During the spring holidays, there are many holidays that incorporate hard boiled eggs. Coloring eggs is a fun activity for children of all ages. Egg activities incorporate several different skills that are beneficial. Children can develop practical life skills while helping in the kitchen, and decorating fosters creativity and hones fine motor skills.
The First Step: Hard Boiling Your Eggs
There are a lot of different recipes out there for making the perfect hard boiled eggs. Many people like to eat hard boiled eggs in egg salad or even alone – but not if they’re overcooked!
After doing egg crafts year after year, we have learned a great way to get the perfect egg every time, without overcooking the yolk.
What you will need:
- A dozen eggs and an egg carton
- One large pot
- A slotted spoon
- A large bowl
- And, of course, water!
Cooking the eggs
Place your eggs gently into your large pot and cover completely with water, with at least one inch of water on top of your eggs. Set on your stovetop and cook on high until your water reaches a rolling boil. After the water is boiling, remove the pot from heat and set aside for 12-13 minutes.
In this time, fill the large bowl with col water and ice. When 12-13 minutes have passed, use a slotted spoon to gently transfer the eggs from the pot to the bowl.
After your eggs cool, you’ll have perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs ready for decorating! Reuse the original egg cartons for storage, or save for other crafts.
- You don’t have to run out and buy white eggs! Don’t be afraid to use brown or other colored eggs. You may find that colorful eggs will take on a deeper hue when you dye them, and it’s fun for kids to see the different varieties.
- You can dye eggs with food coloring, egg coloring kits, or even other fun tie-dye techniques.
- Get creative. You can use crayons on your eggs before dyeing to create fun original designs or to personalize your eggs. Stickers and glitter are also always a lot of fun!
Here are some fun crafts we found using Pinterest for you to try at home!
Sparkly glitter and tissue paper eggs from hello, Wonderful.
Cool Whip “tie dye” eggs from Crafty Morning.
Tie Dye eggs at eHow.com.
Water marble eggs from Crafty Morning.