The arrival of Spring is a welcome one – especially this year!! I sure hope you’re seeing the hope of Spring in your neck of the woods. Whether you’re enjoying slowly climbing temperatures or blooming buds – Spring is here, and Easter is fast-approaching! We enjoyed a few nature-related Easter activities this week.
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
My girls recalled dyeing Easter eggs last year, but this year we decided to try a new tactic. My oldest, who just turned 5, asked about making our own dyes – so we gave it a (long!) shot! We decided we’d try to make dyes from plants in our yard and fruits & vegetables we had at home. Although the outcome wasn’t as impressive as we may have liked, the whole process was a learning opportunity and we all had fun. We started with an idea (our hypothesis), tried it out, and observed the outcome. The scientific method for preschoolers was in action here!
Alright, here is what we used to make dye:
Collecting the materials was an activity of its own! We didn’t need to leave our yard to collect what we needed, but it’d be fun to extend the adventure to a location where colorful items in nature are plentiful and collecting samples is allowed. We gathered flowers and leaves from our yard (although we ended up using spinach instead of the questionable leaves the girls picked!). We used the orange peels from our snack and also a beet. I cut up these dye materials and tossed the items into separate pots of boiling water. We left the pots at a slow boil for several hours before letting them cool. Once the dyed water was cool, I added 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each color and put the hard-boiled eggs into the dye. We put them in the fridge and let them sit overnight.
I’d do a few things differently next time around! First, I’d follow some legitimate directions :). Mommypotamus got it right, her naturally brewed dyes are super vibrant! And second, I wouldn’t dip my favorite mason jar into a boiling pan of beet juice, it cracked!
Three wooden crosses using sticks
My kids are not yet at the age when they can fully grasp the significance of Easter. One lesson they can absorb, however, is forgiveness. We made these simple crosses from sticks in our yard, and I shared with them the story of thief who sought forgiveness for his wrongdoing.
I know there’s loads of Easter activities out there! We’d love for you to share your favorite outdoor-related suggestions in the comments! What is your favorite Easter tradition?
Also, check out these great ideas from our friends and other blogs we love:
Bring the Kids – Our CRAZY Easter Tradition (find out what else you can do – outside – with those dyed eggs!)
Also from Bring the Kids – Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Adventure (glow in the dark Easter eggs, brilliant idea!!)
How Wee Learn – Easter Egg Potato Stamping: Easter Craft for Preschoolers (an awesome activity for the little ones – such a cute idea!)
Mommy Loves Trees – Where did you have your Easter egg hunt? (an Easter egg hunt on a hike!)
Cragmama – Spring Egg-stravaganza at Crowder’s Mountain (an Easter egg hunt, climber’s style!)
Active Kids Club – Easter Decoration (a fun project!)
Adventure Tykes – Easter Basket Ideas for your Adventurous Tyke (alternatives to the tradition chocolate bunnies and dye-filled & sugar-loaded candies!)
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