand to create your own Easter egg masterpiece!

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