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Funny Egg Faces
Easter Acrostics
Easter Egg Tree
Egg Camouflage
Eiffel Eggs
Family Skipping
Shooting Marbles
Parachute Egg Game
Runny Relay
Egg Tangle
Egg Catapult
Yolk Rugby
Egg Boules
Easter Egg Hunt
Egg Bashing
Egg Rolling
Kids' Keepsake Eggs
Easter Tree
Dye-ing Eggs
Blowing Eggs
Decorating Eggs

Dye-ing Eggs

Many craft shops sell specially produced dyes for eggs that give good, rich colours. You can also use food dyes - add 20 drops food colouring to 1 cup hot water and 1 tsp vinegar, and hard-boil the eggs in the liquid.

The best natural dyes
Natural dyes give wonderfully subtle shades: use just over a litre water to 2 tbsp vinegar to chosen dying ingredient (see below). Boil for 30 mins. Strain. Hard-boil the egg in the resulting dye.

Red cabbage (red) - 4 cups
Turmeric (yellow) - 3 tbsp
Onion skins (light creamy brown) - use 12 onions
Beetroot (purple) - 4 cups
Coffee (dark brown) - a litre of strong black

Some dye-ing ideas
Batik eggs: hard-boil eggs and while they are still warm wrap thick elastic bands around each one. Place 3 cups water, 3 tbsp vinegar and 10 drops food dye in a bowl. Place egg in dye and leave for about 10 mins. Remove, take off rubber bands and reposition. Re-dip in another colour, and repeat again in another dye to get a complex three-colour pattern.

Candlewax eggs: draw shapes on the egg with a candle. Dip in dye as above - the dye won't 'take' on top of the wax, leaving distinctive shapes and patterns.

Marbled eggs: place 3 cups water, 3 tbsp vinegar, 10 drops food colouring into a shallow dish. Add 1 tbsp oil and swirl this around with a fork. Roll egg around in the mixture to pick up coloured swirls.

Splodge eggs: Dip small pieces of different coloured crepe paper in a bowl of water with a dash of vinegar. Cover the egg with the damp pieces of paper and leave for about 15 mins. Peel off the paper to reveal the brightly coloured shell.