Basic Activity Info
- Creative Art
- Large Group
- Medium Group
- Small Group
- Classroom (small indoor space)
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.
Newspaper or Paper Towel
Have all materials prepared and set up.
- Start with cool hard-boiled eggs.
- Protect your surface by covering with a sheet of newspaper or paper towel.
- Fill container with a mixture of water, vinegar and food colouring.
- 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.
- Carefully remove the egg and set aside.
- 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.
Ensure containers are on a solid surface and not too close to the edge.
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.
Try to ensure that all participants are actively involved and provide additional support to those who need it.
YMCA of Greater Toronto, Durham Region