Every year Easter comes along and I have wonderful intentions of doing a lovely natural egg dyeing project with the kids. And every year things are hectic with one thing or another and we never get to it.
Enter Easter 2020: nothing else to do but projects with the kids.
We decided that we were going to approach this as a science project to see what nature has to offer in the way of amazing colors.
The older guys did a bit of research and found a few options. We chose 5 and made our shopping list. Now usually, I would send them to the store with the list and let them do the shopping (practical life activities!) but due to COVID-19, we keep our kids out of the stores, so I followed the list and came home with a bag full of veggies.
First step: cutting up our dye ingredients (another great practical life activity!). Each of them had responsibility for one color/ingredient.
Once we had those chopped, we prepared the pots on the stove: 1 liter water + 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Bring that to a boil and add the dye ingredient. Simmer this for 30 minutes.
Look at those colors! Jewels!
After the 30 minutes simmering, we strained out the ingredients and the dye went into a smaller bowl. Each child added a few hard-boiled eggs to their dye mixture, and set the timer for another 30 minutes.
Here are our 5 colors! We got a really fun surprise on one of these, a very unexpected result from a dye ingredient (will let you guess).
We exceeded that 30 minute dyeing time, because we don't like pastel colors :) But once they were happy with the color, we removed the eggs and dried them off on paper towels. (The green eggs were still a bit weak on color, so they stayed sitting even longer.)
To make them extra shiny and lovely, we rubbed a little coconut oil on the eggs, just for a last polish.
Here's the result:
Needless to say, we were chuffed! Who knew nature could be so amazing? (Well, we did!)
And our next experiment will be, "If you re-heat the dye, can you re-use it later?" We saved them all in jars and have them in the fridge. We can let you know in a few days if it works to re-use the dye (feels like a shame to dump them!)
Now, for the secret ingredients:
Pink: red beets
Green: parsley and spinach leaves
Blue: red cabbage
Purple: frozen blueberries
The red cabbage was a shocker. We all hypothesized that it would be the same purple color, but look at that blue! Amazing!
We hope you guys have fun with this and drop your pictures and comments or questions below! Looking forward to hearing from you all!