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Well Kiddos Eggstravaganza

The coloring of Easter eggs is a tradition that goes back 2500 years. The ancient Persians colored eggs for the celebration of Nowrooz, their New Year, which falls on the Spring Equinox. Many cultures have adopted  the art of spring egg decoration, each with it’s own twist on the craft.

For us, today, it is merely a fun activity in anticipation of our Easter holiday. We have always loved to color our eggs bright orange, red, blue, green, purple or glittery pastel colors. It worked well but most of the conventional coloring dyes penetrate so deep through the shell that my son wouldn’t eat them. I started wondering what was in those little tablets? This was 7 years ago and ever since we have tried to find natural ways to color our eggs, perhaps not as shiny, colorful or spectacular but safe, healthy and still lots of fun to do.

Let’s gather some ingredients to make natural colors:

  • Red cabbage, Blueberries, Red grape juice – blue
  • Paprika powder, Beets – red
  • Turmeric, Chamomile, Caraway seeds – yellow
  • Spinach leaves, Kale – green
  • Carrots – orange

Put raw, cold eggs unstacked in different pots, depending on how many colors you choose to make. Cover with water, add 1tsp of vinegar and 1 tsp of salt. Add dyeing ingredients in each pot and bring to a boil. Boil for about 15 min. and if you are satisfied with the color take the eggs out, if not let them sit in the dye over night.

Tips:

  • We used frozen spinach and didn’t get the effect we were looking for. Try lots of fresh spinach leaves – rule of thumb is the more dyeing ingredients the stronger the color should turn out.
  • Wash eggs with warm water and natural soap before dying them to remove any grease and dirt that might interfere with the color absorption.
  • Patterns: Use a white crayon to draw or write onto your egg prior to boiling. Use different sized rubber bands and dip your eggs into different dyes for a tie dye optic.
  • For a glossy finish gently rub eggs with butter or olive oil.

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4 Responses to “Well Kiddos Eggstravaganza”

PatriciaApril 12th, 2011 at 6:56 am

We did that last year…
It kind of turned into a science experiment. We experimented with all kind of food to see the different color hues.
We all had a lot of fun! And wonderful eggs as a result 🙂

ManuApril 16th, 2011 at 8:10 am

Very true Patricia! I was especially impressed with the Tumeric and loved the fact that leaving the cabbage pieces on top of the eggs over night, gave the eggs sort of a tie dye look!

~Sabine

ManuApril 23rd, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Hi Craig and Nicole, it was great having you guys, thanks again for your big help – we had a blast. Let us know how the eggs turned out, definitely try the yellow onion peel, those come out a gorgeous red! Happy Easter!

~Sabine

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