Homemade Easter Egg Dye

Happy Easter Scientists! We just finished dyeing our Easter eggs with homemade dye. If you need to dye your eggs and were not able to get a kit this year, try using our recipe with your little scientist today 🙂

MaterialsHomemade Easter Egg Dye (3)

Hard-boiled Eggs

Hot Water

Vinegar

Food Coloring (It will stain your hands and work surface if you are not careful)

Bowls and Spoons

Measuring cup and 1/2 Tablespoon Measuring Spoon

Recommend: Kitchen Tongs to Move Eggs

Investigation

  1. For each color desired add 1 cup of hot water (we just used hot tap water) to each bowlHomemade Easter Egg Dye (7)
  2. Measure and add 1/2 Tablespoon vinegar to each bowlHomemade Easter Egg Dye (9)
  3. Add 20 drops of food coloring to the bowl. Stir gently, we just reused our measuring spoonHomemade Easter Egg Dye (12)
  4. Add a hard-boiled egg to the bowl and gently turn to cover the egg. Place eggs in one or more colors until you have the desired effects that you want.
  5. Remove eggs and let dry. Enjoy your colorful eggs. Make sure to store them in the fridge 🙂Homemade Easter Egg Dye (36)

Talking Points

The egg shells were able to absorb the color because the vinegar in the homemade dye is acidic (pH less then neutral or 7). The acid in the vinegar slow eats away the outer layer of the egg shell making it easier for the egg to retain the dye color.

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