I saw these craft eggs in Target yesterday and was reminded I had a stash in the closet from last Easter. With two boys home sick today it seemed like the perfect low key (somewhat low-mess) activity for them. My four year old actually remembers having done this last year and has been requesting it so I thought that since it made that much of an impression on him it was probably worth sharing.
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Have you ever seen or used these craft eggs? They are awesome! They have the look, feel & texture of real eggs but of course with none of the mess. I love them for toddlers and preschoolers because they are perfect for handling freely without the worry of eggs breaking. Although we haven’t tried it yet, supposedly you can even dye them. How cool would that be to dye a batch of eggs and be able to keep them year after year? Incidentally, if you need a great method for dying eggs you’ll want to check out this post.
Anyhow, this really couldn’t be easier.
All you need
- Craft eggs (which I’ve seen at both Target and Michael’s this season)
Personally I think part of the allure of this activity is that the kids get to play with the mostly off-limits Sharpies. Really who doesn’t love Sharpies?
I’m sure that if you have older kids they could come up with some pretty cool and elaborate designs. Mostly these little guys dotted and scribbled but they sure had fun doing it (and I’m betting coordinating the pen and holding the egg probably is pretty good for dexterity, fine motor skills, and hand eye coordination).
With a little explanation they handled themselves quite responsibly using the Sharpies. The only marks they ended up with on themselves were minimal and purely accidental. I did keep them at the table and sat there the whole time with them. You of course know your kids best, use permanent markers accordingly!
Happy (almost) Easter y’all.