Unlike Christmas, which always falls on December 25, Easter can occur on any Sunday between March 20th and late April. This can make it a bit hard to plan for, especially if you and your child want to color eggs a couple days in advance. If you forgot to get an egg dyeing kit there's no need to rush out to buy one. Instead, you and your child can make Easter egg dye with the food coloring you already have in your cupboard.
What You Do:
- Have your child help you hard boil the eggs, if desired. Let cool.
- Rinse the eggs.
- Cover your work surface with newspaper; food coloring can stain.
- To make a batch of one color dye, have your child measure out half a cup of warm water.
- Ask him to add 1 teaspoon vinegar (the vinegar helps the dye work its way into the shell).
- Have your child in add 10 drops of food coloring to the container. Stir with the spoon.
- Encourage your child add an egg to the dye cup.
- Your child should occasionally stir the dye and check to see if the egg color is approaching your his desired hue. A light color typically takes five minutes, while a dark color takes about ten minutes.
- Repeat the process for other colors. Once a dye cup is created, it can be used for multiple eggs.
Your child might want to create his own colors, which is another advantage of making dye with food coloring. For instance, red and blue food coloring can be combined to make purple. You could also make two tone eggs. A good technique is to dye the egg completely in the lighter color (like yellow) and let it dry for fifteen minutes. Then, dip the other half of the egg in the darker dye. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to have fun dyeing your eggs!