There are plenty of Easter egg dye kits to buy. PAAS® Easter Eggs kits have been used by generations of families. You can get traditional kits, themed kits, like marble, sports, tie-dye, neon, volcano eggsplotion, craft kits, like sparkling glitter, egg stampers, mini monsters, oh so chic, touch of velvet, deggorating party, and more.
Or if you are really adventurous you can make your own paint.
When children make paint they actually see the application of chemistry into art right in their own kitchen. Children are fascinated when they create color and use that color to paint with. Paint is made by combining a pigment (color) with a binder. The binder makes the pigment adhere to the support (paper, wood, or other materials you are painting on). Four types of pigment are nontoxic and are thus safe for your children to use. Food coloring is transparent: however, it will not always wash out of clothing. Watercolors are transparent and usually washable. Tempera and poster paints are more opaque. Acrylics are opaque. Remember many paints will not wash out of good clothing. This is unquestionably a family activity where everyone is in old clothes, aprons, or big paint shirts.
Kitchen Finger Paint (Shiny, transparent paint)
1 Tablespoon (1 envelope) unflavored gelatin
3 cups water
½ cup corn starch
4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
Food coloring of choice
Mixing bowl, spoon microwave, small containers with lids
- In plastic mixing bowl, add the gelatin to ½ cup warm water-stir
- Pour the cornstarch into another bowl and add 2-1/2 coups of cold water. Microwave the mixture at medium setting for 2 minutes, stir, and microwave again at medium setting for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the gelatin and then the dishwashing liquid to the mixture in the bowl. Let it cool.
- Pour into small jars. Add your choice of food coloring to desired colors.
- Cover and store at room temperature.
Kitchen Finger Paint (Opaque and will layer over other colors.)
1 cup liquid starch
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Mixing bowl, mixing spoons small containers with lids
- Combine the liquid starch and corn starch in the mixing bowl.
- Pour into small containers and add acrylic paints until the desired color is reached.
- Cover tightly when not in use.
1 cup white glue
½ cup water
Small containers with lids
Pour the glue into the small containers and add acrylic paints to obtain desired colors.
Mix glue and paints until desired color is achieved.
Make sure the lids are on tight when the paints are not in use.
This is an opaque paint and covers waxy or plastic surfaces with a flat finish