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Easter Egg Ideas for Kids – The Egg as a Mini Canvas

by Jean Van't Hul
March 29, 2021

Use the egg as a mini canvas with these fun Easter egg ideas for kids. Combine drawing with sharpies and dyeing with Kool-Aid to make beautiful Easter eggs!

pictures drawn in frames on eggs
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Updated March 2021

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Easter egg ideas for kids.

I included a bunch in my Artful Year book, both new ideas as well as some of our older favorites, 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.

decorating easter eggs with sharpies

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

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Easter Egg Ideas for Kids

MATERIALS

  • 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)
  • Plastic placemats (ours are from IKEA) or something else to protect the table
  • Silicone ice cube molds (optional — 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 (optional)
  • Kool-Aid + white vinegar for dyeing the eggs (or use food coloring or any commercial kit)
  • Tongs

Time needed: 2 days.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Draw frames on eggs

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

    Easter Eggs Drawing in Frames 02

  2. Let kids draw inside frames

    The children all drew pictures inside of the frames using the Sharpies.

    bunny drawn in frame on easter egg

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

    child coloring in frame on egg

    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.

    drawing image in frame on egg

  3. Dye Eggs

    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!).

    kool aid for dyeing easter eggs

    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.

    Egg dipped into kool aid dye

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

    easter eggs being dyed with kool aid

We were quite pleased with how the eggs turned out!

Easter eggs with frames and pictures drawn on them

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.

decorated eggs in wooden bowl

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
two easter eggs for kids

What other Easter egg ideas could you combine?

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