I had a vision for our Easter egg decorating project. Most of that vision became a reality. And there were a few unanticipated moments.
Little E is impatient. Like her mama. She also gets excited about new projects and jumps at any chance to be creative and artsy. Like her mama.
Knowing this about her, and myself, I knew I wanted to keep this whole Easter egg decorating thing simple. I stumbled upon this idea on Pinterest and it is pure genius. Perfect for quick and (fairly) clean Easter egg decorating with a toddler.
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STEP 1: Fill plastic baggies with 1 cup of uncooked rice.
STEP 2: Add 6-8 drops of food coloring per bag. We used these fun neon food colors.
STEP 3: Add a hard boiled egg to a bag and shake and roll to transfer dye to the egg.
STEP 4: Remove egg and let dry on paper towels.
“I can do this,” I thought. It would be quick and easy. It would be blissful and mess-free.
Quick and easy it was. Blissful and mess-free it was not.
Once the eggs were hard boiled and cooled, it only took about 1 minute to prep the rest of the supplies and it was a good thing too because once Little E was ready, she was READY!
In the midst of the excitement, Little E managed to get neon blue food coloring all over her hands, which ended up all over my hands, which ended up all over a half dozen wipes and paper towels (thank goodness for the paper towel lined kitchen table).
Then, clapping with two eggs in her hands sounded like a good idea (thank goodness they were hard boiled) which of course busted the shell and made them un-decoratable.
In the moment, I was a little frazzled. We were three cracked eggs down and I was still convinced there was neon blue dye hiding somewhere I hadn’t yet noticed.
But when everything was all said and done and I was cleaning up our minimal mess, I realized this 15-minute Easter egg decorating experience was meant for something more than having festive eggs for Easter weekend.
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It taught me more about life.
You see those cracked eggs. They’re only cracked because of excited anticipation, pure joy and child-like wonder.
The neon blue dye that made its way onto every hand involved in the project was making it’s mark on our creative, vibrant, light-filled spirits.
There is beauty in the blue dye. There is creativity in the cracked shells.
Just because something appears to be broken or messy, doesn’t mean there’s heartache or chaos.
Creativity and excitement can look a little messy. That’s the unanticipated realty of life.
Happy Easter, friends. What are your family’s Easter traditions?