Review: Nature's Magic Egg Dyeing Kit
March 4, 2013 8:30:00 AM EST
The Nature's Magic Egg Dyeing kit is a seasonal addition to the Wee Can Too edible art supplies. It is entirely edible and free of dairy, wheat, and egg.
When I first picked up the kit to try it, I commented to Claire on its small size. It four molded dye pellets and a crayon, all on a bed of straw in a recyclable (plastic #1) and reusable box. Bean has actually absconded with the packaging and is hatching a plan to tempt a bird into nesting in it!
i waited until my husband could join us, both so he could enjoy the fun and beacuse I was sure I would require parenting backup! When we sat down to dye our eggs, I realized this was going to take much longer than using food coloring. I feared this would result in a wholly negative review (if, say, my children grew restless with impatience and mutinied, causing it not to be any fun at all!). However, I made sure my husband was participating and we ended up having a really fun time.
While I waited for the water to boil, I had the kids each take two of the molded dye pellets. There were two shaped like eggs, a chick, and a rabbit. They was one each of red, green, blue, and yellow. After exploring their pellets a little (and A-Train definitely did get a nibble of the blue), they placed them in mason jars.
I put 2 tablespoons of vinegar in each jar, and everyone watched the pellets begin to dissolve. Bean also learned the word "dissolve." I poured boiling water into each jar and stirred. Then we decorated our eggs using the crayon included in the kid, as well as with some rubber bands. Bean has been loving rubber bands lately and was thrilled to get to use them in a project. A-Train kept shooting himself in the fingers and cracking himself up!
At some point we all became impatient, so I added a couple ice cubes to each jar. Bean did the honors of lowering the eggs into the jars. I set a timer for 20 minutes and the boys went off to fight an epic battle with their dad. We removed the eggs from the dyes and let them dry on a paper towel for 15 more minutes. Meanwhile, there was another battle for Narnia.
The end result was nine lovely eggs. This is not a flat or remotely uniform dye like food coloring. Rather, it is textured and sparkly! The green and blue are particularly vibrant, and the yellow is nice as well. The red was a little less than impressive. The dye itself clumped a bit, so the eggs dyed with it came out very uneven. The red color is also quite brown. We mixed it with yellow to attempt Bean's favorite color and made sort of a burnt orange where we would have loved a bright and happy hue.
The included crayon worked well for large swaths. I drew and colored in a heart and a star on one egg, and those came out nice and white (against the blue dye). However, my husband drew a sword and wrote "LINK" on another, and that was all almost impossible to see.
All in all, this was fun! And it was much less messy than food coloring would have been, given that I have two kids would insist on squirting the coloring themselves. Bean not only enjoyed the activity of decorating and dying the eggs, but has visited the fridge several times just to take a look at them.
Just because it was cute
Bean and A-Train each dropped an egg while we were decorating. A-Train checked out a broken egg for a little while, and I asked him if he wanted to eat it. He said "uh-huh!" and just about got it in his mouth, shell and all, before I took it and explained it needed to be peeled. When I handed him back the peeled egg, he was weirded out by the texture and demanded "dat!" while pointing to the bowl of eggshell. Figuring he would take a tiny bite and realize this was not the part to be eaten, I pushed the bowl over and he grabbed an itty-bitty piece. He chewed it, gave an enthusiastic "mmmmmmm!" and grabbed for a piece of eggshell the size of a potato chip! *sigh* That kid!