I apologize for posting too early but we are off for a 2-week vacation in the morning. So, happy Easter! The last project that I wanted to share today was an Egg-monster. We made this one as a snack and it was as tasty as it was scary 🙂 Just boil an egg, make a hole in the shell, take a little piece out and put a googly eye inside. Then kids can decorate their monster with markers… and peel it and eat it. Yummy!
This time, we shredded the crayons (like here) but used very hot, boiled egg. It melted all of the pieces and created a texture on the surface. We patted it with paper towel a little and when it cooled down a little, we colored it. Then we added some “flowers” – dots of acrylic paint onto the beautiful texture.
We had some leftover golden spray at home (from changing rocks into golden pieces for our treasure hunt… but that’s a different story)… so we decided to make an golden egg. But we wanted to make it a little more personal. So, we first colored it blue (this year’s favorite color), then sprayed it a little and tapped it with a paper towel to create fun texture (good way to introduce solid/texture concept to kids). When it dried, we took a sharpie and added even more texture to it. My 2-year old tried sign the egg couple of times – in case you were wondering.
The Egg decoration would not be complete without some good old-fashioned finger-painting. Just color the eggs and let you little ones explore the paints, mixing of the paints, how they look on different colored backgrounds… the results may pleasantly surprise you (plus it is not difficult or scary for the little ones… and it is fun to paint on 3D object).
This was a fun project and the results reminds me a little bit of Japanese-style paintings (something I truly did not expect). This is how it’s done: Shred some crayons, mix the colors and sizes… then boil an egg and roll it in it (be careful, if the egg is too hot it will melt all of the pieces and will not give you the right effect). Then color the egg and you are done. This is a really simple wax-resist project that is fun for the kids. I mean, when do you get to “destroy” your drawing tools?
Pisanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs that are done with bee-wax and a special tool. The wax is melted and then it is applied onto a white egg. Then you color the egg, add more wax, color again… until you achieve the right effect. After that you take the egg close to fire and melt the wax away to reveal the colorful lines underneath. I have always love it and wanted to share it with my kids… so this is a simplified version.
Take a muffin tin and put small candles inside. Put a wire mash or grid onto it – that’s your oven. Then, take couple of the metal containers for the candles and put wax crayons inside. Let them melt (but be careful not to burn them).
For your drawing tool, just take a pencil and stick a sewing pin in it. Now, you are all set. If you want to try it too, there is some inspiration (I used to do these… before kids):
So, technically it is not an art project but it is a fun science experiment… how does an egg look like without the shell? The raw egg I mean… like a gooey bouncy… try it for yourself. You need couple of raw eggs (they can break easily once you start exploring them, so making more is a good idea). You put them in a jar with a lid and pour vinegar over them. The just let them stand 2-3 days… drain the vinegar, Raise them with cold water and let the exploration begin.