Raising food allergic kids in a mostly non-allergic world
April 18, 2011
More Easter Eggs...the Plastic Variety
In past years, we've never skipped the egg-dyeing, a tradition passed on from my family. Just the kids, the good old fashioned Paas dyeing kit from the market, and lots of anxiety and fear--while outwardly trying to appear calm and delighted.
With three egg-allergic children, I finally decided that we would all have more fun trying our hand at decorating the plastic ones than the real deal. Michelle T. provided the inspiration with her glitter eggs, and I went to Walgreens and bought my 150 pack of eggs for $5.00 and let the kids go crazy.
The craft store sold these stickers in a roll, to be cut apart, or wrapped around the center intact.
Two-year-old's version of Faberge eggs
The paper mache was too hard for the kids, but may be okay for a very patient 8-year-old or older. Just cut up some scrapbooking, tissue or other fairly thin paper into small squares, and paint a mod podge mixture (add 3:1 m.p:water) on surface of egg and again on top of paper. Let it dry.
They had fun decorating the eggs (and so did I!), although for two-year-old Addi (sorry, she would like to be called Addison now) doing anything more than sticking things on was too frustrating.
Who knew how inspirational googly eyes were?
If you've got the paper mache stuff out, make a big egg shell bowl using a balloon for shaping. Let it dry (make take a few days) and cut through to make the cracked egg effect. Tristan had fun doing this one.