Monday, April 2, 2012

Volcano Egg Dyeing



My son has been obsessed with volcanoes for about a year now, so when I came up with the idea to do volcano egg dyeing the other day, he was ready to do anything I wanted just so that we could get started right away!

I think I had as much fun with this as he did. The end result actually turned out pretty awesome... but it was the process that was the most entertaining as we experimented and explored. That's how the best activities are right?

If your kids are ones that would make a baking soda volcano every day, then this activity is for you. It was so fun to have a different twist on an activity we seriously probably do every day.

Materials Needed:

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • food coloring
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • paint brushes
  • some cups
  • big lipped plate or bowl
  • a cup of water
Directions for Volcano Egg Dyeing:

1. Create baking soda paint using a tbsp (or so) of baking soda, couple tsps of water, and some food coloring. Mix it up and experiment until you have the consistency you want.

2. Grab a paint brush and start painting your eggs. 

3. Drop some food coloring splashes onto your eggs using a dropper.

4. Pour vinegar on top of the egg and watch the "volcanic eruption" all around your egg (picture the bubbling of a baking soda volcano, but more colorful. Every time is different based on your colorful combinations).

5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 again and again until you get bored and are ready to move on to another egg.

6. Pat off the excess vinegar off lightly or just let them air dry.


So once you've dyed some eggs, what do you do with them? 

Here are some ideas we either already do, or have discovered recently:
  • peel them and eat them (my daughter's favorite thing to do)
  • decorate around your house with them
  • hide them and host an egg hunt
  • have an egg toss
  • Egg wars
  • egg relays
  • Zwanzgerle (Swiss egg coin game)
  • "Egg" another house (in a nice way... put cute notes on their house and hide eggs all around their front lawn for the kids to go find)
  • Egg rolling contest via Nurturestore
What are your favorite ways to dye eggs at your house?

Do your kids like volcanoes? If so, make sure to check out these awesome gifts for dinosaur lovers. You may want to grab one to put in your child's Easter basket this year!

Here are a few other Toddler Approved volcano posts you might like:

Playdoh Volcano
Volcano tissue art
3-D Volcano craft
Volcano treat
Escape the Volcano Shape Game
Felt Volcano and Dinosaur Bean Bag Game

39 comments:

  1. This is so cool! This year I am trying natural dyes, but I can't wait to try this when my little one is a bit bigger. I think your son and I are kindred spirits, I love a good volcano! Plus, they turned out so beautiful!

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  2. Ohhh, we are totally doing this!! Boiling my eggs now! Thank you!!

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  3. I loved these Eggs! they have turned out to be super beautiful!

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  4. This is such a neat technique! I wasn't planning on dyeing eggs this year but think we'll do a couple using this method! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. So beautiful! We are playing with our hard-boiled eggs right now and I was all, "Let's do volcano eggs!" to my daughter. At first she said "yeah!" but then decided she wanted to do something else. Bummer, I will have to do this on my own tonight :-)

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    1. Yup, if my daughter doesn't want to do this, I am doing this on my own! This idea is awesome!

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  6. How awesome! We will be doing this on Saturday.

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  7. This really is fantastic! Such a clever idea! We are about to do this tonight :) We already dyed eggs, but can't resist .

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  8. Thanks for this greatidea! It looks like lots of fun!

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  9. So cool ! My boys will love this. We, too, make baking soda and vinegar volcanoes often, so I know they will fall in love with this idea. Thanks for sharing !

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  10. I just LOVE this so much! My son would so much enjoy this. Thanks!

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  11. My son is volcano OBSESSED. I cannot wait to try this and check out the other volcano idea links.

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  12. We just did this today and it was very fun. I had a couple of easter egg dying kits so I just used the color tablets in those and disloved them in a teaspoon of water then added the baking soda to that. I love that this method is so much more involved for the kids. It is always hard to just sit and wait for the eggs to soak in the cups of color. They had so much fun painting on the eggs! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. We tried this today. It was awesome! Sure to be a favorite. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Thank you for this idea! We tried it today and it was so much fun. My 7-year-old loved it. Ours came out pretty light, I think because we had too much water. Next time, I think a thicker slurry/paint will be great. But we just sprinkled some extra baking soda on them before adding the vinegar to get some more fizz.

