Late one night (I think my best ideas come after midnight), I was trying to figure out what to do with our left over egg dye. Our dyes looked so pretty lined up in mason jars, and I could not just throw them away. There had to be something fun that we could do with it. My kids LOVE to try new experiments, so why not turn egg dying into an experiment. Volcano Easter Eggs.
Kaleb added 2 T of baking soda to the bottom of each mason jar. Next he added 1 T of egg dye, stirring to form a wet paste. Since most egg dye uses a few tablespoons of vinegar, there was a small reaction when the dye was added to the baking soda. You could try food coloring instead of egg dye, but that would defeat the purpose of using up my leftover egg dye;)
Since I knew this experiment had the potential to be crazy messy we took it outside to the patio. We used paint brushes to paint the thick paste onto our eggs. Yep, this was just as much fun for the adults as it was for the kids!
The thicker the paste that was painted onto the egg, the better the reaction.
The kids could not wait to drop our baking soda covered eggs into vinegar. The kids have played with baking soda and vinegar before and always love to watch the fizzy reaction. They were really excited to see how it would help to color their eggs.
Check out how beautiful this egg turned out, it almost looks tie dyed.
Everyone LOVED the whole process of coloring these little Volcano Easter eggs. This might not be as relaxing as painting eggs the traditional way, but it was tons of fun. Since we were outside, there was very little mess to clean up! This is defiantly something that we will be repeating again next year. I hope your family enjoys this little experiment as much as we did. Happy Easter!
Check out these other fun ways to dye your Easter eggs:
- Sharpie Tie Dye Easter Eggs
- Melted Crayon Easter Eggs
- Kool-aid Easter Eggs
- Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
- Volcano Egg Dyeing
Here is a link to a fun list of great experiments that my kids love.