Some letters came out better than others (and there were some duds!), but its the fun that counts!

Some letters came out better than others (and there were some duds!), but its the fun that counts!

I have had the pleasure of working with America’s Egg Farmers as part of my day job for the past five years, so (not to brag or anything, but…) I know a thing or two about eggs! Nutritionally speaking, eggs have a lot to offer including high quality protein (important for building muscle and staying full), choline (vital for pregnant moms and brain health) and vitamin D (works with calcium to build strong bones). Not to mention that eggs taste delicious, can be prepared in hundreds of ways and are really affordable. So, when it comes to Easter, egg-dying is kind of a no-brainer right? A fun tradition, a great excuse to play with your food and a nutritious payoff to boot!

Applying the sticker tattoos.

Applying the sticker tattoos.

I recommend hard-boiling eggs before dying them – it is much easier than blown eggs and less messy in the event of an (inevitable?) mishap. The trick to avoiding those ugly green rings around the yolk is to not overcook the eggs – follow these simple steps and you’ll have perfect eggs every time. Hard-boiled eggs will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator so go ahead and get this project done today or tomorrow so you can appreciate your pretty creations and have one less thing to do on Saturday.

A happy little bunny!

A happy little bunny!

When it comes to decorating eggs, there’s inspiration and Pinsperation everywhere you look. Spend some time with your little artists looking for ideas and then gather decorating materials to help bring their vision to life. There are opportunities for everyone to be involved in this fun project:

Hard-boiling:

  • Little Ones: Practice counting as a grown up places the eggs in the pot
  • Older Ones: Run cool water from the faucet to cover the eggs before cooking and help rinse cold water over cooked eggs

Pre-Dying:

  • Little Ones: Place stickers on cooked eggs as “tattoos” (to be removed after dying)
  • Older Ones: Tie string or rubber bands around eggs to create stripe patterns, use crayons to create images that won’t take the dye

Dying:

  • Everyone can get in on the dying fun. A grown up or older sibling could help the little ones have a steady hand, but everyone should get a chance to dip, dip, dip!

Post-dying:

  • Little Ones: Place sticker “flair” on dyed eggs, use washable markers to create patterns
  • Older Ones: Help peel off stickers that were used as tattoos, use puff paint pens to create 3D patterns, be the official glitter sprinkler after a grown up applies spray glue

I chose to use food coloring that I had on hand and followed these simple instructions from the folks at Wilton. If you want to try dying eggs using natural colors from foods, Alysa from InspiredRD has some great tips.

Help little ones resist the urge to plop the eggs in the dye - or expect cracked shells!

Help little ones resist the urge to plop the eggs in the dye – or expect cracked shells!

I am in LOVE with our final product and can’t wait to show off the project on Sunday. Admittedly, these eggs are a bit more artistic than a 22-mo old would have come up with if I left her to her own devices. But, she was a willing assistant in helping me execute my vision for our Easter table and we both had a BLAST! And, what if you have leftover eggs? Have no fear…the week after Easter is officially known as Egg Salad Week and my egg-friends have tons of ideas for that too.

We used sticker "tattoos" to make an edible placecard for each Easter guest.

We used sticker “tattoos” to make an edible placecard for each Easter guest.

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Me and my little assistant!

Me and my little assistant!

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