Decorating empty eggshells is the perfect Easter activity for your little ones. Once you know how to blow the eggs, the only limit is your child’s imagination. Plus, you can have scrambled eggs for lunch afterwards with the leftovers!
Obviously we don’t want to be wasting food at the moment so here’s how to blow an egg ready for decorating!
You will need:
Fresh eggs in an egg box
A safety pin
A measuring jug or bowl
Pens and other art materials to decorate
1. Sit an egg in your egg box to steady it. Holding the egg still, carefully tap and push a hole in the top centre of the egg with your safety pin. Once you have made the hole, carefully push one end of the pin in as far as it will go to widen it.
2. Take the toothpick and insert it into the hole; stir it around to help break up the yolk and make it easier to remove the insides at step 4.
3. Flip the egg over and make a second hole on the opposite side with your pin. Try to make the hole on the bottom a little bigger but be careful not to crack the shell. Break up the yolk again with your toothpick.
4. Hold the egg over a measuring jug with the bigger hole facing down. Use a straw to flush out the contents of the egg by placing the tip of the straw over the hole and blowing hard. First the egg white will come out, followed by the yolk – it can take a minute to get going, so be patient. You will know that it’s all out when it becomes lighter and you are just blowing out bubbles of egg white, followed by air.
5. Clean the shell by holding it carefully under running hot water from the kitchen tap. Wipe carefully with kitchen paper and leave to dry. Now you’re ready to decorate with paint, pens, stickers, felt, glitter or whatever else takes your fancy.
Now here are some ideas you can easily recreate at home!
Bring water with brown and red onion skins to the boil.
Once boiling, add eggs and boil until the shells are brown (will be longer than the normal 10 mins hard boiling time)
Rub with oil to make them shiny once they are nearly cold.
If you would like them patterned like the photo – draw on them with light coloured wax crayon, before boiling.
5. Rugby Team Eggs
One for the sports lovers out there! Cut out your shirt shapes and add the design of your favourite teams. Draw faces on the players and position on either astroturf or grass inside a box. The box can then be decorated with posts and flags and maybe even a crowd! This can also be adjusted to football or hockey!
6. Rubber Band Eggs
Rubber bands are the perfect accessory for last-minute egg decorating! Wrap your eggs in rubber bands and then either dye or paint around the bands. Once the eggs are dry take them off and you have great patterns!
Create a family of your favourite birds including toucans, an owl, a penguin and a peacock. Or if farmyard animals are more your thing you can create pigs, cows and sheep with basic craft supplies and sharpies!
10. Fruit Eggs
These are fairly easy to create with paint, sharpies and craft box accessories, great one to do as a family!
We took a lot of inspiration for our top ten ideas from this site but for the creative amongst you, they have loads more ideas here www.brit.co/40-easter-eggs/
Easter Bonnet Ideas
Easter bonnet parades aways seem popular at nursery! Here are a few ideas, some need more parental involvement than others!
We would love to see your creations so make sure you join the North Leeds Mumbler Chat Group and share your photos on there! If we get enough photos submitted we will have a Mumbler competition so your efforts don’t go to waste!
Check out our Easter at Home page for ideas of Easter themed activities you can do at home.
We hope you have a great Easter Holiday.
* Photos from Pinterest. Photos not sourced are Mumblers own.