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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.
*This activity was found on wholefoodsmarket.com.
- 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))
- 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.
- 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!