Easter Egg Ideas for Kids :: Drawing in Frames

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Easter Egg Ideas for Kids - Easter eggs as mini canvases for Art

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Easter egg ideas for kids. I included a bunch in my spring crafts eBook, both new ideas as well as some of our older faves, but there are others floating around in my head that didn’t make it into the book. This is one of those.

Drawing in frames.

I have a bit of a thing for frames. You may remember the DIY frame wallpaper we did last year. Or the various creative drawing prompts we’ve done with frames. Frames provide a good balance of open-ended inspiration within a defined space. They sometimes seem to inspire kids more than just a plain piece of paper. Or, in this case, an egg.

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The materials & set up for this Easter egg idea:

  • White eggs, hardboiled
  • A new set of 80s glam Sharpie markers—an impulse purchase inspired by Rachelle from Tinkerlab (any permanent marker would work, of course)
  • Cheap plastic placemats to protect the table (from Ikea)
  • Silicone ice cube molds (an impromptu idea for holding the eggs in place—you could also use egg cartons or muffin tins)
  • Individual cups to keep eggs from rolling around as the child draws
  • Kool-Aid + white vinegar for dyeing the eggs (or use food coloring or any commercial kit)
  • Tongs

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To begin with, I drew a variety of frames on hardboiled eggs using a black sharpie. I did this ahead of time, in order to have everything set up as an after school activity.

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Maia, Stella, and Daphne all drew pictures inside of the frames using the Sharpies.

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Here’s a bunny drawing.

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And a spring scene with a bird, flowers, and a nest with eggs in a tree branch (by Stella).

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Besides drawing within the egg frames, the girls also colored in some of the frames.

All in all, the results were quite different from the many times I have set out plain white eggs (no frames) and markers or crayons.

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The next day, we dyed the eggs around the frames with a Kool-Aid dye. Maia poured the powder into tea cups and bowls, then we added hot water and 2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar to each cup of powder (talk about a fruity smell!).

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We used tongs to dip the eggs into the Kool-Aid dye to keep the dye around the frame rather than inside where the drawings were.

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Luckily the Kool-Aid dye was intense and worked quickly so we didn’t have to hold the eggs in place for long.

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We were quite pleased with how the eggs turned out!

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Some of our new frame Easter eggs have joined the rest of our decorated eggs in a big wire fruit bowl on our dining table. We also nestled a few eggs in the makeshift yarn nest (loose yarn piled in a small basket) on our spring nature table.

We combined 3 different Easter egg ideas for kids

  • Drawing on Easter eggs
  • Dyeing Easter eggs with Kool-Aid
  • Using frames as a creative drawing prompt

What other Easter egg ideas could you combine?

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  1. says

    I have been wanting to try Kool Aid egg dye this year, but someone told me it rubs off on hands and clothes easily. Did you find this to be the case?

  2. says

    This is a great idea! I love the frames! We are going to do super hero eggs, but we might have to do some of these too!

  3. Dena says

    Hi Jean,
    It’s a rainy weekend here so we’ve been making the tissue paper eggs, sharpie eggs, and her easter basket. We did your bunny ears last week and some coffee filter flowers. Inspired by all your prompts, I drew eggs on the chalkboard for her to decorate this morning. She gets really frustrated when she can’t draw something she wants to draw, in this case some clouds, so I am going to give the Monart method a try. I don’t like when something fun turns so upsetting, but it’s bound to happen. Tomorrow her cousins are coming over and I am doing eggs with them and the pretzel snack!!
    I was going to make your shortcake muffins but I think you are missing the amount of milk in the ingredients list. No big deal, I just figure you would want to know.
    Thanks again for the inspiration and ideas!

  4. says

    Kathy — once the eggs are dry it doesn’t seem to rub off at all. But the wet dye itself will definitely stain your fingers if you don’t use a spoon or tongs.

  5. says

    By the way, I just wanted to add to make sure to add 1-2 tablespoons of the white vinegar to each dye color. This helps set the dye. Perhaps the person who said it rubs off on hands and clothes easily didn’t add the vinegar?

  6. says

    Awesome, Dena! Sounds like you and your daughter are doing a lot of fun spring/Easter crafts!! Good luck with the Monart drawing method — I hope it works for you.

  7. says

    Oh my goodness! You’re totally right about the shortcake muffins! Darn! I left the milk off the ingredients list! I think it’s one cup, but I’ll double check…

  8. Nancy says

    You can also use Kool-Aid to dye wool or silk (protein based fibers), but I haven’t tried it with cotton (cellulous fibers.) I used it over 20 years ago to dye some fleece for a felting project and it has hardly faded at all. Kool-Aid is great for dying, but is not something that I buy for my kids to drink.

  9. says

    I love this idea- I run a day care with children under 3 and so I’m not sure about using the sharpies- would regular markers work?