How to Blow Out an Egg with 3 Easy Tricks

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Could you use some tips on how to blow out an egg and clean eggs for decorating? Hopefully, this will help you get started! Today I'm excited to share three little tricks for simplifying blown-out eggs. Messy fun, right? If you're a traditionalist, you might want to stop reading here. Otherwise, read on... How to Blow out an Egg Trick #1: Hand Drill So, if you … [Read more...]

Origami for Kids: Origami Rabbit

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We've been digging through a fun stack of origami paper (from Daiso) to fold up a family of origami rabbits. When I was in grade school, I loved origami. One of my good friends was Japanese, and I have strong memories of folding cranes and boats in her house to hang on a community Christmas tree. The cranes were tricky, but learning the series of folds tested and … [Read more...]

60 Egg Activities for Kids

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If you're on the hunt for fun and engaging egg activities for kids, this ginormous list should keep you busy for a few weeks. And it's just in time for Easter and Easter Egg Hunts. Egg Activities for Kids Because the list is so large, I've broken it down into these categories: Egg Decorating, Plastic Eggs, Games, Painting and Sculpture, Crafts, and Science. I hope you'll … [Read more...]

Jellybean Matzo House

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 This article was first shared in April 2011. We had more than our fair share of Easter sweets this weekend, but I had a plan all along to purge our house of all that extra sugar by "gluing" it to some sort of base, like a paper plate, and calling it art. As I talked to my almost three-year old about the idea, we mused over what we could glue our candy to. Something … [Read more...]

Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

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Have you ever thought about making vegetable dyed Easter eggs? I'm trying to make a move away from synthetic food dyes and wanted to use natural, homemade dyes this year. Not only are these colors absolutely healthy for human consumption, but the process of making them is a wonderful lesson in creating art materials from scratch and can help children think critically … [Read more...]

Painting Birdhouses

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The last time my in-laws visited, they left my girls with these cute little wooden birdhouses. I tucked them away to paint on their next visit, but my 3 year old couldn't wait that long. In fact, about a month after I stored these, and an hour before leaving the house to meet friends in the park, my daughter suddenly remembered the birdhouses that were, as far as I could tell, … [Read more...]

Spring Art: How to Make a Bunny Garland

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Yesterday I shared how to make watercolor paintings with kids. And from those paintings, I cut out these cute little bunnies. This was all my daughter's idea. She mapped out a plan for Spring decorating, and one of the things on her list was "a bunny garland, with bunnies that are the same shapes as the ones in in the mobile in your bedroom." She tends to cut right to … [Read more...]

How to Watercolor Bunnies with Kids

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Watercolor is a medium that can be as demanding and temperamental as those who choose to paint with it. But it is a colorful and exciting medium all the same – well suited to describing the many moods of the subject, as well as those of the artist wielding the brush. --Jean Burman Do your kids like to paint? Have you had success with watercolors? Traditional dry paint … [Read more...]

Eggs Dyed with Vegetables

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I thought I'd wrap Egg Week up with a favorite egg project from last year: Decorating Eggs with Natural Dyes. In case you're just popping in, my friend Melissa over at The Chocolate Muffin Tree and I are posting unique egg-related activities or experiments each day this week, and here's what we've covered so far: Bleeding Tissue Easter Eggs Walking on Raw … [Read more...]