Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Eggsciting Easter Eggsperiments

(Sorry about that title. I just couldn’t resist.)

Egg dying is a great time to learn about color theory and how the process of color transfer from dye to material works. By dipping the egg in different colors of dye, kids can learn how primary colors blend to make secondary shades. Mixing the dye baths for eggs is also a good time for this, although it’s a little harder to see the colors in the cups.

For our dye baths we used liquid food coloring and white vinegar. (1 Tbs white vinegar, 8 oz water, 20-30 drops food coloring).

We did two experiments one with a wax resist and one with color blending.

Materials we used:

  • White Vinegar
  • Liquid Food coloring
  • White crayon
  • Spray bottle
  • Cups for dye baths
  • hard boiled eggs for dyeing

1.       Wax Resist with Crayons

Chobie didn’t know what to expect when we drew on the eggs. I chose white crayons for a dramatic effect. The white makes the most contrast with the dye, but it’s hard to see what you’re drawing on the egg. A light yellow would work really well too.

2.       Color Blending with Spray Bottle

We used a spritz bottle filled with the same dye bath mixture described above. When sprayed on other eggs, it makes a speckled effect. Spray a primary color onto other primary colors for a different way to explore color theory with your preschooler.


Do you have any creative egg dying techniques to share? I’d love to hear about them.

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  1. Too cute! I saw a post about using dye and shaving cream but haven't tried it. Not sure that would be good for a preschooler though now I mention it.

  2. That is an awesome idea. In a couple of years, we'll have to try it.