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Are your kids cooped up and looking for something to do? Don’t worry, we are right there with you, too! In an effort to find things to keep minds busy and avoid more screen time (we already are doing extensive e learning), I found this SIMPLE idea to make Decorated Paper Easter Eggs.
Using items you probably already have, turn the kids loose with some construction paper and glue! Talk about colors, shapes, sizes, textures, and encourage them to cut their eggs and sort the pasta. There are endless ways to incorporate learning opportunities with this one!
- Ziplock Baggies
- Pasta in Different Shapes
- Food Coloring
I prefer gel colors because less is needed to get deep, true colors, but ANY will work! One brand I like are THESE.
- Rubbing Alcohol or Vinegar
- Construction Paper or Card Stock
- Put a small portion of pasta into a ziplock bag (about 1/3 c.) Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the bag and a few drops of food coloring. You don’t need much alcohol to spread the color around. Just enough to make it slightly fluid. I would say about 1/2 tsp.
- Seal the bag up tight and shake it around. Once pasta has taken on the color, pour it out onto a sheet of newspaper or parchment paper.
- Repeat for each additional color – be sure to space dyed pasta on the paper so they don’t run together until dry.
- After a few hours you can shake the paper around to turn the pasta to make sure it gets evenly dry.
- Allow to dry overnight. The rubbing alcohol will evaporate and leaves the pasta a rich color and still completely dry and hard.
- If pieces stick together, gently roll with dry fingers and they break loose.
- Vinegar would also work in place of the alcohol, but will not evaporate as quickly.
- We used penne, bowties, stars, broken spaghetti, and a short cut tube pasta I had.
- Using construction paper or card stock, cut out an egg shape.
- Paste the pasta onto the egg in any pattern you like. Be sure to talk about the shapes and patterns as you work. Encourage your crafters to be creative and spot the patterns whether a shape or color!
- Note, we used q-tips to apply the glue to the paper and then placed the pasta on top. Putting the glue on the pasta proved (1) hard to manipulate (2) made the color start to bleed.
- OVERALL, this was nearly mess free. If the pasta got too much glue, it did bleed a little but putting the glue to the paper first seemed to keep this under control.