Easter Egg Coloring: Marbleized Eggs
These Easter eggs are simply marble-less!
- White hard-boiled eggs
- Easter egg dye or food coloring
- Water:One cup per color.
- Vegetable oil:Hide your fine Italian olive oil.
- White vinegar
- Soap and warm water:For cleanup.
- Paper towels
- A cup for each color dye:Coffee mugs or paper cups work well.
- A spoon for each color dye
- Measuring spoons:If you're planning to mix your own dye.
- An egg carton:To put the finished products into while they dry.
- Make a batch of hardboiled eggs. Boil some water, carefully drop in the eggs and cook for 10 minutes. If the eggs can spin like a top (on their sides) when you remove them, they're done. If they wobble, they need a few more minutes.
- Let the eggs cool while you lay down some newspaper to cover the work surface.
- Have your kid help you put out the dying cups and spoons, one per color.
- Then either follow the instructions on the box of dye to mix your colors, or help your kid make his own dye by mixing one tablespoon each of vinegar with a few drops of food coloring in a cup of water.
- Add a tablespoon of oil to each cup.
- Have your kid roll up his sleeves to avoid marbleizing his shirt along with the eggs and have him swiftly stir the dye with a spoon to create a whirling liquid tornado in the cup. There's high potential for spillage at this step, so be forewarned!
- Then help him quickly dip an egg into the whirling dye and pull it out. It will have a cool, marbleized pattern on it. Don't worry if the first few don't work out perfectly. It takes a little practice to get the effect you want, but think of it this way: it'll give your kid a chance to practice his patience and perseverance!
- Have him carefully place the finished egg in the egg carton to dry.
- If he's satisfied with the look of his dried egg, he can move on to another one. If he thinks it needs a little more oomph, have him dip it in again or place it into another color dye for some two-tone action.
- Encourage him to experiment with different swirling techniques and different color combinations until all of the eggs have been colored.
- To clean up, have your kid help you wash out the cups with warm, soapy water and a dash of vinegar (to combat the oil).