Easter egg painting

I have shared before how to fill an egg with paint so the children can crack it open to paint but today I want to show you how we did this in my classroom…

To prepare this activity, I filled up a set of plastic Easter eggs with different colors of paint. I also added just a little bit of water to the paint inside each egg.  The eggs were only filled with about 1/4 cup of paint/water mixture…

I also covered a table with a couple of layers of paper towels so the children could just explore the process of cracking open an egg, dumping out the paint on the paper towels, then they used paint brushes to paint a little bit more…

A couple of things to think about if you wish to give this a try…

  1. Make sure you select eggs that the children can actually open on their own.
  2. Make sure you check to see if the plastic eggs have holes in the bottom or not.
  3. You might want to have the children wear paint aprons because sometimes the paint will splatter a little – depending on how the child goes about cracking open the egg.
I found eggs without holes but it was a little tough for the younger children to open them on their own, so I had to get them started and then they took over the process from there…



Once all the paint filled eggs were cracked open and dumped on the table, the children used paint brushes to paint a little more…


The children painted on the paper towels and on the eggs too…


The children enjoyed this process from beginning to end. It was a fun exploration in cracking open eggs, finding out what was in the egg, and the painting process….



And it was quite colorful too!


This little guy stayed at the table exploring for quite some time after everyone else had moved on to other things….


Links to Grow On
Egg Crack Painting from Crayon Freckles
Get Crackin from Time for Play
Egg Crack Painting from Make, Do, & Friend


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By |2012-03-30T18:00:10+00:00March 30th, 2012|

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. Suzanne March 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I think I might do this when it warms up a bit… outside. I have a feeling it could get interesting. It looks fabulously fun, though!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      It would be fun for outside too! I will say, it looks messier than it actually was with the exception of one or two eggs that popped open a little quicker than expected!

  2. [email protected] March 31, 2012 at 12:49 am - Reply

    What a great process! I love this idea!

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