How to go to work on an egg.
Why do we have eggs at Easter?
Some Christians believe that the egg represents the stone that was
place in front of the tomb of Jesus after he was taken down from the
Some people believe that the egg is a sign of new life. Spring is
generally a time when plants begin to grow again, birds built nests and
lay eggs, lambs are born, and so on. New life gives us hope, and we
usually feel better in Spring after the long, cold winter.
Lots of different countries use eggs in different ways as celebrations.
Why is Easter called Easter?
The name Easter comes from the Saxon goddess of the Spring. Her
name was Eostre, or Ostara, and her feast day was the day of the Spring
Equinox, which usually falls around the 21st March. Her favourite animal
was the hare. Some stories say that Eostre found an injured bird and she
rescued the bird and turned in into a hare, but that the hare could still
lay eggs. Another story says how Eostre had a feast day and all the
animals in the forest brought her gifts. Most of the animals brought her
precious jewels. The hare had only one egg, so he decorated it and
brought it to Eostre. She saw that the hare had given her everything he
had, so she chose the hare to be her favourite animal.
So that’s why we now say the Easter bunny has come and brought us all
Have a go at decorating your own hard-boiled eggs, then have an Easter
egg hunt in your garden.
Keep the chocolate eggs inside to eat later!
Find out more about chocolate eggs
Russian Easter Eggs
In Russia, it was traditional to give hard boiled eggs coloured red on
Easter Sunday. Red is a very important colour in Russian culture and
the colour is associated with goodness and beauty.
The only ingredient necessary for red Easter egg dye is the skin of red
onions. When boiled, they produce the red dye used to colour the eggs
Why don’t you have a go at making some Russian red Easter eggs?
Email us some pictures on J2e if you do.
Faberge Easter Eggs
Between 1885 and 1917, a Russian
jeweller called Peter Carl Faberge
designed and made Easter eggs for
the Russian Royal Family. The Tsars
Alexander III and Nicholas II had them
made to give as gifts to their wives
and mothers. He made the eggs
from precious metals, enamel and
gemstones. He made 52 of these
“Imperial” eggs, 46 of which still
Could you make your own Faberge
egg? Send us a pic on J2e if you do!
There are instructions of the following
You Will Need
To hollow the eggs:
•Eggs (one egg for each person)
•Large safety pins
•2 plastic bowls
•A small cup of water
To paint and decorate the eggs:
•Bamboo cooking skewers
•Small rubber bands
•Acrylic or tempera paint (any water-based opaque paint for
•Paper plates for mixing paint
•Small cardboard roll
30 minutes to gather supplies and hollow the eggs
30 minutes to decorate the eggs
Any table in your home or outside
: How to Hollow Your Eggs
First you need to empty out the egg white and yolk inside of each egg.
This will leave you with an empty eggshell to decorate.
By hollowing the eggs, you’ll be able to save your eggs forever and not have
to worry about your egg being perishable.
Gather your supplies needed to hollow the eggs.
Click on the link above to watch a video to
help you blow an egg.
Now that your eggs are empty, gently rinse them out,
dry them off, and prepare them for decorating.
Prepare Your Eggs for Decorating
Gather your empty eggs and bamboo skewers. The bamboo skewers are a great way
to hold your delicate egg and easily decorate all sides.
Since your egg has two holes (one on each end), insert the pointed end of a skewer
into the bottom hole of the egg and guide it through the top hole as well.
If the top hole is small enough, the egg will sit nicely on the top of the skewer and not slide down.
You can cut each skewer in half to make them easier to handle.
If the holes in your egg are too large for the skewer and the egg slips down, you can use this simple trick:
Wrap a small rubber band tightly on the skewer about 1/3 of the way down.
Insert the skewer into the bottom of the egg and the egg will sit on the rubber band.
Add another rubber band above the egg and slide down to secure the egg.
Time to Paint and Decorate Your Egg
Have all of your painting and decorating supplies gathered before you begin.
First, choose a color to use as your base color and mix your paint.
Cover the entire surface of the egg evenly with paint.
Sprinkle glitter onto wet paint and allow your egg with glitter
to dry a few minutes before the next step.
Let the painted egg dry thoroughly.
Using your ribbon, beads, and glitter glue, apply your decorations to your egg.
When using craft glue to apply your ribbon, it’s best to let the glue dry a little so
it’s very tacky before you apply the ribbon. This will help the ribbon stick to the egg.
Apply the ribbons first, and then decorate with glitter glue and beads.
Have fun embellishing your eggs!
Allow your eggs to dry by placing your skewers in a small vase.
Create a Stand to Hold Your Egg
Now it’s time to create a stand to display your egg and keep it from rolling around!
You can use an everyday cardboard tube from paper towels or toilet tissue
to create an egg stand.
Cut the paper tube open and cut a strip an inch wide from the top of the roll.
Slide the two ends together to make the tube small enough for your egg to sit on top of
and not fall inside. Once you have the right size, staple the ends together.
Decorate your egg stand any way you’d like. We simply wrapped our stand with
ribbon and secured it with a staple.
Be sure to check the size of your stand before decorating and
make one stand for each of your eggs.
The Chinese use eggs in
their New Year
Check out the recipe on
the next slide!
How to make Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs
• 8 extra large Eggs
• 1 tablespoon Five spice powder
• 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons Black tea leaves or 2
• 1 teaspoon Salt
• Hard boil eggs. Remove eggs from
water, do not discard water. Use a
heavy spoon (I use head of metal ice
cream scooper) to break the shell (do
not peel) all over the surface of each
egg. Return the eggs to the hot water.
Add remaining ingredients and
simmer for 1 hour. After eggs have
cooled, transfer eggs and liquid into a
storage container. Allow to sit
• To eat, peel and enjoy the beautiful
marbled design and smoky tea flavor.
Also makes a delicious egg salad.
Did you know, that if you want to
be a clown, you have to paint your
clown’s face on an egg? Every
clown has to have a different style
of make-up, and the design is
painted on to an egg. You have to
apply to Clown International if you
want to be a professional clown.
Why don’t you have a go at being a
clown for a day?
As usual, email your pics on J2e
Have a Cracking Easter!!
We know it won’t be the same as a normal Easter holiday, but we hope
that you will be inspired by these “egg”cellent ideas to keep you busy.
We will be “egg”cited to see how you get on, especially if you manage
to send some photos of your “egg”ceptional creations.
Eggs are fairly cheap, so you won’t have to “shell” out too much to get
creative! Okay – too many egg jokes now. If you have any better ones,
you can always email them to us.
Have a lovely Easter.
See you soon, love from Mrs Scott, Mrs Donkanha and Miss Potter.