I love traditions and one of my favorite Easter traditions is dyeing eggs! I never really thought about how messy dyeing eggs with a toddler could get or how bad vinegar might be to little toddler eyes. Not to my surprise I found toddler-friendly ways to dye eggs o Pinterest and I just had to try them out (of course).
Alternative Way to Dye Eggs #1: Whipped Cream
I will say this way does NOT take out any of the mess factor of dyeing eggs but it does it make it gentler on toddler fingers and eyes!
Cool Whip or your favorite Whipped Cream
Hard Boiled Eggs
1. Hard boil your eggs and if you're looking for a way to hard boil eggs that allows for super easy peel, I say click HERE
2. Once they are boiled and cooled you'll want to soak them in vinegar for 5 minutes and then dry them with a paper towel.
3. Spread out your Cool Whip or whipped cream onto a baking sheet.
4. Take your food coloring and drop each color all over.
5. With a toothpick or knife spread the food coloring around the tray creating a marbleized look.
6. Roll each egg over the whipped cream (but not too much or it'll all turn brown)
7. Let the eggs sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse them under water or wipe away the whipped cream with a paper towel.
I will say it worked, though I'm not entirely thrilled with how they turned out. The colors are as bright as I would have liked and the color didn't take evenly around the entire egg.
This is not a mess-free way to dye eggs by any stretch of the imagination though I think my toddler had fun so really, isn't that all that matters?
Alternative Way to Dye Eggs #1: Rice
Hard Boiled Eggs
Ziplock Bags (or plastic containers with lids)
1. Hard boil your eggs and let them cool.
2. Dump the dry rice into your bags or containers
3. Squeeze drops of food coloring (one per bag/container). The more the merrier!
4. Place an egg in each bag/container
5. SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!
6. Clean off any excess rice with a dry paper towel
Mess-free! Toddler hands do not come in contact with any food coloring however I was a little afraid she was going to slam the bag onto the table and crack the egg. Though, this could be avoided if you use plastic containers instead of bags.
I also think the colors came out more vibrant this way compared to the whipped cream eggs.
Which way do you prefer? Or do you know another alternative way to dye eggs? Tell me in the comments!