Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes: an activity for children of all ages. Plants are used to make natural dyes for an array of products and uses. In this activity, children will learn how to experiment with a variety of plants to obtain their color to dye Easter eggs. Watch the following short video to learn how.

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  • Supplies:
    • saucepans
    • distilled white vinegar
    • play clothes
    • a variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices, chopped or crushed (beets (pink), berries, tumeric (yellow), spinach (green), coffee or tea (brown), purple cabbage (blue), onion skins (orange))
    • strainer
    • bowls
    • hard-boiled eggs
    • flowers, herbs, leaves, greenery (optional)
    • nylons (optional)
  • Take two cups of the plant ingredients or 1 tsp of spices and heat in a saucepan with two cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium- low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain.
  • Add 2 tbsp vinegar and cool to room temperature.
  • Set up the dye station outside to avoid a mess and make sure all have play clothes on.
  • If wanting to create a flower or leaf design, place your foliage against the egg and wrap tightly with old pantyhose/nylons. Close by tying a knot or using a bread tie. See the video below for more instruction.
  • Submerge egg in the dye and soak until desired color is obtained (30 minutes to overnight).
  • Experiment with other ingredients, combining ingredients, the length of time left in the dye, and the amount of vinegar used.
  • Document recipes, any modifications made, and resulting findings.
  • If desired, save your eggs for a yummy egg salad recipe coming next week!