Dying pipe cleaner Easter eggs

I wanted my class to have a chance to dye some Easter eggs without having to boil dozens of eggs. So I reused an idea we had already done before only this time, we made Easter eggs…

When the children arrived to preschool, I invited them to join me on the floor to make egg shapes out of white chenille stems (pipe cleaners)…

Everyone dove right in and started bending and twisting their pipe cleaners to make lots of eggs. It took a little practice for some of the children but after a bit, most of the children caught on. Some of our eggs didn’t always look all that “egg-shaped” but fine motor skills were at work throughout the morning…

Once we had a good number of egg shapes to work with, the children put them up on the table and then joined me back to finish our morning circletime routine…

At the end of circletime, we took a quick minute to put a little bit of Easter grass in baggies to prepare them for our egg dying process.  The baggies were our “Easter baskets” to store our completed eggs in later on…

And then some of the children went off to the table to begin the egg-dying process…

I covered a table with a few layers of paper towels and set out three cups of colored water (water with red, blue and yellow food color added). The children dipped their eggs into the colored water and then placed the colored eggs in their Easter baggies…

We had lots of eggs so the children could spend as much time exploring this process as they liked…

Once the children had dyed their eggs and put them in their Easter baggies, they closed up the baggies and put them in their cubbies to take home at the end of the day…

This activity was a great alternative to dying real eggs in the classroom.  The dying process was similar but saved me from having to boil a bunch of real eggs!


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By |2012-03-31T07:00:18+00:00March 31st, 2012|

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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. Maureen March 31, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Since I work in a drop in program I worry about having enough special materials like eggs to do activities. Plus the expense.
    Your pipe cleaner alternative is great.
    I could see using it for many different shapes.
    I’m pinning this one.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 31, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

      This is a simple alternative and still allows the kids to go home with an Easter egg they dyed themselves!

  2. Km April 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Such a fantastic alternative! You know I love everything you do!!!! Happy Easter!

  3. Linsey April 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! So cheap and safe for kids with egg allergies (like my son). We usually decorate plastic eggs with stickers and markers and paint… this will be a fun twist. Thanks 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Linsey,
      I am so glad you like it! It is so nice because it gives all kids the chance to dye eggs!

  4. Daisy April 12, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I’m trying to find something DIFFERENT this year for my EASTER FUN DAY! Thanks, I’ve FOUND IT! This would even be simple enough for my 20 month old nephew! (HE LOVES EXPLORING)

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