Decorating Easter eggs is fun on real eggs, but they can get really wacky when you use this special waxed crayon technique. This craft engages your child in creating designs on a collection of egg shapes and then painting a dark wash on to let the bright colors shine through. Watch the painting transform before your very eyes and add a touch of Easter cheer to your house!
What You Do:
- Invite your child to use colorful crayons to draw eggs on a sheet of paper, and overlap them slightly to create a whole collection.
- Have your child create and color in some bold designs with bright-colored crayons. For a cool drawing that really highlights the wax relief, leave some negative space in some parts of the eggs.
- Now she can make a black wash by mixing tempera paint with a small amount of water.
- Brush this wash all over the paper, and use a paper towel and blot any excess or puddles on the paper. This is a great time to teach your child about how the wax resists water, letting the brightly colored areas to show through the paint.
Hang this picture on the refrigerator or wall as an Easter decoration!
Tania K. Cowling is a former early childhood teacher and author of teacher resource books. Her Together Time crafts have been featured in print magazines and online.