*I received the eco-eggs egg coloring kit for free to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Dyeing Easter eggs is something my kids really look forward to this time of year! We usually wait until the day before or day of Easter to color our eggs, but since TGN generously sent us the eco-eggs egg coloring kit to review, we're dyeing our eggs a little earlier this year so I can share my thoughts about this eco-kids product! 

eco-egg kit

This is our first year using an all-natural egg dyeing kit, and I couldn't be happier about making the switch. I've recently become more aware of artificial dyes and want to try to avoid them from my families' diet as much as possible. Something I notice every year is that (in at least some of our eggs) the dye makes it inside, coloring the white of the egg- the part they eat. My kids are not the most gentle when it comes to handling eggs. They usually end up cracked somehow, allowing dye to seep inside. With eco-kids' egg coloring kit, I can let them enjoy their eggs without worry. The dyes are made with organic, all-natural plant, fruit, and vegetable extracts. The ingredients include: gardenia flower, curcumin, annato seeds, beets, red cabbage, and purple sweet potato.  

The kit comes with three baggies of powdered dyes (blue, purple, and orange), a hand crafted wire egg dipper, an eco-crayon, egg coloring instructions and a color chart for creating six different colors. The instructions were very easy to follow, so I let my daughter take over. She filled three cups with 1/2 a cup of warm water and poured a packet in each cup. Then she stirred them until all the powder was completely dissolved. Then it was time to start coloring some eggs!

dying eggs

One major difference between the egg dyeing kits we're used to and natural dying kits is that it takes a bit longer to get bright, vibrant colors. I was pretty surprised that it called for 10-15 minutes for most of the colors on the color chart, with the exception of yellow- which only takes a one second dip in the orange dye solution. Needless to say, we had a lot of yellow eggs! ;) However, that didn't stop our kiddos from having Easter eggs in a rainbow of colors! Although they were not as vibrant as they would have been if they left them in longer, leaving the eggs in the solution for just a couple of minutes still gave them pretty shades of blue, orange, and purple. 

My daughter enjoyed reading the color chart and helping her little brother create the colors he wanted. For example, his favorite color is green. To get a green egg, she put first dyed it blue, then dipped it in the orange solution for five seconds. Creating the different colors made egg dyeing not only fun, but educational! 

finished eggs

The eco-crayon was also a hit with the kids. They drew patterns and shapes on a few of the eggs before dipping them. The areas where you color with the wax crayon resists the dye, leaving those areas to contrast with the pretty shade. If you want to get even more creative with your eggs, visit the eco-kids website for free printable eco-eggs creature cut outs!

Another great thing about the eco-egg dyeing kit is the packaging! The kits we have bought in the past are usually flat and rectangular, and have holes that can be punched out on the back of the box to sit your eggs in to display. This kit is packaged in a small egg carton, allowing you to display and easily store up to six of your favorite eggs.   

All in all, our egg dyeing experience with eco-eggs was easy and fun. I enlisted my husband to help while I took photos, but both of us ended up just standing back and letting the kids do their thing. I loved watching them work together to create their little egg masterpieces! 

Want an eco-kids eco-eggs egg coloring kit of your own? Stop by TGN's brick and mortar store and pick one up today! Your kids can also try their hand at dyeing eco-eggs soon at TGN- they are participating in Downtown Bloomington Inc.'s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th! The Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 11:00 am on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn for kids under the age of five. TGN will have an egg dyeing station, sales, and giveaways! The Easter bunny will at in Fountain Square Mall, as well. Be sure to mark your calendars! 

local egg hunt

*I received the eco-eggs egg coloring kit for free to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own. 

*Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.

steph

 

Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.