How to Dye Eggs with Food Coloring

Third Grade Holidays Activities: How to Dye Eggs with Food Coloring

What You Need:

  • Cups for each colour dye you want to use
  • Eggs
  • Food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Spoon
  • Warm water

What You Do:

  1. Have your child help you hard boil the eggs, if desired. Let cool.
  2. Rinse the eggs.
  3. Cover your work surface with newspaper; food coloring can stain.
  4. To make a batch of one colour dye, have your child measure out half a cup of warm water.
  5. Ask him to add 1 teaspoon vinegar (the vinegar helps the dye work its way into the shell).
  6. Have your child in add 10 drops of food coloring to the container. Stir with the spoon.
  7. Encourage your child add an egg to the dye cup.
  8. Your child should occasionally stir the dye and check to see if the egg colour is approaching your his desired hue. A light colour typically takes five minutes, while a dark colour takes about ten minutes.
  9. Repeat the process for other colors. Once a dye cup is created, it can be used for multiple eggs.

Your child might want to create his own colors, which is another advantage of making dye with food coloring. For instance, red and blue food coloring can be combined to make purple. You could also make two tone eggs. A good technique is to dye the egg completely in the lighter colour (like yellow) and let it dry for fifteen minutes. Then, dip the other half of the egg in the darker dye. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to have fun dyeing your eggs!

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