Did you know that Easter celebrations are a great way to get people out of their shells?
Easter egg dying is an Egg-citing and creative activity that children of all ages can enjoy, and it’s a great way to get into the festive spirit of the Easter season.
For toddlers, dyeing eggs can be a delightful sensory experience that stimulates their imaginations and allows them to explore their creativity.
Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, or teacher, there are plenty of ways to make Easter egg dying for toddlers an enjoyable and safe activity.
This guide will provide some tips and tricks to make the process easy, fun, messy, or mess-free for even the Easter egg hunt.
Are you Egg-cited?
With all these different coloring methods hope you have an Egg-stra special Easter.
Materials We Used for Different Easter Eggs Dyings
- White eggs (brown eggs or even a speckled egg will work too)
- Food Coloring
- Water Colors
- Easter Egg Carousel
- Easter Egg Decorating Kit
- Zip Bag
- Washi Tape
- Acrylic Markers
- Sharpies or other permanent markers
- Paper Cups
- Muffin Tin
- White vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar works well too)
- Bicarbonate of Soda
- Styrofoam Eggs
- Shaving Cream (Whipping cream works well too)
- Nail Polish
- Toothpick or skewer
- Cereal Box
- Tissue Paper
- Coffee Filter
- Washable Markers
- Hair Dryer
Best Way to Dye Easter Eggs with Toddlers – Our Favorite Shaving Cream Method
Shaving cream egg dyeing is a fun and messy activity that’s perfect for kids of all ages. Just be sure to protect your work surface and clothing, as shaving cream and dye can stain.
The kids sprayed a layer of shaving cream into the muffin tray (you can use any shallow dish or baking tray). They dropped food coloring onto the shaving cream. Then they used a toothpick to swirl the colors around in the shaving cream.
My girls rolled the hard-boiled eggs in the shaving cream mixture, making sure the Easter eggs were fully coated with shaving cream. You can make different designs by swirling in different directions or patterns.
You can set the eggs aside for 10-15 minutes to allow the shaving cream to dry and adhere to the eggshell. We did not, they were very curious. 🙂 They gently wiped off the shaving cream with a paper towel. The food coloring dyed the eggshell underneath, creating a beautiful marbled effect.
I rinsed the eggs under cold water to remove any remaining shaving cream or dye. And voila, the result:
Different Ways to Color Easter Eggs
Coffee Filter Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers
My kids decorated the coffee filters with some washable markers.
Once they finished decorating, we placed a coffee filter on top of an egg and used the spray bottle to dampen the filter. As the water hit the marker, the color transferred onto the egg, creating a beautiful and unique design.
Rice Shake Easter Eggs
The girls added rice to the zip bag, then added a few drops of food coloring (we used blue and green – as we needed these colors for our Earth Day activity), and shook the bag until the rice is evenly colored.
Next, they placed the egg in the zip bag into the colored rice. They shook the zip bag until the colored rice was fully covered with a fun and colorful pattern.
Then we gently removed it from the zip bag and set it aside to dry.
Washi Tape Dying Easter Eggs with Toddlers
We cut the washi tape into smaller pieces to create different designs on our eggs.
My little toddler stuck the washi tape onto the eggs. Remember, this is a great opportunity for them to practice their fine motor skills and creativity.
Once the eggs were covered in tape, they started to color them. We used an egg paint holder and used the colors that came with it. But you can use watercolors, acrylic paints…
When the creation was done and dried, we carefully removed the washi tape to reveal the design underneath.
Paper Towel and Food Coloring Easter Eggs with Toddlers
We wrapped the eggs in paper towels and secured them in place with a rubber band. Then dropped a few drops of different food coloring onto the paper towel evenly on every side.
Sara sprayed some water on the paper towel and we waited a few minutes.
Then she carefully removed the paper and we put it aside to dry.
Toddler Scribbled Easter Eggs
Scribble egg dyeing is a fun and easy activity that allows for lots of creativity and personalization. Just give your kid the egg, and black Sharpies (or any other permanent marker), as I did, and leave it with your toddler to scribble all around.
Once they finished scribbling, use other colorful permanent markers (I was using acrylic markers as they are intensive and dry very fast) to cover the egg.
Baking Soda and Vinegar Coloring Eggs
This is a science-inspired way to decorate Easter eggs and educational activity for kids too.
The kids put the eggs in a small bowl. Then added some tablespoons of baking soda. After they added a few drops of food coloring. You can use any colors you like. In the end, my girls poured some vinegar on the surface of these eggs and around them.
