One of the highlights of the Easter season for our kids is the annual dyeing of the Easter eggs. One year, I totally forgot — and you would of thought I had forgotten a child’s birthday.
With two toddlers, the thought of dyeing Easter eggs can seem overwhelming. I mean, those two words … toddlers and dye = EEK! But fret not! I have a few tips I’ve learned over the years that helps make it a cleaner, less stressful, and funner experience for all parties involved. Here are 7 tips you might want to try!
1. Plastic Tablecloth
Plastic tablecloths from The Dollar Tree are one of my favorite things when it comes to minimizing messes with toddlers. You just lay out the tablecloth, let the kids have at it, and then throw it all away. Sometimes I will even throw a tablecloth on the floor to help catch the crap I know will land underneath the table and chairs.
YES, I know it’s not the greenest of things — but its keeps me sane (and it keeps my furniture and floors from being destroyed). I keep extras of these around for any project that may produce a mess.
2. Timing is EVERYTHING
Just like most things with toddlers, you want to make sure that it’s a good time to do something. That means, the toddler is rested and fed and not in a crazy mood. If all of those things are in check, I’ve found that life goes a wee bit easier.
3. Bake the Eggs Instead of Boiling Them
Last year, we tried something new in the Easter egg dying process — we baked our eggs instead of boiling them. I was able to get 24 done in 30 minutes. Easy peasy !
4. Getting Dirty
Using a whisk can help little hands from getting excessively dirty. We had an issue with a toddler using the whisk as a sling shot with egg dye, so we stopped using it. I’ve also seen tongs work, and then of course there are those little wire things that come in Easter egg dyeing kits.
At the end of it all, expect your kids to GET DIRTY. We had the toddler do this activity topless last year.
5. Kool-Aid Colored Eggs
Instead of buying the old-school tablet egg dyes, just use Kool-Aid! Add one packet of Kool-Aid to 2/3 cups of water, mix them up, and dye your eggs.
6. Use Your Egg Cartons to Save Eggs
Save your egg cartons! Your egg cartons will hold your eggs and keep your eggs when storing in the fridge. TIP: You can eat the hard boiled eggs for up to a week (as long as they are refrigerated!) You can make an egg salad or pair the hard boiled eggs with toast (my kids love eating this for breakfast).
7. Take Photos and Enjoy Memory Making
I am so guilty of this, but am really trying to be INTENTIONAL with my kids. Being intentional to me means that when we are doing something, we make the most out of the moment. I take photos and really try to be in the moment with the toddlers. That means, if a huge mess occurs — I roll with it. If a toddler melts down in the middle of a memory-making activity (chances are this may very well happen), I show my best grace face and give him love and work through the chaos.