With Easter just around the corner we’ve been looking for some fun and cool things to do with the kids. One of our favorites is the Egg painting and Easter Egg hunt. This is something we all loved as kids and a tradition we hope continues…
Before you start:
1. This is best done over the course of two days, with the night before your Easter egg hunt devoted to painting and decorating to ensure that your decorations are dry and ready for hiding the next day.
2. Draw up a prize list. Once you have an idea of how many eggs you’re going to make and hide its time to draw up a prize list of how many eggs gets what prize. Don’t forget to add a grand prize for the person finding the best hidden “golden egg.”
3. Don’t forget your hunting baskets. These can be anything for your kids to carry around while they’re hunting for Easter eggs, but they must be big enough to hold at least a few of your eggs.
Up first is painting your eggs. This is a pretty straight forward section but it turns out that one of us had a novel (and very surprising way of decorating their eggs as a child). Using Old Ties… We know this seems a little odd, but after some digging around to find a reliable method we discovered this really is worth a go, some of the results are fantastic!
First find yourself a suitable tie. We would recommend an old one that dad doesn’t wear anymore and preferably with a nice pattern (make sure you don’t use his favorite!). Don’t forget, what makes a nice tie doesn’t necessarily make a nice egg, so be willing to try something that’s a bit out there and different.
Once you’ve found your desired tie here’s what you want to do:
1. Cut up the seam. This should double the size of your tie letting you make more colorful eggs with just one tie.
2. Once you’ve cut up the seam, cut the tie into sections which can easily fit around your egg, try and ensure a few cm of extra space to make sure that the tie and be held around your egg securely.
3. Wrap your egg up. For this part you must make sure that the part of the tie you normally see when wearing it is in direct contact with the egg. We recommend using a twisty tie to help secure the tie around your egg.
4. Wrap your egg again. This time use a light material like an old pillow case to cover your egg again.
5. Boil ‘em up. Drop your eggs into a pot of boiling water and add about 50g (1/4 cup) of vinegar and let them boil for about 20 minutes.
6. After 20 minutes place your eggs in a colander and allow them to cool and dry of a bit before you touch them.
7. Once they’ve cooled down enough to touch you can open them up to see your work of art.
For those of you who aren’t willing to risk using some of dad’s ties don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways to successfully decorate your eggs in preparation for your egg hunt.
For these the steps are pretty simple:
1. Hard boil your eggs. To do this just place your eggs in some boiling water for 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool before you begin painting.
2. Paint your eggs. Yep, that’s pretty much it. Once you’ve hard boiler your eggs you can being to decorate them in any way you want, from paint, to marker, to crayon to even using glitter (WARNING: Using glitter can be very very messy!)
3. Once you’ve painted your eggs its time to dry them, we would recommend placing them on a wire rack to minimize the risk of smudging your fantastic art work.
Now your eggs are painted and dried its time to hide them from your kids. Make sure that you hide your eggs in places your kids will be able to find (no high spaces or places that it could be dangerous for them to reach).
Once your eggs are all hidden its time to equip your kids with their baskets and send them off on the hunt.