|Just beginning -- not too messy yet|
The dyes were really easy to make, and CHEAP since I just used stuff I had on hand. I found the recipes I used here, and adjusted a couple of them. I chose what I made based on what I already had, so I didn't have to go buy anything. We did brown (coffee with a bit of vinegar), purple -- which turned gray/blue (grape juice with vinegar), orange -- this one turned out the best (simmered onion peels), blue -- which didn't look much different from purple (frozen blueberries) and yellow (spinach simmered in water -- I made this up myself because I had wilty spinach on hand). The main drawback is that to get a deeper color at all, you had to leave them in a long time, which is a little hard with a 2 year old who kept grabbing the white eggs and popping them in cups and then popping them back out.
But I still think they turned out pretty, and since Susie didn't know the difference, she wasn't disappointed that they were lighter colored. She LOVES them, and LOVED the activity. I gave her total freedom to play around with them because I wasn't concerned about the mess or her tasting them. So as we leisurely colored eggs, we talked about how the colors made me think of Jesus (grape juice was perfect because we've been teaching her about the Last Supper so much). I will totally do this again next year!
|I let them play with them for a bit after we were done|
Tomorrow is big for us, since we are traveling this weekend -- so we're fitting in a bunch of stuff early. We're doing the Easter mountain, and having a special Easter supper to celebrate.