Have you ever tried painting eggs with a toothbrush? When I set out this egg painting invitation, I knew the kids would be excited!
When they got to art class, I clicked the camera to video mode and was able to capture this project in action. The kids were in such flow, so engaged with the process, that there was not much for me to do. Other than watch and record. I love the days when they create without being led. Just completely on their own.
Watch this video, then read below on what you need to make this project happen in your own home or classroom. I have to say, giving them toothbrushes instead of paintbrushes was such a great move. They spent 45 minutes making these! I think that’s a pretty long time for 4 year olds with just 6 eggs.
Is it me or does seeing this just make you happy? I love listening to their chatting and watching them think. Making art is such a social activity at this age.
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Supplies need for Easter Egg painting:
~ Eggs (brown and white, hard boiled)
~ Egg cartons (cut in half if you need to)
~ Jars or cups (I used baby food jars, but I love these jars from Amazon too)
~ Liquid watercolor (I also love getting the antique gold) ~ or you can use food coloring with water
~ Toothbrushes (here are the ones I bought but you can use any)
~ Mini dot stickers and white crayon (optional)
~ Plate and paper towel to lay the eggs in while they dry
Toothbrush Easter Egg instructions:
~ This one is pretty self explanatory. I just put out the supplies and they helped themselves. No instruction necessary. I did show them the splatter technique which they thought was pretty cool. But other than that, I was just an observer.
I’m going to do this one again over the weekend with my own kids. I left everything out, I just need to make more eggs. I love it because I don’t need to help with any fancy dying techniques. We can all just do our own thing. (I may be more excited than my kids to try the toothbrush technique!)
Update: In light of world food shortages, and the often horrendous treatment of chickens, I am now supporting the use of wooden eggs for decorating at easter, or blowing out the yolks first and using them in a quiche or other food that your family can enjoy before painting the eggs.