These 6 toddler Easter egg decorating tips and techniques, are as easy to clean up as they are to make. Now everyone in the family will be happy!
I don’t know what it is about the last few years, but it seems like Easter just hasn’t been as warm as I remember it from when I was a kid.
Whatever happened to spreading a bunch of newspaper over your picnic table and going to town with a dozen cups filled with vinegar and food coloring?
Maybe I just need to let go and let my kids make a mess in our kitchen. Then again, we’re stuck with our poor pre-kid choice of fabric covered dining chairs and white walls.
There’s enough cleaning that has to be done on a regular basis without wiping up spilled and splattered food dye. And since we’re not going to be past the baby/toddler phase anytime soon, it’s time to find some ways to include the littlest ones in Easter egg decorating.
6 Easy Peasy Toddler Easter Egg Decorating Techniques
Keep it Clean
There are a few things that we do around our house to make crafting with the kids more manageable, which is the real key to making sure that things like toddler Easter egg decorating techniques are fun for everyone.
First off, if the weather is nice enough…we go outside. Nothing cleans up as well as the back yard! Next, we pull out our kid’s crafting supplies, which include:
- Old clothes that can get messy or a kid-friendly artist smock
- Brown contractor’s paper or plastic table cloths to cover your table
- Chip brushes, cheap plastic artists brushes, and foam brushes
- Leftover yogurt or sour cream tubs for rinsing brushes
- Washi tape, stickers, washable markers, and crayons
With all of these at our disposal, it only takes a few minutes to set up an easy-clean crafting station at our kitchen table. So we can let the fun begin!
Sticker Decorated Eggs
Kids love stickers, right? And instead of my usual mantra of “stickers only belong on paper or your shirt”, the kids would love to have a the freedom to “break the rules”. And I know both girls would go nuts if I let them use rhinestone stickers like these from The Swell Designer.
Sticker Resist Dyed Eggs
As the kids get a little older, you can take those sticker eggs to the next level and dye the eggs over top of the stickers, leaving a fun pattern underneath. (found at Creative Connections for Kids)
Washi Tape Eggs
If you want something as easy as stickers, but just a little bit different, pull out some washi tape! I did this last year when L was just shy of two years old, and it was the perfect opportunity for her to get involved in the egg decorating.
Food Color Marbling
A few years ago, I put a few drops of gel food coloring in a shoe box lid and let a 2.5-year-old T go to town rolling her eggs around. Read more about the pros and cons of this craft it in my original post.
Marker Colored Eggs
I don’t know what it is, but my kids go nuts about using markers. If I dare mention crayons, the terrible twos make themselves known with tears and shouts of “NO NO NO!!! I DON”T WANT CRAYONS!!!!”. And don’t think they’re fooled by color wonder markers either. They want the real deal. I found these cute pictures over at Grow Creative and I’m pretty sure this will be added to our decorating this weekend.
**Note: Egg shells are porous, so it might be best to use this technique on shells that have been blown out or on wooden eggs**
Tissue Paper Colored Eggs
I came across this technique over the weekend and love the results. Just cut up a bunch of tissue paper, wet it and place it on the egg to dry. Some tips: I’ve read have included using fresh tissue paper or using a special “bleeding” tissue paper made just for this type of craft. Read more instructions over at Aunt Peaches or The Artful Parent.
Looks like I’ll be blowing some eggs out this week to try some new toddler Easter egg decorating techniques!
How do you decorate your eggs?
At what age do you get your kids involved in egg decorating?