Shaving cream dyed Easter eggs are a great way to dye eggs with toddlers!
I’ve always enjoyed dying Easter eggs, even past my childhood. It’s a great excuse to get crafty, and it’s a craft that is edible! Boiled eggs are a staple in my house so dying them is just an added bonus to the holiday.
Much to my dismay we did not dye Easter eggs for Robert’s first Easter. He was less than a year old and it seemed like more of a hassle to dye eggs than to just stuff plastic ones. This year I was determined to dye eggs with him, but I still wasn’t sure he could handle dipping eggs into cups of dye. Robert is good about not spilling cups, but multiple cups of dyed water seemed like a recipe for disaster.
Instead of dying them the old fashioned way, we dyed them with shaving cream and food coloring.
I bought the cheapest foam (not gel) shaving cream I could find and added food coloring to the cream. A little mixing with a toothpick and we were ready to dye our eggs by rolling them around in the shaving cream.
The longer you leave the shaving cream and dye on them, the more vibrant they become. Ours did not turn out pretty.
I think this is what you get when you put your toddler in charge!
Even though the eggs didn’t turn out great, Robert had a blast playing in the shaving cream.
Actually, I’m not sure who had more fun, Tom or Robert?
I ended up experimenting with them a little bit while Robert watched. I wanted to see if there was much of a difference between the dye on white eggs, brown eggs and eggs in vinegar. Turns out the vinegar helps a lot!
A little presoak of 5 minutes is all it takes to help the dye stick to the egg better.
I usually only buy brown eggs because I like the free range eggs and those are usually brown in my Publix. I managed to pick up some white eggs just for experimentation. They definitely look better.
We will probably dye some more eggs before Easter. We might even try to do it the traditional way one night when Robert goes to sleep.
Until he can manage to keep water in a glass, we will be doing shaving cream eggs. It’s a little messy, but totally worth it to see this smile!
What are your favorite toddler activities for Easter?