Thursday, March 20, 2008
Happy First Day of Spring!
Today is the first day of Spring! Yippi-skippi excuse me while I do a little dance number. I love winter, I do but enough is enough.
Today in Art and Play some of my kiddos shared that the cat grass seed we planted last week was starting to spring up. They were very excited and beamed with pride over growing something. When I visited Cornerspring Children's House I noted that the grass was growing there too! Returning to my car I walked carefully, so as not to slip on the ice, and I looked at the snow covered playground. Spring is not yet here but it's close.
In Art and Play today we decorated eggs! This was a bit of work for me, without a classroom sink, but I managed to pull it off (thank you Jessie for your help!) The kids seemed to enjoy the activity and some of the moms thanked me, saying they were happy they didn't have to do this at home.
We used traditional food coloring and vinegar today but I look forward to trying natural dyes this weekend with my boys.
Below is a list of natural egg dyes: Enjoy Everyone!
Brown - the outer layers of onions, tea or coffee
Yellow - turmeric or saffron
Red - cranberries
Purple - beets, purple onion skin
Green - spinach
Blue - blueberries
Combine the dye source with 1/2 Tablespoon of vinegar with some cold water in a saucepan. Add raw eggs (make sure there's enough water to cover the eggs) and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. The longer you simmer, the darker the color will be, but simmer
at least 8 minutes so that the eggs cook thoroughly.