Create colorful sea shells with leftover egg dye this spring to create hours of fun and games for your child.
Have you ever thought about what to do with the leftover Easter egg dye that you use for eggs every year?
Rainbow Sea Shell Science Experiment
I’m going to be honest I never have until this Easter, I guess just because we’re always busy doing other things on Easter with our extended family. This year after we finished my 6 year old daughter asked me what else she could use the Egg Dye for? I turned to the interest and found that you can color coffee filters, clothespins. yarn and even Tie Die and paint with your leftover vinegar based egg dye. However we wanted something similar to eggs….
Now I’ll admit we have quite a few sea shells in our sandbox from our many trips to the beach, we’re a very lucky to live a few hours from the beach since all of my kids were born. So in 20 years we’re gathered quite a few and use them for playtime. You’d be amazed how many ways you can use sea shells for imaginary play. We’ve painted them like Pink and Green Mama or Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas but I never thought about dying them.
We brought our containers outside and gathered up our seashells. We washed them off first and let them dry out so they could absorb as much of the vinegar based dye as they could. That’s ok we have fun playing outdoors in our gorgeous spring weather in the south this weekend. Coloring the sea shells worked out to be a great sibling activity too!
Once our sea shells were dry we set them inside of the various colors of Egg Dye and watched to see what happened. I wasn’t sure if they would change due to their surface, so it was so much fun to observe and watch as they change. A little science and discovery at home is always a good thing! We left them in the colored water for around 30 minutes, but honestly experient to see the variety of results you get.. it’s a science experirment with your kids so enjoy! Here’s how our Sea Shells turned out, a rainbow of fun!
Did you throw your dye away already, now worries you could think about grabbing a few egg dye kits on clearance this week and make your own Rainbow Shells this spring! I think we must just try rocks next!
What would you color next with leftover egg dye?