The slacker mom’s guide to dying Easter eggs with small children

In the spirit of “bringing the holidays down a notch”, I thought I would repost my tutorial for how to dye Easter eggs with children. I’ve been cracking up all week at the elaborate Easter egg ideas being repinned on Pinterest.  I decided to make my own collage:

10 easter egg ideas that are WAY TOO COMPLICATED for children

I seriously don’t think I’ve seen a thing on Pinterest this week that depicted an egg-dying activity that would either be appropriate or appealing to small children.  And, look: if your idea of fun while your children are sleeping is to make artfully designed eggs, knock yourself out.  For me, my idea of a good time without children involves a glass of wine and a remote control . . . not soy-based dyes and masking tape. So if you are like me and you have a handful of small kids and don’t want to get all Tiger Mom about what is supposed to be fun for the children, then here are some simple suggestions for you:

The first order of business is procuring the egg-dying kit.  This is really dependent on the developmental age of the child.  Here is a breakdown:


If your child is a toddler, skip the dye altogether.  Hand them a hard-boiled egg and let them peel it for a half hour.  The end.

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If your child is preschool aged, there are two important questions to ask yourself:

  1. Does this kit make white eggs a different color?

  2. Wait, there is no number 2. Number 1 is all that matters.

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If you child is school-aged, it gets a little tougher. They’ve likely been more exposed to consumerism and product promotion.  At this age, their dreams for dyed eggs probably involved some kind of character endorsement.  I know that growing up, my Easters were marred by the crushing disappointed that my mother refused to buy the kit that would allow me to put Jem’s face and logo all over the egg.

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So, while the silk-dyed eggs and and leaf-rubbing transfer you saw on Pinterest may appeal to your own modern aesthetic, if you really want to help your child revel in the Glory of Easter, it’s probably going to involve a little more Spiderman and Dora and a little less stenciling and muted soy-based ink.

A few other random tips:

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Costumes and sunglasses can make the event feel more festive.

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So can a bottle of home brew.  (But keep your cup out of reach of the kids, so they don’t try to drink it.  Or drop an egg into it.  Trust me on this one).

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Use a tablecloth and just let it go.


Now, in terms of how prevent your children from emitting sulfur farts for the next week as they consume these eggs?  I can't help you there.


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