Easter Egg Crafts for the Kids
Bring out the paint, dyes and glitter…the kids will love this one!With little helpers looking for new craft ideas, decorated eggshells are sure to be a popular choice these school holidays.
While you are able to dye and decorate the shells of hard-boiled eggs, these instructions step through the process of emptying the contents of a raw egg so you can decorate the empty shell. How eggs-actly? We’ll show you how to blow out the contents (reserving the raw egg for your next round of baking, or scrambled eggs) and leave the hard shell in tact, ready for painting!
How to Blow Out Eggs:
- Stick a small piece of clear or masking tape over each end of a raw egg. While this isn’t an essential step in the process (you may find some success without using tape) it will help prevent the eggshell from cracking more than intended. To keep the egg stable you may wish to nestle it in a container with a paper towel.
- Poke a small hole through the top of the egg. Using a small nail, thumbtack or needle, pierce a small hole through the taped end of the egg, right on the end. Twist or rotate so the hole widens slightly. Turn the egg upside down, use the same technique and pierce a slightly larger hole in the other end. This larger hole is where the yolk will come out.
- Break the yolk. In the holes created, slide a needle/toothpick or straightened paperclip and wiggle it gently to break up the yolk. Move it around as if you were stirring it up, but not too forcefully otherwise you may crack the egg shell.
- Blow through the small hole at the top. This will blow air into the egg resulting in the yolk being pushed out of the bottom, larger hole. Be sure to hold the egg over a container to catch the contents so you can save it for your breakfast! If you find it difficult to blow the egg content through the hole, try making the bottom hole slightly bigger. If you don’t wish to press your lips to the egg shell directly to blow, try using a short piece of straw over the hole first.
- Rinse the empty shells and allow them to dry. Hold the egg with the top hole towards a running tap so the water runs through the inside of the shell and out the other side. This helps remove any extra pieces of yolk that may still be inside. If you wish to sanitise the eggs while you rinse, add a bit of soap or vinegar to the water. Set the eggs on a paper towel to dry thoroughly before painting or dying (as otherwise the colours may run).
- Decorate! Paint, glue, dye, draw….have lots of fun.