Crack open the egg and paint in preschool


Kids just love to crack open the egg when doing a cooking activity so I thought we could have a little fun with cracking open plastic eggs too..

Just add a little bit of watered down paint inside the plastic eggs…

If the paint is too thick, it wont drip out very well. You can add liquid starch instead of water to get the paint less runny but not so thick that it is just a big glop…

I prepared watered down colors of paint that matched each of my eggs by mixing the paint in little cups first then just poured the paint inside the eggs… Then I laid the eggs down on their sides and clicked them closed tightly. This way they are all ready to use for the big day…

Did you know that plastic eggs have holes in the ends? I actually never noticed this before until I wanted to give this idea a try. That is why the eggs are laying on their sides – so the paint doesn’t leak out the little holes before I am ready…

Now there are three ways you can paint with these eggs.

  1. Shake the paint through those little holes on your paper and keep changing eggs for new colors.
  2. Crack the eggs open and let the paint ooze out to make a colorful design…

And number 3- After you crack open the eggs, close them back up and throw them into the box to roll around in the paint for a little more color mixing and design fun…

Take your pick or do them all!

Sprinkled plastic egg painting

Cracked and Rolled egg painting

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By |2011-04-07T22:36:01+00:00April 7th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott April 8, 2011 at 8:12 am - Reply

    This just looks like fun. What a cool idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      I think the colorful paint surprise in the eggs is super fun:)

  2. Clemencia April 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I just have to tell you, You have the most awesome ideas! thanks so much for sharing your creativity and experience with us 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you Clemencia! That was such a sweet thing to say:)

  3. artsy_momma April 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    My son would love all these ideas! I think the sprinkled one would be fun to try with him for sure. It would be cute to turn them into paper Easter eggs after too 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      They would be super cute as Paper Easter eggs!

  4. Kelly April 9, 2011 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Awesome! Looks like a lot of fun 🙂

  5. Timma Sue April 10, 2011 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Love the simplicity and versatility. Thanks for sharing. I pinned this to my wall at

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the pinning Timma:)

  6. Gianne April 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    You are a genius for sure! I saw this a bit ago and really thought it was a cute idea…though I have to admit I had concerns it would flick everywhere or they wouldn’t stay closed. But, alas, it was so fun and turned out to be such a great project for my girls. I love that you can turn it into a sharing activity as you pass around the colors as well as have the projct be a quick or longer one. Wow! Such a neat idea. I blogged about it (giving you credit but of course) and posted pics on my own website:

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      I am so excited that you gave it a try! I will pop over now and take a look. I love seeing others try things that I blog about and share it too! one of my favorite things ever!

  7. Timma Sue April 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm - Reply
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