I enjoy doing activities with mommy and daddy. We put on hand puppet shows, play hide and seek, and even dig for treasure in the backyard. Activities are fun, exciting, and sometimes I even learn something along the way.
Mommy does another kind of activity called arts and crafts. I’m a bit messy and don’t follow directions very well, so my involvement in arts and crafts is generally limited to sitting on the floor next to mommy while I wave around bits of fabric and put pieces of paper in my mouth. I may not be ready just yet but mommy thinks that soon I’ll be big enough to get involved in some arts and crafts of my own.
Choosing an arts and crafts activity for a little person like me isn’t easy. It has to be fun and within my scope of abilities so that I don’t get discouraged and frustrated. Above all it has to be safe for me to do. Mommy always says that safety is a priority.
While mommy has been contemplating what an appropriate first craft project would be, we got an email with a guest post idea which first perfectly with this topic. This activity is easy to do, fun, and safe with adult supervision. I think this would be a perfect craft for me to try and you might like it too.
Activity: Dragon Eggs
Encourage imagination and creativity with this magical craft that lets your child make and design his very own dragon egg. A far cry from your standard Easter eggs, these fantastical creations must be peeled to reveal their enchanting wonder.
What You Need:
- 2 pots
- Food colouring
- Coffee cups
- Paper towels
What You Do:
– Have your child place 6 eggs in a pot of cold water.
– Put the pot on the stove and turn the burner on high.
– When the water comes to a full boil, have your young chef set the timer for 13 minutes.
– When the timer goes off, have your child create an ice water bath. All they needs to do is fill up the second pot with water and ice.
– Carefully use the tongs to transfer the eggs from the hot water to the cold water.
– While the eggs cool, mix the dye by having your child count out 20 drops of food colouring into each coffee cup.
– Your child should add one tablespoon of vinegar and ½ a cup of room temperature water to each cup.
– When the eggs are cool enough to handle, have your child tap each egg on a hard surface. Tap and turn, tap and turn until hey have gently cracked the entire shell. There should be little spider web cracks running everywhere.
– Let your child place each cracked egg in a cup of dye. If the water does not cover the top of the egg, gently add a little more water.
– Ask your child to line a rimmed plate with paper towels.
– When the eggs have been in the dye for 15 minutes, have your child check one to see if it is dark enough. It may take up to 30 minutes to get a darker colour.
– When the eggs are dark enough, your child can remove them from the dye and place them on the plate.
– The magical colour of these eggs fades after they have been peeled. Have your child call everyone to the table and help them peel the eggs, revealing the dragon pattern to their special guests.
This idea was submitted to us by Education.com. Their aim is to empower parents, teachers, and homeschoolers to help their children build essential skills and excel. With over 12 million members, Education.com provides educators of all kinds with high-quality learning resources, including worksheets, lesson plans, digital games, an online guided learning platform, and more.
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