Parents should gather the necessary materials prior to beginning this activity. Always use child safe, age appropriate non-toxic items and follow all manufacturer’s instructions and warnings. You can purchase most items for this activity at arts or crafts supply stores and grocery stores or mega/super stores.
● Art or plastic cups
● Food coloring
● White crayon
● Thin paint brush
Starting the Easter Eggs
There are two different options to start your eggs: hard boiling and blown yolk. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. All steps to make either a blown or hardboiled egg should be done by a responsible adult. Never allow a child near a kitchen heat source such as a stove or to blow through the egg (this may cause accidental ingestion of the uncooked egg, which can be very harmful).
Hard boiled eggs are relatively easy to make. Place your egg(s) in a pan of water, covering at least an inch over the top of the egg. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for at least 10 minutes. Allow your hardboiled eggs to completely cool before handling or coloring.
To make a blown out egg, pierce a small hole in both ends of the egg with a needle or thin nail. Gently blow through the hole on one side and allow the inside of the egg to come through the other hole into a small bowl. Lightly run water through the egg, repeating the blowing process to clean out the white and yolk.
Hard boiled eggs may be easier to make, but have a limited shelf life and must either be eaten or thrown out. Additionally, your hardboiled egg should be refrigerated while a blown out egg (that is thoroughly washed) will not need it.
Steps to Create an Artistic Easter Egg
- Select an art style or time period to create from. Examples include Impressionism, Cubism, ancient Greece or Rome, or the art of the Middle Ages.
- Research the art. Look for non-fiction books at your local library or look online for pictures, examples, and brief histories.
- Start with a white egg or dunk your egg into a color bath using Easter egg dye or food coloring and water in a cup. If you choose to use a plain white egg you can draw lines and shapes on with a white crayon, and then dunk the egg into the color bath.
- Use a thin paint brush to add color. Squirt a few drops of food coloring into a bowl and dip the brush in. Apply to the egg as if you were painting a picture.
- Set the egg(s) aside to dry.
After your eggs have dried, display your art inspired creations at a family Easter gathering or give them as holiday gifts to family members and special friends.