Easter egg dyeing is a springtime tradition our kids get crazy excited about! Here in Germany, as well as most of Europe, egg dyeing isn’t really a thing! You may see painted hard boiled eggs for sale in the grocery stores, but dyeing them is not something every local kid knows about. Since we are American military, we were able to get our hands on some good ol’ American egg dyeing kits this year! We’ve done all sorts of natural dyeing techniques over the years, but those classic box kits just do a better job on brown eggs. White eggs are also not really a thing in Europe!
In any case, we enjoy this American Easter tradition and like to make a little party out of it. I’ve learned over the years that the more organized and simple it is, the more fun it is and the easier it is to manage! It’s always a good time for kids and parents. Plus, then I have hard boiled eggs to feed my family for easy breakfasts in the days following. Score!
What you need per person:
- Table cover- You can either use a plastic one or a craft table cloth that resists liquid seeping through.
- An egg dyeing kit- You don’t necessarily need one per person, but I’ve found that it’s worth it for everyone to have their own tools.
- Six hard boiled eggs- I limit it to six per person to keep things from getting crazy. Things can get a little wild pretty fast!
- An egg carton- For them to take their eggs home. I just save some in the couple weeks leading up to the party.
- Six heatproof cups- Mugs from the cabinet are just fine!
- A roll of paper towels- And maybe some baby wipes?
- Optional: Extra stickers or glitter, rubber bands to make patterns, etc.
First, secure your table cloth in place (I actually tape mine snuggly to the table). Next, you want to set up each station before guests arrive. Otherwise, kids will be hovering over you and shaking the table and dye will be everywhere! Who can blame them? It’s exciting! I line up about two dozen cups (only one dozen if it’s just my kids) in two rows and try to get the same colors right next to each other. Things can get splashy, so colors get mixed up easily! On that note, it’s wise to make sure a parent stays to assist their child/children. Make sure each child has everything they need right in front of their seat, because once kids start reaching over each other things start to get messy!
Before we get started, I go over everything that’s in front of them and explain that we will dye the eggs, let them dry for a minute, then add decorative paint and sticker them. This explanation is an important step, because otherwise you’ll be trying to explain it as they are throwing pre-stickered eggs into the dye and wiping it on themselves and everything around them! Next, I let everyone know we have some treats for afterward. I do it this way because, when things start to get a little crazy toward the end (and they always do!), I can say, “Who wants a cupcake?” and everyone is out of their seats in an instant and in the backyard!
When everyone is enjoying their snacks, I pack up their eggs in cartons to take home and dump out the dye before anyone colors their friend’s hair (because that’s never happened at our house before!). Some years we’ve added an egg hunt to the mix, but honestly the dyeing is plenty of excitement and chaos on it’s own!
Wishing you all the best on your egg dyeing adventures, and a very HAPPY EASTER!