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Sometimes, in education, we lose the art of exploration. Especially in the middle grades. The standards are so challenging, the class times so short, the demands so many that we deliver canned notes and a textbook assignment and move on.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
So for the last few years, I've tried to find a way to make egg dying more active. We've done shaving cream eggs. And last year we exploded our eggs. Ok, not exactly, but the kids loved it. This year we tried an activity we're calling tie dyed eggs.
You need hard boiled eggs, sandwich zipper bags, paper towels, and food coloring. I LOVE ideas that don't require a trip to the store for special supplies!
Oren is currently on a shirt strike. It has something to do with the Hulk.
The paper towel helps distribute the color and give the egg the tie-dyed effect.
When they decided their egg was done, I rolled it to the top corner of the bag and tipped it directly into the egg carton to dry. No mess!
Let me say that again in case you missed it. No. Mess.
Then we repeated the process with a fresh bag and towel. We used each bag twice just for convenience.
This approach kept the kids busy and the mess in check more than with traditional egg dying. No splashing, and more than 56.3 seconds of entertainment.
Friday, April 18, 2014
However, that idea called for powdered paint, rendering the eggs fun but inedible.
I decided to modify it so we could actually eat the eggs. Here's what we did:
1) Boiled the eggs.
2) Filled the bottom of cups, one for each egg, with baking soda and placed the cups on baking pans.
3) Filled separate cups with vinegar.
4) Tinted the vinegar with generous amounts of food coloring.
5) Deposited one egg, still warm, in each cup of baking soda.
6) Gathered the children.
7) Gave each child an eye dropper.
8) Regretted that choice and took the droppers away.
9) Had each kid select colors and poured that color into the cup.
10) Watch and listen to the wonderful fizz!
11) Gave droppers back to kids and let them play :) They dropped in more vinegar to renew the bubbles, mixed colors, stirred the baking soda, and made egg volcanoes. They were entertained FAR longer than with traditional egg-dying methods.
(Notice the marshmallow filling from a chocolate egg on Oren's chin and the Superman cape around Tovi's neck...love these boys!!)
12) Return eggs to carton to be stored.
We definitely had fun :) Nathan thought these might almost be pickled eggs, but there's no lingering vinegar taste.
I love the speckled look the colored foam leaves!
What's your favorite way to dye eggs?