This method of marbling Easter eggs is non-traditional and sensory inspired, and SO much fun! My kids love getting their hands dirty so this just seemed to be appropriate for them. I was inspired by all of the fun ways to engage in sensory egg dyeing, and particularly this method by Crafty Morning. I have read a few different ‘recipes’ mostly using liquid water colors. We chose to use food coloring, although it can stain your hands for a couple of days, I like the vibrant results. And as usual…I had to find a way to make this edible for any little ones doing this too! So M got to color his eggs with shaving cream and food coloring while A used cool whip and food coloring…she certainly didn’t seem to mind!
To Marble Your Easter Eggs – Sensory Egg Dyeing!
What you need:
Hard boiled eggs
What to do:
Take a cookie sheet and fill it with plain white shaving cream (I get mine at the dollar store as we use it for sensory purposes often).
Put a few drops of different colored food coloring on the shaving cream and swirl the coloring around with a utensil or a toothpick. If you want a marbled look to the eggs don’t mix the colors together too much.
Next, place a hard boiled egg in the shaving cream and start rolling it around. If you don’t want your child to have stained hands for Easter they can use tongs for this process (or wear kitchen gloves but that kind of takes the sensory fun out of it). M did use tongs, but he still managed to turn his hands pink. I’m sure people at church on Easter won’t look twice when they see a child with food coloring on their hands from egg dye right?!? That has to be normal this time of year 😉
Place the shaving cream coated eggs on a rack to dry. It’s important not to wipe or rinse the cream off yet, you want to really give these a chance to dry, overnight preferably.
Once you have allowed them to dry, simply wipe off the shaving cream with a paper towel and buff the egg a little bit.
They will be beautiful but a bit sticky. At this point you need to choose between vibrant, sticky eggs or duller, clean eggs. I went with the duller ones and gave them a quick rinse under some water (especially since we used Cool Whip for some). I didn’t mind the duller color, they still look great!