All About Eggs - Dyeing Eggs

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Creative Art
  • Nutrition
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 
30minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
Objective: 

Students will dye their own egg and begin to explore information about eggs as a high source of protein and energy in a fun way.

Equipment: 

Food colouring
Hard-boiled eggs
Vinegar
Newspaper or Paper Towel
Containers
Spoons

Set Up: 

Have all materials prepared and set up.

Step by Step: 
  1. Start with cool hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Protect your surface by covering with a sheet of newspaper or paper towel.
  3. Fill container with a mixture of water, vinegar and food colouring.
  4. Place the egg on a spoon and dunk, turning occasionally so that both sides get colour evenly. Keep in liquid for up to 5 minutes. Leave in longer to achieve a darker hue.
  5. Carefully remove the egg and set aside.
  6. Other ideas include:
  • Press your eggs with lace for a unique pattern.
  • Wrap thread around the egg before colouring
  • Add glitter to food colouring
  • Use food colouring to create dots using finger prints
  • Use a small stylus to apply a design using wax on the egg. When you dip your egg in food colouring, the colour will not adhere to the wax and you will have a unique design. Note: Wax will only adhere to room-temperature eggs

As participants explore dyeing their eggs, discuss the benefits of eating eggs.

Safety Considerations: 

Ensure containers are on a solid surface and not too close to the edge.

Variations: 

Have participants take turns dyeing their eggs if you do not have enough materials for each participant.
Have groups create a group egg.
Have a list of benefits of eating eggs posted or written in the room. 

Adaptations (General): 

Try to ensure that all participants are actively involved and provide additional support to those who need it.

Source: 

YMCA of Greater Toronto, Durham Region