Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Toddler Friendly Egg Tips

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Baby in the Kitchen answered a great Easter-related reader question yesterday– one that I’m sure is relevant to many of you in the next week or two:

What are some more natural ways to dye easter eggs with toddlers- eliminating those pesky food coloring stains on their hands?

Some suggestions:
Color recipes:
Pink
1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar
Lavender
1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar
Brown
1 cup strong coffee and 1 tablespoon vinegar
Blue
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks. Add cabbage to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature. Remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Bluish-Gray
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water. Bring to room temperature. Remove blueberries.
Dark Pink
Cut 1 medium beet into chunks. Add beet to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature. Remove beets.
Yellow
Remove the peel from 1 orange. Add peel to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature. Remove orange peel.

Here are some other ways to decorate hard boiled eggs:

1. Dye them in regular old food coloring
2. Add stickers
3. Accent with ribbons
4. Dilute craft glue and add glitter all over!


Sources: Baby in the Kitchen and Free Stuff 4 Kids

Picture: RecipeTips.com

What are you planning to do with your kiddos? I think I may skip it this year, but who knows… Next year Lily Bean will be 2.5 and will probably “get it” more. Input?

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4 thoughts on “Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Toddler Friendly Egg Tips”

  1. My son is 26 months and we are going to do it this year. Last year he had no clue. But I never thought about the dye staining his hands! ugh! I would skip this year….she doesn't get it yet.
    -S

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  2. I'm not planning on doing it this year. Jason wants to, but I know she'll end up colored head to toe. As awesome as the natural colors sound, I'm too lazy for that.
    Our neighbors usually get together and all dye eggs together and Jason wants to do that, but I told him he'd be responsible for bath time.

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  3. when we have little ones we give them a cup of clear dye…i.e. water to dye there’s in and no mess to worry about…..older kids give a slightly warm egg in a paper towel and a crayon it melts as they draw and thats a cool effect…..wrap with different things such as rubber bands ribbon yarn it makes cool designs….i hope this helps yall…

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