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  15. Just wanted to let you know my son loved this! I linked my Easter post to your blog!

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  16. Wow, awesome idea! My daughter loves making baking soda/vinegar volcanoes. She'd enjoy this. I think we're going to be decorating eggs all year.

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  17. I love this idea! WE are featuring your post to a collection of Creative and Fun ways to dye Easter Eggs. It will go live tonight on www.sugaraunts.com. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

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  18. I don't know about this being toddler "friendly". The natural tendency is for a child to hold the egg in their hand in order to paint it, even setting it down on some wax paper, since it is a round surface, you have to move it around with your hands. Dye is hard to get off your hands. I thought I used a lot of food coloring, but once it hit the vinegar it washed out a lot of the color. Even so, they looked pretty.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience Jayne! Painting is something my toddler loves, so painting with baking soda paste on these eggs was perfect for us. My toddler hates touching things (especially slimy, wet, or painted ones) and had no interest in holding the eggs. Each child is different though, so I definitely recommend adapting for your own child.

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  19. That was so fun to do with my kids! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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  20. im about to do this hopfully it goes well i will let you know when im finished.. im doing this with my three yr old niece!!!

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  21. We did this tonight and had a blast! Thanks for the great idea. My toddler thought the eggs were "hot" when she heard the sizzle of the baking soda/vinegar. Too funny!

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  22. Just did this with my boys (never got a chance to dye eggs before Easter) and they loved it more than Wii and the iPad! Fantastic craft, we loved it!

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  23. Hi! I did this with my preschoolers last year and decided to do it again during our egg dyeing experimentation week, I linked my readers to your blog from my post recent post: http://seedlingsnurseryschoolaz.blogspot.com/2013/04/an-eggs-traordinary-eggs-travaganza.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  24. I wonder how long we can decorate the house with hard-boiled eggs?
    Any odor???

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    1. I think ours were out for a few days with no odor. :) You can always try them out and if they started smelling, toss them and make new ones!

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    2. The eggs should be fine around the house as long as they don't crack or break. We did hard-boiled egg "babies" when I was in high school. I had mine for years - literally (I have a son who will be in high school in a couple of years). I think my mom finally sent Eggbert packing this past year. Can't say I blame her; it was high time for him to move out on his own. After all, he must have been something like 25 yeas old! ;) We'll be making these volcano eggs this year. I think my younger two will get a kick out of them!

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  25. THIS IS TOTALLY ONE OF THE NEATEST IDEAS FOR MAKING SUCH VERY SPECIAL EASTER EGGS AND IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE IT'S A REALY MESSY PROJECT TO DO. THIS IS A NEAT IDEA FOR US GRANDPARENTS TO KNOW ABOUT AND HAVE A WINNER OF A DAY WITH OUR PRECIOUS GRANDCHILDREN AND THEY WILL PROBABLY REMEMBER DOING THIS FOREVER AND EVER! THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH FOR SHARING THIS COLORFUL IDEA! BLESSINGS AND A HAPPY EASTER TO YOU!

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    1. You are very welcome!! Thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment!

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  26. You forgot deviled eggs and egg salad!!

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  27. I loved making these--even if no one else wanted to. So fun! I applied the baking soda paste and food coloring twice (left the first layer dry) to add even more depth. But, my colors were not as bold as yours. They turned out cool just the same! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  28. we did it!
    this is our new favorite way to dye eggs.
    so much quicker & more creative than just dipping in the usual way.
    i posted a few pictures here: http://five-ten-fifteen.blogspot.com/2014/04/hippity-hoppity.html

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  29. We just finished this and loved it. My kids are 8 and 9, and they liked that it was hands-on, quick completion, and made lovely eggs each time. We missed the fact that we could repeat the process to layer on even more color, but since we already agreed we want to use this method again next year, we'll try that then. Thank you!

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  30. Nice. Absolutely beautiful eggs! Thank for sharing the tutorial! We'll definitely make these.

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