It was very exciting to watch as the vinegar and baking soda reacted, causing the dye to bubble and foam on the eggshell and around it. They were carefully rolling the eggs in the bowl.
We let the egg sit in the vinegar until the desired color was achieved. Finally, we removed the eggs from the vinegar mixture and rinsed them under cold water to remove any excess dye.
Nail Polish Easter Egg Dying for Toddlers
Nail polish Easter eggs are a creative and fun activity that can produce stunning results. Just be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and protect your work surface and clothing, as the nail polish can be difficult to remove if spilled.
We filled some paper cups with warm water. The water should be deep enough to fully or half submerge the boiled egg.
The kids added a few drops of nail polish color onto the surface of the water. The polish will float on top of the water. You can use a toothpick to swirl the nail polish around on the surface of the water to create a marbled effect if you want. You can also use multiple colors of nail polish for a more vibrant look.
We used a few different colors in the same water but did not want any marble effect. The kids quickly dipped the boiled egg into the water and nail polish mixture, making sure to half submerge it. They held the hardboiled egg under the water for a few seconds to allow the nail polish to adhere to the eggshell. Finally removed the egg from the water and place it aside to dry.
Repeated the process with different colors of nail polish for the other half of the eggs.
Rolling Eggs in a Box with Toddlers
Rolling eggs in a box is a simple and mess-free way to dye Easter eggs. Here’s how to do it:
We added a few drops of liquid watercolors to a cereal box (removed one side before it). Then placed an egg into the box and rolled it around to cover the entire surface of the egg with the dye. You can use multiple colors to create a multicolored egg.
Once the boiled egg is fully coated, we removed it from the box using a spoon or tongs and placed it on a paper towel to dry.
Tissue Paper Easter Dye Eggs
The kids cut and tore the tissue paper into small pieces. They used the paintbrush to apply the tissue paper pieces onto the eggs until it was fully covered.
We speeded up the drying process by using a hair dryer on a low setting. Once the egg is dried, the kids gently peeled off the tissue paper to reveal a colorful and patterned egg.
Tips for Dying Easter Eggs with Toddlers
Introducing toddlers to the fun and creative activity of egg dyeing can be a great way to celebrate Easter and spend quality time together. However, dyeing eggs with little ones can also be messy and challenging. Here are some introduction tips for coloring eggs with toddlers:
- Start by talking to your toddler about what you will be doing and why it’s special. Explain that you will be decorating eggs for Easter and that it’s a fun activity that you can do together.
- Choose a time when your toddler is well-rested and fed, and set aside plenty of time for the activity. Toddlers can have short attention spans, so it’s best to plan for breaks and keep the activity short and sweet.
- Gather all the materials and tools that you will need before you start. This includes hard-boiled eggs, non-toxic dyes, paintbrushes, and paper towels. This will help keep your toddler engaged and prevent frustration from having to stop and search for materials.
- Create a safe and comfortable workspace for your toddler by covering the table or floor with a plastic tablecloth or old newspaper. Make sure that your toddler is wearing clothes that can get dirty, as egg dyeing can be a messy activity.
- Explain the rules of the activity to your toddler, such as being gentle with the eggs and using the materials properly. Keep the instructions simple and easy to understand, and show your toddler how to do each step.
- Be patient and flexible with your toddler. Egg dyeing is a new and exciting experience for little ones, so they may need some extra guidance and support. Remember to have fun and enjoy the time spent together.
How to Dye Easter Eggs with a Baby?
You can use their tiny fingers to make patterns on hard-boiled eggs. Plastic eggs are safer for babies as they won’t break and make a mess. So using some baby-safe dyes, dip their fingers in yellow paint to make some chicks and sun, or white, brown, and grey paint for bunnies. It’s up to you how you want to decorate those Easter eggs.
What Age to Dye Easter Eggs?
The age at which a child can start dyeing Easter eggs depends on their developmental level and motor skills. Generally, children as young as 2 years old can participate in egg dyeing with adult supervision and guidance. However, some children may be ready to participate earlier or later depending on their individual abilities and interests.
Hope you’ll enjoy any of these dying methods, we really liked all of them. This was a memorable activity, that allowed us to have creativity, bonding, and a sense of tradition. While it can be challenging at times, with the right planning and approach, it can be a rewarding experience for both parents and children.
Don’t hesitate to look around and try out any other Easter activities that we can offer for you and your young kids. Choose from the Feed the Bunny game, Chick for painting, Easter Cut and Paste Printables or make some Ba Ba Black Sheep (try not to sing while you read this :D) crafty activities.
And most important, Hippity Hoppity HAPPY EASTER!