One simple way to decorate eggs for Easter is to give them a base colour before jazzing them up. There are lots of different techniques to dye eggs including using food colouring.
You can do this either on a hard boiled egg or if you want to keep it for the future then you can blow the egg first.
Time: 5 minutes preparation plus soaking time
Age: 5-10s, Over 10's
A white duck egg and brown chicken egg ready to be dyed
Container bigger than the egg but not too large
In a small container, add 15-20 drops of food colouring
Add in around a tablespoon of white vinegar
Add water (not too cold if straight from the tap) to the container but leaving enough space for the egg.
Red and blue dye
Give it all a good mix and then add your egg.
The longer you leave the egg the stronger the colour will get.
Remove the egg and allow to dry.
I experimented with a couple of different eggs. The duck egg was a lovely clear white to begin with and very quickly took the blue dye. The brown chicken egg took alot longer to take the red colour so I ended up leaving it to soak overnight.
You can experiment with other colours and colour mixing food dye for a science twist. if you are using blown eggs you will need them to fill with some of the coloured water to weigh them down. Watch out that you don't dye your fingers, mine are a little blue.