We've been doing Eastereggdecorating all week in our WeeWork series. But it wasn't until I brought out a bag of jelly beans for this project that my ornery son suddenly got very interested in participating. This would be a great little activity for Easter morning, keeping kids occupied while the Easter bunny does his business. Or, if your little ones are too small to work a needle, you can make these and put them in their baskets.
Creating a homemade, natural Easter Egg dye out of ingredient in the fridge has always appealed to me and my son as a fun kitchen experiment, giving us the chance to play mad scientists for a while. You can make the dye from any fruit or vegetable that when boiled leeches its color into the water. My son and I used kale, blueberries, cranberries, beets, a mixture of carrot peels and onion skins and turmeric for cool, unusually colored Easter Eggs in an earthy color palette. These eggs really stand out from the neon colored tie dyed Easter Eggs we usually make.
The first time my now 9-year old son decorated Easter Eggs he couldn't manage to retrieve them from the dye using the little metal dipper that came in the packaged egg dyeing kits. Against my mother's advice, I let him scoop the eggs out of the liquid color with his fingers. Resulting in a basketful of lovely eggs for Easter and a toddler with dye stained hands for two weeks.
The following year we tried this easy tie dye method using a colander and regular old food coloring. The technique is fun, quick and simple enough for a toddler to achieve incredible looking eggs without having to submerge them in messy liquid dye. We still decorate our Easter Eggs this way even though my son mastered the egg dipper a long time ago.
Yes, I love decorating Easter eggs and some of my favorite memories are of decorating eggs with my kids, but there have definitely been some years when I hedged a bit wondering if I really had to do the whole dying thing and deal with stained hands and whatever else the dye got onto. Then there were my son's sensory issues which meant he didn't like getting his fingers wet.
Some years I tried to short-cut by having them draw with crayons on the eggs, but the crayon colors don't take well to the egg, so they just looked a mess. I wish I'd thought of this method. No mess, no wet, stained fingers...and a teenager will enjoy making these eggs as much as a toddler.
Easter is a few weeks away, but we’re still excited for the festivities and the (possible) warm weather. From train rides to photo shoots, the Easter Bunny is making his way through the Garden State. And just as there are a million stories in the big city, there are a million Easter Egg Hunts for kids in NJ. But, as usual, we’re here to bring you the best of the best, so Happy Easter and Happy Hunting!
Bonnets, baskets and bow ties, oh my! Getting our little ones to dress up and sit still is considered a modern marvel in our household. To capture these rare and precious moments, many local shopping malls are hosting photo opportunities with the tall white rabbit himself, the Easter Bunny. Hosted daily all over the state of New Jersey, no appointments necessary; and if you'd rather take a train ride with your favorite hare, check out our Easter Express article!
Last year for April Fools' Day, we rounded up 10 fun pranks to play on your kids, but some of them were a bit elaborate and required a lot of prep. This year, we have 10 more pranks for parents who want to show their kids that they have a sense of humor, but also want the jokes to be super easy to pull off.
Why should Christmas have all the fun? Forget the Polar Express and hop on the Easter Express! Five NJ railroad museums not only offer you a fun glimpse into the historic past of railroads and trains, but kids of all ages can also catch a train ride and enjoy an on-board visit with the Easter Bunny himself. Some rides even include a trip through the museum or Easter Egg Hunt at the final destination. Of course, photo ops and Easter treats for all. Easter bonnets not required.
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