I came up with the idea for egg shell art because one of the eggs we boiled for Easter eggs cracked during the cooking phase. Throw it out?! No way. I gave that egg a second life (well, third—I ate the boiled egg for lunch) as Egg Shell Art. This is a great craft for pre-schoolers.
You will need:
You can certainly still dye broken shells from Easter eggs (we did and it turned out fine). Just read my How to Colour Easter Eggs Using Food Colouring and follow those steps with the broken shells.
Easy, creative, sensory, and fine motor skills all in one activity! This craft would look great decorating your Easter door!
Related: 5 Candy-Free Easter Ideas
Earth Hour is this Saturday March 23rd. At 8:30 p.m. families can save energy for one hour, making a contribution to the global movement of living a more environmentally friendly and sustainable life. Turn off the lights and turn on your family—so to speak. I have a few tips and activities to help you enjoy Earth Hour with your family.
Own the Hour. I know they say 8:30 p.m. is Earth Hour but that just doesn't work for my family — the lights are always off at 8:30 — it's bedtime! So, I say, own the hour. Why not make Earth Hour when YOU want it. Yes, it does go against the "collective" part of Earth Hour but turning the lights out at 5:30 will be more meaningful to us as a family because we will all be awake.
Some Earth Hour Tips (we live in a tech driven/instant need world...forecast your Earth Hour)
Activities without screens, batteries or USBs. Sounds very Little-House-On-The-Prarie right? But there are, indeed, a few things (no, not sex...the kids are in the room remember!) which you can do without screens:
Here are a few of the activities within those great links...
There are lots of ways to play screen-free. For me, it's not so much about the collective global movement but showing my kids we CAN turn off the lights and still have a good time. There is more to life than screens.
Using food colouring to dye Easter eggs is a time-old tradition in our house. It's easy, fun, and I already have all of the ingredients in my kitchen. Easter eggs make for a great spring table decoration. Plus, kids are so darn proud of their coloured eggs—"I did THIS ONE." Your kids will LOVE this activity...
You will need:
Measure 1/2 cup of boiled water into each container. Add 1/2 tsp of white vinegar. Then, add drops of food colouring (For lighter coloured eggs use 5 drops. For bolder coloured eggs use 15 drops).
Using a slotted spoon, gently submerge eggs in food colouring mixture. Let them sit in mixture 2-10 minutes (depending on the colour you wish to get).
Place coloured eggs in egg container to dry.
It's that simple.
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