It’s time to dress up our spring home with colorful Easter decorations and eggs. And while waiting to open the chocolate ones, let’s see how to decorate all the others!
Easter is synonymous with spring and eggs, whose decorations are an integral part of the preparations. Before seeing how to decorate Easter eggs with our children, let’s take a brief excursus to understand why and where this tradition comes from.
The egg as a symbol of life, already in ancient times, was used to indicate the moment of transition from the cold of the winter season to the milder climate of the spring. It seems that the Greeks, Persians and Chinese gave themselves eggs to celebrate spring. With the advent of Christianity, the egg becomes a symbol of the resurrection and the tradition of exchanging colored eggs begins to spread during the Easter period. It seems that the first color used to paint the eggs was precisely the red, like the blood of the passion of Jesus.
To get to our chocolate eggs, on the other hand, we have to wait a long time later: it seems that the birth of the chocolate egg is due to France, while the tradition of the little surprise is due to the Piedmontese. Many analysis sessions could be based on the disappointment of the latter, so let’s leave the topic alone!
Between truth and legend, even today, eggs of all kinds are colored and exchanged to celebrate the arrival of Easter. Even in Italy, those who have the opportunity to celebrate in the countryside or in houses with a garden, are now very much the hunt for eggs. Through a series of clues and maps, children will own the loot of colored and decorated eggs, small chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and some surprises.
- Coloring eggs: the meaning of colors and how to get them
- How to decorate hard boiled eggs with our children
- How to decorate egg shells
- How to decorate polystyrene eggs
Coloring eggs: the meaning of colors and how to get them
After seeing what the roots of this tradition are and before seeing how to decorate eggs with children, let’s take a short journey into colors, to understand what meanings are hidden behind the different colors. As we will see, the meanings of the colors are very intuitive:
- red is blood
- white is purity
- green is hope
- yellow is wisdom
- blue is health
As for food dyes, those we use for the preparation of icings and cream for cakes and various desserts, these too can be easily reproduced at home, through the use of common elements, which are never lacking in our kitchens. Let’s see, briefly, how to get the individual colors.
- For the red you will need beetroot
- For the greens, you will need spinach
- For the yellow you will need saffron
- For the blue you will need purple cabbage
Obviously, these are the main colors and foods but there are many shades that can be obtained by mixing them together. For white, on the other hand, we can use alternatives, from marker to chalk, depending on what type of egg we have decided to color and decorate with our children. After all, the procedures are also very different, based on what kind of Easter job we decided to do.
How to decorate hard boiled eggs with our children
The most traditional version is certainly the decoration with hard-boiled eggs. They have the plus of being able to be eaten later. Decorating hard-boiled eggs is really child’s play!
After deciding which colors to use, take some beautiful white eggs, and put them in a saucepan of cold water. Let’s take the element that can color the egg and, after making it into a pulp, put it in water with a drop of vinegar. We bring to a boil for about 10-15 minutes. After checking that the egg has become hard and has assumed the desired color, remove the egg from the water and let it cool.
For a more shiny effect, afterwards, we use a little oil impregnated cotton.
In this way, the procedure is simple, but, of course, we have obtained single-colored hard-boiled eggs. If we want to enrich them, we can do it with the help of colors or food markers.
Speaking of edible eggs, of course, for expert pastry chefs it is also possible to decorate chocolate eggs, but it is certainly a more complicated job for a small child. Provided that, it must be said, the egg is not intercepted first by us. It is now a well-known fact that recipes on leftover chocolate only concerned us at the time of the diet!
How to decorate egg shells
Another easy way to get kids involved in egg decoration is to work directly on the shells alone. Obviously, first of all, it will be necessary to empty them of the liquid. To do this, we will need to create a couple of small holes from which to get everything out.
At this point, we have a world of options to hand over the little ones and have the kids decorate their eggs. The simplest methods, also suitable for preschool age, are those that involve the use of glue and glitter, stickers and acrylic colors.
Depending on the type of decoration we have thought, from the reproduction of a character to a simple but super glam glittery egg, they can be placed in the classic egg container, the cardboard one, to banish us, and embellish the garden or balcony table. , or they can be used as a placeholder.
How to decorate polystyrene eggs
Less green than the previous proposals, these decorations however have 2 advantages: the first is that we can certainly indulge ourselves with more elements to enrich the eggs, as they are not edible; the second reason is that due to their resistance, decorated eggs can be preserved and put back in plain sight, year after year.
To entertain small children in decorating eggs, real platisca egg kits are sold, in which to find both eggs, of all sizes, the elements to use and the instructions-ideas to start with. This can also be a manual exercise for younger brothers and sisters to do, while the older child can opt for more sophisticated and slightly more complex decorations. So, if the children are very young, they start with these kits, which can be found both online and in the most commercial stores.
Here, however, are some ideas on how to decorate polystyrene eggs with all different and decidedly cheerful effects.
To make eggs with a rainbow effect, just color a simple paper handkerchief with felt-tip pens. On it they will be made with many different colored stripes. Next, we roll the egg inside the handkerchief, like a candy, and apply some pressure with our hands. For this operation, the use of gloves is recommended. Finally, we pass a few drops of alcohol on the handkerchief. Once unrolled, the egg having absorbed all the colors will become our little rainbow egg.
In the homes of many of us, for the various jobs, rhinestones have become inevitable. In this case, it will be really easy to decorate the eggs with a great wow effect! First of all, let’s color the egg base with the chosen acrylic color, which should tend to be the same as the rhinestone strips. After that we attach the various self-adhesive strips. There are two options to continue the work: we can glue only 2 strips like a cross and then, subsequently, glue the single rhinestones where we like best; or we can use rhinestones to completely cover the egg.
Another inevitable element of our homes are tattoos for children. Like transfers, wetting the surface against the skin, the classic tattoos make children happy, especially as soon as the weather allows the arms uncovered. We can use the same mechanism, therefore within reach of small children, to decorate polystyrene eggs. We decide on a theme, based on the tattoos available, with acrylic colors we paint the surface of the egg, then we proceed with the application of the tattoo. Perhaps, for once, the tattoo will be lasting!
While it can really go on forever, let’s put a point on decorations that are child-friendly. Indeed, a dot, yes, but colored! You know those little boxes with colored pins that seem to never end? We give them a sense for simple, quick and super colorful decoration, of course. After choosing the colors and checking how many pins we have for each color, starting from the center, they begin to insert the pins into our polystyrene egg, covering its entire diameter. Subsequently, we repeat the operation with another color, creating another strip on top of the other, up to the end. Subsequently, we move on to the lower part, with the same operations, until the polystyrene egg is completely covered.
After we and our children have finished embellishing the eggs, we can use them to decorate the famous Easter tree, or, using the classic sticks for skewers, we can create small Easter bouquets. Decorating the house for Easter is a pleasure to always share with children, to allow them to enjoy the wait, preparing for the big day.