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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Learning Adventures | 0 comments

Coloring Eggs Naturally

Coloring Eggs Naturally

 

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Children love to dye eggs! It is a tradition that dates back thousands of years and spans multiple cultures and religions. For many the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility, and rebirth-the very essence of spring.

The egg dying process has changed quite a bit though. Long ago eggs were colored using flowers, berries, spices, and other forms of natural vegetation. Today many choose the chemical laden tablets that leave the inner egg tattooed and toxic. But this year, why not go natural? The organic process just might be easier than you think and it’s way cooler!

DSC_0203~ Simply boil eggs as usual and let them cool

~ Use the list below and prepare the natural materials to be boiled

~ Separately add and prepare each plant matter to 3ish cups water (be sure veggie is covered), bring to a boil, add 1 tsp vinegar and   let simmer for 15 ish minutes. You can also pour them into a mason jar to soak longer for more color

DSC_0226~ When the desired color is achieved strain the plant matter from the liquid and pour liquid into deep bowls and let cool

~ Allow kids to place boiled eggs in coloring and leave until it is the desired color

~ Remove egg and allow to dry in a cardboard egg container

When dried, the colors produced will be softer-more like he ones we actually see in nature. And yes, the natural process requires a little more time and patience-most precious moments do. But what a beautiful organic moment to share with your children. Their bodies and the earth will thank you for it!

Reddish pink- 3-4 beets, cut

Robin Egg Blue– 1 head red cabbage, cut (looks red but comes out blue -magic!)

Blue-2 cups frozen blueberriesDSC_0235

Brown-3 cups brewed coffee

Golden-3 TB tumeric powder

Purple-1 head red Cabbage and 2 beets, cut

Green-3 cups spinach OR 1 head red cabbage, cut and 2 TB tumeric-more magic!

 

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