Discovery Room: Happy Easter

 

A sure sign of spring is time off from school and the busy Easter preparations. The history of Easter is one that many European cultures contributed to over the centuries.  How do you celebrate Easter?

 

Whether you fast for lent or decorate colourful eggs, it is time to shake off the long cold winter months and enjoy the promise of warm sunshine and long summer days.

 

One of our favourite Easter activities is searching for hidden Easter eggs, a great way for children and adults to play outdoors safely!  Why not try a spring scavenger hunt while walking around your local park or green space?

Ask an adult to help you when trying the following project:

Colouring Easter Eggs Using Natural Dyes:

  1. Gather supplies: pot, slotted spoon, drying rack, paper towel,
  2. Gather the ingredients (use the decorating colourful eggs link above): 12 white eggs, white vinegar, cranberry juice, grape juice, frozen blueberries, frozen spinach, curry powder, and black tea bags.
  3. Place the eggs into the pot and cover the eggs with water (and natural ingredients) OR cover the eggs with juice.
  4. Put 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in the pot.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes (We did as much as 30 minutes)
  7. Carefully, remove the egg with the slotted spoon and place on drying rack.
  8. If you want a deeper colour place in the fridge (with juices) for a few hours or overnight.

Our experience with natural dyes taught us that some colours turn out better than others: the blueberry, grape and tea, turned out really well.

The green didn’t turn out well because we forgot the vinegar and that ingredient makes a huge difference.

The natural dyes smell wonderful as the eggs are cooking and the best part of decorating the eggs is being able to eat them afterwards!

How you dye the eggs could also change the way they taste, which makes me wonder if the flavour would change too?   Experiment by dyeing the eggs with different ingredients and other decorations.  Have fun!

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Thanks for visiting our blog! Enjoy your Spring Break.