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5 reasons why coloring eggs is important

Easter eggs can be decorated in a variety of ways.
Easter eggs can be decorated in a variety of ways.
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Coloring Easter eggs is a time honored event come April (sometimes March). It is a tradition that most children remember very fondly for the rest of their lives. Coloring eggs is a staple of the Easter holiday and alongside receiving Easter baskets (and the candy in them), going on Easter eggs hunts, and posing for pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring eggs is one of the most fun and special aspects to the holiday.

Eggs can be colored in a variety of ways. There are numerous egg coloring kits available in stores at very affordable prices (most of them sell for under $5) that offer kids the chance to color eggs with dye, paint them with paints, draw on them with markers, or even add glitter and stickers to create a visual pop. Although such egg coloring sessions can be messy they are also very enjoyable and memorable for kids and parents alike.

Although some people regard the egg coloring tradition as frivolous and unnecessary, it is something that mostly all children enjoy and creates treasured memories. Below is a list of five reasons why egg coloring is actually important to children’s emotional development.

Fun
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Fun

Egg coloring offers a lot of opportunity to have fun. Coloring the eggs gets kids excited for the forthcoming Easter Sunday and this kind of jolly anticipation produces positive feelings that are remembered long after the egg coloring is over.

Family Bonding
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Family Bonding

Many times Easter egg coloring sessions take place in the presence of parents. Thus, the occasion can be a way for parents and children to bond over a fun (and colorful) activity. Such bonding occasions leads to stronger parent-child relationships overall.

Art Education
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Art Education

Easter egg coloring lets children explore their creative side and get experience working with art supplies like dye, paints, pens and even glitter. This sort of arts and craft project increases creative thinking and can possibly instill a love for the visual arts in young minds.

Confidence
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Confidence

Self-efficacy describes how much a person believes that he or she can perform a certain task. When a child successfully colors an egg to their liking they get a sense that they can make the designs they think of real and this increases their sense of ability and confidence.

Making Memories
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Making Memories

Coloring Easter eggs gives children and their parents a chance to bond and explore their creativity in a fun and relaxed way. This directly leads to the creation of good memories which makes it far more likely that children will be emotionally and mentally more well-adjusted than children who lack such experiences. Not everything can be taught in school books; some lessons are purely emotional and can only be taught by taking time for fun and family.