Inside: Looking for some fun toddler Easter egg decorating ideas? These alternatives to traditional Easter egg dyeing are perfect for toddlers, while also adding some fun new designs to your decorations.
Dyeing Easter eggs with young toddlers can be a bit of an experience.
The tiny cups, the little metal hooks to pick up the eggs, the strong vinegar scent… not to mention the tragedy of breaking one of the eggs!
Luckily, there are tons of egg-decorating alternatives that are better suited for tiny toddler hands- and attention spans!
15 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas for Toddlers
Shaving Cream – Fill a bin with shaving cream and various drops of food coloring for toddlers to gently roll the egg around in for a sensory experience. (Crafty Morning)
Dry Rice – In small containers (or clear plastic bags), add food coloring to dry rice for toddlers to roll the eggs around in, creating a unique speckled design. (A Thrifty Mom)
Kool-Aid – Have toddlers help stir packets of Kool-Aid with a small amount of water and soak the eggs in the mixture for about five minutes. (Home Talk)
Markers and Plastic Bags – Toddlers will draw with markers on sandwich bags and then dab or wrap it around the egg to transfer the pattern. (It’s Always Autumn)
Drip Dying – For some added fine motor practice, use small pipettes to drip the dye over the eggs. (Picklebums)
Spin Art – In a salad spinner, add dye from squirt bottles to create a splatter paint design. (Hello, Wonderful)
Dotting with Straws – Cut straws in half and dip them into paint for toddlers to dot patterns onto the eggs. (Crafty Morning)
Tissue Paper – Spray water over tissue paper to bleed the color onto the eggs. (It’s Always Autumn)
Baking Soda and Vinegar – Create a science experiment using baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring to surround the egg with fizzy color. (Mess for Less)
Glitter – For a different look, drizzle glue over the eggs and sprinkle on some colorful glitter. (Celeb Baby Laundry)
Sponge Painting – Cut sponges into strips and add some paint for toddlers to gently dab colors onto their eggs. (The Baby Bump Diaries)
Bubble Wrap – Paint over some pieces of small bubble wrap to wrap around the egg and create a unique polka dot design. (Parents)
Nature dyes – To bring a bit of nature into the experience, create natural dyes using plant materials such as turmeric, beet juice, and berries. (Momables)
Tie Dye Paper Towels – Drop various food coloring drops onto a paper towel and wrap it around an egg before spraying it with water to create a tie dye effect. (One Little Project)
Nail Polish Marbling – In a small bowl or container of water, drop different colors of nailpolish onto the surface and dip the eggs into the mixture. (Decorator’s Notebook)
Invite your toddlers to make their own Easter bags, too!