3/23/2011

Kid's Craft- Tie-Dye Easter Eggs Crayon Resist

I love this time of year: the pastel colors, the fresh spring air and the coloring of Easter eggs! This is a simple craft that can teach your child/student about color, design and about wax (crayon) resist painting. Fill your home or classroom with these beautiful tie-dyed Easter Eggs.


Classified: Easy and is great for the toddler and up age group (depending on how involved you get. See additional suggestions at bottom for various age groups).

What you need:
  • White paper
  • White crayon
  • Scissors
  • Food coloring (a basic set of four kit will do)
  • Pencil
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Wax paper
  • Sink or bin to collect the excess water and food coloring.

What to do:
Preparation: Depending on the age of the child you are working with, you may want to cut out large eggs using the white paper. Older children can trace an egg template or draw their own.
1. Lay the blank white egg paper onto a sheet of wax paper. This is so the paper egg can dry without sticking to any surfaces.
2. Using a white crayon, illustrate the egg. *****See notes below for recommended activities. *****
3. Have the child dot the different colors of food coloring around the white paper egg.
4. Quickly (before the food coloring sets in) spray the egg so the colors blend and bleed into one another.

5. Drain excess food coloring and water into a sink or bin.

6. Repeat steps 3-5 if needed.

Suggestions for wax (crayon) resist:
For ages 2-4: This may be a hard concept for them to understand if you ask them to draw with a white crayon onto white paper. My children were very concerned that they couldn't see what they were drawing. When I taught art to this age group, I either wrote or drew a special message on each egg and added their name. They then saw it "appear" when they tie-dyed their paper eggs.

For ages 5-7: Have them illustrate their own egg using white crayon either by having them draw simple decorations or a message such as "Happy Easter."


For ages 8 and up: Challenge these children by directing them to draw a pretty detailed picture depicting something about Easter, or discuss the Principles of Design (repetition, balance and pattern for example) and have them create a pattern.
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16 comments:

  1. thanks for following me, now following you back.

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  2. beautiful! can't wait to try!

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  3. Stopping by via the Wed. hops to say hello and follow.
    Have a great day!
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  4. Those are so pretty. I cant believe how bright the colors are. I will be trying those with my home daycare and bookmarking your site. Looks great!
    Angela
    http://www.daycareheadquarters.com

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  5. Love it we will make these. My guy loves spray bottle art. You always have the cutest ideas.

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  6. Hi Aimee,
    I clicked on the link over at the Easter Inspiration hop and here I am. This craft is really pretty. You have a lot of cute ideas. Oh, I already knew that! Would love for you to link them up to this week's Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop, it's all about crafts this time. I sent you an email about co-hosting.
    Hope your little one is getting better.
    Blessings

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  7. I just did this tonight at 10:54pm and they were beautiful. Fun for me and will be fun for a surprise in the morning for my husband.

    Beth Hoff
    Facebook

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  8. Thanks, Beth! I hope he was surprised ;-) Have a great Easter ;-)

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  9. What a beautiful egg! I love surprises!

    Stopping from the Kid Bloggers Hop!

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  10. Cute!
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  11. These are lovely! Will be pinning for next Easter!

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  12. I made these in my home daycare today. They turned out really cute. You may want to wear plastic gloves though. Everybody has green hands and it won't wash off.

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  13. These look great. Does it matter what type of paper? Not sure if I should use construction paper or computer copy paper. Suggestions? Thanks.

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  14. I have that same question.... WHAT IS THE BEST PAPER TO USE??? going to use for my 1st grade cub scouts. thanks.

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  15. Honestly- plain old construction paper- cheaper the better it bleeds. Have fun ;-)

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  16. If they draw with very pale yellow or pink, they can see what they are drawing, but it will still contrast with the dye

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