I have great memories of dying Easter Eggs when I was growing up. It remains one of the most fun activities to do with my kids in the kitchen, even today!
This year I decided to dye eggs with the twins. They are just over two-years-old, so old enough to participate, but not quite old enough to be set loose.
In my motherly wisdom, I decided to have the little girls dye their eggs while the big boys were at school. The big boys will dye eggs next week during a twin naptime!
During my adventures, I learned a few things about dying Easter eggs with toddlers, and I thought that I would share them with you!
Tip 1. Work with a kit. I grew up using kits from PAAS and I love continuing the tradition with my own children. I still get a little excited when I open up the box and take all of the goodies out. And PAAS does not waste a thing! The box turns into an egg drying rack and the punched out holes can be made into spinning tops! Lizze was really EGGsited to see the duckie egg-arounds. I set some of the things in the kit aside for later with the boys and to minimize toddler distractions.
Tip 2. Don’t make toddlers wait. Do those look like patient faces to you? They are not. I made the mistake of assuming that they would want to see the magical transformation of food coloring pellet to glass full of colored water. I was mistaken. Even though the PAAS color and Heinz Vinegar only take about 3 minutes to dissolve and combine…that was three minutes too long. I should have had the dye ready to go!
Tip 3. Have something ready for them to do while they wait! PAAS and Heinz Teamed up to create this free fun app for the iPad. The girls enjoyed decorating their eggs. For each egg “dyed” on the App, Heinz and PAAS will donate $1 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. At this rate, t our girls are donating a lot of eggs!
Tip 4: Keep things simple. Although our kit came with 9 dye tablets, I opted to only use three when working with the girls. We played around a little with crayon resist. I really think that nine glasses of Easter Egg dye would have been overwhelming for the girls, and more than just a little messy!
Tip 5: Allow for wonder. This is a brand new experience for your toddler. Allow her to smell the vinegar, touch the damp, cool eggs, dip her fingers in the dye.
Tip 6: Be ready for a mess. Toddlers are messy. I put down newspapers and the girls were wearing easy to wash play clothes. Remember that the entire job of a toddler is to explore her world. Our world is messy. I just clean up a lot!
Tip 7: Enjoy the results! Look at and admire the colors on the eggs. talk about them with your toddler. Then, let them help you peel an egg and eat it together! This is a great time of year to eat the food we play with! And what a healthy snack!
Need tips on how to make hard boiled eggs without turning the yolk green? My recipe for Fool Proof Hard Boiled Eggs is here.
Did you know that Heinz Vinegar helps the dye turn brighter on your eggs? Also, use 2 T of Heinz vinegar in the boiling water to reduce eggs cracking during cooking!
Chime in! What are some of your favorite Easter Egg Dying traditions?
*I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Heinz and PAAS and received a Heinz Vinegar bottle, a PAAS Egg Dyeing Kit, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.