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The Egg Tree Book
Every year we read The Egg Tree – an 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
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 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).
More Easter Ideas with Real Eggs
- 25 Decorative Easter Egg ideas from Reasons to Skip the Housework
- 10 Egg Decorating Ideas from Red Ted Art
- Artist Inspired Easter Eggs from Inspiration Laboratories
- 11 Fun Easter Egg Ideas for Kids11 Fun Easter Egg Ideas for Kids from Artful Parent
- Edible Dinosaur Eggs from The Joys of Boys
Your TurnHave you tried decorating blown eggs?
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