For many families, coloring eggs is a beloved part of spring celebration. For an outdoor and earth friendly twist on egg dyeing, look to the most vibrant palette of all—nature! Got eggs? Got spices? Got berries or vegetables heading towards the compost pile in the back of your fridge? Even got mud? Then you have all the ingredients you need to create beautiful eggs (and a super science experiment for kids). Here’s how to do it:
Extracting natural pigments and cooking down dye is a terrific way to introduce kids to STEM concepts like the states of matter, reactions and mixtures as well as processes like measuring and boiling. When kids guess how the ingredients will change the appearance of the water and eggs, they are making predictions and learning about cause and effect. Extracting color from natural ingredients also provides kids with a chance to use their observation skills and tune in to the fabulous colors in the natural world.