(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.
- White Vinegar
- Liquid Food coloring
- 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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