Wednesday, April 4, 2012

This post describes a yearly Easter tradition in our house – making an Easter Egg Tree.
The Egg Tree - Easter Tradition #EasterforKids

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The Egg Tree Book

The Egg Tree
Every year we read The Egg Treean old Caldecott Medal winner by Katherine Milhous. The story starts with a regular Easter egg hunt where the youngest girl has no luck until she wanders to an attic and discovers very special eggs made by her grandma when she was a young girl. It’s a Dutch custom to set up an Easter tree decorated by blown and hand painted eggs, and in the end there is also a mini-tutorial on how to make blown eggs.

Starting an Easter Tradition

Painting Blown Eggs
We are not a religious family, but my husband loves decorating for Easter. He comes from Northern Germany where they also have a tradition of blown and painted eggs. Last year we started an Easter Tree tradition at home, when he and Smarty decorated our first Easter tree (or, rather, a bunch of twigs), and we did it again this year. My husband is in charge of blowing raw eggs out (he perfected his own technique that involves a turkey baster).

Decorating Blown Eggs

Blown Eggs and Watercolors
Blown eggs are fragile, but even our 5 year old had a pretty good success rate painting them. We used Crayola Watercolors and markers to decorate our eggs. She is very gentle with things when she is paying attention, and we did our egg decorating on Saturday morning when she was rested and attentive. She managed to do two eggs before she got sloppy and let us finish on our own.

Great Sensory and Fine Motor Activity

Decorating blown eggs is a wonderful sensory and fine motor activity. Eggs require gentle handling and more precise movements than what my daughter usually applies to her projects. Also, real eggs offer a very different canvas experience than paper. Smarty was very proud of her eggs, and, as I refresh this post in 2014, I can say that they also kept very well over years (we put them in an egg container with our other Easter decorations and kept them in the garage).

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Your Turn

Have you tried decorating blown eggs?
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MaryAnne said...

What a pretty tree! We need to read that book.

hey said...

These eggs are gorgeous and so unique. Everything I like about free art time. :)

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

We'll have to check this book out! Your eggs look beautiful!

Julie said...

I love this! We colored eggs but just used a dye kit. I love the idea of using watercolors. And the tree is very cute!

Ticia said...

I need to blow some eggs out soon. I'm trying to remember if blown eggs store.

Kelly said...

Beautiful tree and what a neat family tradition!
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Ang said...

This looks very pretty! I bet it would look lovely on my spring mantel!

Rebecca English said...

Love your ideas. It looks a great book as well. Will have to find it.

I've featured your post this week:

Thaleia said...

We are so going to have to blow out some eggs! I'm not sure my kids even know that you can do that. I used growing up and raising chickens. Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop.

Carrie said...

We just read this book tonight! Love it and your tree!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!