Possibly the most environmentally friendly art activity that you will do.
- Freshly hard boiled eggs (recommend 3 per participant). Kids will want to eat them. Bring them in the original cartons.
- Bring food coloring.
- Bring Glasses large enough for eggs.
- Bring spoons.
- For Beavers, try to bring 1 of each of the following per participant:
- Bring white crayons. White crayons can be snapped in half.
- For Cubs:
- Bring large candles.
- Bring sticks.
- Bring matches.
- Put food coloring and water in glasses.
- Light candles
- Instruct kids to write their initial on the bottom of the egg with crayon or melted wax.
- Dip egg in colored water. Leaving the egg sit does not seem to make much difference, so tell them not to leave the eggs in the water long (share).
- Note that the initial remains white, while the rest of the egg has changed color.
- Allow egg to dry.
- Draw pattern on the egg with crayon or melted was. Do not draw much, just the parts of the egg you wish to not change color.
- Dip eggs again, and now the eggs are multicolored.
- Repeat last 2 steps.
Wax crayons work much better than I would have thought.
If you have used bees wax candles or non-toxic crayons, the resulting eggs are completely safe to eat, even after a game of egg tapping.