It’s that time of year when decorating Easter eggs is front and center.
There are lots of different ways to let youngsters take part in the fun and foster their creativity. Additionally, decorating Easter eggs lends itself to many fine motor processes. Children use their fine motor skills as they color, spray, roll, paint, write on, and glue their eggs.
Here are a few examples:
- Color eggs with Kool-Aid for a marbled effect. Take hard boiled white eggs and different colors of unsweetened Kool-Aid packets. Mix and match colors in small bowls or cups. Poured hot water over the Kool-Aid, adding 1-2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar per color, instructs The Artful Parent. Stir one tablespoon of vegetable oil into each bowl. Restir before adding each egg and swirl. Air dry. Double dip in different colors for cool effects.
- Color with crayons before dying. While eggs are still warm, let children color them with crayons, drawing whatever they please. Then dip in different colors of dye.
- Watercolor sprayed Easter eggs let kids take a different approach to decorating hard boiled eggs, says How We Live,. Add non-toxic watercolors to different spray bottles and let youngsters spray away. Roll eggs in glitter while still wet, if desired. Messy but loads of fun.
- Fingerprint Easter Eggs are great fun for small children, says Crafty Morning. Using acrylic paints, let little ones dip their fingers into the colors and press their fingerprint on boiled eggs to make Easter bunnies, chicks or anything else they fancy. Use a brush to add details. Cut and decorate toilet paper rolls to use as a base for each egg.
- Decoupage Easter eggs. Let kids tear up different colors of tissue paper. Take plastic Easter Eggs and cover with a layer of Mod Podge decoupage medium. Then let youngsters layer on the pieces. It’s a great way to upcycle old easter eggs and used gift tissue.