Easter is not a tradition in my family, so growing up I did not have many opportunities to dye Easter eggs, except one or two times with a friend. In light of all the recent news about the detrimental effects of artificial food colorings (get more information about the latest research on food dyes here and here), I thought I would experiment with homemade, natural dyes. Instead of exposing your children to the toxins in artificial colorings through their skin (yes, the chemicals go right through the skin into the body), you can use these natural dyes instead.
As you can see, the final product came out different than the typical dyed egg, but interesting none the less. At first, I thought it was a failure, but as the eggs were soaking in the dyes I saw textures and mosaics forming that spoke of nature and the myriad variations that may be found. As there are so many possible materials from the natural world that could be used, a list would be quite long. Instead, I will tell you what I used and when you try these eggs with your children, make a game of it and challenge them to think of materials they could use from your pantry or the garden. Please leave a comment and let me know what worked for you, and have fun!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
washable tablecloth, mugs or deep bowls, forks, spoons
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