I’ve always been apprehensive about making our own Easter eggs, especially the mess I’ve to clean up if Hannah breaks an egg. That’s until I realised we could use hard-boiled eggs!
I know you must be thinking, “What have you been thinking all this time?!”
This egg crafting business is really new to me. Here are several ideas for newbies like me:
Food Colour Dye Eggs
Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and drops of food colour to achieve your desired colour. Dip your hard-boiled eggs in the dye for 5 minutes. Remove and allow the eggs to dry.
Painting on Empty Egg Shells
Daddy contributed this idea! He made a small opening on the eggs, removed and cooked scrambled eggs for breakfast, then washed the egg shells.
With chopsticks and a cup to prop the egg shells, we left them to dry before painting them. The chopsticks and cup helped keep Hannah’s hands and clothes clean. Minimal clean-up effort!
Crayon Decorated Eggs
Now, this method requires some practice. We had used crayons to draw designs on hard-boiled eggs.
I meant to dye the eggs after that to create crayon-resist effect. However, the eggs were crushed after Hannah drew on them. So we skipped the dye.
As you can tell, we had a lot of eggs to finish for the week!
A friend taught us this. Blow up a ballon to the size of your fist. Secure balloon with a knot. Dip yarns in PVA glue (diluted with some water). Wrap glue-covered yarn around balloon. The balloon should be fairly well covered with yarn.
Allow balloon and yarn to dry completely. Pop balloon and remove it.
Oh, you could also use this egg to share about Jesus’s resurrection. The egg is hollow because Jesus has resurrected!. The tomb is empty!
Sticker Decorated Eggs
We did this on Thursday at MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers). Simply stick stickers on a hard-boiled egg. You could even tell the Easter story with the stickers. Hannah chose to illustrate Jesus’s crucifixion by pasting 3 crosses. Two for the criminals and Jesus in the middle.
Easter Kids’ Activities
In the run-up to Easter, we recount Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection with Easter Activity Workbook. It’s a 7-day countdown that covers Palm Sunday through Christ’s resurrection. You could get your free copy by subscribing to ABC Jesus Loves Me Blog.
We also learned about the story of the resurrection eggs through the book, “Lily’s Easter Party“. It’s an interesting concept to recount the Easter story using symbols.
Intrigued by the concept, I shared this at our Mandarin co-op. Retelling the Easter story in Mandarin proved to be a feat! It surely was a relief to know that the children enjoyed the Easter egg hunt and discovering the symbols.
Life Your Way and Teaching Heart provide free materials to go along with story.
Even if you didn’t get to do any craft or activity, don’t be dismayed. Take this Sunday to quiet your heart and let God speak to you. He’s the reason for Easter.
Photo by Andrea Howey on Flickr